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Off-Hook Telephone Line Indicator

The circuit is designed to connect in parallel with the telephone line, to monitor and detect if any telephone in the same line is busy, with the indication of the LED and which is self-powered so that it does not provide any load on a telephone line.

Light Emitting Diode (LED) – a semiconductor diode that is commonly a source of light when electric current pass through it Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor (MOSFET) – a device utilized for switching and amplification of signals BS108 – a 250 mA and 200 Volts small signal MOSFET designed for high voltage, high speed switching applications such as relay drivers, CMOS logic, line drivers, TTL or microprocessor to high voltage interface and high voltage display drivers Diode Bridge – also known as bridge rectifier which has four diodes arranged in a bridge configuration where the output voltage has the same polarity with either polarity of the input voltage 1N4007 – a general purpose plastic rectifier with reverse voltage from 50 Volts to 1000 Volts and forward current of 1.0 Ampere

When none of the telephone lines is in use or on-hook, the voltage across the line is around 48V. In this state, the gate of transistor Q2 is shorted to its source during the conduction of Q1. This causes the LED to be disabled while Q2 is turned OFF. When one telephone extension along the telephone line changes to off-hook or in use condition, a voltage drop from 5V to 15V is detected. This will in turn cause Q1 to turn OFF because of the very low voltage across the gate of Q1 which is equal to 6% of the line voltage. Transistor Q2 then will be biased at around half of the line voltage. The sudden line drop of voltage triggers Q2 to light up the LED that will give a sign that the line is in use. Using the same line, the circuit is unseen with other telephone devices. A current-limiting resistor is used to maintain the low current of LED1 while the local telephone line parameters dictate the variation of other component’s values. The power of the circuit is provided by the telephone line. Other voltage protection may be used with some reliable design in addition to the current-limiting resistor. This is important to avoid any grounding effects from conducting surfaces within the circuit.

To ensure that transistor Q1 is fully biased while the line is free or not in use where LED1 is OFF, a 500K ohm MOSFET trimmer is used for the desired adjustment. A MOSFET is a three-terminal semiconductor component with a conducting channel in its output and a built-in capacitor at its input. To increase the values of any of the two resistors connected to the gate of Q2, a 200V MOSFET can be used in the place of Q2 if BS108 is not available. However, plain transistors like the bipolar junction can be used but with lower values to allow greater currents to pass through the line that is not in use. The bridge rectifier comprising of four 1N4007 diodes are performing the conversion of AC input into DC output.

MOSFET can function in two ways. The first is known as depletion mode wherein the channel shows its maximum conductance in the absence of a voltage on the gate. The second way that the MOSFET can function is known as enhancement mode wherein the device is not conducting even in the absence of a voltage on the gate because no channel is produced. A channel is being created with the application of a voltage to the gate. To generate better conductivity, greater voltage to the gate is required.

MOSFET drivers are applied in electronic motor control for different types of motors. Also, they are specifically used with long duty cycles, high operating frequency above 200 KHZ, lower output power, and wide load variations. The largest application of MOSFETs are the switched mode power supplies and in battery charging applications. In transducer drivers for high power devices such as light bulbs and motors, large current output with a small input is provided by MOSFETs. Since they are more non-linear than BJTs while producing less distortion, they can be utilized with Hi-Fi amplifiers. In constructing integrated circuits, MOSFETs are very useful since they can be made very compact. Although MOSFETs can get damaged by static electricity at higher voltages, they still provide several advantages as compared to other transistors which include faster switching time than BJT, lower losses than BJT, very small switching current, and least effects of temperature.

This telephone line indicator does not only tell when a telephone line is in use if a plurality of telephones are all setup to the same telephone line, but also prevents interruptions during personal calls. Additionally, it can also help to prevent costly and unwanted disruption of modem calls and fax, it alerts a person when a call is done and the phone is free to use, and the LED light indicates the line is in use.

To avoid any injury, it is a prerequisite to take extra precautionary measures when connecting any circuit to the telephone lines, which can produce life-threatening voltages during normal operation. During a lightning storm, it is better to keep distance from telephone lines.. Legal aspects are imposed in different countries for connecting things to telephone lines. The circuit should be better built with a plug-in cord for easy removal in case of fault occurrences. Otherwise, it would be best to consult a licensed telephone operator.

Source:www.zen22142.zen.co.uk/Circuits/Misc/tiuc.htm

Tags: off, hook, telephone, line, indicator,

Comments on this post:

By Johar 0Score: 

5 years ago:  I want to hear sound instead of seeing the led indicator. Can I connect a buzzer instead of the LED?

By shaider 0Score: 

5 years ago:  Hi johar, a buzzer can be possibly added but it should not be mistaken with the ringer so that no one will try to lift the handset if they mistakenly thought that the buzzer was the ringer. Also, try not to make it too loud so as not to disturb or cause shocking effect to anyone.

By anjo yllana 0Score: 

5 years ago:  I wonder what other features does a call center has on this circuit because the supervisors are always monitoring their subordinates through this type of devices

By Shiraz 0Score: 

4 years ago:  I would like to kow if there is any lED indicator accessory that I can mount on a regular cordless phone and will blink if the hand-set is not placed properly on the cradle and the phone stays off the hook.
Alternatively, is there any cordless phone on the market, with such a built-in LED indicator?

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