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Author Topic: Telephones in the Early era.  (Read 1566 times)
KA5PIU
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« on: June 02, 2014, 01:18:50 AM »

Hello.

Hate that telemarketing call?
Did you know that Radio pushed for the ham radio rules that ban commercial activities?
You see, when the phone was introduced, people would call others by name, party lines.
Later, a system of "Rings" was developed.
People would listen in on others calls.
So, someone figured out that they could do a really long ring, just keep cranking until somebody picked up, and when they did, they hear all about the latest specials!
Radio picked up on this, and started "Commercial Segments" in the programming.
Newspapers were furious!
The Federal Radio Commission, a part of the Department of Commerce.
People were complaining about all of this "Propaganda".
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Radio_Commission
Remember the old slogan "Now You'r talking"?
http://www.amazon.com/Youre-Talking-Amateur-License-Edition/dp/0872598810
Well?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nl7kHCn6EdQ
But, yes, spam goes a long way, and I do not mean SPiced hAM.
Enjoy!
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KD8IIC
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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2014, 02:35:56 AM »

 On the topic of telephony, a fine web-site is "AT&T Long Lines". Everything you would ever want to know about telephony and long distance wire and microwave technology history.
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W1JKA
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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2014, 03:38:31 AM »

Back in the 60s in rural Maine our three party crank phone number was one short and two long, we never needed a newspaper , Spam (telemarketers) was something you ate and the switchboard operator was always listening in case of an emergency. A simple system that worked and never failed just like a Dipole antenna.
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K8AXW
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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2014, 08:35:15 AM »

Yep, the switchboard operator was listening and everyone else as well!  No sweet talking your neighbor's wife back in those days!!   Roll Eyes
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AA4PB
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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2014, 09:34:12 AM »

And today a bunch of people are on Facebook (or whatever) telling the world what they are doing yet complaining that NSA is listening in  Shocked
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W1JKA
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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2014, 10:07:13 AM »

Re: AA4PB

At least with a  party line only a few people would be listening in and you always knew who they were by their breathing patterns and their background in house noises. This let you plan your calls accordingly and if you left anything important out you could count on being asked about it.
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