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Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Phil, Feb 25, 2007.

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  1. Phil

    Phil Guest

    I have an older Phone Answering Machine , it uses two small tapes , one
    for the answer message and one for the incoming message , I really like the
    unit and hate to give it up , problem is this , it will record a message
    that has been sent via wired phone , for some reason it hates Cell Phones ,
    will drop out after a few seconds of record , I am not sure if the Cell sees
    something it doesn't like and stops or if the recorder doesn't like the Cell
    Phone , any thoughts would be appreciated .
  2. Can you make more of these :)



  3. JR North

    JR North Guest

    No kidding. The old tape machines were great. Easy to rewind a couple
    seconds to replay a portion of a message you couldn't quite get. Now,
    with digital, someone leaves you a 5 minute long message and then blabs
    the phone number so fast at the end that you can't understand it, you
    have to replay the entire message over, and over, and over........
    Hmmmm, reminds me of the VCR/DVD discussion...
  4. This is a "voice control" problem. Old answering machines were designed to
    stop after about 8 seconds of silence or hum (dial tone). The machine would
    have to be modified, or the signal improved. A few machines had this feature
    defeatable with a switch.

    Mark Z.
  5. Jeroni Paul

    Jeroni Paul Guest

    I had one of these years ago and it would do what you describe
    occasionally even from wired phones. I belive it confused the tone of
    some woman voices with those indicating call termination. It had a
    switch on the back to defeat that but enabling would not stop
    recording until tape end which was worse.
  6. badgerboy

    badgerboy Guest

    Try using a cell phone to call your machine and see if your call is
    dropped. That will determine if the problem is on the cell end or the
    machine end. If cell phone stays connected then its a machine
    problem. Then try talking REALLY loud into the cell phone to see if
    maybe the machine just doesn't "hear" the incoming message. If that's
    the case you could leave an appropriate outgoing message informing the
    caller to shout if on a cell phone.

    I love those old machines. Mine quit a couple years ago and I miss
    it. Perhaps I'll get around to fixing it one day. ;<) Guy
  7. murph1012

    murph1012 Guest

    That's what the world needs more of, dickheads shouting on their
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