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MS4130 Series

FLOOR PATTERN (with multiple)
Catalogue No. MS4130 series

This board has two possible Uses.  In the first instance, it may be used singly, catering for any number of extensions from twenty to one hundred and twenty.  Alternatively, up to nine of the switchboards, equipped for one hundred lines each, may be installed together to form an exchange of up to 900 lines with multiple working.

Each operator's position is then equipped on the front face of the switchboard with two panels, each of 300 jacks for calling wanted extensions.  As the operator also is within reach of the nearer 300-jack panel of the neighbouring position, each operator has access to all 900 lines, and a three-panel multiple is arranged accordingly.  Corresponding multiple arrangements are made for smaller exchanges.  When the multiple is used the usual click test tells the operator immediately when a wanted line is engaged.

Extension line drop indicators are combined with the answering jacks, so that the insertion of the plug restores the indicator. Cord circuits have totally-enclosed disc indicators, restored by pushbuttons, and combined RING/ SPEAK keys.  A common RING BACK key connects ringing current to recall the extension that initiated a call.  Either a handset or a headset telephone is supplied for each operator. The choice should be stated with the order.  The instrument plugs into the board.

Extension line meters, used for fee recording, and position meters to gauge traffic and assist in allocation of numbers to even the load on each operator, can be fitted to these switchboards if ordered.

The hinged keyshelf and lift-out doors at the front and back of the cabinet, provide easy access to the wiring and apparatus.

Catalogue Number Extension Lines Cord Circuits Weight (kgs) Dimensions (cms) without metering
Without metering With metering Wired Equipped
MS4131 MS4132 100 20 15 96.1 154.9 x 67.1 x 82.3
MS4133 MS4134 100 40 15 101.1 154.9 x 67.1 x 82.3
MS4135 MS4136 100 60 15 106.6 154.9 x 67.1 x 82.3
MS4137 MS4138 100 80 15 111.6 154.9 x 67.1 x 82.3
MS4139 MS4140 100 100 15 117 154.9 x 67.1 x 82.3
MS4141 MS4142 120 120 15 122.4 154.9 x 67.1 x 82.3



Each of these switchboards enables its operator to set up calls between its extensions.  In addition, they can be supplied for connexion to any kind of public exchange.  Switchboards Catalogue Numbers MS4121-4 are wired for ten junction lines to a public exchange, which are equipped if ordered.  On the other switchboards a number of the lines provided can be converted, if ordered, to work as junction lines to a public exchange.

All boards are provided with a buzzer, which gives audible warning of incoming calls.  This alarm may be switched 'ON' or 'OFF' as desired.

The switchboards are housed in matt polished cabinets of seasoned hardwood which are of pleasing appearance and allow easy access to the wiring and apparatus they contain.

All switchboards in the range are fully wired for the maximum number of lines stated, but can be supplied only partially equipped so that both immediate needs and future additions are catered for with maximum financial economy.

The number of calls that may be passed through the switchboard simultaneously is determined by the number of cord circuits or connecting link circuits with which the switchboard is equipped.  This number is stated in the specification tables for every size in each range of switchboard.

The audible alarm and the operator's telephone instrument each operate from a 3-volt battery of dry cells.  Catalogue Numbers MS4130 series switchboards have two transmitter batteries for the operator's telephone circuit. Batteries are supplied if ordered.

Ringing current may be drawn from the compact but powerful hand generator.  On certain of the switchboards provision is made for the connexion of ringing current from an external source, such as a local vibrator or ringing machine, or over power leads from the main exchange, to facilitate operation.  The hand generator then acts as a stand-by.

Whether a handset or headset is used, the circuit of the operator's telephone has great transmitting and receiving efficiency with full sidetone suppression.

G.E.C. switchboard cords are of great durability.  Their tinsel is tested to a life of 200,000 reciprocations without conductor fracture.

The switchboards are supplied with a tropical finish to combat the effects of tropical climates.

The instruments recommended as extensions with these switchboards are the G.E.C. Magneto Telephones, for table or wall mounting, described in Catalogue Leaflet STL11.

Each line has an individual indicator which operates when the generator handle on the extension telephone is turned. When the call is answered, the indicator is restored, either by the insertion of the plug or by hand. When, at the end of a conversation, the generator handle is again turned, a clearing signal is given by the operation either of the line indicator or of the cord circuit indicator. The audible alarm, if switched 'ON,' sounds when any indicator operates,

Each extension may be connected to the exchange either by a single wire, with earth return, or by a twisted pair. For external lines, regular external line practice should be followed. For internal lines, any adequately insulated conductor may be used, and must be suitably protected if exposed to the risk of damp or of mechanical damage. If single-wire working is employed, each extension telephone should be effectively earthed at the 'B'-line terminal, and the 'R' ('B'-line) terminals In the switchboard should be commoned and also effectively earthed.

The simplest method of connecting extension Instruments to the switchboard is to run the line wires of each instrument directly to the terminal strip within the switchboard. Economy in line wires, however, may often be effected by running a multi-core cable from the switchboard to a junction-box so situated that only a short length of individual connexion is then needed between each Instrument and the junction-box.

A distribution frame often simplifies the distribution scheme, particularly with a switchboard of large capacity. The wires from the switchboard, which are usually run in a multi-core cable, are terminated on one side of the distribution frame. The leads from the cable are then jumpered into numerical arrangement on the other side of the frame, to which the extension instruments are wired. The use of a distribution frame simplifies alterations to numbering, line testing and the connexion of additional lines. The frame can also be fitted with protection apparatus, providing protection against any high voltages and heavy currents that may accidentally be introduced from extraneous local sources.

In Installations without distribution frames, all lines run outside a building should be protected against lightning by protection apparatus, that is supplied when ordered.

Taken from the GEC Catalogue No. MSL 5


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