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1a2 technician needed!

1a2 technician needed!

I am trying to find someone who used to work with 1A2 systems
in the Montreal region?
I have a 1A2 project and need help!



RE: 1a2 technician needed!

You wouldn't like to pay my fee
Perrypj in Miami Fl


RE: 1a2 technician needed!

Being rich I would!


RE: 1a2 technician needed!

That stuff was a long time ago! Wish I was closer!!


"If I can't fix it, it's not broke!"

RE: 1a2 technician needed!

Some info...

-I am 50 years old
-Perry and John are older than me
-The rest of the 1A2 techs are on a beach sucking back tequila's or they are dead

So it will be very hard to find an old fart and when you do will they still know how? especially when they lived through the 60's?


We take the time to try to answer your questions for free, please return the favor and take the time to answer back and include any resolution you found elsewhere, thanks.


Toronto Canada

RE: 1a2 technician needed!

As others have noted, the 1A2 is a very old, but hardy, system. As to who might be available in the Montreal area, Google might be able to locate someone. smile

I love2 "FEATURE 00"

RE: 1a2 technician needed!

Yep, you are right, they are getting old.

This 1A2 system is behind my BCM50.
I just can't forget the buzzers on these phones. Just love them!

I hope to find someone near one day so we can share...
Found no one on Google :(



RE: 1a2 technician needed!

If this isn't a critical application, find nobody in the Montreal area that knows these systems and feel up to giving it a whirl, consider downloading applicable sections of the Bell System Practices, familiarize what is involved and, slowly/carefully proceed. There are still quite a few people around who know this system and can offer guidance. ( not one of them). sad

I love2 "FEATURE 00"

RE: 1a2 technician needed!

I still do 1A2, in fact that is what I use for my phone system. I still have a couple of clients that have 1A2 in service in southern California. You don't have to worry about software or hacking with 1A2!

Just what does your project entail?


RE: 1a2 technician needed!

Funny thing is, I'm 53 and still have my IA2 Certificate from 1979 and believe it or not, I still remember it well. Keep in mind there were a lot of variations and manufacturers of IA2, all my experience was with ITT systems. The old 501, 601, 512 and the Beast, the 76A Call Announce. Tie made some variations of Hybrid key as well as Litton and of course the Bell Labs stuff.

RE: 1a2 technician needed!

Thanks Dexman,
I do have a hard copy of the Bell System Practices.
It helps alot but sometimes you need the field experience !



RE: 1a2 technician needed!

I am planning to install my 1A2 system behind my Nortel BCM50 telephone system.
I have 4 analogue lines on my BCM that are not used.

I just miss the sound of buzzers !



RE: 1a2 technician needed!

What kind of KSU are you using? Depending on the quantity of some things, you probably could fit the whole 1A2 on a BIX 10A or 12E mounting for termination in a highly organized manner for four lines with features. I have been using the BIX cross connect system with 1A2 since the 1980s. It has been the most efficient way to do it, as far as I am concerned.


RE: 1a2 technician needed!

1 type of cabinet
2. type of phone 5 10 20 30 button phone
3. three pair jumper wire helps.

Can help you with wiring the different phones

RE: 1a2 technician needed!

Hi Guys,

I have two systems that I can use.
1 four line KSU(shoe box) or
1 six line WE KSU.

Here are the line cards I have;

WE 400HKTU issue 2

I was able to wire line one on a Logic10 telephone.
When I call the extention the line button blinks telling me that the line is ringing.
I can also hear the buzzer.

When I pick up the call the line button lights up (steady) but there is no communication.

When I hang up, the telephone line starts ringing again.
I get the feeling that the KSU does not pick up the telephone line when I go off hook.

I might be having a line card problem or I do not have the right type of card!

I also tested using the telephone line from my cable modem and with no luck...
Unfortunateley I don't have a Bell Canada land line anymore to make more tests... !

Syquest, I will be using the KSU's 66 block for the wiring. I plan to use only one telephone line per set.
My house is wired with Cat5. I will be changing the telephone wire and amphenole with a 4 pair wire so I can use the actuel Cat5 wires. It will also look nice not having these big 25 pairs!

Each set will have one line. Near the KSU I will have a Logic10 wired in 25 pair with all lines, BLF'S.
From the KSU'S 66 block I will directly patch to my QCBIX main panel for distribution.

Thanks again for your time!
This 1A2 stuff was an ART! Let's keep it alive!


RE: 1a2 technician needed!

Don't think I've touched a 1A2 this century. Hope you find someone.

RE: 1a2 technician needed!

Interesting how you love the analog buzzers! They are pretty unique sounding before th age of digital telephony.

I am actually a huge fan of the Nortel electronic call buzz, that short burst of tone that says "hey get off this call and answer the second call!".

Joseph Sus Jr. Nortel Enthusiast

RE: 1a2 technician needed!

I am presently working at putting thoses buzzers in certain of my M7324.
They will be used for night ringing.
Too bad the Nortel Bcm's only have one Aux Ringer Port!


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