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Old 27th December 2006, 08:22 PM   #1
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Default What is telco?

I came across this ancient intercom interface called a McCurdy TIM-940, so old the company doesn't have a website.

It has telco in (via a banana plug), but no RJ-14-type input. Anyone have any idea what telco is? Or how I am supposed to connect it to a phone line?
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Old 27th December 2006, 09:09 PM   #2
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No idea but I did find quite a few of them for sale on Ebay.

You might be able to contact one of the vendors selling them and get some more information.

Based on the unit you describe and the unit I found when searching they do not sound like the same thing. The ones on Ebay look pretty modern.
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Old 27th December 2006, 09:41 PM   #3
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Old 27th December 2006, 09:47 PM   #4
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Also heard this to describe the origin (and original owner) of a tool...

"It's a TPC."

"Who?"

"The Phone Company"
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Old 27th December 2006, 09:58 PM   #5
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Oh...I honestly didn't think he was asking what Telco meant but what the device did.

Sorry, I assumed that it was a common term.

Of course my sister, father, mother, brother in law(not same sister), uncle, and a few others all worked for Michigan Bell, Ameritech, AT&T, and now SBC.
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Old 27th December 2006, 10:07 PM   #6
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It is possibly what we in the UK call a bantam, or GPO jack. Similar to a standard 1/4" jackplug, but not really interchangeable. They are used a lot in patch panels in broadcast and recording.
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Old 27th December 2006, 10:10 PM   #7
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Default Re: What is telco?

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I came across this ancient intercom interface called a McCurdy TIM-940, so old the company doesn't have a website.
It has telco in (via a banana plug), but no RJ-14-type input. Anyone have any idea what telco is? Or how I am supposed to connect it to a phone line?
First off, welcome to the forums!

The interface you're referring to seems to be using an analog telephone line. The analog telephone line is most probably hooked up via the telco input. Have you by any chance tried to inquire about your device at www.mcradio.com? I believe it's their product.

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Old 2nd January 2007, 10:59 PM   #8
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i've seen "telco" plugs used for intercoms before..... just because they were convenient to use...... i'm guessing you're talking about the 4-pin block with pins about the same size as banana plugs. iirc, two of the pins are bigger diameter, or spaced wider than the other two, to keep from plugging in backwards or sideways. it was common to use the telco plugs because they had 4 wires and many homes already had wiring and plugs installed if there was an extension phone there previously. not only that they were available at the local hardware store...
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Old 3rd January 2007, 04:34 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the insight guys. I did contact McCurdy radio (after finally finding their website) and was informed the unit was so old (old than I!) that I would only be able to get a shematic and no other support is available.

So here is my next question. My boss plopped this unit in front of me and asked me to "figure it out". So now I must find some sort of adapter to digital or something. I will check with local shops, anyone have advice on where I might find such an adapter?

Thanks again.
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Old 3rd January 2007, 08:03 PM   #10
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An adapter may or may not work. It is hard to say anything specific without the shematic. If you wish, you may send me a copy of the schema via PM and I can look into it for you.

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