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    This might be the last time I get to hear a US West TOPS switch hassling me for money, so I thought I might record it. I didn't have a pickup coil with me at the time - still don't actually, I should probably find my way to one. But anyway, sorry about the automatic gain control. Next time I do this, I'm going to use something a little cleaner. All I had at the time was my Dialogic box, though. In case you were wondering, this switch is indeed the sort of thing you can redbox, but it typically doesn't ask you for money retroactively. It's doing this (it actually never cut me off if you're wondering; I sat there for like twenty minutes. The tops_2.wav stuff is the last thing it said) because Qwest doesn't use TOPS for operator services anymore. It's not programmed to automatically cut you off and there's no person it can call to intervene, so, well, it just lets the call go on forever. And probably raised an alarm on the console. I've never heard it myself, but the TOPS manual says it can actually get pretty aggressive; it'll call you back to try and get you to pay if you let it. I was really disappointed when it didn't. If you listen to the way it says "past", you can hear this subtle looping sound on the end of the T syllable. This is a characteristic thing the Nortel EDRAM card does - the closest we'll get to proof here that the tandem is a DMS. Funny enough, we actually do have the original files the switch is playing back; it's some form of 32k ADPCM. It's all in some sort of strange container format that nobody could ever figure out, though. If you'd like to try your luck with it though, this is the archive with all the stock EDRAM stuff. eacts0ae.bin44 has all the ACTS stuff in it: http://www71.zippyshare.com/v/1XzPMAeZ/file.html . I'll post a manual for the card at some point. The .bin44 extension implies that it's binary as per usual, but the 44 after indicates the logical record length of the file is, well, 44 bytes. tops_1.wav tops_2.wav
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    800-877-3542 - Older IVR of some kind. JCSwishMan33 and Ramsaso helped narrow down that it belongs to some large gas company. Listen to those crunchy recordings! Oh, also there's hidden options. The golden rule seems to be * goes back, and #/0 will hang up.
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    If you want to get the absolute lowest price for telephone service, you want "metered service" or "message rate service". This is not offered in all areas, and it might not be what you really want. In my area, it cannot be ordered (and is not offered) online, it must be ordered over the phone, and it comes out to about $14 after taxes. Essentially, that price only gives you a dial tone, and you are charged for every local call you make. Think of it like a pay phone. In my area, most local calls are also timed on message rate service, so you don't pay per-call, you pay for the amount of time you talk in 3 or 5 minute increments. If you make a lot of calls, the cost can get out of hand quickly. However, if you only make a few calls per month, or call lots of numbers that don't answer, it might be a good option. Metered service is sometimes available with or without an allowance. In my area, the service without an allowance is cheapest, but if you pay $3 extra, you get an allowence of about $5. It can save you money if you make more than $3 of calls. It makes sense if you want a line primarily to receive calls, but you really need to do the math to make sure it's a good option for placing lots of calls. Just to repeat, phone pricing is controlled by each state and as a result, pricing is not consistent nationwide. In my state, prices vary city-to-city, so the only way to find out what's available is to call the phone company and ask them. In PA, they are legally obligated to tell you all of your options starting with the lowest, but they tend to do so only if you say something like "please tell me the pricing options for telephone service starting with the cheapest". If money isn't an object, just get the bundle!
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    Hmm, no official downloadable ISO file of the repository you need and you need a local copy for offline machines, what to do, what to do? Simple, grab the whole 2 1/2 GB online repo with WGET in one fell swoop, edit the /Releases file as needed and build your own ISO.
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    That's a fair example of where this sort of thing might make sense. For whatever it's worth, I made a program for my Dialogic box to three-way stuff in when I was living in the hotel. It's been a huge help for places where toll calls cost actual money, but as sort of a compromise like the one you describe, I made a command that makes it increment the destination by 100 numbers, hang up on the existing call, and three-way the next number in. Like for example, 432-332-0000, 0100, 0200, etcetera. It'll be a few days before I'm home. Lemme know if you want to use it for investigating the 1AESS. Also, fuck Texas/Georgia and their confusing test numbers .
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    If I have time before I leave on yet another business trip, I'll contact a friend of mine at iConetiv (the successor to Bellcore, Telcordia, etc. etc.) to see what 1As are still around. Sad when Lafayette Main goes away since that's where my friend Mark Cuccia lived. He was the one who always tracked the last 1AESS switches in the US. Sadly he passed away in 2014. That's why I'm keeping this thread alive in his memory. (TP knows who he is too.)
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    Ha. Sounds like a Gentner / Burk VRC remote with the "Precise Pete" voice selected. I'm surprised that last word is in its vocabulary. Granted, I also had one saying some weird things. It really likes when you make it say "cheeeeeeeeeeeeese". Also it can't quite say "temperature" and the voice kinda cuts in late in many cases. They're also prone to a creepy failure mode where they keep saying something like "minus one J" over and over again - other functions do work but the moment it goes idle it just starts chanting "minus one J". This is a fatal problem and cannot be repaired as parts are no longer available. xmtr.ogg
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    I was digging through some ThoughtPhreaker numbers from back in 2012/2013 when I came across this entry: 503-654-9900 - Synthesized voice, "AM transmitter. Please enter access code" .... Now there is a little something "extra" at the end of the message...... I wonder if someone figured out the access code?? Hahaha AWW I see someone already discovered this in 2014
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    Sorry if I'm like reviving dead matter here, but I called this. That is a WEIRDASS REMOTE!!! This is NOT a Gentner (now Burk) GSC3000. I'm the engineer at a station that uses one. When you call up a GSC3000, it immediately asks for passcode. On ours, that's 5 digits + # to get in to the main menu. This one appears to give you a few seconds of audio from the transmitter room, then allow you to enter commands?! It certainly didn't take the commands that work for the Burk, such as 999 (disconnect) and 601-616* / #. (6xx* - read back metering value on channel xx once. 6xx# - read three times.) Hopefully, I didn't turn off their transmitter or anything while trying those Burk commands. I'd like to imagine it'd ask for a passcode before DOING ANYTHING. It says 'kfhn' or 'kfhm' -- neither is licensed. Huh?