TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: Butt-Set Recommendation

Re: Butt-Set Recommendation

Scott Dorsey (
6 Jan 2006 11:49:15 -0500

Jason Brault <> wrote:

> My question is this, what kind of a test set should I get in order to
> reasonably perform all the testing I need. I'm sure a basic, entry
> level set like the TS19 from Harris would do what I need, but where I
> get confused is all of the data protection and data lockout features
> that the more advanced sets offer (everything from the TS20's to the
> TS44DLX). Are these features something I could really use, or
> perhapse are they not enough? Or are they for a telco technician who
> will be using it all the time, and coul= d potentially tie into some
> serious voltage on a lie that would make T1s look like child's play?

I use a 1950s vintage butt set with a rotary dial for most things.
The telco techs usually make fun of it, but I have yet to find
anything critical that I have needed to do where it wouldn't function.
It's just fine for listening to T-1 circuits and trying to hear
resynch issues.

The data lockout stuff will help you not screw up a data circuit if
you accidentally come across one with the TALK switch on. Is that
important to you?

Don't forget that you will also need a Fox and Hound set. If you work
on T-1 circuits, you really need a T-1 BERT at least, and a full
protocol analyzer is a nice thing to have.

No reason not to just get a cheap butt set, though.

> What have you run into in your jobs that have turned out
> indispensable, or something you wish you'd gotten originally?

The Stanley push drill.


"C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."

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