I am introducing myself and the Shelter Island Telephone Company.
I am a member of ATCA (number 1783) and I am a retired 30-year
employee of the Bell System. I worked on a step-by-step PBX that had
6000 extensions, 8000 1A2 key telephone stations, and several hundred
trunks. It was demolished in 1989. I have worked on all the other
types of WE PBX switching equipment.
I am setting up a working display in a new 22' by 20' facility going
up on my residential property that will encompass a 200-line
(Strowger) Model 701B PBX (ex-AT&T) and a few interesting manual PBX's
and some 1A2 key system equipment.
My system will be a class 5 office on CNet. (see www.ckts.info
subscribers will have access to our PBX via inward trunks from a
tandem Asterisk PBX, and outbound traffic will be available to any PBX
extension by dialling "9" and a CNet number.
A group of PBX extensions will provide intercommunications for the
right-of-way telephones of the Hampton & Amagansett Rail Road, my O-
gauge model train layout, in an adjoining building on the property.
Another group of extensions will serve the offices of the Shelter
Island Bridge & Tunnel Authority. Please see www.SIBTA.com
, and the
following explanation of our operation, as reported in the New Yorker
I'm not sure if the local zoning board would agree that a museum is a
permitted use, but let's just not tell them, OK? You all are welcome
to visit the switch room and the train room, with advance notice to
the curator. Donations are greatly appreciated to defray the cost of
my expensive tastes in the luxuries of retired life: potatoes, soap,
and toilet paper.
I think this Forum will be a great resource both for curators, wanna-
be-curators, and the visiting public. I applaud the efforts made so
far by the originators and moderators.
Arthur P. Bloom