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Telephone Numbers - Fake or Real 14 May 2019 17:58 #31

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Travel north from the Gulf of Saint Lawrence to Labrador city and once out of Baie Comeau a distance of about 590km there is no cell signal. The Quebec government have put in emergency phone boxes every 150 km or so, I think they are satellite linked or maybe hard wired. Get to Lab City and you can loan a satellite phone at no cost as from there to Goose there is no signal and from Goose to Red Bay there is nothing.
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Telephone Numbers - Fake or Real 14 May 2019 21:35 #32

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I assume old fashioned radio is still used?
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Telephone Numbers - Fake or Real 14 May 2019 22:56 #33

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I would imagine so. The train crews going down from Fremont and Lab to the Gulf would likely be using it to communicate although just looking at some pics I took last year there seems to be telephone wires strung along the bot of track I saw.

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Telephone Numbers - Fake or Real 15 May 2019 10:19 #34

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Thirty odd years ago we did a trial of using mobile phones for the RAF Mountain Rescue Teams, Im assuming they were looking to replace the HF with them. All I can say is they were pathetic, I dont think we ever were able to get through to the team concerned.

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Telephone Numbers - Fake or Real 15 May 2019 10:48 #35

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canberra wrote: Thirty odd years ago we did a trial of using mobile phones for the RAF Mountain Rescue Teams, Im assuming they were looking to replace the HF with them. All I can say is they were pathetic, I dont think we ever were able to get through to the team concerned.


Not surprising thirty years ago!

Coverage has improved a lot since then, much less traffic on 5680 but still in use.

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Telephone Numbers - Fake or Real 15 May 2019 10:54 #36

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Ill be honest I still dont trust mobile phones.

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Telephone Numbers - Fake or Real 17 May 2019 10:06 #37

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I watched a programme yesterday about abandoned places, it showed Tyneham in Dorset which was a bandoned so the army could use it to practice fighting in France. The village still has its phone box, with phone in it from 1943. What caught my attention was the fact that the box is white, the phone is disconnected but people have claimed to have heard it ring!!! And they do escorted tours of the village.

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Telephone Numbers - Fake or Real 17 May 2019 10:48 #38

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There was a popular myth in the 1960s regarding phoning a certain London number (e.g. MUS3355). The story was on the lines of - it wouldn't be answered but you could expect two or more men in long overcoats at your doorstep (or phonebox) within a very short space of time.

Trying to remember the phone number (but not phoning it!)
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Telephone Numbers - Fake or Real 17 May 2019 11:00 #39

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I remember seeing an entry in the MOD phone book giving the civil phone numbers for units, under Curzon Street it said ex directory. I think that was at one time the HQ of MI5.

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Telephone Numbers - Fake or Real 18 May 2019 07:41 #40

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canberra wrote: I remember seeing an entry in the MOD phone book giving the civil phone numbers for units, under Curzon Street it said ex directory. I think that was at one time the HQ of MI5.


I would have expected them to be NQR rather than 'ex-directory' - ex-directory is what Z_list celebrities use! Or listed under a fictitious name (as some organisations do for vehicle registrations.).

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