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by Robert A
Mon Jul 22, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Other Collections
Replies: 4
Views: 147

Other Collections

I'm surprised this topic hasn't come up too much over the years. What else do you collect besides alarms, security system equipment, etc? I like to think I'm a gamer, but I don't really have a huge collection of retro games. In lieu of that, I've got a Raspberry Pi set up as a RetroPie with around 6...
by Robert A
Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Fire, Lockdown, Severe Weather, Tornado, Shelter-in-Place, and other Emergency Drills for the 2019-2020 Academic Year
Replies: 37
Views: 1166

Re: Fire, Lockdown, Severe Weather, Tornado, Shelter-in-Place, and other Emergency Drills for the 2019-2020 Academic Yea

fierlarmz_09 wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:37 am
HOW can someone, an administrator, can mark this as "Sticky"?
Wait for one to decide to sticky it.
The year/semester hasn't started yet so there isn't much point stickying it just yet anyway.
by Robert A
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: how often do you do emergency drills?
Replies: 19
Views: 736

Re: how often do you do emergency drills?

We would always do 'em monthly, weather allowing. Texas also recommends doing them in different periods, like during class, during passing periods, and during lunch, so that people are prepared to evacuate regardless of where they are in the school and at any time. We, however, never did drills duri...
by Robert A
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: What tones would you prefer for voice evac?
Replies: 20
Views: 1182

Re: What tones would you prefer for voice evac?

Motivated by the comment above, I looked up 24.4.2.1 in NFPA 72 and found that it also says that the tone shall be the emergency evacuation signal specified in 18.4.2, that is, the Temporal 3 pattern. This is present at least as far back as the 2010 edition. So, it would seem to me that voice evac ...
by Robert A
Mon Jul 08, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: What tones would you prefer for voice evac?
Replies: 20
Views: 1182

Re: What tones would you prefer for voice evac?

For tones, the Code-3 whoop is probably one of the best attention tones. Code-3 is the ANSI standard for fire, plus the whoop tone adds a bit more to the otherwise monotonous tone used on other alarms. Heck, even Autocall wrote that a whoop tone is the best possible alert tone! http://www.firealarmc...
by Robert A
Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: MAPNET versus IDNET
Replies: 5
Views: 269

Re: MAPNET versus IDNET

Andrew explained the difference in a general topic about addressable protocols a few years ago: MAPNET & MAPNET II: 127 device capacity analog SLC originally developed by Simplex in the 80s and 90s. Replaced with IDNET. IDNET: 250 device digital SLC developed by Simplex in the 2000s to replace MAPNE...
by Robert A
Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Has anyone ever thought of creating a fire alarm museum?
Replies: 6
Views: 272

Re: Has anyone ever thought of creating a fire alarm museum?

Firefly (Mike Wiseman) is a regular member of the "Fire Alarm Enthusiasts" Facebook group, where he regularly posts pictures of samples of his collection. It's frankly amazing how much stuff he has, but doesn't record videos of.
by Robert A
Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Popular Fire Alarm Brands in Your Area
Replies: 30
Views: 1290

Re: Popular Fire Alarm Brands in Your Area

Depends, really. Just about every retail/store/restaurant in San Antonio has Fire-Lite or Silent Knight. Understandable, though. OSU has mostly Simplex systems, with the occasional Notifier system scattered about. Up here in Omaha where I am this summer, the company I work for is an EST distributor,...
by Robert A
Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Simplex "212" Pull Station?
Replies: 5
Views: 284

Simplex "212" Pull Station?

So, out of curiosity, who currently owns the Simplex "212" coded pull station now? You know, the one that went around the community to xsk8r114, Destin, WheelockAlarms, CJgoot, and Andrew. Did it get sold to someone else or does Andrew still own it? I feel like it has such a history among this commu...
by Robert A
Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: At what point did you stop becoming afraid of the fire alarm?
Replies: 22
Views: 608

Re: At what point did you stop becoming afraid of the fire alarm?

Afraid? Maybe around eighth grade, when my interest began to pick up. I stopped plugging my ears for school fire drills around sophomore or junior year of high school. The ZNS's still startled me, but otherwise they weren't too loud. Eventually I just sorta stopped being afraid of the alarms going o...
by Robert A
Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Pull stations should not be used as light switches.
Replies: 10
Views: 403

Re: Pull stations should not be used as light switches.

simplexspectralert wrote:
Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:03 am
i saw them in a goanimate video
Yes, because GoAnimate is the paragon of realism.
by Robert A
Sat Jun 22, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Has anyone ever seen foreign fire alarm devices on American systems?
Replies: 12
Views: 495

Re: Has anyone ever seen foreign fire alarm devices on American systems?

I would have thought that call points and pull stations since they are both used to activate devices wired to a system would have the same UL or FM. UL and FM (Underwriters Laboratories and Factory Mutual) only have clout in the United States. In other countries, they need to be CE listed or VDS ap...
by Robert A
Sat Jun 22, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Has anyone ever seen foreign fire alarm devices on American systems?
Replies: 12
Views: 495

Re: Has anyone ever seen foreign fire alarm devices on American systems?

NFPA 72 requires that all devices used for fire alarm applications must be listed (through either UL or FM). I know STI manufactures a manual call point that is UL and ULC listed so theoretically it could be used on a real installation.
by Robert A
Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: why do we have to do fire drills once a month
Replies: 30
Views: 1168

Re: why do we have to do fire drills once a month

NFPA 101 stipulates once a month for educational facilities, which is what most states end up going with. But, some states adopt that standard with changes, making required drills more frequent depending on the AHJ. That's the brass tacks of it all, but if you want to know why the standard stipulate...
by Robert A
Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Humor - Fire alarm vocabulary
Replies: 26
Views: 1064

Re: Humor - Fire alarm vocabulary

AHJ - Literally the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Should be worshiped as such.

..wait, we were making jokes?