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Old 12-22-2010, 09:32 AM
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Have looked on ebay but somewhat leary of the condition. Anyone looked into this and have any suggestions on picking up a reliable set of military field phones?
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can you post a link or photos?
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I've picked up a bunch of them cheap at gun shows. The surplus dealers don't always have them, but when they do, they're usually not expensive. At least not down here. There isn't much demand for them here.
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I don't know what field phones you guys use but ours ran on batteries and required lots of D10 (phone wire) not really very practical tbh
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The phone I was given has a hand crank generator built in


http://oldtelecomsrsa.blogspot.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_telephone

I haven't looked too far into it, but I believe this single handset with built in crank would provide enough battery for the receiver on the other end. All you would need is some wire, I think. I'll haveta look further into it (I work for the phone Co.)

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... any suggestions on picking up a reliable set of military field phones?
My first question is, "WHY?" Radio is the new phone; without wires!

Wired is more secure, but that is not a big issue. I forget the technobable term, but just have preset code terms. You say, "The dog is sleeping on the porch" has been established to mean that you have seen unknown people to the south.

Just saw that a football team has boards with 4 images on them. The issue is that there can be one other variable; or perhaps two! They could have based the meaning upon the down, or quarter, or something else even more subtle. In other words, you can use the same phrase, and attach a different meaning for each day of the week. In other words, just get creative.

If you have built an underground bunker then you might have use for a phone system. However, you could project build an intercom system and ruggedized for the specific installation.
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My brother got a set of Czechoslovakian military field phones a few years ago from Sportsmansguide, for something like $65 bucks, brand new. The quality was outstanding. He ran them upstairs to his daughters room so he could have her bring us down more ice for the "beverages".
He and his wife seem to have split up, and I'm trying to snag the field phones before they just disappear.
I'd say, if you can find a use for them, and can get a deal, then get some. They're uber-cool, fun to use, and work great. I'd see these especially useful if you lived within a hundred yards of a close freind or relative, and wanted secure com. Run the cable ( it's LONG) through some 1" PVC and bury it, and you're secure from eavesdropping, and not reliant on the grid, or batteries.
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The phone I was given has a hand crank generator built in


http://oldtelecomsrsa.blogspot.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_telephone

I haven't looked too far into it, but I believe this single handset with built in crank would provide enough battery for the receiver on the other end. All you would need is some wire, I think. I'll haveta look further into it (I work for the phone Co.)E
I couldn't quite read the left side instructions because the picture isn't clear enough, but I looks like Dutch not German. It appears to be a NATO copy of a TA-312.

I have a pair of TA-1s that would also do for commo with an LP/OP, no need for air commo with a position 50 to 100 meters to your front.
You don't need batteries for a TA-1. You don't really need batteries for a TA-312 unless you plan on long distance commo or a hook up with a switchboard.
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I couldn't quite read the left side instructions because the picture isn't clear enough, but I looks like Dutch not German. It appears to be a NATO copy of a TA-312.

I have a pair of TA-1s that would also do for commo with an LP/OP, no need for air commo with a position 50 to 100 meters to your front.
You don't need batteries for a TA-1. You don't really need batteries for a TA-312 unless you plan on long distance commo or a hook up with a switchboard.
The instructions are in Afrikaans - a South African language and were developed from Dutch so you are nearly spot on!

It is possible that if is a NATO copy as the South African military conform to NATO standards (or at least used to be )

It uses a battery and the crank is to generate a ring signal on the other phone(s).

During my time in the army we used then at stationary sentry positions and AFAIK we never complained about flat batteries but maybe someone did maintenance on the systems.

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All hand cranked telephones I have tested works together, of course sound.-powered are not sending out as strong voice signal as a battery powered etc. Some UK telephones signals by howling, not ringing, and if you have a TA 312 you need to leave the handset off hook to hear the UK howl. Newer phones has battery powered converters not generators, but they work together.

Among field telephones the US EE-8 are one of my favorites, slightly more reliable is the WWii German FF-33 but that one is a local battery only phone. On the other hand Field telephones are mainly local battery.

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A friend picked up some. He installed them, with deeply buried cables, to both the out buildings and the prep based hidden security posts he had build on his property. This way he could keep in wireless contact with the whole property.

Best thing ever was that he put the ones in the out buildings in sort of hidden spots where you had to know to move a board to find them. He also linked a small bell into the circuit so the bell rang to tell you someone was calling, but there was a toggle switch beside the bell to take the bell out of the circuit and not ring in case needed it that way (prep thinking).

I always thought if I had a big enough chunk of land I would run a similar system.
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I would run the wire but not deploy the phones till a situation starts a creepin'
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My first question is, "WHY?" Radio is the new phone; without wires!
Without wires, but with batteries. These phones don't need batteries and will run forever. They're not the solution to everything. Radio is far more versatile and able to reach longer distances. But for local comms, sometimes these are the perfect solution.

Also, the generator in them makes a stunning amount of voltage. I used to used one for many of the diabolical pranks I pulled as a kid...tween...teen..um, adultish..ok, I still do sometimes!
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this is the new field phones i would use

http://www.softbaugh.com/fieldphone/


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Without wires, but with batteries. These phones don't need batteries and will run forever.
The field phones shown in the photos probably do have batteries: they're used to power the microphone in the handset. The only time you don't need them is if there's a switchboard with a central battery supply, which means you have to maintain one large battery plant instead of batteries in each phone.

Some phones can be set to use "Common Battery", and some can't. HTH.

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"...makes a stunning amount of voltage."
Nice pun.

Used for fishing in certain parts of the country... And for waking up sleepy head fishermen at 4:00am
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I have a pair of these:


And a pair of these:


A switchboard is also available if you have that many phones in the compound...

I love POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) and been messing with the technology since I was a wee lad....while radios have an advantage of range, they can be listened in on where POTS requires one to know where the wires are located in order to eavesdrop so fairly secure...
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Just don't confuse your TA1 with your claymore clacker!


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I liked my TA-312. 90 volts at 20 hurts, spelling intentional.

The carrier ringer frequency for my Army radio system was 1600hz. If you could whistle that you could make the phone ring on the other end without cranking or bending down to floor and pushing the test button for that channel/line.

I had a 5 mile spool of WD1-TT field wire in my signal rig. I used that stuff for everything, paracord of the Signal people.
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ive used field phones before, they are good for static positions, bunkers observation posts ect

just crank it and talk
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