About Me

Underberg, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
THE LITTLE BOX FACTORY PO Box 833 Underberg, 3257 KZN Tel: 033-7011973 (When it works) Cell: 083-5487960 (Mostly works) E-mail: staytrj@gmail.com My name is Rob Stayt and I live on a farm at Underberg KZN. I am a pensioner and run a small factory of my own called THE LITTLE BOX FACTORY. I spend my time manufacturing Rustic Wooden Boxes of all sorts. All my boxes are made of locally grown pine and are rough sawn. They are nailed and glued together. I leave them with a plain wood finish so the customer may varnish or paint them to their own desires. I can also manufacture Rustic boxes to customer's requirements within the limits of 400mm. I do hope you may be interested in my products. If so, tell me which products you are interested in, or,let me know the required dimensions so I can work up samples for you. If you wish to visit my little factory, please contact me to make arrangements. Free delivery to Underberg/Himeville/Bulwer. Delivery to Pietermaritzburg and the Midlands district may be arranged. Please contact me. All other deliveries are to the customer's expense. Rob Stayt

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Friday, July 20, 2012


I must apologise for the problem caused by the "Privacy" logo on the site.  It suddenly decided that it was the carrier of viruses.  I have removed it from this site so you should not have a "warning " when you enter the site. I do assure you that any information on this site remains here and is NEVER passed on to any third party.  I do not ask for your personal details as this site is for your entertainment and interests only.

Many thanks.  Rob Stayt


Our telephone is dead. Almost six weeks ago there was a squawking and beeping from our Telkom phone at around three o'clock in the morning. The the death rattle of our land-line. The copper miners had been at work.  Four weeks later Telkom replaced the open wires just outside the village where they had been stolen.  We had our telephone line back.  We took advantage to call friends and relatives "Quickly, before the lines get stolen again".  Two days later we had a high wind. During this wind storm we heard the telephone once again announce it's demise.  Again, no service.  That was nearly two weeks ago.

Tuesday we went to a presentation on satellite telephones.  Expensive?  Damn right it is.  Definitely not in an old pensioner's budget.  A plan?  Yes!  I spoke to a fellow who represents another company supplying GSM telephones.  I have ordered one for our home.  This system shares all cellular networks, choosing the best quality signal to connect to the called subscriber.  The phone should be here next week.  The costs?  R99-00 per month plus calls.  Calls? R1-22/minute to cell numbers and R0-44/minute to Telkom landlines.  Cheaper than Telkom rates!  So we are going to try this.  There is no fixed term contract, so if you don't like it, give them one month's notice and they'll take it away.  If you do like it, no set-up or installation fees.  Just R99-00 + vat per month and calls!  Now that to me seems a pretty good replacement for the Telkom line..  Let's see.  I'll keep you updated.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The "Thing"

I am wondering just what this "Thing" is.  Please have a look at the picture and if you know what it is, please let me know via e-mail.

If you come up with a funny, fantastic, ludicrous idea and description, let me know too.  We need a little fun on this blog.


Handset required for a Siemens magneto telephone

One of our ladies has this poor old Siemens magneto phone and requires a handset for it.

The details under the base of the phone are:
FG.tist.188 31U3

If anyone can help please e-mail me. I shall forward on any replies from all. Many thanks.

I am still looking for a user's manual for the red pay phone. It is a CKT 676 and needs to work for a living. So a manual on programming the unit is essential. I have tried contacting the manufacturers but to no avail.

Let me know anyone who has on of these! Thanks.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012 We are in the future!

If you are planning to visit South Africa, please drive carefully!

Dear visitors,

Thank you for popping in to the Berg Telephone & Telegraph blog site.  May you have happiness, friendship and joy in 2012 and may you prosper.  My you realise your dreams for this New Year and be successful in all your endeavours.

Best wishes and kind regards from B.T & T.


I have a new friend.  Now I can listen to the world the old fashioned way.

Friday, October 14, 2011

I have accumulated a few more bits and pieces.

There are some new pics for you to look at.  And a pic of our new security equipment.  We have had a theft of some of my stuff out of the workshop.  Now we have installed a surprise for any would-be housebreakers. I have spent some time wiring the fence for electrification.  The fence energiser is now installed in a safe area of the house.  What a pity we have to live like this.

BPO Dial Speed Tester

NEC Longlines Test Set

Mickey.  He Tells You When There's a Call

The "Thing".  Does anyone know what this is?

Housebreaker's Surprise.  This Energiser Puts Out 11 000 Volts!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

New Pix

The Hungarian telephone photo has been added to the collection photos along with a Siemens wall phone, a Stromberg magneto phone and my old West Test Set.  So have a look see and enjoy.

The collection is being sorted into types and so it will appear more organised on my shelves.  The wall phones will soon be mounted on the office wall.  This will make things easier to look at without tripping over phones on the office floor.  Duplicate phones will be put into storage in my workshop.  So a general tidy up is imminent.