Author Topic: WE 302 doesn't close the line  (Read 589 times)

Offline mroderick

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WE 302 doesn't close the line
« on: February 05, 2013, 02:03:24 PM »
Hoping someone can help, I came across this Western Electric model 302 in some things that were left behind in my new old house. I thought it would be cool to get it working, so I opened it up and wired up a modern telephone cord to it as instructed in various other posts. When I plug it in I get a dial tone, but when I hang it up, the line stays open. I took a look at the switch inside and both switches appear to open when the phone is hung up. I also compared all wiring to the diagram on this website. Any ideas?

Offline dsk

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Re: WE 302 doesn't close the line
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2013, 02:41:05 PM »
Welcome to the forum!

 ??? Do you have some pictures of the wiring?

dsk

I have even got a regular New York number :-) 646 570 1796

Offline LarryInMichigan

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Re: WE 302 doesn't close the line
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2013, 06:17:29 PM »
One quick thing to try would be to disconnect one of the ringer wires.  If the ringer capacitor is shorted, the phone would hold the line even when on-hook.

Larry