"The phone is a remarkably complex, simple device, and very rarely ever needs repairs, once you fix them." - Dan/Panther
Started by WesternElectricBen, November 16, 2013, 10:31:53 PM
Quote from: poplar1 on December 20, 2013, 10:26:14 PMQuote from: WesternElectricBen on December 19, 2013, 05:08:11 PMVery cool pictures DSK! It's cool to go to one in real life. I have no clue where ours is in MN. Ben Enter the NPA (Area Code) and NXX of a landline in your neighborhood. Then when it populates, click on "detailed switch info."http://www.telcodata.us/search-area-code-exchange-detail
Quote from: WesternElectricBen on December 19, 2013, 05:08:11 PMVery cool pictures DSK! It's cool to go to one in real life. I have no clue where ours is in MN. Ben
Quote from: WesternElectricBen on December 21, 2013, 02:26:34 PMAt first I thought that truck was a late 50's or 60's truck, but even though it looks 70's I like it.. And if you also look from the street view a 70's valient as well.Ben
Quote from: dsk on December 19, 2013, 07:08:34 AMI took 2 pics of our exchange today. Hakadal Exchange was probably built when the wally went from magneto to rotary in 1968.By some reason the short on the boxes oround in the area, always are named HAC + some numeric codes.dsk
Quote from: AE_Collector on January 14, 2014, 08:22:29 PMQuote from: dsk on December 19, 2013, 07:08:34 AMI took 2 pics of our exchange today. Hakadal Exchange was probably built when the wally went from magneto to rotary in 1968.By some reason the short on the boxes oround in the area, always are named HAC + some numeric codes.dskHi dsk:Are you quite certain that is your main telephone exchange there? It looks very rural and is it right beside a river or creek? That looks like a bridge and the main town looks to be on the other side. That is a little unusual in that they usually locate an exchange as close as possible to the middle of town to minimize the wire length. That building looks as though it would have been a microwave radio location but of course all that is on the tower now is cell antennae's. could the radio equipment have been located remotely from the main exchange or maybe there was room to install the automatic equipment in the radio building when they went from Magneto to Automatic in 1968. Do you know where the MagnetomOperators were located? Maybe the building still exists in town but is now used for another function.The cross connect boxes with HAK and a number are just record keeping numbers. They basically start assigning numbers at number 1 or maybe 100 and progress through the numbers so that each connection point has a unique number. Terry
Quote from: Phonesrfun on November 17, 2013, 12:17:09 AMHowever, my current cell phone number has its 3 digit "prefix" of 200. It would be impossible to assign a name to that.
Quote from: Scotophor on March 06, 2014, 05:32:37 AMMy local exchange was built as a manual switchboard exchange in the 1940s (phones without dials; you would pick up and wait a few seconds for the operator to come on and ask, "Number, please?", or if it was an emergency you could tap the switch hook a few times which would flash the light for your line on her switchboard and maybe she might respond more quickly, if people she served didn't often abuse that feature.) The exchange was converted to direct-dial in the 1950s, and still occupies the same building today. However, since area codes came into use it has changed from 213 to 818 and then again very shortly afterward to 626. I'm on one of the original NXX numbers and have done the research at TENproject (having to do a little sleuthing to disregard some erroneous info submitted there) and printed up some reproduction old number cards for my phones with correct "EDgewood-6 ####" numbers on them.Quote from: Phonesrfun on November 17, 2013, 12:17:09 AMHowever, my current cell phone number has its 3 digit "prefix" of 200. It would be impossible to assign a name to that.No, actually it wouldn't... many old telephone dials had "Z" at the zero position, so a fantasy exchange name such as "AZure" (or if you lived in my area, "AZusa") could be used. Some dials even had "Q" at zero too, which opens up the possibilities further. Unfortunately, confusion is possible since a few recent devices put Q and Z on the "1" key.
Quote from: david@london on March 07, 2014, 12:21:18 PMtwocvbloke -which british phones had 'operator' on the dial & when ? i can't remember seeing that.