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Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:32 pm

Eliza wrote:Hello all,I just joined up.I am thinking about getting an alarm pretty soon and I hope to read a lot of informative posts from here
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Fri Jan 06, 2017 6:36 pm

Hi, I'm new to the fire alarm forums. I'm 25, and had a growing interest in fire alarms for a while (I became somewhat fascinated by them since sometime in high school). But honestly, I'm a little new to electronics in general, too. I have a beginner's experiment kit, but other than that, I'm clueless. I would like to learn more about electronics. I remember I was ordered a pull station on eBay as a Christmas gift years ago, but I know I can't hook it up to stuff because I'm clueless.
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Fri Jan 06, 2017 6:49 pm

Welcome to the forums, RvaSimplex! :D

I went ahead and merged your topic with our existing "Introduce Yourself" topic. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the site, please feel free to contact me or another member of our moderator/administrator team.

With the wealth of resources we have available on this forum, I'm sure you'll have a firm grasp on how to use some of this equipment in no time. We have a Beginner's Area available if you'd like to read some of the topics there; they cover many of the basics regarding the operation of fire alarm devices, as well as many other helpful tips.

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Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:19 pm

In addition to the fire alarm information available on this site there is a wealth of information about basic electronics on the web. A good knowledge of electricity and electronics helps a lot in understanding fire alarm systems. Here are two web sites that have good information.

http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/textbook/

http://www.learnabout-electronics.org/
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Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:37 pm

Welcome to the forums! We hope to see more of you around here!
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Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:55 pm

Haven't really done this yet....so why not? :lol:

Hi All! My name is Steven, I'm from NC, and about to start working on my Bachelor's Degree in Music Education this fall. Teaching music has been my dream since starting piano lessons in the first grade (August 2005 to be exact). Nearly 12 years later, I am principal bassoonist of my high school's Wind Ensemble, was Principal Bassoonist of our All-County Honors Band, and was Second Chair Bassoonist, highest ranking from NC, of the 2016-2017 UNC-Wilmington Honor Band's High School Wind Ensemble. I also served four years as a trumpeter for my high school marching band, and will continue marching band for my entire college career, as my university of choice requires at least two years of marching band for Music Education majors. I also served two semesters as a Tenor vocalist for my high school choir and continue to serve in this capacity in my church choir. Last semester (Fall 2016), I completed a Teacher Cadet internship with my middle school. Now....on to the fire alarm stuff :D .

My passion was sparked by my grandfather, a senior facilities manager for a bank (which shall not be named). Before taking his current position, however, he was the facilities and maintenance manager for a retirement community. This particular site has a HUGE Simplex 4120 system using several 4100 panels, several 4002's and a surviving 4208 running what is probably the biggest smorgasborg of Simplex signals on Earth. He would let me pull the stations for tests, and then he would let me push the acknowledge, silence, and reset switches on the different panels. It was then I began to notice fire alarms everywhere I went and I now have a small collection of mostly Simplex devices.
Once he took his current job, he allowed me to go to the different branches for tests. I soon learned the ins and outs of the Fire-Lite MS-9200 and the EST QuickStart panels, as the alarm company switched to Fire-Lite from EST in 2006. A couple of branches have Cerberus Pyrotronics System3 panels, and I always thought it was weird for a fire alarm cabinet to be blue :lol:.
I found my love for Cerberus Pyrotronics in middle school, when I had the chance to operate the SXL-EX formerly installed in my middle school. I find this straight-forward, no-bull system to be a breath of fresh air compared to the mess of a Silent Knight IFP-2000 in my high school (the SK wasn't installed correctly...). Soon, I discovered the IXL system in a local elementary school, and I was hooked. Cerberus Pyrotronics, in my humble opinion, got it right with their entire 1990's product line (System3, SXL, PXL, IXL, MXL, VoiceCom). The Siemens buy-out almost crashed and burned, and I'm ticked about the System3, PXL, IXL, and MXL discontinuations, but they're slowly getting back on track with the FireFinder, Cerberus PRO and Desigo lines.

I also feel the need to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone on here! Most people in the fire alarm world I've met (except for our local CP-Siemens branch) have viewed me as a stupid teenager. All of you welcomed me to the community as an equal, and my knowledge was appreciated and expanded by the brilliant minds here, collectors and technicians alike.
THANK YOU ALL!!!!! :D

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Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:40 am

Welcome to the forum!
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Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:48 am

Hello!

This forum is quite interesting, as I see there is a lot of enthusiasm present in both the private and hobbyist sectors.

I happen to be a NICET certified inspector as well as on call tech for Johnson Controls, formerly known as Tyco SimplexGrinnell.

Recently I have taken up a hobby of obtaining various panels and other neat peripherals for devices, and I'll periodically post videos of their applications and such. I'd especially enjoy using some of the more rare applications that you do not commonly seen in commercial installations, such as use of chimes, no grip t bars and other things to tinker with.

Glad to make an acquaintance!
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Mon Apr 10, 2017 6:36 pm

Hellooooo!

My name is Isaac and I am new to the forums. I'm 16 and I am also a musician. I have written many songs for bands here and preformed at EDM concerts and I have played the piano for many many years. Music is actually how I got into alarms in the first place. My music teacher took my class outside one day in the sixth grade and pulled out a SpectrAlert Advance p2r and demonstrated what it was. I was instantly hooked....so what did I do? I went a bought one along with two Edwards Genesis horn/ strobes. Yesss it was so much fun experimenting with them. My system started in my room with wires all over the floor with batteries and 3 alarms. 5 years later I have about 13 devices throughout my house in electrical backboxes. I am strictly an Notification Appliance person only as I do not own a panel, only NA's, smoke and heat detectors, and pull stations and one sync module. My FAVORITE company is Edwards just because the Genesis series is soooo nice, but about 24 of my 35 alarms are SpectrAlert products.....oh well. I am a bit shy to talk about my hobbie but I did tell my boyfriend (yes boyfriend not girlfriend) about my hobby and he was so impressed and though it was really cool....most people do though. Aside from alarms, you may notice that I will post A LOT of puns because I'm just a naturally punny person. I'm also super dramatic, but never in a way where it will be a nuciance. I am also a HUGHE Selena Gomez fan.

If you EVER have a problem with me, PM me and I will fix it because I'm a nice person like that.

I'm glad to have found so many people into the same thing as me!!!
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Welcome to the forums!
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Mon May 01, 2017 12:48 pm

Hi everyone, I'm Jason.

I used to have a couple of different youtube accounts, since I started monkeying with fire alarms back in 2009. I've been using them off and on, and now that I have my own house I can start doing more with them :D Some of you may remember my youtube account ProwerTronics in the past, I used to have an EST Fireshield and before that I had a Gamewell Flex 402 (rebranded Firelite MS-2). Now I have a Simplex 4010 and I plan on making system test videos shortly! And I will be posting a collection video later today :)

A little about me? I'm a 21 year old workaholic. I work at a Clinic as a Certified Medical Assistant, I'm a Med Tech/crap Leader at an Assisted Living Community, and I also occasionally still work as a concessions supervisor for sporting events at a local university (got the job when I was 15, haven't had the courage to quit yet ;) ). I also just bought a house and I'm in the process of renovating it, so I guess free time isn't something I have much of. But when I do, I like hanging out with friends, going out for a drink, snowshoeing in the winter, going to the beach in the summer, fishing all times of the year.

Thats all about me!
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Tue May 30, 2017 5:37 pm

I know that this is late, but welcome to the forum!
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Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:28 pm

Hello,
My name is Bruce. I have been a technician since the early 80s. I have been doing audio - video - data - structured cabling. I am a complete newbie to fire alarms. The license holder at our company is suggesting we expand in to burglar alarms and fire alarms. I am the first one at our company to get through the BASA - FASA initial training. I am here to soak in as much Fire Alarm tech stuff as I can.. Thanks for being here !!
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Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:32 pm

Welcome to the forums, Bruce! We're glad to have you here.
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Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:45 pm

Hey guys. I know I'm really late in the game as far as the fire panel forums go; however, I am Life Safety Signaling Design on youtube and I've been a youtuber since 2013. I'm really big into fire alarm systems to the point where I decided to construct my own control panel for my hobby system. I will be making numerous changes in the future though. I have other hobbies as well such as playing music and baseball. For those who wish to check out my channel or who have in the past, I will be uploading system test 20 sometime between December and April but I will be regularly doing mini system tests until that point.
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