"The phone is a remarkably complex, simple device, and very rarely ever needs repairs, once you fix them." - Dan/Panther
Started by Phonesrfun, May 09, 2010, 04:39:35 PM
Quote from: jsowers on May 10, 2010, 04:57:12 PMI recall from childhood that the RE1-2xxx numbers in the small community I still live in sounded different in the ringing tone when called than the other numbers like mine that were RE1-4xxx. The busy signal also sounded strange. This all changed when they brought in digital switching equipment in the 1980s. It resembled the old dial tone and busy signals Bingster posted, but with a little more of a bass note. Almost like the sound a ceramic phono pickup makes when you touch one of the leads. Maybe a 60-cycle hum?I also remember the busy signal in a small community called Denton after I started working for the school system in 1985 and I had to call the school there. It was a honk-honk-honk sound similar to Hoppy the Kangaroo on the Flintstones. Hoppy was Dino's counterpart over at Barney and Betty Rubble's house, in case you need to know. I laughed every time I heard that. It's gone now too, many years ago.
Quote from: bingster on May 10, 2010, 04:33:33 PMHere are a few that I've picked up around the net. I think some of them came from the Bell System Memorial site.
Quote from: deedubya3800 on March 12, 2011, 12:17:44 PMI remember that, long ago when I dialled a number, the dial tone didn't stop until that first digit was dialled. Of course, in the earpiece, one didn't hear the dial tone while the dial was turned, but once it returned to its original position, it would be audible just briefly and then stop; but listening in on the line in a series connection (like a tap), the dial tone could be heard to cut in and out with each pulse of that first digit until that digit was done pulsing and the dial was fully returned.