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SHIPS LIFEBOAT RADIO, READ THE WRITING ON THE SIDE------IF YOU BELIEVE THIS---YOU WILL BELIEVE ANYTHING.
JOKING APART THEY DID FLOAT!!

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Oh yes they did.
Used one as a flotation device once.
Didn't without the top on though![=P]
 

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Attending radio survey on new SD14 in Sunderland, the Greek owner's supt. threw on of these into the dock from the boat deck. Loud crack as it hit the water many feet below, then just bubbles rising. Radio never seen again.
 

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They were never shut properly.
It always seemed almost impossible to get those green WD headphones flat enough to close the seal on the lid. Invariably a loop of the cable depressing the seal making it leak.
Was this the one with that phenomenal telescopic aerial that extended to 20 feet or was that the spin drier?
 

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I think that was the spin drier!! Fubar, this one had a piece of long wire on it.
thanks comment ron, i did hear a story similar to what you say that one sank to the bottom of the oggin, i suppose it could have been the actual story that was related to me, think that was a different model to this one, cannot remember the name but it was large, heavy and almost square shaped. good old days eh!!!!
 

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The other big yellow square box would be the Lifeline (RN500).

Tested a Salvita in a lifeboat once and couldn't raise Rabaul Radio which was about half a mile away as the crow flies.
 

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I always thought they were a fake and turning those handles was just a way to keep you warm in a lifeboat
 

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During a survey, the Radio Surveyor tested one by immersing it in a large container of water. This particular Tx passed, but he told me that some ROs wiped soap on the rubber grommet to stop tell-tale bubbles indicating a bad seal. That may have worked because I did the same thing myself ever after with no problems.

I made an "almost" blunder when demonstrating transmitter's operation to a group of ABs on an Australian ship. I explained the operation of the auto alarm signal and, while one of them cranked the generator so hard the ink was flowing from his arms, and trying to inject a bit of levity into the rather solemn proceedings, I said "...and any ship within 50 feet will have it's Automatic Alarm activated."
"What?' one of them cried and I looked up to see the gleeful "stick her up" gleam in their eyes! "Only kidding," I replied, promising that one squeak from the set would have ships in Peru *****ing up their ears. Phew, I had visions of 12 years in Rapid Bay waiting for someone to invent a new lifeboat radio!

John T.
 

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It was a way to keep your spirits up steve and stop you getting bored
in the lifeboat ha-ha---plenty of excercise to keep the blood pumping.
Tested one in a lifeboat on Lake Erie from about 6 miles away with captain listening on ships bridge on 2182. it worked!!!! we all got the day off then and off to the beach with the mandatory couple of cases of ale!!! good day out till some clown decided to remove the lifeboat plug, remember the water circulating around my knees, what an end to a great day out.
fubar, you should know by now that these 3rd world coast stations do not listen
during meal times, when reading a book, sleep sessions, or when they feel cheesed off or just cannot be bothered answering you.!!
anchored off monrovia, another ship at anchor was calling xxx medico on 500khz
could anybody wake up the local radio station which we could see from the ship,
no chance, 7 ships calling the coast station eventually to tell him about xxx but he would not answer anyone at all!!! makes your blood boil!!
 

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Fubar - the Lifeline was relatively small compared to the 'big yellow box' which was IMR's 'SOLAS'. Drop that into a lifeboat and there could be no survivors!

The 'Survivor' pictured eventually reach 3 editions, all made by Clifford and Snell. They did float but you had to take care that the lid was properly fitted and secured. When type approving such equipments in Norway, the Norwegian PTT used to drop them from a bridge (over an inlet off a local fjord) which was the regulation 20m above the water. The ones that I observed always floated, but in winter your heart was in your mouth that they managed to miss the ice floes drifting under the bridge.
 

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