Saturday, January 27, 2018

CQ parrot...a ultimate fieldday friend

Did get a tip from Hans PE1BVQ a long time ago and last summer I ordered this gadget from BOX73. It's a building kit but SMD parts are already on the printboard. It's a CQ parrot or voicekeyer integrated on a printboard that fits in the Yaesu MH-31 mike. You can order it with and without a mike but you need to built it in yourself.

I actually built it last summer but was afraid I did something wrong and other projects were more important at the time. So I left it for a later exposure. Yesterday there was finally some time to make the video and demonstrate all went well, de parrot does work. At first I had some problems programming the mike, so it seems my knowledge of the german language is not that good and the whole manual is in german. Luckely I got some help from Hans. Most important for programming is that you press FST for 4 seconds then letting go, mike is ready for recording now, then press PTT and speak your message. Letting go of the PTT saves the message. A short press on FST plays your message 1 time. Pressing it for about 2 seconds will activate the automatic voicekeyer and the recording plays over and over till you press PTT. You can set the time between recordings between 3,6 and 10 sec. with pressing PTT+FST shortly.

A great companion for Fielddays!


  1. Great information. Thank you, looks like a useful future project for the FT-857D. There is a PDF file in English on the page that shows the basic setup. 73 from Missouri

    1. Very useful information from you too! For those that read this you can find the english manual under the tab "zusatzinformationen". Keep in mind the description of the record procedure is not that good as well. You need to let go the FST key after 3-4 sec. before pressing the PTT. 73, Bas

  2. Hoi Bas, fijn dat je de "papagaaimicrofoon" aan het werk hebt gekregen. En troost je, je bent/was niet de enigste met het probleem. Succes er mee, 73 Hans, PE1BVQ.


Thanks for your comment. Bedankt voor je reactie. 73, Bas