05/09/11 121 W - + 1 - 7 Speaking of Oral Histories


Found this page from the Oral History Association, with guidance Doug Boyd Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky Libraries, on choosing and using digital and portable recording equipment. One great piece of advice is below, it's news to me. Though it shouldn't be, given the interfere I have observed with, say, VHF scanners and my BlackBerry. And by blogging about it, there's an even greater chance that I'll remember this piece of advice going forward!

Turn your cell phone off during an interview. A cell phone in vibrate mode may not ring, but cellular phones periodically “handshake” with the local tower. This signal can often interfere with recorders printing unwanted noise on the recording.







  
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