20 Most Recent Dictaphone 1243 Handheld Cassette Voice Recorder Questions & Answers


Hello I stronglly suggest to send your unit to service
Send an email to service@tvps.com or call (800) 644-9525. Please indicate model, serial and detailed description of problem

Dictaphone 1243... | Answered on Oct 29, 2010


Unfortunately, these are parts that are unique to the manufacturer, which means they are the only ones you will be able to get the part from, unless you can find an "as is" device with a good tab.
I did find a two-leaf record switch at a site, and they may be able to get you the part if you contact them, here it is:
http://www.staffords.ltd.uk/other/DP1243-TWO-LEAF-RECORD-SWITCH.html
Good luck, thanks for using FixYa, and hope this helps.

Dictaphone 1243... | Answered on Aug 19, 2010


You'll need a digital recorder (Dictaphone makes one - a Walkabout Model 5220). Transferring a recording from an analog (tape) machine to a PC requires a patch cord to hook it up to your PC, then some sort of software to record it while it's playing back.

Dictaphone 1243... | Answered on Jun 07, 2010


Hello this was a great unit, the price was around $150.00 or more but is hard to fine one
I recommend to change Digital they are a lot good models and no more tapes broken or losing you dictation with digital you have a lot time recording and great audio quality for less money here are some.
Is totally except to you is just a recommendation.
http://www.tvps.com/Departments/Digital-Dictation/Digital-Portable-Recorders/Sony.aspx
http://www.tvps.com/Departments/Digital-Dictation/Digital-Portable-Recorders/Olympus.aspx?sortorder=4&page=2

Dictaphone 1243... | Answered on Mar 11, 2010


Not sure if you're still having problems with this portable, but the first thing I would check is to make sure that you've put the batteries UNDER the battery clip in the battery compartment. Does the machine just make a 'beeping' noise when it tries to play, rew, or FF?

Dictaphone 1243... | Answered on Jun 11, 2009


I'd try cleaning the internal switches on the main PCB. You'll have to remove the back cover on the portable (3 screws) and the remove the four screws on the PCB and CAREFULLY flip the PCB over to reveal the switches.

I assume the portable plays fine, but just won't rewind?

Dictaphone 1243... | Answered on Apr 13, 2009


The top cover slides down, and then the cassette should easily lift out.

Dictaphone 1243... | Answered on Mar 16, 2009


Make sure that 'VOX' or 'VA' isn't turned on. This is Voice Activated recording and is designed to record only when the person is talking. The problem is that sometimes it'll cut in or out when you don't want it to.

Also, if the handheld has a 'Dict/Conf' switch, put it into 'Dict'. The 'Conf' setting is for conference recording - which will make the mic more sensitive and pick up more background noise.

Dictaphone 1243... | Answered on Mar 13, 2009


If the tapes you are using are indeed brand new, then I would assume that the heads on the tape recorder are either very dirty or damaged. Try using a q-tip dipped in alcohol to clean the heads of the recorder. Clean the rollers too and pins that guide the tape. If that doesn't work it may be a component problem. And may be cheaper to replace than repair.

Dictaphone 1243... | Answered on Feb 11, 2009

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