Cutting them hot using a 5A switch box.”Chuck Davidson, Monday, January 28, 2013, pm EST“Love the site. (Dickie) Harrell, Monday, February 4, 2013 pm ESTJust retired after 40 yrs. River.”George Bailey, Sunday, February 10, 2013 pm EST“Never did work open wire but I was a Central Office Repairman for Carolina Telephone and Telegraph Co. We had the North and South Toll line that ran from Weldon, NC to Maxton, NC about 150 miles. There also was the P and D Toll line that ran from Petersburg, VA to Denmark, SC. This toll line had a repeater station in Rocky Mount, NC. Time changes, they really were high maintenance.”Thomas Farley, Wednesday, March 6, 2013 pm EST“You are doing great work!
TCT was one of the first phone companies in the state of Kansas to embark on FTTP, or Fiber-to-the-Premises in the late 1990s, thereby replacing the all-buried copper cable network installed by the late 1960s.fiber to the home and business with POTS, Internet services and Ip TV.The Tri-County organization began its history with the consolidation of many small farmer mutual telephone companies using exclusively, open wire construction in and around the Morris County, Kansas area where they operated.In 1963, the Tri-County Telephone Association had been formally created and began its activities as a telephone utility.Otherwise, please offer your thoughts and memories! Wish I knew in 1989 when the Transcon lead was wrecked.
Hank Hardisty, Monday, June 27, 2011, am EDT“I like open wire lines and have since I was a small child in the early 1960s.”Mike Johansen, Monday, June 4, 2012, pm EDT“Wow! I took many pictures of that line and loved it dearly.”Larry of Yucca Valley, Tuesday, July 26, 2012, am PDT“As to it being haphazard, I would speculate that in its later days, there were probably fewer old guyz around who knew what they were doing, or the supervisors who knew the stuff were gone and so if the linemen took shortcuts there was no one to yell at them.
What a great site to learn the history of open wire. .”Bart (Richard) Magoffin, Tuesday, July 26, 2012, am PDT“Hello, Doug! I’m extrapolating from my own experience; as the Chevron microwave slowly went away, they tended to let techs work on it who didn’t really know what they were doing, and the engineering support dried up. According to this buddy of mine, this was AT&T line that had to do with some sort of government mandate to provide phone service to remote desert areas.
It’s great to have web sites like these so we can keep the history alive. Originally, this service was provided out of an AT&T office at ‘Whitewater,’ near Palm Springs. I remember seeing the open wire in visits to the area back in the ’80s, running thru Morongo Valley and Yucca Valley (where I now live).
My first job was cutting Phantoms on Transpositions on a 3-arm lead; transposing 1 to 4, 7 to 10 and 21 to 24 from Tulsa to Enid, Oklahoma, in 1947.”John P.
Lock, Tuesday, December 18, 2012, pm EST“I went to work for Southwestern Bell in 1947 at Tulsa, Oklahoma cutting Phantoms & transpositions on toll line 23 from Tulsa to Enid, Oklahoma on 1 to 4, 7 to 10 and 21 to 24. Looking for anyone out of the gangs that was back in the ’70-’80s east of the Miss.
I don’t think Amboy is on the wire anymore.”Dennis Kotan, Thursday, August 30, 2012, pm EDT“Marvelous site, lots of good information.”John P.