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ID Johnson Mobile With Tone Alert Built In?

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Dawn

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I brought this up in passing with the telephone thread. I remember seeing this radio either in S9 or Radio and Electronics product announcement.

It looked like one of the small mobles that I think had the horizonal wheel channel selector or maybe could have been one of the push button channelized units as this had to be between '72 and '75. It was not one of the phone type units.

The tone alert feature was built in, not an accessory box and as I mentioned earlier, the blurb mentioned that it "rang like a bell" with an incoming call. That's not a mechanical buzzer,sonalert, or peizo transducer of that time, but apparently a mechanical ringer. That wouldn't be uncommon back then as horn honk relay units for cars and trucks and ringing mechanisms were found aboard vessels as radio alerts.

Anyone know what this unit model was or was it something announced and never made past a special order or concept?
 

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I remember the Messenger 1 (white face) and Messenger II (black face) and the Messenger 3 mobile (transistorized) had an accessory socket for the tone alert module. The tone alert module was a separate box. I don't remember any model that had it built-in but then I can't remember what I had for breakfast either. I still have my Messenger 1 that I bought when I was in high school. It was 6-volt vibrator model because my vehicle (1950 Dodge truck) was 6 volt. Dad bought a new 1963 Plymouth and I found a big resistor to drop the 12 volts to 6 so I could run the radio in the new car. It had a big 102" whip and looked like many of the patrol cars. Those were the days!
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