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#630995 - 07/08/19 02:25 PM Re: New to this site but not a noobe [Re: ChevyFanAttic]  
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I got exposed to the Eagle systems because K-Mart used them in their Pace warehouse. When they sold out, to Wal-Mart IIRC, that meant I still had to work on them. They were fun systems if you were transitioning from 1a2 to digital since it took both sets. I think I actually paid for manuals for the Eagle, pretty pricey at the time (so was the Electra 28 but that's another story).

My story is pretty similar to you guys. After I left the phone company, I worked for ITT, General Dynamics, and trained in Mitel. Those early ATC/Fujitsu boxes sucked. Mostly phantom static, fixed by pulling the card and resetting it. By the time the late 80's came, I had standardized on Comdial, Panasonic, and the ill-fated Vodavi Starplus boxes, training in the SPX and digital systems. I think I went to my first Pana TD training class in 1994 or 95. As all the big guy wannabe's, Panasonic cut out the little guy and tried to only sell to companies with deep pockets. See Comdial, Mitel, etc. etc. Throughout my career, it was always easier and more profitable to install and service other people's equipment so that's why I worked for the Nationals. Geeze, I was never getting a Wal Mart, or Kohl's, or insert National retailer's name here and the money was steady and fairly good.

Now, I dabble in VoIP, mostly looking for SIP trunking for the residuals. I try not to run any cables and my major accounts have Raspberry Pi's on site for remote access. It's all good, as long as I have my privacy keys in order and the remote end stays up.


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#631000 - 07/08/19 09:14 PM Re: New to this site but not a noobe [Re: ChevyFanAttic]  
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Eagle telephone systems, reminds me of going to NATA in DC in 1984 or was it 85? Keys Systems everywhere, Kanda, Panasonic, Telrad, Trilliums (which I sold and installed) Comdial, and a whole bunch that were one year wonders.

Here is some of my story written back in 1984 or was it 85? (boy was I ever dumb and cocky back in those heady days of divestiture.) Just click on the magazine page picture to read more.

Last edited by Derrick; 07/08/19 09:28 PM.

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