Evan Doorbell's Phone Tapes are a well
known "documentary" of how the phone system used to be like in the
1970s. Evan has recorded many hours of "phone tapes" of the old
phone network. Check out his other tapes at the
September 16, 2017
Catching up with adding files that were
originally released on Evan Doorbell's Soundcloud page but were never
released here. Archive quality versions of these files are now on the
August 9, 2017
Added tapes 0706 and 0717
to Main Group: Atlanta raw tape page.
August 8, 2017
Added Early 80s Pgm. 12: Oil Company CCSA
(continued), January 1982 to Production page.
July 13, 2017
A new section is now open on the Raw
Tapes section -
June 4, 2017
Added Warwick/914 Programs 9 and 10 to
the Production page.
March 29, 2017
Two updated and remastered files to the
Production page: Rock Hill Telephone Company (Part 2) and Prince William
County VA, pgm. 3.
March 19, 2017
New Production Tape: The Commerce GA
Area, Pgm. 3: Sounds from Commerce NX1; Homer & Braselton XYs, April
Updated Production Tape: Toll Station in
Shenandoah National Park VA, (August, 1976)
March 9, 2017
Two new production tapes: 1) Warwick and the 914
Area pgm. 7: Senderized Step in Washingtonville NY, February
1977. 2) Warwick and the 914 Area pgm. 8: Senderized Step in
Monroe NY, February 1977
February 23, 2017
Early 80s pgm. 10:
Cognitronics' Early Announcing Systems on Phone and Short Wave (1972 -
December 27, 2016
1) Kent, CT #355 Step added to Production
2) Early 80s pgm. 11: Troubles in Rome GA
added to Production Page. (NOTE: Program 10 has not yet been produced.
We didn't skip it - Evan hasn't yet narrated it!)
December 20, 2016
1) Warwick/Area Code 914 Program 1 has
been replaced with an updated draft. If you have downloaded this in the
past, please replace it with this file.
2) New Warwick/Area Code 914 Program 6 is
now available for download on the Production page.
December 18, 2016
New Raw Tape added to the Main Group -
New York page: New York Telephone's IDDD (International Direct Distance
Dial) tone demonstration recordings (GBM02-3-05).
October 18, 2016
The Warwick/Area Code 914 series is now
available in the Production section. The first four parts are ROUGH
DRAFTS while the fifth part is the final version.
October 16, 2016
An updated version of Belvedere, NJ is
now on the Production page. Please update your version accordingly.
September 15, 2016
Added Tape 0034 to Short Long Distance
June 19, 2016
Greenville (unedited original) - FLAC file fixed
New Long Distance Preservation Tapes: 0325, 0538, 0568, 0571, 0588
Pennsylvania raw trips page spelling fix
Atlanta Raw Tapes fixed: Tapes 0139 (Part 2), 0499 (Part 2), 1131 and
1132 (Parts 1 and 2) (Check FLAC and MP3 for all).
June 2, 2016
New Production Page tape - Early 80s Pgm.
9: The 526 Conference Ends, May 1981
May 21, 2016
New Production Page tape - Early80's Pgm.
8: The 526 Conference Begins, May 1981
April 30, 2016
Corrections - GBM41-1-05 was incorrectly
placed in Short Long Distance, it should only be in Long Distance
April 21, 2016
Added Lexington, SC Pgm 1 to
Production tapes page.
April 3, 2016
Added Great Meadows, NJ and
Outtakes in Context to Production page. Published a remastered
How to be a Phone Phreak Program #6 to the Production Page. Added
Tape #167 A and B to Virginia Phone Tapes in the Raw Tapes section.
March 13, 2016
Added Belvedere, NJ and Oxford, NJ to
March 5, 2016
Added Gap, PA and Pen Argyl, PA to
February 27, 2016
Added Early 80s program 6 to Production
February 23, 2016
Added Early 80s Program 7, and Remastered
versions of Fredericksburg, VA 5XB and Chancellor, VA ESC programs.
January 16, 2016
Added two new production tapes: Early 80s
Phreaking pgm 5 and Commerce GA Area Pgm. 2.
November 22, 2015
Added the following tapes to the Long
Distance preservation raw tapes: 0153, 0245, 0431.
November 10, 2015
New files: Early 80s Phreaking with an
Apple II computer.
July 11, 2015
New files: Opening sounder for Los
Angeles Joke Line "Z", circa 1971
May 21, 2015
New files: Ben's Tapes 08 and 09 through
21, How to simulate AIS using modern techniques, all 96 AIS tracks, and
"Not Jane" and the Commerce, GA Area.
Remastered: Carolina Tel. part 8:
April 25, 2015
All the high quality Production files
have been converted to FLAC and uploaded to the cloud. Please download
the FLAC files and enjoy!
NEW Production Tapes - Calls from
Belle Harbor #1 Crossbar incl. Suburban Panel Sender Tandem and old
Houston SAIS (December 1973) and "Not Jane" and the Commerce GA Area
New Raw Tapes - Tape 0817 - Ben's
Centrex Tape (Parts 1 and 2) in the Main Group New York and New York
City preservation directories.
April 18, 2015
I finally found a solution to the large
file problem I've been plagued with for the last few months. I found a
good "cloud storage" solution, so I've moved all the Raw Tapes to the
cloud. Both FLAC and MP3 files for all the Raw Tapes are now available.
If you are new to FLAC, it is a lossless compressed WAV file. You can
either play it directly with Winamp, or decompress it back to the
original WAV file without any loss of sound quality. The encode/decode
program can be found here.
I'll move the production files (both FLAC and MP3) to the cloud soon.
January 31, 2015
New Production Files - Rock Hill
Telephone Company ESC and Step.
January 24, 2015
New Production Files - Asheboro, NC Pentaconta
Crossbar (Parts 1 through 4)
January 17, 2015
Newly remastered Production File - New
Oxford, PA NX1
Newly added Raw Tapes - Raleigh, NC Step
by Step in North Carolina section.
January 10, 2015
We will be moving from WAV files to
FLAC files. FLAC files are compressed WAV files (lossless) that can be
easily expanded back to WAV files. We will add a few for now and see how the web host handles
the file capacity. We may have them up for newly added files for a
limited time, so if you see a FLAC file you want, get it now!
November 24, 2014
For the time being, all WAV files have
been removed from the site. They were taking up way too much room. Many
GB of files! The web hosting company was not amused, so for now I have
removed them. What I will do in the future is put them back on the site
for NEWLY added files and only have them there for a short while. I just
want the dust to settle for now and add them back slowly. Otherwise this
site will cease to exist. So please bear with me. Thanks!
October 12, 2014
New Production Tape - The Sounds of Long
Distance, pgm 16: 4A’s Revertive Pulsing, Short Long Distance NYC to NJ
New Raw Tapes - Many Group Bell Master
(GBM) tapes have been added. They are in the New York City Preservation,
Long Distance Preservation, Short Long Distance Preservation (new
section), New York Miscellaneous, Virginia Phone Trips (new section) and
Other Areas section.
June 1, 2014
New Production Tapes - Step with "St.
Thomas" Dial Tone in New Tripoli PA, August 1976, Conestoga Tel&Tel pgm.
1: ESC in Morgantown PA, August 1976. Conestoga Tel&Tel pgm. 2: Step in
Birdsboro PA, August 1976, Conestoga Tel&Tel pgm. 3: Step in Oley PA,
May 23, 2014
New Production Tapes - Florida (Siemens)
Motor Switches (pgm. 6)
April 20, 2014
New Production Tape - Florida (Siemens)
Motor Switches (pgm. 5)
February 22, 2014
New Production Tapes - Florida (Siemens)
Motor Switches (pgm. 4) and NYC Routings.
February 15, 2014
Two new sets of tapes
Production - New York City Routings
Raw Tapes - 0166 (FIeldstone-7 #1
Crossbar) in New York City Preservation.
January 13, 2014
New Section (Conferences) in the Raw
January 1, 2014
The Atlanta Preservation section is done,
at least for the moment (or whenever Evan decides to digitize the "B"
set of Atlanta tapes).
December 2, 2013
A complete redo of the Raw Tapes section
The section got so big (and will get MUCH
bigger) that I separated the Raw Tapes into sections. This will
accommodate the MANY MANY tapes that Evan is in in the process of
digitization for the site.
MANY new Raw Tapes have been added!
November 11, 2013
Evan has released a bunch of his Atlanta
Preservation raw tapes. Other tapes have been moved to new sections.
November 10, 2013
Evan has been busy with releases of new
production tapes and partially completed production tapes that he wishes
- Florida Siemens Motor Switch series
- Step switches in Front Royal, VA and
Martinsburg, WV (conversations with Bill from New York)
- The 1/1AESS Centrex Quirks series (3
- Life Insurance TIE lines series
(2 parts, partial)
- SF Janning the Gainesville, GA step
tandem (2 parts, partial)
September 1, 2013
Evan Doorbell's new home on the web has
been established! All of Evan's previously narrated (production) tapes
are all online at his new home as well as newly released
raw tapes from New
York City/Long Island area, Quebec and elsewhere.