A new phone system was installed in the telescope building. Two of the phones are hands-free systems where you can clamp the unit to your belt and use a head-set. The system includes a repeater for coverage throughout the building. Some more tests are needed to test the system, specifically as for optimizing coverage in the adjacent FIES building. Also, new phones were installed in the service building and better instructions were provided for the various options that the existing system provides as for communicating between different phones, remote pick-up of phones, etc.
We are running out of spares for the lightning protection of the telephones lines and the specific type is no longer available on the market. A new type of protection was identified and ordered. This new type is not fully compatible with the existing system and some new installation and modification of the installation is required.