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Author Topic: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone  (Read 12086 times)

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Thank you all :)
I am happy that it finally works.
Was quite a bit of work to get it going again.

So for a video, should I just call it and answer?
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Thant would work :)
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Thank you all :)
I am happy that it finally works.
Was quite a bit of work to get it going again.

So for a video, should I just call it and answer?
That would work :)
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My grandparents have one, and it works with there digital line, though it may have something to do with this box they have in their basement, try said it converted te analog signals to digital, and digital to analog.
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@DarkestEx: Congrats, that's one awesome phone restauration!

I picked up a somewhat older (late 80s) phone on the fleamarket a couple of years ago. It basically worked fine - except that some of those phone services where you need to navigate through some menues would accept only vocal, but not keypad input. Eventually I found out that the thing was working in pulse-dial mode :o Come to think of it, it's quite fascinating that this crappy old thing would work like this, hooked up to some bleeding edge fibre network :D
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@DarkestEx: Congrats, that's one awesome phone restauration!

I picked up a somewhat older (late 80s) phone on the fleamarket a couple of years ago. It basically worked fine - except that some of those phone services where you need to navigate through some menues would accept only vocal, but not keypad input. Eventually I found out that the thing was working in pulse-dial mode :o Come to think of it, it's quite fascinating that this crappy old thing would work like this, hooked up to some bleeding edge fibre network :D
Thanks! :)

Nice. I solved the pulse dial problem with an adapter. I was first going to build one myself, but then opted to buy one.
It does now work on our VOIP telephoe system.
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@DarkestEx: Congrats, that's one awesome phone restauration!

I picked up a somewhat older (late 80s) phone on the fleamarket a couple of years ago. It basically worked fine - except that some of those phone services where you need to navigate through some menues would accept only vocal, but not keypad input. Eventually I found out that the thing was working in pulse-dial mode :o Come to think of it, it's quite fascinating that this crappy old thing would work like this, hooked up to some bleeding edge fibre network :D
That's cool to read. I wondered if old phones would work on today's phone lines too. I wonder if old cellphones could be modded to work on modern carriers? Imagine you arrive at work with your huge cellphone brick and a massive car battery XD
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@DarkestEx: Congrats, that's one awesome phone restauration!

I picked up a somewhat older (late 80s) phone on the fleamarket a couple of years ago. It basically worked fine - except that some of those phone services where you need to navigate through some menues would accept only vocal, but not keypad input. Eventually I found out that the thing was working in pulse-dial mode :o Come to think of it, it's quite fascinating that this crappy old thing would work like this, hooked up to some bleeding edge fibre network :D
That's cool to read. I wondered if old phones would work on today's phone lines too. I wonder if old cellphones could be modded to work on modern carriers? Imagine you arrive at work with your huge cellphone brick and a massive car battery XD
Lol yeah.
I don't think so, but you can probably gut it and put your own modern hardware in it.
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Yeah, I meant with changing as less as possible in the original hardware.
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@DarkestEx: Congrats, that's one awesome phone restauration!

I picked up a somewhat older (late 80s) phone on the fleamarket a couple of years ago. It basically worked fine - except that some of those phone services where you need to navigate through some menues would accept only vocal, but not keypad input. Eventually I found out that the thing was working in pulse-dial mode :o Come to think of it, it's quite fascinating that this crappy old thing would work like this, hooked up to some bleeding edge fibre network :D
That's cool to read. I wondered if old phones would work on today's phone lines too. I wonder if old cellphones could be modded to work on modern carriers? Imagine you arrive at work with your huge cellphone brick and a massive car battery XD
I would hope you had a desk job to set it down O.O
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This is very cool! Well done.

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Yeah, I meant with changing as less as possible in the original hardware.
Well some of the older phones have an intel 8080 or similar. i guess you could make your own rom and use another rf antenna. maybe you could get something going.

This is very cool! Well done.
Thanks :)
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@DarkestEx: Congrats, that's one awesome phone restauration!

I picked up a somewhat older (late 80s) phone on the fleamarket a couple of years ago. It basically worked fine - except that some of those phone services where you need to navigate through some menues would accept only vocal, but not keypad input. Eventually I found out that the thing was working in pulse-dial mode :o Come to think of it, it's quite fascinating that this crappy old thing would work like this, hooked up to some bleeding edge fibre network :D
Thanks! :)

Nice. I solved the pulse dial problem with an adapter. I was first going to build one myself, but then opted to buy one.
It does now work on our VOIP telephoe system.

Speaking of pulse dialing, even the newish cordless telephones in my house have an option to switch between the pulse and tone dial mode. Pulse dialing (along with the many phone jacks on the walls of my house) used to work until recently, allowing me to repeatedly hit the phone hook of a corded telephone to make calls. Alas, when we switched over to Comcast (or Xfinity) for Voice, with their swanky Triple Plays and VoIPs, pulse dialing and wall jack functionality were gone.

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Is pulse dialing when instead of doing beep noises when pressing number keys, it does repeated clicking noises?
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Is pulse dialing when instead of doing beep noises when pressing number keys, it does repeated clicking noises?
Yes
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