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  • User's Guide

    Why Wait to Communicate?

    Single Sideband Acoustic Telephone

    Buddy Phone

  • - IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE -

    (Please read before using product)

    It is absolutely essential that all divers are properly trained andequipped and fully understand the owner's manual before attempt-ing to use the Buddy Phone series of transceivers.

    While the Buddy Phone provides divers with good underwatercommunications, it does not change or eliminate the potential hazardsof diving!

    P/N 506032-001 Rev. D

    Copyright 2004 by Ocean Technology Systems. All rights reserved.Specifications are subject to change without prior notice.

    Refer to the Library page of our Web site, www.oceantechnologysytems.com,for a list of any changes made to this manual since its publication.

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Introduction ............................................. 1 Super Mic Depth Master .................. 11Buddy Phone Specifications .................. 2 Power Activation .................................. 12Battery Installation .................................. 2 General Operating Guidelines .............. 12Low-Battery Alert .................................... 4 Squelch ................................................. 12Masks ....................................................... 4 Underwater Speech ............................... 12

    HM-2 Mouth Mask ............................... 4 Underwater Hearing ............................. 13Interspiro Divator MKII FFM .............. 4 Range .................................................... 13Mantis FFM .......................................... 6 Maintenance ......................................... 14M-48 FFM ............................................ 7 Handling and Storage ........................... 14ScubaPro FFM...................................... 9 Basics of Sound in Water ..................... 14

    RX-100 Receive-Only Buddy Phone .. 10 Background ....................................... 14Transceiver ............................................ 10 Factors That Affect Sound in Water .. 15Microphones .......................................... 11 Notes ..................................................... 19

    ME-16R Hot-Mic (912086-000) ...... 11 Limited Warranty .................................. 21

    -NOTICE -

    This manual and the information contained herein are provided for use as amaintenance and operation guide. No license or rights to manufacture, reproduce,and/or sell either the manual or articles described herein are given. UnderseaSystems International, Inc., dba Ocean Technology Systems, reserves the right tochange specifications without notice. It is recommended that all users read andfully understand this manual before using a Buddy Phone.

    All statements, technical information, and recommendations herein are based ontests we believe to be reliable, but the accuracy or completeness thereof is notguaranteed; and the following is made in lieu of all warranties, expressed orimplied, including the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness forpurpose: Seller's and Manufacturers's only obligation shall be to replace suchquantity of the product proved to be defective. Before using the product, user shalldetermine the suitability of the product for intended use, and user assumes all riskand liability whatsoever in connection therewith. Neither Seller nor Manufacturershall be liable either in tort or in contract for any loss or damagedirect,incidental, or consequentialarising out of the use of or the inability to use theproduct. No statement or recommendation not contained herein shall have anyforce or effect unless in an agreement signed by officers of Seller and Manufacturer.

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    INTRODUCTION

    Congratulations! You have just purchased the finest, state-of-the-art underwatercommunicator in the world. The Buddy Phone is a microminiature ultrasonictransceiver that allows communication between two or more scuba divers. Byusing its integrated mask/push-to-talk button, dive partners and/or teams cancommunicate with each other. With the addition of an Aquacom surfacetransceiver, communications between the surface and divers are possible.

    The Buddy Phone utilizes the push-to-talk method, which has been shown to bethe most reliable way to activate the transmitter. The greatest advantage of thepush-to-talk method compared to a voice activated system (VOX) is the eliminationof the VOX delay required between transmission and reception that can result inlost communications.

    The Buddy Phone is worn over the ear and is mounted on the mask strap. Thediver hears through an integrated earphone that is built into the rear cover of theBuddy Phone housing. Innovative squelch technology actually distinguishesbetween noise and voice to activate sound reception only when voice is transmitted,no matter how much background noise is present. The result is squelch that canbe used even at longer ranges, a great benefit especially in high-noise environmentssuch as coral reefs.

    All Buddy Phones can receive communications from all other Buddy Phonetransceivers within range and on the same frequency. The SP-100D SurfaceBuddy Phone is available from OTS for communications between divers andanyone on the surface. See Table 1 for a list of several other compatibletransceivers manufactured by OTS.

    The Buddy Phone has been engineered with simplicity in mind. There are noadjustments other than the usual mask strap adjustments and installation of the

    TABLE 1: Other Transceivers Compatible with the Buddy Phone

    Brand Diver Transceivers Surface TransceiversAquacom SSB-2010 STX-101 surface station

    SSB-1001B STX-101M surface stationSSB-2001B-2

    Magnacom MAG-1003D MAG-1001S (standard)MAG-1004HS MAG-1004-PS portable surface unit

  • 2nd-stage regulator (although no installation is required with the MKII seriesBuddy Phones).

    The information in this manual pertains to all Buddy Phone units (XT-100,MKII, Mantis, RX-100, etc.).

    BUDDY PHONE SPECIFICATIONS

    Nominal Range: 50 to 500 meters, depending on seaconditions and noise levels in the water

    Transmission Type: Ultrasound using upper single sideband(USB)

    Transmit Output Power: 1/2 watt PEP (peak envelope power)Standard Frequency*: 32.768 kHz USBAudio Bandwidth: 300 to 3000 HzAutomatic Gain Control: Greater than 80 dBEarphone: Ceramic with dynamic depth compensationMicrophone: ME-16R Hot-Mic: Dynamic

    Super Mic (standard): CeramicTransducer: Ceramic cylinderBattery Type: Alkaline 9-volt transistor type #522 or

    Ultralife lithium 9-volt cellMaximum Operating Depth: 130 feet in sea waterWeight in Air: XT-100: 13 oz., including HM-2RX-100: 7 oz.Buddy Phone for FFM: 8.1 oz.

    BATTERY INSTALLATION

    9-volt transistor batteries should be used with the Buddy Phone. The mostreadily available is the alkaline type 522 or equivalent, but for more operating lifethe Ultralife lithium 9-volt cell can be used.

    Battery installation is easy and straightforward for all Buddy Phone models(Figure 1):

    1. Using a pencil or pen, pry back the battery plug until the latch releaseson one side (Figure 2).

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    * Other frequencies are available on request. Contact Ocean Technology Systems.

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    2. Grasp the battery plug and remove it from the main housing.3. Inspect the o-ring and the o-ring surface on the housing, verifying that

    there are no cuts, dirt, or debris.4. Install a fresh 9-volt battery into the battery compartment, making sure

    that the polarity is correct (observe the label in the battery compartment).5. Ensure that the battery cover's o-ring is lightly lubricated with silicone

    grease and is not damaged. Use only food-grade silicone grease, notpetroleum grease. Silicone grease is available from your local dive shopand is used on scuba regulators and underwater camera o-rings.

    6. Install the battery cover by inserting it into the battery compartment untilboth catches engage. (See the Maintenance section for more information.)If you feel resistance when installing the battery cover, do not force it.(Forcing the battery cover will damage the o-ring.) Remove the coverand ensure the o-ring is lubricated. If you do not have silicone greaseavailable, lubricate the o-ring with saliva.

    FIGURE 1

    FIGURE 2

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    LOW-BATTERY ALERT

    The Buddy Phone has a Low-Battery Alert circuit. When the battery voltagedrops to 7 volts, a short tone burst will be heard at one-minute intervals. This tonepattern will continue until the battery voltage drops below operating levels or untilthe battery is replaced.

    MASKS

    HM-2 MOUTH MASK

    The HM-2 mouth mask (silicone) replaces the normal scuba bite mouthpiecefound on scuba second-stage regulators and is secured by a tie wrap.

    The HM-2 is held in place on the diver's head with a strap. This same strap is usedto hold the XT-100 Buddy Phone electronics module over the right ear.

    It is important to tighten the HM-2 straps only enough to provide an adequate seal.Overtightening may cause discomfort and leakage. The position of the strap on thehead also plays a role in comfort and fit. Adjusting the split portion of the strapforward or backward can help in finding the best fit.

    If the HM-2 is too tight, speaking clearly will be more difficult. Don and adjustthe HM-2 to a comfortable fit. Gently tilt down on the HM-2 just enough to allowyour face mask to seal correctly.

    The HM-2 has a unique, patented push-to-talk switch that is an integral part of themask wall (Figure 3). The switch is located in a position that allows easy accessby the diver, whether left- or right-handed. To transmit, simply depress the push-to-talk switch and hold; release when transmission is complete.