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The new telephone switch-board erected at the Akaroa Post Office is a great improvement on tbe old one. There is accommodation for 100 wire?, including party wire?, fcbus providing for over 100 subscribers. The old board bad provision for 50, and a small auxiliary board. All tbe lines are on metallic circuit to the i;o!p, thus rendering coiiuc in-tde '*'c office impossible, and this will make the lines much less nony iv future The new system is ranch simpler for both operator and subscriber Once tho new board is in operation, when n subscriber rings up tbe exchange and a-ks for a number ho will need to make no further ring, as the operator will connect and fair" connection will cause tbe oiher telephone to ring. Tbe pub

jscriber, after requesting a number, should not ring ti. be wiabea to disconnect, because any ring of his will 'couse one of tbe discs in the ring off tenon f o drop, and the operator win rii!?co;«ii<-Gt The board rillnws fifteen mira of r-nhsciibers to ta'k 'ogetberat once. Tbe hoard .c«n be worked MiSiiy by nn "pe.B'nr, who simply has to pnt in the plugs and work tbe lever board and 'keys. It is expected that the new Akaroa telephone exchange will be worked with great efficiency, as tbe post, office officials have every arrangement to expedite the work. In addition to tbe board the operator is provided with three bell*, which vary in tone of ring. One rings when tbe bays want tbe office, and the other when Christchurch wants tho office. Tbe third bell is to be n«pd afrer hours when there are few rii'g.j. The opurufior can switch the ooitrd on to the bell, and whenever a subscriber rings tbe bell will sound as a wunif g | PUBLIC TELEPHONE j Apy of the public requiring to ( use the telephone can notify in the | general room, and from tbe counter a i telephone message curt be sent to the j operator, who will put tbe person on to t

, tho number they want The puhlic ■ can then go into the special telephone I side room, and speak to the number f they require. Tbe room is well pad i ded, and provides privacy to the speaker. NEW TELEGRAPHIC INSTRUMENTS, j Two new Morse instruments have been provided for the new office, capable of transmitting from 25 to 85 words a miDute. They area mnob better class of instrument than the one in use now. There ig a new test board for 'ascertaining if the various wires are clear, with better facilities for testing. NEW WIRING ARRANGEMENTS. • The wires to the new post office have been taken underground. Tbe wires from tbe telegraph pole outside tbe office have been taken from tbe white cups to tbe two boxes near tbe top of the pole, and there the contact has heen made with the wires brought from the office. The boxes are erected so that the contact points may he pro tected from tbe effects of the weather As every new telephone wire comes on it will be taken down and connected to one of the extra wires in one of tbe boxes. A large number of extra wires are provided in the boxes to allow for ■ extension of the telephone system j There are between 1700 and 1800 wires taken underground to the office to render the system of working the '■ switch board tbe easier. '

Mr Brent, assistant engineer of the Post and Telegraph Department, has made all the arrangements for installing tbe new telephone and telegraph instruments, Messrs E. H. Wright and H. Shaw doing all the necessary wiring and contact work

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AKAROA POST OFFICE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3476, 9 February 1915

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AKAROA POST OFFICE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3476, 9 February 1915

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