Collectors who wish to be active in the network are requested to create a test number on their site that will answer even if nobody is around. The reason for this is that we have an automated program that checks from time to time to see which office codes are reachable, and which are not.
By doing this, we can keep our directory current, and recoup those office codes that no longer are in use.
This doesn't have to be anything fancy, but can be if you want to show off. All we're looking for is an answer. Here are a few suggestions:
- 1000 Hz. This is a built-in function in asterisk. It is explained here.
- An answering machine. Do you have your legacy switch already hooked up? If so, you can hook an answering machine to one of its extensions. Or you can attach it to the computer running asterisk, if you're equipped with a spare FXS port.
- Time of Day
- Local Weather
- Air Traffic Control
- Police scanner from your local town
You get the idea -- anything that will answer the phone if you're not around or if you're asleep.
Here are examples of test numbers others have set up:
|+1 263-9637||- -||Time of Day (Boston)|
|+1 652-6677||- -||CallerID(number) Readback|
|+1 736-5000||- -||PEnnsylvania 6 Five Thousand|
|+1 853-1212||- -||Time of Day in US Pacific Time Zone|
|+1 936-1212||- -||Weather in Pactel Territory|
|+44 (0) 1234846||- -||Time of Day (UK)|
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