Stowing the Headset-Chestset
In enclosed spaces, you should stow headset-chestsets on
hooks. In machinery spaces and on weather decks, you should
stow these sets in stowage boxes, which are designed to stow
from one to six sets.
A properly made-up set should fit into its stowage box
without your having to force it. Never allow a loose cable to
hang out of the box, because it may be damaged when the lid is
closed. Never use the stowage box for storing cleaning gear or
tools. Cleaning rags give off moisture while chemicals give off
fumes that will cause the aluminum diaphragms to rapidly
oxidize. Tools and other loose gear may damage the set(s) or
may prevent you from getting a set out quickly in an emergency
Where do you store headset-chestsets located on weather
decks and in machinery spaces?
Why should you never store cleaning gear in a
sound-powered phone stowage box?
Sound-powered telephone handsets are designed for general
use on a line with other handsets or headset-chestsets. You hold
the handset in one hand with the receiver over one ear and the
transmitter in front of your mouth. You push down the button,
located between the transmitter and the receiver, for talking as
well as listening.
Sound-powered handsets are hard-wired into sound-powered
jackboxes, selector switches, and magneto call stations. For
stowage of the handsets, handset holders (fig. 3-4) are installed
in enclosed spaces, and handset stowage cabinets are installed at
stations exposed to the weather. When you replace the handset in
its holder, be sure it is secured so that it cannot fall to the deck
and be damaged.
Why should you replace the handset in its holder and
make sure it is secure?