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Re: [RFI] Help: Telephone Ringer Blown Out

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Subject: Re: [RFI] Help: Telephone Ringer Blown Out
From: Pete Smith <n4zr@contesting.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2006 14:29:44 -0500
List-post: <mailto:rfi@contesting.com>
It's black magic.  No seriously, lightning and the lightning tolerance of 
individual units is incredibly variable.  For example, when we took our big hit 
in 1994 none of our phones were affected, but the solid state voice outgoing 
message memory on our answering machine was fried.

Your house should have a gas tube arrestor as part of the telco's terminal box 
on the house.  I would suspect that either the gas tube has taken too many hits 
or that the ground from the box is not good.  The telco should fix that.

73, Pete

At 02:04 PM 2/15/2006, you wrote:
>We seem to have had a phone line hit. 
>We have six phones in the house, two wireless (same model), one wired,
>and a  fax machine with a wired answering machine/phone plugged into it. 
>What I don't understand is how/why the ONLY ringers went out, and ONLY on
>the two wireless and wireline phones and *not* the fax machine or phone
>attached to it.
>Can someone tell me what happened and what I can do so that this won't
>happen again. 
>Thanks in advance, 
>Eric W3DQ
>Washington, DC 
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