History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications
Splicing in a Repeater
To enable a repeater to be put into a copper conductor cable system a joint had to be made between the cable and the repeater.
Each cable and repeater had a length of 0.310" tail cable attached during manufacture.
Once the cable and repeater had been loaded on to the cable ship and correctly positioned, the 0.310" cable tails were then joined together by means of a brazing machine and then a coating of polythene was moulded over the braze.
The tail cable was then coiled inside the repeater, the main cable was locked onto the repeater by means of a locking cap, (the round cone at the front ) and rubber buffers fitted. These buffers assisted the repeater during the laying operation whilst passing through the linear engine.
See also the Stamps page on repeaters and branching units
Images courtesy of and copyright © 2006 David Watson
Copyright © 2007 FTL Design
Last revised: 30 November, 2008
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