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Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:15 pm

My Current school has a Telecor XL bell and intercom with a Mitel IP paging unit bridge and a Telecor MCC-4.
The Clocks are controlled by a Standard 1463. Both in the Front office. School was Built in 1998

My old school has a Simplex 5120 bell and intercom with a Mitel IP paging unit bridge and no intercom console (They just used the Mitel IP Phones). It is in the LMC (School is Open Concept)(LMC in the center of the 'Learning Center'
The Clocks are controlled by a Simplex 6400 Master Clock. It is in the Art Room (Old Office) (Office and Art Room were switched in 2012 due to security) That school was built in 1975
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Simplex4Life wrote:
Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:21 pm
1st ES - I have no clue about what kind of bell system they had, but it used vibrating bells, I think 6" ones behind grilles. They were definitely loud though. They were probably either Edwards or Simplex, and they rang for either 3 or 5 seconds. The school was built in the mid-70s and had a more open architecture; the classrooms were open to the hallway and the walls were movable. I've never seen that kind of setup anywhere else. Therefore, I don't think they had a clock system. I'm not sure about the PA system.

2nd ES - Simplex clocks and time system with tones over the PA system (which was most likely Simplex, since the fire alarms were also Simplex). The class tone only rang when school started and ended. The tone was a 500 Hz chime with 3 dings that lasted about 1.5 to 2 seconds, and then a ding that was cut off after about a half-second. The announcement tone was about 700 Hz (not sure of the exact frequency, but it was an F note) and lasted either .5 or 1 second.

MS - the middle school used to be 2 separate schools, but they were connected around 1970. Some of the rooms had Standard clock/speaker units, and the rest of them had separate clocks and speakers. They originally used bells - half of the school had grey IBM 6" bells, and the other half had black Autocall bells, mostly 4" but some were 6". Actually, there was one tan 8" bell like the one in SimplexTech's vid when he was testing that old IBM/Simplex system. When I went there, they had a class tone over the PA that sounded the same as my ES except there were 4 dings. The clock system was most likely Standard, but I'm not sure about the PA system. The announcement tone was a half-second 500 Hz tone, but it sounded a bit buzzier than the class tone. Half of that building was renovated in '99, and I don't know what companies they use now.

HS - the original high school had Edwards clock/speaker/phone units, and I think the bell system was Edwards. They had Edwards 4" adaptabels, and buzzers in the rooms, behind the clocks. They rang for 3 seconds. I thought the bells were loud, but not as loud as my first ES. Some of the buzzers didn't sound though. A few of the ones that did were loud, and others were quiet. That school was renovated in 2000, and they now have Simplex clock/speaker units, and they use the exact same tones that my second ES uses. I'm pretty sure their time system is Simplex. The PA might be Simplex also.
Open Concept- kind of a 70s concept that didn't quite work
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Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:31 pm

I am now working at my old elementary school in the office and it is very exciting and fun for me and I still am able to recognize some of my old teachers and they recognize me. The school was completely renovated which happened when it changed from a K–6 school to a PK–5 school so its all new. Almost like a new building. Anyway they said they have a new bell but in the office I can't here it go off. I assume they are in the classrooms.
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