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Publication numberUS2291533 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 28, 1942
Filing dateApr 29, 1940
Priority dateApr 29, 1940
Publication numberUS 2291533 A, US 2291533A, US-A-2291533, US2291533 A, US2291533A
InventorsRodney B Cummings
Original AssigneeRodney B Cummings
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Trouble finder cable tone device
US 2291533 A
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July 28, 1942.


Filed April 29, 1940 (C4625 Toms CONNECTED T0 4m: Meg


July 28, 1942. R. B. CUMMINGS TROUBLE FINDER CABLE TONE DEVICE I 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed April 29, 1940 0952: m/vls ma m T E /.N NW N 7 u w a 1 u n w M 0 KY B flaw Patented July 28, 1942 UNlTED STATES PATENT OFFICE- TROUBLE FINDER CABLE TONE DEVICE Rodney B. Cummings, Hillsboro, Oreg. Application April 29, 1940, Serial No. 332,400

2 Claims.

This invention relates to an improved method for locating trouble such as accidental grounds or short circuits in alternating current light and power systems, or telephone lines, and comprises portable equipment and its use as will hereinafter appear from the specification, it being noted that this invention was disclosed, but not claimed, in prior Patent No. 2,142,304, this invention being particularly. directed to the cable tone device which was divided out of the aforesaid patent.

Heretofore, sundry methods and apparatus have been employed by repair men for locating faults in line wires. Usually an exploring coil was used in combination with an ordinary hand generator, the test man shifting the exploring coil from one side of the test lead to the other or else the leads were shifted on the wires. By this invention such shifting is not necessary, and the generator is not used. Instead a device hereinafter referred t as a cable tone is connected to the line wires and cooperates with the exploring coil.

The object of the invention is to provide simple and positive means for location of faults in circuits, principally those carrying telephone or telegraph circuits.

A further object is the provision of apparatus, which is portable, sensitive and reliable in action for locating line troubles.

A further object of the invention is the provision of means for temporarily connecting a telephone set to the lines.

With the foregoing and other objects in View,

as will hereinafter appear, this invention comprises the constructions, combinations and arrangement of parts, hereinafter set forth as described and shown.

In the drawings wherein similar numerals indicate similar parts:

Figure 1 is a view of a pair of lines, to which the detecting and testing device in accordance with the invention is associated.

Fig. 2 illustrates the method of connecting a cable tone to line wires where the wires are short circuited.

Fig. 3 illustrates a similar connection where two lines are grounded.

Fig. 4 illustrates another application of the cable tone.

Fig. 5 illustrates a view of the support rod taken on line 55 of Fig. 1 in the direction of the arrows.

Fig. 6 illustrates the exploring coil mounting means in the support rod.

Fig. 7 shows a schematic arrangement of the cable tone.

Fig. 8 shows a schematic arrangement of the impulse receiving apparatus.

Fig. 9 is a showing of the cable tone connected to the line.

Fig. 10 shows the support rod alone.

Fig. 11 shows the exploring coil mounting.

Fig. 12 shows a line connector.

In the broad aspect of the invention an oscillating current is transmitted from the cable tone device through the lines to be tested. An exploring coil when shifted along the wires but out of contact therewith will pick up by induction a small amount of current when in the path of the current emanating from the cable tone. The exploring coil is mounted on a support rod and connects with an amplifier and a sound transmitter and constitutes the pick-up device. As is readily apparent an amplified signal will be received at the receiver wherever the cable tone current is flowing, so that the operator may easily trace the path of the current to the trouble source.

Referring to Fig. 1, the transmission lines I and 2 are shown connected to a source 3 of alternating current for testing purposes, this source being hereinafter referred to as a cable tone.

Out of physical contact but inductively coupled to these tested lines is an exploring coil l2 mounted on a telescoping type of support rod 6. Electrical connections from the exploring coil extend through the rod 6 to a socket l4, through a plug l5, line 15, to an amplifier l1, through line l8 to a sound transmitter 19, in this case a head set being illustrated.

The cable tone is more particularly illustrated in Fig. 7 wherein an electromagnetic coil 36 is connected across a D. C. source of E. M. F. 35 and vibrating contacts 33. An armature 34 acted on by the coil 36 intermittently makes and breaks the contacts 33. Terminal leads 3! and 38 are connected across the coil 36 and are joined to the lines I and 2 as shown in Fig. I. A bell 43 is connected to the terminal lead 38 and to ground at 44'. A blocking condenser 39 of 0.5 M. F. is placed across terminal leads 3! and 38. This condenser acts as a by-pass for undesirable high frequency currents that would tend to pass from the cable tone into the lines.

In all tone circuits, higher frequency harmonies of the fundamental frequency are generated. These harmonics travel not only over the wires to be tested but through other nearby wires, even beyond the trouble zone. Since the receiving instrument is sensitive to these harmonics the true signal is missed and the trouble is not easily located.

The inclusion of this condenser by-passes the undesired frequencies so as not to be received in the receiver or pick-up device.

In the modified form of the cable tone in Fig. 9 a wave trap comprising inductances 48 and 4| and condenser 42 is interposed between the cable tone and lines to eliminate undesirable frequencies from reaching the lines. The condenser may be located at either end of the inductances.

An exploring coil l2 found to produce very good results is one made from a model T Ford ignition coil. In this instance the two secondary coils are connected in series. However, such exploring coil may also be made by other methods well known in the art. The coil [2 is supported by a hollow insulating rod [3 having two longitudinally displaced electrical contacts 22 and 23 which are connected to the wires of the coil. Contact 22 is of larger diameter than 23 to facilitate insertion into the supporthood. In contact 22 is a bayonet pin 58 to engage a bayonet slot 5| (see Fig. 10).

The support rod comprises two tubular elements 5 and 1 preferably of insulation and mounted in adjustable telescoping relation by sleeves 8 and 9 (see also Fig. 5). Sleeve 8 is secured at 28 to rod member 1 and slides over element 6. Sleeve 9 is similarly secured to the element 8. A set screw in one or both sleeves 8 and 9 serves to hold elements 6 and I in fixed position.

In Fig. 6 contacts 25 and 25 are set in insulating bases as shown at l and II respectively of the support rod 6 and electrically contact the conducting elements 22 and 23 of the exploring coil. Contact 25 has a larger diameter than contact 26 to correspond with the enlarged contacts 22 or 48 of the detachable elements. Contact 25 has a bayonet slot to receive bayonet pin 58 for locking engagement. The detachable element Fig. 11 or 12 is inserted vertically then rotated for locking movement or engagement.

Wires 28 and 2| lead from contacts 25 and 26 through openings 21 into the tubular element 6 to contacts in socket I 4 at the lower end. The electrical contacts in socket l4 may each, as illustrated in Fig. 10, be connected respectively with one of the contacts at 29 and 38 for a purpose to be later described.

Plug I5 connects the exploring coil with an amplifier device through conductor cord IS. The exploring coil may be coupled to any efiicient amplifier with as many stages of amplification as desired, and may be resistance coupled or transformer coupled. The output of the amplifier feeds into a receiver 19 such as high impedance headphones or a loud speaker.

Fig. 8 illustrates the wiring scheme from the exploring coil to the headphones corresponding to Fig. 1.v

In Fig. 2 the lines are shown short circuited at 4 while in Fig. 3, both lines are shown grounded at 44.

In Fig. 4 is shown the cable tone connected to one of the lines I and the bell connected to ground 44. The tone including the bell 43 is shown in detail in Figure 7. In such figure, it will be noted that one terminal of the bell is attached to lead 38 and to coil 36. The other terminal of the bell may be attached to ground.

As is evident, the tone has three terminal points 31, 38 and 44.

Although three terminal points are clearly illustrated in Figure 7, Figures 2, 3 and 4 merely illustrate those connections specifically desired to be emphasized in such figures. Thus Figure 4 sets out line I going to terminal 31 and line 44 going to the bell.

This bell is thus in the tone circuit so that a lineman out in the line somewhere may signal an attendant at the cable tone by connecting an ordinary linemans portable telephone (magneto type) from one side of the line to the ground; and by turning the generator, the bell will ring if the trouble in the line is cleared or is of such a nature that a circuit can be completed to the bell through ground and one side of the line. The bell used is of the ordinary telephone type and has at least the impedance of such type bell to avoid interference with the proper operation of the tone circuit.

With the cable tone thus connected to the transmission lines the bell is connected to ground from the side of the line the operator is testing. He may call in on this side of the line, even with the tone connected to signal an attendant at the office. This method does not tie up the circuit when the cable tone is connected.

In Fig. 10 the support rod is shown disconnected from the exploring coil and amplifier. It also illustrates better the contacts 25 and 26. The openings 21 for the wires from the contacts to the tube interior are clearly shown around the wires.

At times it is desirable to tap into the lines to make telephone connection with the telephone exchange. This apparatus takes care of such situation in the manner now set forth. In Fig. 12 is shown a line tapper device comprising a hollow insulating spacer and supporting member 45 with two spring clip electrical contacts 3| and 32 at the ends. An insulating hollow support 48 extends at right angles and centrally of spacer 45. On this support 48 are longitudinally displaced contacts 46 and 41 similarly arranged and constructed as 22 and 23 in the exploring coil unit. Wires concealed in parts 45 and 48 connect contacts 3| to 41 and 32 to 46. It can be readily seen that either the line tapper or the exploring coil may be quickly mounted or dismounted from the support rod.

Where the line tapper is applied to the support rod a telephone set well known in the art may .be connected with electircal contacts 29 and 38 in the support rod and electrically connect with lines I and 2 through spring clip contacts 3| and 32.

When trouble appears in the lines the cable tone 3 is connected withthe lines and an oscil lating current sent therefrom over the lines. Such current will travel in the paths shown in any of the Figures 2 to 4 and 9.

The detecting equipment including the exploring coil, amplifier, speaker or headphones, and the connections may all be carried in an automobile or other vehicle. The exploring coil may be placed any reasonable distance from the lines and moved by the vehicle along the direction of the lines. The amplifier serves to amplify considerably the signal receiver from the lines. When the coil is moved along the lines a point will be reached where no signal or a faint signal is obtained, the indication that the end of the current path has been reached. At such point it will be found that the wires are short circuited, or one or both wires are grounded.

For carrying on a conversation the line tapper is inserted in the support rod and a telephone is connected at 29 and 30.

The novel features and the operation of this device will be apparent from the foregoing description. While the device has been shown and the structure described in detail, it is obvious that this invention is not to be considered limited to the exact form disclosed, and that changes may be made therein within the scope of what is claimed, without departing from the spirit of the invention.

Having thus described my invention, I claim:

1. A cable tone for testing overhead transmission lines for grounds or short circuits having a series arrangement of a source of electrical energy, an electromagnet, electric terminals on the electromagnet, a set of vibrating contacts operated by the electromagnet and a condenser in parallel with the electromagnet for by-passing undesired frequencies, whereby electrical impulses of predetermined frequencies are maintained over the lines to be intercepted by an amplifier pick-up device.

2. A cable tone for testing overhead transmission lines for grounds or short circuits having a series arrangement of a source of electrical energy, an electromagnet, electrical terminals on the electromagnet, a set of vibrating contacts operated by the electromagnet, a condenser in parallel with the electromagnet, and an inductance connected between each transmission line and electromagnet, whereby electrical impulses of predetermined frequencies are maintained over the lines to be intercepted by an amplifier pick-up device.


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U.S. Classification340/384.73, 324/529
International ClassificationG01R31/08
Cooperative ClassificationG01R31/08
European ClassificationG01R31/08