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Subject: Re: Modification to Telephone Recorder?
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NNTP-Posting-Date: Thu, 07 Nov 2002 15:31:00 EST
Date: Thu, 7 Nov 2002 14:35:59 -0600
(Question and comments in line)
"Marc H.Popek" wrote in message
> DO NOT SCREW WITH THE PHONE LINES
> UNTIL WAY AFTER YOU THINK YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT THE HELL YOU ARE DOING.
Easy there my friend. I'm a DIYer who does everything from residential
construction, concrete work, roofing, plumbing, electrical wiring, auto
repair, computer repair, to whatever. I learned a long time ago to ask
questions when I'm unsure.
I know that there are portable telephone recording devices which tap
directly into the line going to the telephone. I am simply asking if by
changing the plug and connecting my recording unit directly into the phone
line if that is safe for both the unit and the phone system. We're not
talking about any rocket science here.
I asked my question because I am cautious and don't want to damage anything.
Maybe you have something going with the poster to whom you replied, but I
would appreciate some helpful advice if you are able to offer that. Your
reply leads me to believe that you have extensive knowledge of the telephone
system. Maybe I'm wrong?
> "bruce varley" wrote in message
> > Srictly (where I am at least) anything connected to the phone lines
> > be approved. Aside from that, you certainly wouldn't want to earth one
> > of the pair. There are some other practical aspects such as the fact
> > when the line goes on and off hook the loop voltage goes between maybe
> > volts and a quite low value, and you need to ensure that whatever you
> > isn't damaged by the transients. Also, AFAIK the level of the send
> > the loop can be significantly higher than the receive signal, meaning
> > straight off line signal may not record well for all speaking parties -
> > normally this isn't noticed because the bridge in the phone takes care
> > it. Your easiest option is to purchase something that does what you want
> > works well.
> > HarryB wrote in message
> > news:bc%x9.16516$bE1.firstname.lastname@example.org...
> > > I have a small portable telephone recording device (Bell Equipment
> > > Model No.: BE-310VTR) which connects between the handset and base. I
> > not
> > > happy with the quality of the sound: the other party's voice is quite
> > clear,
> > > but my voice is almost impossible to understand. I have tried the unit
> > a
> > > couple of different phones with the same result. Maybe I have a
> > > unit which I need to return, but I'm wondering about the following
> > > modification:
> > >
> > > Would it be safe to modify a cord (install a different plug) so that I
> > > connect the tape recorder directly to the line that goes into the
> > telephone
> > > (in the same way that a caller ID box connects to the line?) Since I
> > > little about electronics I don't want to end up burning up the
> > my
> > > house, or getting the telephone company knocking on my door.
> > >
> > > TIA,
> > > Harry
> > >
> > >
> > >
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