"The phone is a remarkably complex, simple device, and very rarely ever needs repairs, once you fix them." - Dan/Panther
Started by bdoss2006, February 09, 2023, 04:45:28 AM
Quote from: HarrySmith on February 10, 2023, 07:50:28 AMI agree it is always best to keep these antiques original. The phone I built was empty when I got it at a local auction so I built it with what I had to make it work. The box I bought was the easiest way to get the ringer to work both on incoming calls and with the magneto. As I stated earlier, there is a number of ways to set up the ringer & magneto depending on what you want it to do.
Quote from: HarrySmith on February 10, 2023, 12:44:45 PMYes. That box he makes allows the ringer to work both ways without sending any current down the line. Works great and easy to follow instructions on how to hook it up.
Quote from: bdoss2006 on February 11, 2023, 02:35:31 PMwould I still have to put a battery in it?
Quote from: TelePlay on February 11, 2023, 03:17:21 PMOnly if you have it hooked up to another local battery phone (using it as in intercom between two rooms in your house), only if you want to talk to another phone.The battery powers the talk circuit. Location in the circuit is in the red box.If just for display, not hooked up to any other phone, no battery is needed.
Quote from: bdoss2006 on February 11, 2023, 04:01:46 PMwould I need it if I connected to a phone line with the box to make it ring when called and when the hand crank is turned though?
Quote from: TelePlay on February 11, 2023, 05:09:14 PMNo, a POTS line is Common Battery (CB). The DC voltage needed for the talk circuit is provided by the Central Office.Your old wood phone is a Local Battery (LB) phone that required batteries to power the DC talk circuit (3 to 6 volts typically) and the magneto generated the high AC voltage to ring all the phones on the two wire party line. Lift the receiver to see if anyone is talking on the party line, if not hang up (close the talk circuit) and crank the magneto to ring all of the phones on the party line (2 long for Fred's home, 1 long and 1 short for Betty's home, 2 short and one long for Ed's home, etc.).Cranking the magneto when two people were talking would not be a good thing, as would generating magneto voltage into a Common Battery CO line.Search the forum for this stuff. There's 13 years of LB and CB information already posted. All of the above plus more.