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Telephone Ring Generator Using Switching Supply

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protect IGBT Hi The telephone
dv/dt Ipp Irms Hi- ring generator
Frequency Easy shown below
Installation-HKFC generates the needed high
voltage from
a simple
mode power
(SMPS) which
employs a
CMOS Schmitt
square wave
oscillator, 10
mH inductor,
high voltage
(TIP47 or
other high
voltage, 1 amp transistor) and a driver transistor (2N3053). The inductor should have a low DC resistance
of 1.5 ohms or less. The switching supply must have a load connected to prevent the voltage from rising
too high, so a 22K resistor is used across the output which limits the voltage to about 120 DC with the
phone ringer disconnected and about 90 volts DC connected. The output voltage can be adjusted by
changing the value of the 150K resistor between pins 10 and 11 which will alter the oscillator frequency
(frequency is around 800 Hz as shown). The supply is gated on and off by a second Schmitt Trigger
oscillator (pins 12/13) so that the phone rings for about 2 seconds and then the circuit idles for about a
minute between rings. These times can be adjusted with the 10K and 300K resistors connected to pin 12.
The push button shown is used to manually ring the phone. The 25Hz ringing frequency is generated by
another Schmitt Trigger oscillator (pins 1/2) which controls the H bridge transistor output circuit. The 6
transistors in the output stage (4 NPN, 2 PNP) should be high voltage types rated at 200 volts collector to
emitter or more. The ringer will only draw around 10 mA, so the output transistors can have a low current
rating but must have a high voltage rating. I used TIP47s and small signal PNPs of unknown numbers that I
had on hand, but other types such as NTE287 (NPN) and NTE288 (PNP) should work. Both have a 300 volt
C-E rating and cost about $0.95 from mail order houses.

The two 470 ohm resistors connected to the output serve to limit the current in case the output is shorted.
I never tried shorting the output to see how effective the resistors are, but I did lose a couple transistors
and then decided to add the resistors. They should limit the surge to around 120 mA which should be low
enough to prevent damage. The circuit draws around 250 mA when the ring signal is present so if you want
to operate it from batteries, six 'D' type alkaline cells are recommended. It probably won't work with a
small 9 volt battery.
Original scheme edited by Bill Bowden,

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Telephone Ring Generator Using Small Power Transformer

This ring generator will ring a telephone once every 10 seconds. The interval between rings can be
lengthened or shortened by varying the value of the 1 Meg resistor. The 70 volt/ 30 Hz ring voltage is
produced from the 120 volt side of a small 12.6 VAC power transformer (Radio Shack 273-1365). Both
capacitors connected across the transformer windings are non-polarized / 100 volts. Circuit draws about
300mA from the 12 volt DC power supply during the ringing interval.
Original scheme edited by Bill Bowden,

Telephone In-Use Indicator

Original scheme edited by Bill Bowden,

Telephone In-Use Relay Controller

Original scheme edited by Bill Bowden,

Circuit to close a relay when any phone extension is off-hook. Voltage at the gate of the MOSFET should be
negative (1-3 V) with respect to the source when phones are on-hook. Voltage at the gate should be
positive (8-10 V) with respect to the source (ground) when any phone extension is off-hook. A high
impedance meter is needed to measure the on-hook voltages accurately. Circuit should draw less than 5 uA
from the phone line. Relay used is a 12 V DC / 120ohm coil, but most any small 12 V DC relay should work.
Power supply regulation should be +/- 2 V.

Telephone Audio Interface

Audio from a telephone line can be obtained using a

transformer and capacitor to isolate the line from
external equipment. A non-polarized capacitor is
placed in series with the transformer line connection to
prevent DC current from flowing in the transformer
winding which may prevent the line from returning to
the on-hook state. The capacitor should have a voltage
rating above the peak ring voltage of 90 volts plus the
on-hook voltage of 48 volts, or 138 volts total. This
was measured locally and may vary with location, a
400 volt or more rating is recommended. Audio level
from the transformer is about 100 millivolts which can
be connected to a high impedance amplifier or tape
recorder input. The 3 transistor amplifier shown above can also be used. For overvoltage protection, two
diodes are connected across the transformer secondary to limit the audio signal to 700 millivolts peak
during the ringing signal. The diodes can be most any silicon type (1N400X / 1N4148 / 1N914 or other).
The 620 ohm resistor serves to reduce loading of the line if the output is connected to a very low
Original scheme edited by Bill Bowden,