Your lengthy missive is unfortunately very sparse in educating us on "SSB."
We all know that one definition of SSB is Single Side Band. Probably
for all of us on the list, that's the most common definition of SSB.
However, if you pay attention to the original posting about it, SSB seems
to be a reference to some sort of special NNX circuit exchange at
all/most/some military-related telephone switching centers.
A previously referenced AT&T training manual on SAGE/BUIC/AUTOVON phone
systems does list all the AUTOVON/SAGE Switching Centers & includes their
General Purpose (AUTOVON) NNX, their SAGE NNX, and then a commercial network phone
# for the Switching Center. For example, Delta, Utah had 890 for AUTOVON,
764 for SAGE, and the commercial network dialup for their troubleshooting
desk was 801/864-2181.
With that in mind, please elaborate why you with your "considerable
experience with the AUTOVON system (1960's style)" are attesting that this "SSB"
simply refers to single sideband, and then please explain to me why there were
separate AUTOVON-connected networks or exchanges at each switch specifically
and solely for single sideband use.
This training manual I have does go into NORAD SAGE/BUIC links to GATRs
for HF/VHF/UHF voice & TDDL & while it was certainly some specialized
circuitry, there's no mention of it being on any special "SSB" sub-network.
AUTOVON phones had P (Priority), I (Immediate), F (Flash) & FO (Flash
Override) buttons. If you ever hit that O button on your Navy AUTOVON phone, I
think you woulda been connected with an operator! :) It kinda sounds
like you're referring to an AUTODIN terminal instead of a simple, standardized
AUTOVON telephone instrument.
Can you please also elaborate on what "AF modes" you're referring to?
In a message dated 9/20/2007 2:40:39 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
Dave es all the group
Having considerable experience with the AUTOVON system (1960's style) I
can attest to the fact that SSB was, indeed, single sideband.
This being said, however, and being USN, our AUTOVON terminals were
pretty primitive, and the major controls were (R) routine,
((P) priority, (O) Operational immedate, ((F) flash and (FO) Flash
override. I never used the system for anything else but standard
Msgs, and of course, since it was a USN terminal, there was no need for
the AF modes.
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