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Old 10-08-2013, 2:58 PM
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Not a scanner as such, but I don't see a section for 'vintage' single channel monitors. They had to be special ordered with the frequency and decode tones factory set. VHF-HI and used the Motorola two-tone pager tones. No alert tone, just opened up for broadcast audio. I think they were around $150 or so back in the 70s.
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Old 10-08-2013, 5:51 PM
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Yeah, we used a similar model in our dispatch center up until about 10 years ago. There were 3 of them, one for adjoining agency fire dispatch, one for adjoining PD dispatch and one for the Sheriffs Office. The speakers had been remote'd with a remote volume control, and the radios had been stuffed under the console. I was always afraid to touch them because if they failed I'd be stuck. Ended up replacing them a while back with a couple of mobiles. They were still going strong when we shut them off, had probably be running for 30 years non stop. They had a layer of dust on them like you wouldn't believe. We put dust masks on when we demoed that center after they were moved. A lot of old wire and crap buried in layers under the console.
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The company still exists in Riverside, NJ
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Old 10-24-2013, 5:18 PM
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The company still exists in Riverside, NJ
I thought they went out of business when the owner died last year?
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These were issued to all our volunteer firefighter/EMTs in the 70s.

In "Alert" mode the radio would only open if the tones were sent. "Reset" would return the radio to tone only mode.

In "Monitor" mode it would receive everything on the frequency. (All other department pages and other communications). We only had one channel for the whole county back in those days (VHF low band). They had great reception with a wire antenna on the back of the radio and were loud enough to wake the dead.

They were referred to as "Plectrons" although I believe they were a cheaper alternative. Some guys even had them mounted in their vehicles.
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remember them well. we never had any of the insteralert we had plectron in my first fire dept and when i moved we had motorla monitors then we go minitor 1 pagers. last department i was with we had minitor 2 and 3's that was when the ems volunteers were run out of town.
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Some guys even had them mounted in their vehicles.
Hence the DB-15 cobbled onto it.
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Hence the DB-15 cobbled onto it.
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The controls are exactly like the Plectron receivers we used for fire departments associated with CDF (now CalFire). Same position and all!
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That's a cool looking indicator lamp!
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The computer-looking connector on the back of the unit. I assume it's not stock, and aided in installing in a vehicle.
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The computer-looking connector on the back of the unit. I assume it's not stock, and aided in installing in a vehicle.
I still have one in very nice condition.
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We sold the Federal sign and Signal 10-10 receiver, did the same thing. Also worked on all of these old units.
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I remember my dad having one of these for awhile, late '60s or so, before the VFD switched to a fire conference (phone) system. It was set up for our channel but they didn't have any tone capability so it was just open all the time. That was fine until a duct would open or the ground wave would come up, then it became interesting (at first) and later a P.I.A. But it got him interested in buying a Bearcat III a couple of years later -- since that could be turned off when it got annoying -- so it wasn't all bad. They were turned in when the fire conference became active, and I have no idea what happened to them...they're certainly not in the firehouse attic or anywhere else, and the dep't wasn't known for selling stuff off...maybe one of them will turn up one day. I'd love to have it as a reminder of my dad and his involvement in the VFD.
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Old 11-25-2013, 5:33 AM
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Definitely remember these - they had a siren type of alert that would wail when activated!
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