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Offline Brinybay

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Box of station wire.
« on: November 22, 2015, 02:06:52 PM »
Is this the standard stuff that was used to wire households for phones "back in the day"?
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Re: Box of station wire.
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2015, 02:25:52 PM »
Certainly looks like it, but it's the really old stuff being only 4 conductor.

Good for one line back then, two lines now. Looks like the label says 22 gauge solid copper and "not intended for multiple line use."

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Re: Box of station wire.
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2015, 03:43:00 PM »
I didn't see "pull boxes" until 1980 or so. Prior to that we had "Flat Packs". 22 Gauge Green, Red, Black & Yellow "Quad" (not two twisted pairs) was pretty standard Station Wire. Prior to that we had 3 conductor that for whatever reason was Blue, Red & Yellow.

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Re: Box of station wire.
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2015, 04:04:55 PM »
My guess is the reason it says not for multiple line use is because the two pairs are probably not paired and twisted, meaning that multiple line use would result in possible cross-talk.

For a regular station application with 4 wires; red, green, yellow and black, this looks like the old fashioned stuff.  Terry notes that the pull boxes didn't come into being until the 80's and so even if this wire was made in the '80's or later, it still looks like the old type station wire.
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Re: Box of station wire.
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2015, 04:34:59 PM »
Our standards changed from quad to 3 pair cat 3 station wire sometime in the mid to late 80's but we had both types of wire available until at least the mid 90's.

Quad is still readily available as it is used for alarm systems.

Terry
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Re: Box of station wire.
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2015, 06:38:07 PM »
now the norm is Cat 5. I was lucky enough to find end of roll cuts of 25 Pair cat 5 cable. works great for me... and the multiline system I have.
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Re: Box of station wire.
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2015, 11:04:28 PM »
Trying to figure out if this would be useful to have for the hobby.
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