Questions and Answers

T/S Q.1. How far will THE VENTRILOQUIST transmit its signal?
A.1. All units are tested at 100 yards before shipping. Local conditions may influence the range. However, you should get consistent releases from 50 yards under all conditions. For this reason, you should always disconnect the unit before working around a target machine.

T/S Q.2. Will I have trouble with interference?
A.2. The microcomputers in the transmitter and receiver will ignore most interference.

T/S Q.3. How long will the batteries last?
A.3. Under normal conditions, they should last about 5,000 targets.

T/S Q.4. What do I do if THE VENTRILOQUIST fails to work as I think it should?
A.4. Call 800-445-3038 for help.

T/S Q.5. What is the warranty?
A.5. THE VENTRILOQUIST is warranted to be free from manufacturing defects for a period of one year.

T/S Q.6. Can I use another microphone?
A.6. THE VENTRILOQUIST is set up to use the microphone provided. Using another microphone may create problems and may void the warranty.

T/S Q.7. Is THE VENTRILOQUIST weatherproof?
A.7. We have taken reasonable precautions to make THE VENTRILOQUIST resistant to inclement weather. However, you should not allow the transmitter or the receiver to get wet. You can place the receiver in a plastic bag with no reduction in effectiveness.

T/S Q.8. Can THE VENTRILOQUIST be used in cold weather?
A.8. These units have been used extensively in cold weather and no problems have been reported.

T/S Q.9. Can THE VENTRILOQUIST be placed in the trap or skeet house?
A.9. We do not recommend this practice for safety reasons.

T/S Q.10. Another shooter at my club has a unit. Can we shoot on adjoining fields without interference?
A.10. Yes. However, one of you may have to change the field code setting on your transmitter and receiver. If this is necessary, please call for instructions on how to make this adjustment.

T/S Q.11. Another shooter at my club has a unit. Can we shoot on the same field using one receiver?
A.11. Yes. Both machines are capable of sending a common code. If you experience problems, call 1-800-445-3038. (Skeet Only) - Set the NUMBER OF SHOOTERS switch on the receiver to the total number of shooters in your squad.

T/S Q.12. How do I wire in THE VENTRILOQUIST?
A.12. The unit plugs into the release cord outlet. No wiring is required except installation of the plug. Wiring instructions are provided.

T/S Q.13. Can I damage THE VENTRILOQUIST by connecting it incorrectly?
A.13. Damage is possible. However, if you exercise reasonable care in making the connections you are not likely to damage THE VENTRILOQUIST.

T/S Q.14. Will THE VENTRILOQUIST recognize only "PULL"?
A.14. THE VENTRILOQUIST will release a target each time it recognizes "voice" at the adjusted volume level. Be sure to use your normal call when making adjustments.

T/S Q.15. Can I talk when using THE VENTRILOQUIST?
A.15. Yes, provided that you do not speak as loudly as you call for the target. THE VENTRILOQUIST is programmed to recognize "voice". The SENSITIVITY control is provided to set the level of "voice" recognized. A setting on the SENSITIVITY control which will require a strong "PULL" command will allow you to talk in normal tones.

T Q.16. What if there are two or more of us who want to shoot trap?
A.16. You may use THE VENTRILOQUIST with a squad of shooters by voice releasing your own targets, and using the PTR button on the transmitter to manually release the targets for the remaining shooter(s). You may also use a transmitter for each shooter with a single receiver and voice release all targets.

S Q.17. What if there are two or more of us who want to shoot skeet?
A.17. You may use THE VENTRILOQUIST with up to (5) shooters by setting the NUMBER OF SHOOTERS switch on the receiver to the desired number, releasing your own targets by VOICE, and using the PTR button on the transmitter to manually release the targets for the remaining shooter(s). You may also use multiple transmitters and voice release all targets.

S Q.18. What do I do when I need to shoot my option in skeet?
A.18. You shoot your option by selecting the proper target on the transmitter (HIGH, LOW, or DOUBLES), shooting the target, and then selecting SEQUENCE.

S Q.19. What do I do when I get a broken target?
A.19. As with the option, you select the proper target(s) on the transmitter, (HIGH, LOW, or DOUBLES) shoot the target(s), and then select SEQUENCE.

S Q.20. Can I program my own sequence?
A.20. No. THE VENTRILOQUIST will throw an American or International Skeet sequence. You may manually select any sequence of targets using the target selection switches.

S Q.21. Must I start THE VENTRILOQUIST at Station 1, High?
A.21. Yes. You cannot start a round anywhere except Station 1, unless you disconnect the release cord and step through the sequence to the point where you want to start.

S Q.22. What if I accidentally release a target when the transmitter is set to SEQUENCE?
A.22. Use the procedure prescribed for the option. Select the target which was accidentally released, shoot that target, and then select SEQUENCE.

T/S Q.23. How quickly can I call for a second target?
A.23. THE VENTRILOQUIST will not accept a voice signal for 2 seconds following the release of a target. This feature is designed to accommodate the target machine cycle time of approximately 2 seconds.

T/S Q.24. I've heard that voice release systems are slow. Is this true of THE VENTRILOQUIST?
A.24 THE VENTRILOQUIST is capable of releasing targets faster than a human puller. Because of this, we have provided a switchable delay option. This option allows you to select from three delay options: NO DELAY, NORMAL DELAY, and BAD PULLER DELAY.

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