Sunday, May 22, 2011

getting started

I have started this blog after a long time spent trying to figure out how to share this information with as many people as I can. The purpose is to share my knowledge of telephone communications with both the Prepper Community's and the Constitutional Militia. My plan is to offer a how to guide for people to create their own simple telephone networks so as to enhance their chances of surviving all the many bad things that so many of us expect to happen. The emphases will be on using both military surplus and standard civilian equipment to best effect. Some of you may ask why phones, "we have radios". radios are great and have a valuable place in our tool box, but they can be vulnerable to issues with terrain, as well as intercept. Phones are ideal for secure short range communications and are secure from intercept as long as the wire is well hidden or inaccessible, or you can utilize legacy facility's (phone Co cable) which provides an element of camouflage as well as eliminating a lot of work. Even so comm-sec is still recommended when using a phone just like any radio.
I want to warn every one that I expect those who use this resource to have at least a general understanding of electricity and electronics, I don't want to have to spend time going over the basics. If you don't have that background then please have some one in your organization who does follow my posts.
Nor is this meant to be a totally comprehensive guide to telephony, civilian or military, but a primer of sorts to give people a starting point. I hope readers will contribute their input and designs to the community as well.
I will shortly post my first tutorial on basic telephony which in turn will show you how to fabricate a basic "field phone" out of used phones. Future posts will get increasingly technical, touching on signaling, induction coil speech networks, power supplies, switchboards and such.


  1. Thanks for a step-by-step DIY for the pile of rotary and TT telephones (WECo and Eriksson) that ought to find an indoor use. Being able to have them become voice-powered extensions or local-battery telephones (cheaper than military surplus field telephones) will be great. Would "ringing" silently to an LED or a vibration device that is not very loud (set on lap while paying attention to something else) be in the realm of possible? How about experiences ditching trenches and laying pipe to pull wire through?


  2. Dr.D the community will appreciate you starting this blog, Communications is usually a very neglected subject in many ways. I am looking forward to your future posts and as a blog writer myself I will gladly add you to my blogroll and put up post/ link about your starting.

    Scott R

  3. I have acquired some Swedish Ericsson filed telephones. The have a local/common battery switch, use a hand crank for ringing, and two "D" cells for voice transmission. They are in good working condition.

    I'd like to be able to set them up in a common battery/switchboard arrangement, but I can't find either a switchboard I can afford or schematics to help me wire one up. Any ideas on either how to do this or where to look?

    Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.

    garandshooter AT earthlink DOT net