These sets were built to meet the needs
of the US military during the cold war to be able to set priority
of a call on the now decommissioned Autovon (nuke hardened) "AUTOmatic
Voice Over Network" phone network. These lines were buried
35 feet or more under ground and encased in conduit and concrete.
It was hoped that this network would survive a first strike by
the USSR. This system was less vulnerable to attack then todays
The extra column of keys set the priority
of your call, Priority,Immediate.Flash
& Flash Override
Autovon Switching Centers, Now decomed.
NORAD Control At Cheyenne
Mountain, renovated version. Not as
many Autovon sets as the old one. Two of my Autovon sets came
from the old control room.
This is a WE military
1A2 key Autovon set I got from a military auction, said CMC spare
on bottom. Note the extra four buttons for setting priority of
A green version 1A2
What the innards look
Standard 66 type pad
Translucent 66 autovon
A single line 1A2 version
1A2 set, late production
Autovon adjunct unit,
to add Autovon features to other phones
Single line with translucent
buttons & adjunct unit
Below is non
WE AUTOVON Equipment
HARRIS looks like 1A2
set but is special control phone NOS dated 1983
autovon controller I have two versions of these.
TA 954 Digital military
A TA838 field phone
(not WE but Autovon type) can run point to point or hook to the
network like a normal phone.