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Title: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DarkestEx on June 09, 2015, 06:21:03 pm
Hey, guys.
I was on a flea market last Sunday, where I bought an old, 50's rotary phone for 18€ (~20$).
My idea was to get it going with our analog, business DTMF telephone system.
At the beginning I wanted to build the converter by my own, but my dad probably doesn't like the idea of using a not 100% tested device on our telephone system and actually bought me a converter for about 40€ (~44$).
I restaurated, took apart, cleaned and repaired it. When the converter arrives tomorrow or in two days, I'll try it.
This might not be the most interesting project for you, but I kinda like to have such a retro phone :D

Pictures from it before and after the process will follow.
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: Snektron on June 09, 2015, 07:02:16 pm
Cool! i think my dad has such a phone still too :3
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: alexgt on June 09, 2015, 07:37:38 pm
My dad has a phone like that too but it is just for looks now :P.

Hope it works :)
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DarkestEx on June 12, 2015, 12:30:39 pm
Alright the restauration is now done. Now I am only waiting for the pulse to DTMF converter. When it arrives I hopefully can finally test it.

Here are some photos before the restauration:
(https://codewalr.us/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.tapatalk-cdn.com%2F15%2F06%2F12%2F75ac73161cda156259b05df7c3556c60.jpg&hash=d9541380fd38c9c3d484f84614ee9248)
(https://codewalr.us/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.tapatalk-cdn.com%2F15%2F06%2F12%2Fd665ec1c9ab8d25f8077f817d4c1dd4b.jpg&hash=8de87b4f1d85a3edbe5187338c20cd3f)

And after it:
(https://codewalr.us/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.tapatalk-cdn.com%2F15%2F06%2F12%2F07132a473b68d1d319894b1ea8628b25.jpg&hash=10bc331d7aaaac6b8042bae74a7c97a5)
(https://codewalr.us/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.tapatalk-cdn.com%2F15%2F06%2F12%2Fb64b1df169679790c1d49dbb48c24e04.jpg&hash=41cf8565d0f4530c02d9bef46c182ea8)
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: alexgt on June 12, 2015, 02:22:51 pm
Looks awesome O.O, can't wait to see if it works :)
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: CKH4 on June 12, 2015, 02:25:55 pm
That is ridiculously cool. I love old things, especially clocks. Its really great that you restored it because we need to keep stuff like this alive so that people can understand where things come from.
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on June 18, 2015, 11:10:45 pm
Wow you did a pretty good job restoring this phone. I never used that kind of phone much, so using one would take me a while to get used to, but I did often see them as kid since my grandmother had one and there were still some at some places in the 90's.
Quote from: CKH4 on June 12, 2015, 02:25:55 pm
we need to keep stuff like this alive so that people can understand where things come from.
Well said. This is why I hate the digital gaming era and games that are online-only. Once the company that makes the game decide to shut down the server, the game files are now useless and most of the game history is deleted. Digital game purchases aren't as bad since you only lose them if the service shuts down, but at least with physical copies you can still grab the CD years later and play.
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: CKH4 on June 19, 2015, 10:08:48 pm
Quote from: DJ Omnimaga on June 18, 2015, 11:10:45 pm
Wow you did a pretty good job restoring this phone. I never used that kind of phone much, so using one would take me a while to get used to, but I did often see them as kid since my grandmother had one and there were still some at some places in the 90's.
Quote from: CKH4 on June 12, 2015, 02:25:55 pm
we need to keep stuff like this alive so that people can understand where things come from.
Well said. This is why I hate the digital gaming era and games that are online-only. Once the company that makes the game decide to shut down the server, the game files are now useless and most of the game history is deleted. Digital game purchases aren't as bad since you only lose them if the service shuts down, but at least with physical copies you can still grab the CD years later and play.

The problem with really old things is that the format has changed. I saw some old floppy disks recently that only held like 2 MB of stuff. It's amazing that people used to put games on them.

Relating back to the phone, I think it would be really cool if someone were to take a broken one and fix it with updated stuff (like wireless).
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DarkestEx on June 19, 2015, 10:31:11 pm
Quote from: alexgt on June 12, 2015, 02:22:51 pm
Looks awesome O.O, can't wait to see if it works :)

In fact, I just hooked it up to our phone system and it works ;D
After all those years, it does ring and you can talk and listen. Everything except dialing works already.
I still need to finish my pulse to DTMF converter to get it dialing (or wait for that bought one to arrive - Deutsche Post is on strike so this can take a long, long while).
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: CKH4 on June 19, 2015, 10:36:09 pm
Nice. Hopefully your post people get off strike.
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DarkestEx on June 19, 2015, 10:46:56 pm
Quote from: CKH4 on June 19, 2015, 10:36:09 pm
Nice. Hopefully your post people get off strike.

Yeah, that would be great. At least Deutsche Post is not our only mail deliverer, as there's Hermes, UPS, TNT and DPD available here.
But yeah, almost every online shop uses DHL (Deutsche Post). Some packets are delayed over two weeks now and we haven't received any packages for the entire week. Still their share has some nice value drops so that should hopefully remind them that the mailmans don't get much money if they make such a loss. And actually the mailmans at DHL are paid the best of all mail delivery companies here, so yeah.
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: CKH4 on June 19, 2015, 10:49:02 pm
The snobs of the mailmen are wanting more eh?
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DarkestEx on June 19, 2015, 10:50:54 pm
Quote from: CKH4 on June 19, 2015, 10:49:02 pm
The snobs of the mailmen are wanting more eh?

Exactly. But I might not blame them to hard. Amazon even lets them drive twice a day to get their packets delivered. If the mailman forgot any Amazon package he needs to drive another round and deliver it.
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: Ivoah on June 19, 2015, 10:52:31 pm
All of our wireless phones were dead today so I had to use an old rotary phone we had laying around in our basement :D
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: CKH4 on June 19, 2015, 10:54:08 pm
Quote from: DarkestEx on June 19, 2015, 10:50:54 pm
Quote from: CKH4 on June 19, 2015, 10:49:02 pm
The snobs of the mailmen are wanting more eh?

Exactly. But I might not blame them to hard. Amazon even lets them drive twice a day to get their packets delivered. If the mailman forgot any Amazon package he needs to drive another round and deliver it.

Yeah I definitely don't blame them. I wish that there was a better way for them to protest because it hurts other people too.

Quote from: Ivoah on June 19, 2015, 10:52:31 pm
All of our wireless phones were dead today so I had to use an old rotary phone we had laying around in our basement :D

Nice.
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on June 20, 2015, 12:09:04 pm
Quote from: DarkestEx on June 19, 2015, 10:46:56 pm
Quote from: CKH4 on June 19, 2015, 10:36:09 pm
Nice. Hopefully your post people get off strike.

Yeah, that would be great. At least Deutsche Post is not our only mail deliverer, as there's Hermes, UPS, TNT and DPD available here.
But yeah, almost every online shop uses DHL (Deutsche Post). Some packets are delayed over two weeks now and we haven't received any packages for the entire week. Still their share has some nice value drops so that should hopefully remind them that the mailmans don't get much money if they make such a loss. And actually the mailmans at DHL are paid the best of all mail delivery companies here, so yeah.
Yeah that's the issue with jobs in the public sector. Most jobs from the government are paid twice as much as everyone else, yet they are the first people to go on strike the minute they don't get a 5% wage increase instead of 4.99%. But of course it depends of the circumstances too: Sometimes they try to lay off many people or stuff like that so I can understand that they would go on strike to protest. Anyway hopefully you get your package soon. It would be cool to see this phone in action (eg calling to some random company with an automated phone message with options or one of those rickroll phone numbers so you won't disturb someone :P) in a video or something.
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DarkestEx on June 20, 2015, 06:34:58 pm
Quote from: DJ Omnimaga on June 20, 2015, 12:09:04 pm
Quote from: DarkestEx on June 19, 2015, 10:46:56 pm
Quote from: CKH4 on June 19, 2015, 10:36:09 pm
Nice. Hopefully your post people get off strike.

Yeah, that would be great. At least Deutsche Post is not our only mail deliverer, as there's Hermes, UPS, TNT and DPD available here.
But yeah, almost every online shop uses DHL (Deutsche Post). Some packets are delayed over two weeks now and we haven't received any packages for the entire week. Still their share has some nice value drops so that should hopefully remind them that the mailmans don't get much money if they make such a loss. And actually the mailmans at DHL are paid the best of all mail delivery companies here, so yeah.
Yeah that's the issue with jobs in the public sector. Most jobs from the government are paid twice as much as everyone else, yet they are the first people to go on strike the minute they don't get a 5% wage increase instead of 4.99%. But of course it depends of the circumstances too: Sometimes they try to lay off many people or stuff like that so I can understand that they would go on strike to protest. Anyway hopefully you get your package soon. It would be cool to see this phone in action (eg calling to some random company with an automated phone message with options or one of those rickroll phone numbers so you won't disturb someone :P) in a video or something.

Yeah sure, I am going to post a video when it arrives.
Btw. Deutsche Post is not from the government; it is its own company since some years now.
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DarkestEx on June 20, 2015, 08:49:06 pm
The module did not yet arrive nor have I built the module yet, but I still want to show you that it rings:
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on June 24, 2015, 05:44:13 pm
Aah I thought that Deutsche Post was governemental like Canada and US post. They tend to be much cheaper, but often takes a while to deliver stuff.

Also nice to hear the ringing into action :D
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DarkestEx on June 30, 2015, 05:02:38 pm
Haha, the module did finally arrive (2 of them xD).
But the speaker died. I ordered a new one online - using another postal company - so it should arrive soon hopefully.
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on June 30, 2015, 05:19:55 pm
Ouch at the speaker. Did you get a refund?
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DarkestEx on June 30, 2015, 05:22:01 pm
Quote from: DJ Omnimaga on June 30, 2015, 05:19:55 pm
Ouch at the speaker. Did you get a refund?

Well, I have to send one of the modules back. About the speaker, well, the phone was from a flea market, so no. I paid 11€ for a new one, so its not too bad ;)
I am really looking forward getting this done.
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on June 30, 2015, 05:22:28 pm
Oh I see. I thought you got the part brand new.
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DarkestEx on June 30, 2015, 05:23:12 pm
Quote from: DJ Omnimaga on June 30, 2015, 05:22:28 pm
Oh I see. I thought you got the part brand new.

Which part?
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: Streetwalrus on July 01, 2015, 06:38:22 pm
DJ, he bought a used phone, the speaker died. It's unrelated to the converter he bought new online. :P
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on July 05, 2015, 04:05:54 am
Oh OK I thought that the one he had just bought died nearly immediately. I hate when I buy something and it stops working after just a day or two. >.<

Anyway, I can't wait to see the phone into its final state :)
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DarkestEx on July 05, 2015, 11:03:44 am
Quote from: DJ Omnimaga on July 05, 2015, 04:05:54 am
Oh OK I thought that the one he had just bought died nearly immediately. I hate when I buy something and it stops working after just a day or two. >.<

Anyway, I can't wait to see the phone into its final state :)

All the replacement parts arrived yesterday and I finished it.
It works finally ;D

EDIT:
Here are the new pictures of the final phone:
(https://codewalr.us/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.tapatalk-cdn.com%2F15%2F07%2F05%2Ff67679e899501644fefc7d579ec22d99.jpg&hash=bc496e476e3fd8704fc7736ee816c588)
(https://codewalr.us/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.tapatalk-cdn.com%2F15%2F07%2F05%2Fccc521a7afc23c85e77e4fe6855299d7.jpg&hash=16836273391d315fa48b0929d9cd573d)

And the pulse converter:
(https://codewalr.us/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.tapatalk-cdn.com%2F15%2F07%2F05%2F5fb95e8124a67d1929a2be410c2226cd.jpg&hash=c51187c0bef053b2de1d6c162e17714b)

If you want a video of it in action, I can do that as well.
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: alexgt on July 05, 2015, 08:26:31 pm
Awesome, also A video would be nice :)
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on July 06, 2015, 04:38:57 am
Awesome! Almost like new or mint condition now ^.^
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: CKH4 on July 06, 2015, 01:32:05 pm
Wow, that looks like it'd be in a museum.
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DarkestEx on July 06, 2015, 05:16:17 pm
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?
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: alexgt on July 06, 2015, 08:27:08 pm
Thant would work :)
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on July 10, 2015, 04:08:23 am
Quote from: DarkestEx on July 06, 2015, 05:16:17 pm
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 :)
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: Unicorn on July 14, 2015, 11:50:09 pm
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.
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: utz on July 15, 2015, 12:17:35 am
@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
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DarkestEx on July 15, 2015, 12:21:28 am
Quote from: utz on July 15, 2015, 12:17:35 am
@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.
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on July 19, 2015, 06:03:29 pm
Quote from: utz on July 15, 2015, 12:17:35 am
@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
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DarkestEx on July 19, 2015, 09:36:41 pm
Quote from: DJ Omnimaga on July 19, 2015, 06:03:29 pm
Quote from: utz on July 15, 2015, 12:17:35 am
@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.
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on July 19, 2015, 09:43:30 pm
Yeah, I meant with changing as less as possible in the original hardware.
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: alexgt on July 19, 2015, 11:26:52 pm
Quote from: DJ Omnimaga on July 19, 2015, 06:03:29 pm
Quote from: utz on July 15, 2015, 12:17:35 am
@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
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: allynfolksjr on July 20, 2015, 12:09:32 am
This is very cool! Well done.
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DarkestEx on July 20, 2015, 12:26:27 am
Quote from: DJ Omnimaga on July 19, 2015, 09:43:30 pm
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.

Quote from: allynfolksjr on July 20, 2015, 12:09:32 am
This is very cool! Well done.

Thanks :)
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: calcplays on October 24, 2015, 04:21:09 am
Quote from: DarkestEx on July 15, 2015, 12:21:28 am
Quote from: utz on July 15, 2015, 12:17:35 am
@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.
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on October 24, 2015, 03:05:19 pm
Is pulse dialing when instead of doing beep noises when pressing number keys, it does repeated clicking noises?
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DarkestEx on October 24, 2015, 08:07:05 pm
Quote from: DJ Omnimaga on October 24, 2015, 03:05:19 pm
Is pulse dialing when instead of doing beep noises when pressing number keys, it does repeated clicking noises?

Yes
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on October 24, 2015, 08:12:23 pm
Ok thanks. I was wondering because I once accidentally set my grandmother's phone into some weird mode and had no clue why dialing had stopped working. I thought that the phone was broken until I pushed a switch on the side, which fixed the issue. I guess that pulse dialing is not supported by every phone company here.
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DarkestEx on October 24, 2015, 08:22:08 pm
Quote from: DJ Omnimaga on October 24, 2015, 08:12:23 pm
Ok thanks. I was wondering because I once accidentally set my grandmother's phone into some weird mode and had no clue why dialing had stopped working. I thought that the phone was broken until I pushed a switch on the side, which fixed the issue. I guess that pulse dialing is not supported by every phone company here.

Same here, though most homes in Germany including ours are using VOIP telephony entirely. Our phone, internet and TV company is not even having a phone network anymore. They use the TV cable and modulate the TV and Internet (+VOIP) signals into it. A special transceiver is sending, receiving and demodulating the electromagnetic signals over the cable.
I had to buy (or build) a converter that turns the pule signals into DTMF (tone dialing) which is then sent to the phone system, which in turn converts it to ISDN and sends it to the router which turns it into VOIP and in turn sends it to the transceiver which sends it away.
Yea that's all inside our house. We also have our own DNS server and some webservers. I am administrating all these systems as my dad has no real clue what's going on ;)

Also I ordered and paied the new replacement parts for my phone and they should arrive next week. Then I can repair it once more.
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on October 24, 2015, 08:26:55 pm
It's a shame that some old technology that was once used for decades will soon be useless worldwide. For example, some old video games that only had online multiplayer, but where the network shut down, are no longer useable. While in some cases progress is good, old stuff becoming useless after becoming so popular for decades kinda feels like a waste. >.<
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DarkestEx on October 24, 2015, 08:30:18 pm
Quote from: DJ Omnimaga on October 24, 2015, 08:26:55 pm
It's a shame that some old technology that was once used for decades will soon be useless worldwide. For example, some old video games that only had online multiplayer, but where the network shut down, are no longer useable. While in some cases progress is good, old stuff becoming useless after becoming so popular for decades kinda feels like a waste. >.<

I absolutely agree. Though very often people are restoring and recovering these technologies and build devices to keep them compatible with new things. It's good that people do that.
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on October 30, 2015, 06:24:56 am
Yeah true, but not everyone has the knowledge to do that, sadly. So a lot of those old things ends up in pawn shops or landfills (I bet a lot of CRT TVs suffered that fate when people decided to upgrade to HD cable TV  services)
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DarkestEx on November 03, 2015, 10:48:07 pm
Good news, I got the missing parts today and the phone works again :D
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: Streetwalrus on November 04, 2015, 12:22:32 am
Nice ! Have fun with it. :)
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DarkestEx on November 04, 2015, 12:25:31 am
Quote from: Streetwalrus on November 04, 2015, 12:22:32 am
Nice ! Have fun with it. :)

Thanks [emoji4]
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: alexgt on November 04, 2015, 03:18:38 am
Quote from: DarkestEx on November 03, 2015, 10:48:07 pm
Good news, I got the missing parts today and the phone works again :D

Awesome!!! Now connect it to a calc and have it dial remotely :P
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on November 13, 2015, 06:11:50 am
Quote from: DarkestEx on November 03, 2015, 10:48:07 pm
Good news, I got the missing parts today and the phone works again :D
I'm late but I'm glad to see you got it working again. I hope it continues working in long terms. :)
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on November 18, 2015, 10:35:33 pm
@DarkestEx  have you seen this?  http://hackaday.com/2015/11/18/old-school-rotary-phone-gets-gsm-upgrade/

Rotary phone upgrades/modding seems like it's not that uncommon, which is kinda cool. :)

Also imagine if you would have made Hackaday front page O.O
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: alexgt on November 18, 2015, 10:57:01 pm
Since I don't have a phone I should go to school after modding it like that and say "Hey guys I got a phone :3"

That would be awesome :P
Title: Re: Restauration and modernisation of an old rotary dial phone
Post by: DJ Omnimaga on November 21, 2015, 08:34:45 am
Something funny would be if someone modded a rotary phone into a cellphone or vice-versa, so that the case remained somewhat similar to DarkestEx's phone, but more portable while still using the rotary interface. There would be the issue about where to place the screen, though (if any)