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Offline HarrySmith

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Vintage Police Phone
« on: January 14, 2011, 07:01:45 PM »
I am about to buy this car phone to put in my Corvair phone truck. Before I overpay does anyone have one they want to get rid of?
http://tinyurl.com/6bqoqbo
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Offline Dan

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Re: Vintage Police Phone
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2011, 07:19:12 PM »
I don't, but I am curious how they work and how you will get it to work.
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Offline HarrySmith

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Re: Vintage Police Phone
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2011, 07:34:01 PM »
I do not intend to get it working, I just think it would look cool on the truck! There would be a transceiver unit that would be mounted in the trunk of the car it was installed in.
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Offline JorgeAmely

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Re: Vintage Police Phone
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2011, 07:36:46 PM »
Harry:

I guess there are a number of boxes/accessories  that connect to the back of this unit. So if the seller doesn't provide them, you won't have a functional radio. Even if you have a working radio, will there be any other radios to talk to? Are these like CB radios? In that case, it will be usable with many existing radios.
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Re: Vintage Police Phone
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2011, 08:15:24 PM »
No, CB radios were almost always self-contained.  This is the control head for a business-band FM transceiver.  Similar to police radios of the period but they used different frequencies.  Even if you could get the transceiver, there would be no one you could talk to, and if you had two of them to intercommunicate, you couldn't do it legally, because these were run under special, hard to get licenses.  I think these frequencies are not even licensed for this anymore.

An excellent idea for the truck, though. I don't know if the Bell System had radios in their trucks to communicate with their personnel, but if they did, it would be a business-band FM radio like this one.

Harry, you're missing a piece.  You need to get a mounting cup for the receiver to hang on the dash board.  The cup wouldn't have a switch hook or anything, just a holder cup.
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Re: Vintage Police Phone
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2011, 08:25:37 PM »
I do not intend to get it working, I just think it would look cool on the truck!

But....how are you going to talk with the guy up front in the tow truck?.....

 :-\

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Offline HarrySmith

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Re: Vintage Police Phone
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2011, 08:42:36 PM »
I was thinking I will hook up 12 volts just to make it light or maybe if I get real energetic put a bluetooth in it and use it with my cell!!

Dave, I have a holder but I was just trying to figure out some kind of locking device to hold the handset in place so it does not hit the floor on the first bump or turn.

Terry, you are hilarious! I will be sure you are the first person I call when I am driving it to the first car show of this spring.
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Offline Craig T

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Re: Vintage Police Phone
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2011, 08:46:02 PM »
I talked to the owner of this website a while back and he said we could use this link. He has lots of early mobile phone history here. Believe it or not; 1945 first mobile radio telephone.

This is the section on the police phones. You will see the power units they used for them too. Your looks like right near the top "Deluxe Line (1940-1950)."

http://tinyurl.com/486p25e

Offline HarrySmith

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Re: Vintage Police Phone
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2011, 08:52:00 PM »
Pretty cool site. Thanks! Look at the size of the equipment in the trunk! Looks like it weighs a ton!
Also seems like the one on ebay is older than my truck but I still like it.
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Offline Craig T

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Re: Vintage Police Phone
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2011, 09:01:38 PM »
Is that a one ton truck you have  :)

You're welcome Harry, thanks for sharing the phone on ebay, I am curious to see what it sells for. Hope you get it so we can see more of it.
 
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Offline Brinybay

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Re: Vintage Police Phone
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2011, 06:05:15 AM »
What makes it a police radio?  There's nothing to indicate that other than the seller's claim.  ???  

On a side note, that is the type of ebay ad that annoys me, no real description, but plenty of verbage about bidding, shipping, payment, etc.   >:(
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Re: Vintage Police Phone
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2011, 09:00:30 AM »
 Hi,
  Maybe I can help with a little fill-in on that unit. It is just the control head for an FM (not AM) mobile radio. Probably from 1940-41.   These would have been used primarily for police , and public services such as ambulances ....but probably not military They were also used as Business radios , though not commonly , by power companies etc.
     FM only really came into use in 1940 ( This control head has a squelch control indicating for FM) . World war II started in 1941 and changed everything. Most  of the post war heads have Motorola designation. Link , the maker of this unit ,  had some sort of partnership with Motorola in  an attempt to keep GE out of the mobile radio business.
   I am sure there are much more knowledgeable forum members that could fill in the history more concisely.

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