I've been trying to get through to the Baltimore time for the past 3 hours, and it rings out. What a joke, on one of two days out of the year that people have a reason to hear the correct time, they can't get through. Verizon is sending the message home loud and clear: they don't care about this service anymore.
I would be tempted to agree with that up until about an hour ago. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure it long dropped off the radar for a lot of the higher-ups in the company, sadly. The only revenue it brings in is probably the USF money from long distance carriers terminating calls to it, which isn't even legitimately possible for the weather if you're calling the main number.
That all aside, though, I called the time shortly after it'd started taking calls again. It was clearly in a bit of rough shape; both the tone and the recording itself were very off and pitch. Today, though, it sounded unusually clean, and borderline brand new. Considering the circumstances, we might not get a chance to hear it sound this clean again, so I got a few minutes worth of phrases from it. Here's an excerpt of it;http://thoughtphreak...ltimore844.flac
I think this is a tipoff of some sort that a tech somewhere in Baltimore (and probably likewise in Boston) cares about the machine. What I think is happening is they're doing this purely because they want to keep the machine running, not because someone is telling them to take care of it. They probably have to find some free time during their day to maintain it.
I *may* be able to get an ISDN grade recording of the time/weather (not bit by bit, sadly, but from an analog output on an ISDN-capable machine) sometime depending on what happens. We'll just have to wait and see.