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Test-A-Matic. Build a telephone line test device to identify lines and check polarity.

Telephone-line simulator is used to test equipment. Est. cost: $145 (kit).

Phone-line simulator. Telephone-loop simulator includes a talk battery, ringing voltage, and simulated dial tone. Est. cost: $60 (kit).
ELECTRONICS NOW Aug 1993 (v.64#8) pg. 58
Added Info ELECTRONICS NOW Jan 1994 (v.65#1) pg. 17
Added Info ELECTRONICS NOW Mar 1994 (v.65#3) pg. 19

Cable tracer (howler) is inexpensive and batteries last a long time. Ideal for identifying the circuit when installing telephone wiring.
ELECTRONICS NOW Jan 1995 (v.66#1) pg. 8

Simulate a telephone line with this "Telephone Company in a Box". Use it to test answering machines, telephones, fax machines, etc.
ELECTRONICS NOW Sep 1995 (v.66#9) pg. 43
Correction ELECTRONICS NOW Nov 1995 (v.66#11) pg. 10
Correction ELECTRONICS NOW Jan 1996 (v.67#1) pg. 12
Added Info ELECTRONICS NOW Feb 1996 (v.67#2) pg. 14

Troubleshooting a telephone which produces "muffled" reception.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #300 Jul-Aug 1989 (v.39#7) pg. 81

Telephone repairs. How to fix the most common telephone problems (noise on the line, a dead phone line, bell doesn't ring, you can't dial out).
FAMILY HANDYMAN #321 Sep 1991 (v.41#8) pg. 57

Tip suggests adding filter chokes to telephone line cord to get rid of static interference.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #334 Jan 1993 (v.43#1) pg. 75

How to repair the most common home electronics problems. (1) CD player. (2) Videocassette recorder. (3) Video camera. (4) Cordless telephone.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #346 Mar 1994 (v.44#3) pg. 56

Quicky telephone-line tester. Two-component unit tests the polarity of the telephone jack's wiring, the presence of sufficient voltage to run the telephone, the telephone's "off-hook" loading, and ringing voltage.
HANDS-ON ELECTRONICS Jan-Feb 1986 (v.3#1) pg. 94

Test-A-Matic will check telephone line identification, continuity and polarity.
HANDS-ON ELECTRONICS Apr 1987 (v.4#4) pg. 61

Be your own telephone repairman. A troubleshooting guide to common phone problems: no dial tone, failure to ring, mechanical problems and noise on lines.
HOMEOWNER May 1985 (v.10#4) pg. 24

Telephones and their repair. Part 1. How telephones work and how you can troubleshoot and correct most common problems. Includes simple test instruments you can build.
MODERN ELECTRONICS [2] Mar 1986 (v.3#3) pg. 24

Telephones and their repair. Part 2. A look at telephone repair.
MODERN ELECTRONICS [2] Apr 1986 (v.3#4) pg. 36

Telephone technology. Part 2. Techniques for isolating problems to the on-premises telephone instrument and wiring or to the telephone line.
MODERN ELECTRONICS [2] Sep 1988 (v.5#9) pg. 28

Telephone equipment tester checks telephones, answering machines, etc. Est. cost: $59.
MODERN ELECTRONICS [2] Oct 1988 (v.5#10) pg. 48
Correction MODERN ELECTRONICS [2] Dec 1988 (v.5#12) pg. 70

Telephone-line checker will help determine if fault is in your telephone or in the line.
MODERN ELECTRONICS [2] Feb 1989 (v.6#2) pg. 38

Troubleshooting and repair of a telephone which won't ring.
NEW SHELTER May-Jun 1984 (v.5#5) pg. 22

Simple telephone-line polarity tester circuit can help identify the tip and ring wires in a telephone junction box.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Apr 1991 (v.8#4) pg. 27
Correction POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Oct 1991 (v.8#10) pg. 5

Circuit to check out old telephones by providing them with the DC voltage they require for operation.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Jul 1992 (v.9#7) pg. 74

Telephone line tester consists of a meter that's used to measure the line voltage in the on- or off-hook state.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Nov 1993 (v.10#11) pg. 72
Added Info POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Feb 1994 (v.11#2) pg. 4

Build a telephone-line simulator to test or demonstrate telephone equipment. Simulates five different operational modes. Est. cost: $145 (kit).
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Jan 1995 (v.12#1) pg. 31

Build this telephone-wiring tester to check the condition of telephone lines, jacks, etc.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Jul 1995 (v.12#7) pg. 60

DTMF frequency counter lets you test the output signals from a telephone keypad. Est. cost: $16.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Aug 1997 (v.14#8) pg. 54
Correction POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Oct 1997 (v.14#10) pg. 8

How to repair older-style (non-electronic) telephones.
POPULAR MECHANICS Oct 1987 (v.164#10) pg. 99
Correction POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1988 (v.165#1) pg. 8

Servicing cordless telephones. Part 1.
RADIO-ELECTRONICS May 1985 (v.56#5) pg. 77

Servicing cordless telephones. Part 2.
RADIO-ELECTRONICS Jun 1985 (v.56#6) pg. 67

Servicing cordless telephones. Part 3.
RADIO-ELECTRONICS Jul 1985 (v.56#7) pg. 58

Telephone-line tester checks line, ring, and loop.
RADIO-ELECTRONICS Apr 1986 (v.57#4) pg. 50
Correction RADIO-ELECTRONICS Jun 1986 (v.57#6) pg. 10