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WWII WIRELESS SET No 17 MK 2, 1939
Mk2 Version of item A0894 .
A small portable ground station for communication between searchlight section headquarters and 'AA' batteries.
It replaced signal lamps. Designed by Stanley Lewer in 1939 for Searchlight Territorial units during the war.
It was not fully adopted by the War Office.
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- Yes transmissions could be rcvd on TV, mine had no wood box but left one transmitting sound of a buzzer then went on bicycle to the moors about a mile away and heard the signal.
Cost 5 shillings each.
I assume most users will have passed away by now.
.......... John Pen, Keighley, Yorkshire, 2nd of January 2020
- I had one of these when I was a lad, in the mid 50's. It was fun to use but wiped out every TV close by. The neighbours never found out who stopped their viewing - but my father did and stopped it.
.......... John Street, Littlehampton, Sussex UK, 8th of August 2013
- My uncle Harry Tompkins was with a searchlight battery somewhere near Bristol during WW2 using No17 sets for local communications. In an attempt to increase the range some bright spark attached the aerial lead to a wire fence (perhaps barbed). He told me that after the war, when German documents were being inspected/researched some messages sent by him had been picked up in Germany! There must have been a real lift on for a 17 set to send a signal that far?
.......... Graham Collins, Wigginton, Herts, England, 4th of January 2011