PLESSEY TELEPHONE No's N1240 - N1244
|AUTO, CB or MAGNETO
Every requirement for a weatherproof telephone for traction routes, building sites, etc., is met in the design of this instrument for wall, pole or post mounting. These requirements include compactness, light weight, robustness, durability, high-quality transmission, low cost, low maintenance liability, and security against unauthorised use. Provision for an operator recall press button when specified is made in the Automatic and C.B. telephones.
Electrical characteristics equivalent to those of the Etelphone ensure wide frequency response and volume efficiency over lines of up to 1000 ohms loop resistance.
The body is a robust aluminium alloy casting, webbed to form a solid internal shelf for the handset and drilled as necessary for the dial and/or press button. Two screws inside the body secure it to the base, on which the remaining components are mounted.
The door is another aluminium alloy casting that has brass hinges and a phosphor-bronze catch. It is channelled to mate with the rim of the body so that foamed Neoprene in the channel excludes moisture when the door is shut. The automatic catch is plunger-controlled, a single motion of the hand sufficing to release it and flip open the door. Self-closing doors, and doors equipped with locks are available to special large-quantity order.
The stove-enamelled hard-aluminium-alloy base, with three hollow bosses on its underside for mounting purposes, fits well inside the telephone body and compresses a foamed Neoprene strip to make the joint weatherproof. Two brass bosses threaded for 0.75in (19mm) dia. conduit are attached to the bottom of the base for the entry of external wires. For magneto working, a cast aluminium-alloy enclosure for the batteries is fixed to the bottom of the base; the conduit entries are then in the bottom of this auxiliary enclosure, and the incoming wires connect to a terminal block from whence they are permanently wired through an insulated hole into the telephone base.
Installation and Maintenance
Components and Finish
The dial number-ring has black characters on a white ground. Unless otherwise specified, dials have standard numbering and a 2:1 break/make ratio. The stainless-steel 4in (101 mm) dia. ringer gongs are mounted on the underside of the base so that signals can be clearly heard.
A transistor ringing-current generator is contained within the magneto version and actuated by simple depression of a switch. A box for four ordinary torch cells is fitted at the lower end of the telephone.
Apparatus finishes are suitable for the tropics, and connecting wires are insulated with p.v.c., which is impervious to moisture and not subject to mould growth or insect attack.
The front of the telephone displays a raised silhouette of a handset in light grey to contrast with the darker background colour. The general interior and exterior hammer finish of the body is light-grey stoved enamel.
Taken from the Plessey Telephone Publication No's 7037 (1969) & 7183 (1971)
Wiring Diagram for N1240
Wiring Diagram for N1240A1
Wiring Diagram for N1243A12
Converting to work in the UK
N1240A1 & N1243A12
N1243A12 Front and rear views
N1243A12 with front door open and internal workings
N1247B with door open and internal workings
Last revised: December 26, 2023