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  1. Oh I see; well, have you verified that there is a tall object between you and the intended recipient? There are free topo maps online where you can check. If not, you could try more highly directional antennas. You might have better luck on lower frequencies. I wanted to talk to a ham friend about 100 miles away, and I thought we could do it; he had a nice high vertical at his house with some decent power (300+W) and I had a mobile and a car mounted vertical antenna. I could BARELY hear him, maybe every 4th word, and he couldn't hear me at all. We looked up the map and it turned out there was a 2000+ ft tall mountain between us. We tried again on 75m (I built a simple horizontal dipole and strung it between two trees) and the conversation is loud and clear both ways, at less than 80W.
  2. I contacted the one in VA a couple of times last year. They are open by appointment, and you can get on their email list to be notified of events, but they are rare. I was in the VA area a couple of times but was never able to coordinate with them because they are not open often.
  3. FYI the fat green wire is a ground. Ground wires are generally green, green with a yellow stripe, or bare/clear insulation. What is in that other grey box under this one? CATV?
  4. OP, you can either try to hang the clips directly on the punchdown block pins (some tape may help prevent them from flopping over and shorting out on adjacent pins), or you could punch down a small length of wire into the block and clip on to that. There is also an adapter made which allows you to clip alligator clips on one and and push over a pair of punchdown pins, but I don't know what it is called. I have one somewhere...
  5. The VX5R is a really cute little 2m/440 rig but output power is "only" 5W on those bands. The basics of increasing range are: -Antenna -Height -Power You could try to build or buy a pair of Yagi or other directional antennas and point them at each other, but if you can't get them up above the obstructions, it still may not help at all. If you have a big nearby object (like a mountain) you might be able to bounce signals off of that, but it would take a lot of experimentation. There may simply be no reasonable RF path between your two stations at VHF. If you can hit a repeater, that's your best bet. You mentioned you wanted to do this without repeaters. Is this because you are not near any or do you have privacy concerns? Keep in mind you can still be monitored readily by other hams in the area, even if you talk simplex.
  6. wp.superpages.com bookmarked... thanks
  7. Update: I've tried twice now to get in to see the Pioneers Museum in Lenoir, NC. I actually found the woman who runs it, who seemed surprised that anyone would be interested in it, much less someone who was not a retired telco employee- though she did seem appreciative when I explained that I was just interested in telephones and their history. Per her description, it is not a whole museum but rather a display area, and it is inside a locked building that is not owned by the Pioneers. I tried once a couple of years ago and again earlier this summer. This time, I called 2 weeks prior to my planned visit and was still not able to get her to agree to let me in (I was nearby for a week and tried schedule a visit a few times that week). I get the feeling that the few people involved with this display are getting on in years and may not be in a position to show people around, plus there are logistical issues because they can't always get permission to get into the building (which is owned by a non-telco related company now). Anyway, if anyone is interested I can provide a name and contact number for this display. Perhaps if several people got together the would be motivated to let us see it?
  8. You can also listen to Radio France International on the phone: http://www.english.rfi.fr/node/15358 They used to have phone numbers in several major cities but now there's just one (832 225 5397). If anyone is interested, here are what the old numbers were: " In the United States, with Audionow (cost of a local call) - In New York, on (212) 401-4554 - In Boston, on (617) 963-1545 - In San Francisco, on (415) 200-0603 - In Miami, on (796) 228-5543 - In Chicago, on (312) 646-7684 - In New Orleans, on (504) 218-0121 - In Lafayette, on (337) 606-4013 - In Dallas, on (281) 661-3512 - In Seattle, on (206) 494-5388 - In Los Angeles, on (310) 734-2092 - In Atlanta, on (404) 260-7375 - In Washington, on (703) 651-1451, from Monday to Saturday, from 7am to 9am via New World Radio."
  9. I have the same question. I was using searchbug.com which had free phone number lookups and would give you name and address. This was based on published phone numbers. For cellphones, it would give you the name in rare cases but usually would just give you the carrier and general location. However it was really useful for getting name and address for listed phone numbers! Whitepages.com used to do this as well. Now it seems impossible to find anyplace where you can get name/address from a phone number for free. Usually I use this when someone asks me "hey I got a call from xxx-yyy-zzzz, who is that?". I look it up and play the hero But it is not worth even the 99c to US$3 that the sites are asking, just to find out you got a wrong number. Anyone have a good link for free reverse lookups?
  10. Great site! I saw a presentation on this museum in either The Next Hope or The Last Hope. Was that you presenting??
  11. Cool! I did not know about this one... adding it to my list
  12. Thanks NYPJ! I will check it out next time I am down in NYC. PS; just north of you (1.5 hour MetroNorth or Amtrack ride) is Samuel Morse's house Locust Grove ( http://www.lgny.org/ ) honestly - i would not bother recommending checking out Meucci's home unless you are in the area... if you take a trip just for that, then you will be disappointed... much of the museum focuses on his house guest Garibaldi, who helped lead Italy into its independence. I will have to check out Samuel Morse's place some time.. another place that would be great to find would be Elisha Gray's place if that is around still... The website did seem to be more about Italian independence than anything else... But I will eventually get to NY for some other reason and will check it out. I never looked into if Elisha Gray has a museum or site but I do very much want to see Edison's lab. When I thought of it, they were closed for a year or so for renovations, and then I got busy with other stuff..
  13. Thanks NYPJ! I will check it out next time I am down in NYC. PS; just north of you (1.5 hour MetroNorth or Amtrack ride) is Samuel Morse's house Locust Grove ( http://www.lgny.org/ )
  14. Has anyone visited any telephone company museums? I went to one in London run by BT that closed in the late 90s( http://www.samhallas.co.uk/bt_museum/index.htm ) , and another one in Gridley, IL ( http://www.telephonemuseumofgridley.org/ ) I am going on a trip to the midwest (Chicago/Milwaukee area) and I am wondering if anyone knows of any telco or related museum in the area. I have found a couple of lists online but they seem out of date. (mostly this one pops up: http://www.nationalitpa.com/default.asp?id=30 but most of the email addresses listed there bounce back.) This one looks more up to date: http://www.oldphoneworks.com/links.html I plan to follow up with some phone calls (especially for the 2 listings in WI since I will be in Milwaukee) I heard there was a good museum in Seattle (I think there was a presentation on this at the Next Hope conference) but I have not made it to WA yet. So; 1) Anyone know of any good telco museums in the Chicago/Milwaukee area and 2) Anyone have any good stories about telco museums in general? I might be able to dig up some pictures of Gridley if anyone is interested. Here are a few listings I found onlne that I want to get to eventually, if they still exist: The Museum of Communications P.O. Box 81103, Seattle, Washington (WA) 98108, USA Telephone Pioneers of America Museum 445 Commack Rd Commack, NY 11725 Verizon TelecomPioneers Museum of Virginia 713 E. Grace Street Richmond, VA 23219 Phone: 804-772-1118 Telephone Pioneer Museum of Texas Museum at One Bell Plaza 208 S Ackard Dallas TX 214 464-4359 Telephone Pioneers Museum showcasing the history of the Blue Ridge Telephone Pioneers. Lenoir, NC. (828) 728-4511.
  15. You can also use a generator. Old Army field phones used small crank or lever activated generators that sent AC ring voltage down the line. The cadence would be off (unless you can manage to create the ringing duty cycle perfectly by hand) so things like auto answer-ers and ring directors wouldn't work right. As others have stated, it doesn't need to be exactly 90v.