Introduced in 1965 the Telephone No. 703 is a wall-mounted, flame-proof, enclosed type telephone with a weatherproof cover, for automatic and C.B. working.  It has a stove enamelled metal case, in a silver grey hammer finish and is fitted with a modified Dial, Automatic No. 12 (Ericsson's, Code N 99017) with a fly-back mechanism. When used on C.B. systems the dial mechanism can be locked.  A press-button is fitted and may be used for operator recall as shown in Diagram N803.  A switch in the telephone, the contacts of which break when a screw is released, isolates the instrument from the line.  The telephone has an intrinsically safe handset and an amplifier as in the Telephone, No. 702.

The cover is fixed by means of a special triangular key.

This telephone can only be used in Zone 2 where the hazard caused by gases is listed in Groups II, IIIA and IIIB of BS: 229:1957 and safe areas.

Overall dimensions of the telephone are 13 in x 13.5 in x 7 in; the weight is 60lb.

When mounting the Telephone No. 703 a minimum space of 12 in. on the left hand side of the telephone should be allowed for subsequent adjustment of the bell gongs.  Telephone No. 703 supersedes the Telephone No. 149.  For maintenance instructions see Z 5015.

Relay unit CD 1982
This flameproof enclosed relay (ordered separately) is required to provide the switching facilities for mains-operated flameproof enclosed apparatus such as loud sounding bells, hooters and visual signalling devices; it should be connected in circuit as for an extension bell.  The terminal chamber is provided with two 0.75in conduit side entries.

Overall dimensions of the unit are 10in x 9.5in x 4in, the weight is 27 lb.

Made by British Ericsson - model No. N1059X1

Descriptive Leaflet DLE501 - 1974

Descriptive Leaflet DLE501 - 1978

Flameproof Wall Telephones

Auto, C.B. and magneto
These telephones are designed for use in areas subjected to fire hazard and are produced in three main patterns for connection to automatic, C.B. or magneto systems. All have the same general construction and, compared with previous types, offer reduced size and weight in addition to improved transmission performance.

Because it is impracticable to flameproof the handset and connecting cord, these components are made intrinsically safe by transformer coupling of the handset transducers with the remainder of the transmission circuit. The handset circuits have been satisfactorily tested in hydrogen by the Ministry but flame-proof certification is limited to flame-proof groups 2 and 3a BS229-1957.

General Features
Each telephone is housed in an all-metal, silver-grey case equipped with a weatherproof cover. Overall dimensions are 13in high, 13.5in wide and 7in deep (330mm x 341mm x 181mm) and the average weight is 60lb. (27.2kg).

The main apparatus, line-termination field and line-isolation switch are accommodated in separate compartments fitted with stove-enamelled, hammer-finished covers. These are fixed by triangular-headed screws to restrict access to authorised personnel issued with the special key provided with the telephone.

Installation is facilitated by the provision of open-ended wall-mounting lugs in the lower end of the case.

The main body of the instrument and the upper (main apparatus) cover are of cast iron, whilst the lower compartment covers are of silicon aluminium alloy, a material noted for its high resistance to corrosion and freedom from frictional sparking.

The weatherproof door is opened by a straight pull on a stainless-steel slam catch and can be raised to the horizontal and automatically latched in this position to give partial protection against the weather when the instrument is in use. If the telephone is installed undercover, the door can be dispensed with as this in no way affects certification.

The isolation switch comprises a 3-pole microswitch interlocked with the main apparatus cover. Withdrawal of a captive screw in the isolation-switch cover causes the microswitch to release the interlock, so disconnecting the line and allowing the instrument to be serviced in complete safety in its fixed position.

The handset, moulded in high-impact resistant material, incorporates rocking-armature transducers which are used with a sensitive anti-side tone induction coil to ensure high quality transmission on lines of up to 1000 ohm loop resistance including the telephone. The handset cord is the coiled extensible type, and may be disconnected for maintenance without opening the main cover. Connecting wires are insulated with p.v.c.

Three cable entries in the underside of the case allow for the connection of line wires and an extension bell if required. The entries are threaded to accommodate various connecting glands and plugs for two entries are supplied as standard.

Special Features
The auto telephone features a trigger dial fitted with a "fly-back" fingerplate; the dial has standard numbering and 2:1 break/make pulse ratio unless otherwise ordered. A press button for operator-recall or line-intrusion purposes is an optional feature.

The 1000 ohm ringer has two stainless-steel loud-ringing gongs of 4in. (102 mm) diameter fitted on the outside rear of the case; the striker arm projects through a flameproof bearing.

The C.B. telephone is identical with the auto type apart from the exclusion of the dial and its mounting aperture. The inclusion of a press button is optional.

The magneto telephone is equipped with a hand generator of rotating-magnet type and a 2000 ohm ringer. A 3V intrinsically-safe battery, dry or inert, can be accommodated in the main compartment; the batteries are arranged for plug-in connection.

NOTE: Only intrinsically-safe batteries with integral current-limiting resistor should be used with magneto telephones.

All telephones are to Certificates FLP 4683 Factory dept IS 3186 (hydrogen, ethylene, pentane).

Plessey Type Plessey Model Number
Auto telephone without press buttonN1058B
C.B. telephone without press buttonN1473B
Auto telephone with press buttonN1059B
C.B. telephone with press buttonN1474B
Magneto telephoneN2987A

Taken from Plessey Technical document (7094) - 1969

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