Where can I find copies of the BSP's mention in BOLD below?
I am certainly interested in knowing if the AUTOVON was updated at the
same time as the ESS gear?
--- In email@example.com, "OZOB99" <ozob99@...> wrote:
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, David Josephson david@ wrote:
> > >Does ANYONE know or have any information on the former Bell
System/AT&T -US Govt.site at Topaz Lake on the Ca/Nv border? I find
mention of it on the old Bell System Long Lines list, but have asked
several friends in that area, and no one seems to know anything about
it. They all mention a DOD -navy, marine, site but that's all. Was it an
underground C.O., a hardend repeater site, or what? Thanks in advance,
> > >
> > >
> > There isn't much to know. I have been through the Bell/AT&T part of
> > site with permission from the present owner several times, and it is
> > under contract to be sold to a privately held company. It was not
> > all, but simply the place where AUTOVON lines provided by Centel
> > subsequently GTE) interconnected with AT&T AUTOVON circuits. There
> > not appear to have been any DOD involvement in running the site,
> > normal Bell AUTOVON practice. It appears to have been a satellite of
> > main west coast AUTOVON switch at Lodi, California. Regular
> > long distance service went through there too. There are two main
> > buildings, one that still belongs to Verizon and is apparently being
> > used to provide local telephone service via microwave to some
> > communities near Yerington, and the other which AT&T sold to
> > Tower in 2000. There is a cell phone site and several state and
> > government radios in the area. There are several very large
> > cables that go underground between the two buildings, and
> > cable that leads off down the hill from the Verizon building which
> > to be still in use.
> > The AT&T building is about 20,000 square feet, of which about 2/3 is
> > underground. At one time it housed a 4ESS switch but there is
> > left of it but the DS-X crossconnect panel. There is a bit of TD2-90
> > light route orderwire microwave equipment, licenses for which are on
> > FCC web site, and a fairly large main distribution frame which was
> > only to a small percentage of its capacity. The multiplex gear,
> > switching equipment, batteries and big fuel tanks have been removed.
> > There is a 225 kW diesel generator with a day tank, and the HVAC and
> > site security equipment is operational. The air filters, fallout
> > etc are all present but the interesting bits like radiation and
> > detectors are gone. I do have some documentation on how the system
> > functioned and it's straight out of BSPs. There are some survival
> > rations from the mid1960's, some of which have seem OK and some of
> > may be biohazard material by now. I can tell you that Hershey's
> > chocolate from 1965 is as uninteresting now as it was then.
> > Sorry it isn't more interesting but that's what it is.
> > --
> > David Josephson
> Did you mean a 1ESS, or 5ESS switch, which was used in later Autovon
switches; I can't find my list of 4ESS's but I don't think you'd find a
major PSN switch out in the boonies.
> I don't think the Autovon Polygrid net had any satellite or subtending
switches like the hierarchical PSN; except for some large PBX's /centrex
on customer premises. It is likely there were more intermachine trunks
to Lodi than other switches.
> Were the Centel lines going to gov't locations in their territory in
NV?( which probably included the USN/USMC bases in the area).
> FWIW the CLLI is TPLKNVAB.
> Three of the AUTOSEVOCOM lines out of this switch went to Ferndale
CA(refresh my memory on the base or DOD activity there?), Castle AFB &
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