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Offline Nilsog

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Western Electric Emergency Phone
« on: July 22, 2011, 03:04:22 PM »
Picked this up on eBay, after cleaning it all up I thought it would be cool to see if it worked, then I thought to myself... what if it dials 911? There is no dial, so I assume it is programmed to automatically dial a number to get to a dispatch center. It came from New York City... so I'm not sure what it would dial. My question is, is it possible to 'reprogram' a number I would like into this phone? Or at least 'deprogram' 911 or whatever emergency number was in it?









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Offline LarryInMichigan

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Re: Western Electric Emergency Phone
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2011, 03:08:22 PM »
I don't think that there is anything in the phone to dial a number, but that it was intended to be used on a manual circuit.

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Re: Western Electric Emergency Phone
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2011, 03:17:39 PM »
So if I wired in a cable and plugged it in, would I get a dial tone or nothing? If anything I'd plug it in just to hear it ring.
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Offline LarryInMichigan

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Re: Western Electric Emergency Phone
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2011, 03:41:04 PM »
I would expect that you would get a dial tone, and it would ring.

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Re: Western Electric Emergency Phone
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2011, 03:58:01 PM »
great I'll give it a shot and let you know how it turns out.
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Re: Western Electric Emergency Phone
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2011, 05:24:28 PM »
It works! It rings when i call the housephone and I can dial out by clicking the switch hook. Thanks!
Ken

Offline gpo706

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Re: Western Electric Emergency Phone
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2011, 07:03:54 PM »
I was thinking the same as Larry, it would be a direct line, no "911" pulse/tone.

Its an absolutely superb looking piece of kit, congratulations, put it on a post in your back yard!
"now this should take five minutes, where's me screwdriver went now..?"

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Re: Western Electric Emergency Phone
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2011, 02:13:00 AM »
Better yet, its now mounted on the wall in the mancave! I'll upload a video if anyones interested in seeing it, and hearing it :D
Ken

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Re: Western Electric Emergency Phone
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2011, 03:31:20 AM »
Poor quality video of Emergency Phone

I'll see about making a better quality one.
Ken