[AMRadio] Landline vs cell

manualman at juno.com manualman at juno.com
Wed Jul 27 14:47:21 EDT 2016

As a kid I remember, when we lived in PA, having  a party line. To long
ago to remember how big a party line it was. When we moved to NJ, we had
a private line. As time progressed, cross-talk, especially during the
winter/snowy months, was very common. As time further progressed, lost of
dial tone, fast busy, lack of echo canceling, random rings, etc. became
more common. As time further progressed, local and long distance carriers
became separate, requiring separate bills each month, and each with their
own unique anomalies. I honestly can't remember the last time I saw a
telephone repairman anywhere in my area up on a pole or at a
cross-connect box doing any repairs. On some of the local streets here
which still have poles and wiring, you can see telephone lines
disconnected/broken dangling in the breeze and some with their outer
insulation blowing in the breeze. The friend that I mentioned in the
previous thread that has POTS and had called for service was changed
around $90 for them to come out in a week to fix his problem which the
initial repair only lasted a week. I had no regrets leaving POTS in the
wind as a almost dead service even though I was employed at Bell Labs and
AT&T for many years. Even during the early years of cell service, the
writing on the wall was that the POTS life-cycle was going to reach it's
end of life for many customers in the near future.

Pete, wa2cwa

On Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:40:09 -0500 Rob Atkinson <ranchorobbo at gmail.com>
> > **** With above ground telephone lines, which are subjected to 
> more
> > weathering, cross talk is not uncommon. Cross-talk during the 
> winter
> > months, with snow clinging to wires up on the poles and 
> water/snow
> > leakage into the cross-connect boxes, was always a problem. I 
> could have
> > multiple conversations without having to dial any numbers by just 
> lifting
> > the handset.
> I have never in my life come anywhere close to that except for a 
> few
> years in the early 1970s when my parents were on an 8 party line.  
> our
> ring was two shorts and a long.  you had to get used to people
> listening in.  Now people have their phone conversations anywhere
> standing right next to you at the store and out in the open, so 
> today
> a party line would probably be fine with most.
> Rob
> K5UJ

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