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Telephone Line Watchdog

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Circuits have been published on earlier occasions that keep an eye on the telephone line. This simple circuit does it with very few components and is completely passive.
The operating principle is simplicity itself. The circuit is connected in series with one of the two signal lines. It does not matter which one of these two is used. When the telephone receiver is lifted off the hook, or the modem makes a connection, a voltage will appear across the four diodes. This voltage is used to drive the duoLED.
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