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Old 12-30-2008, 01:46 PM   #1
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Cool USS Alabama radio equipment - can you identify?

OK, for all you "old salts" lets play name that rig!

Picture 1: Radio control center aboard the USS Alabama. All the equipment seems to be receviers...hmm? Makes one wonder if it was that way back in WWII?

Picture 2: Close up of one of the recievers

Picture 3: A radio from another ship, on display in a photograpic darkroom of all places, where they also had a crate marked "8x10 field camera" which I would have loved to have seen set up, being a big fan of Ansel Adams.

So if you guys know what these things are, let the rest of us know
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Hi Wade
In trying to enhance the photos, was able to find out they are receivers -- thought it might be FSK stuff but looks like their were two receivers set up at each operating position possibly to listen on two frequencies....

In doing a bit more digging here I was able to find info on them:
TYPE CRV-4614B-D
Made by RCA --

here is another link with picture and a club that is using them (Univeristy of Texas Radio Club... Looks like they are seeking info on the ships this radio was used on......

http://n5xu.ece.utexas.edu/n5xu/sw.shtml


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Old 01-02-2009, 05:57 PM   #3
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In trying to enhance the photos, was able to find out they are receivers --

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If you want the original 10 Mpixel jpg files I can email them to you.
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Wade: If you can send me the picture of the black unit, I can look at it a little closer. It looks like that unit might be earlier vintage -- perhaps early 30s. Their are some great pictures of that RBC-5 Receiver available. It seems to be a good candidate for restoration as it runs on 115v or at least seems to -- They were made in the 50s so I would guess the USS Alabama was put back into service for a period of time after WWII. Thanks so much for posting this 73... Mark
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Yes, thanks for sending the pics Wade. Will be looking forward to more photos of your trip. I've passed the USS Alabama many times traveling I-10 out to Louisianna but never stopped. Sounds interesting.

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As a short note, my Dad (KI6RK) served aboard several minesweepers during WWII as I believe an electrician's mate, further trained as the ship's radioman, PO2. After the war, he worked for RCA as well and I know would be very interested in these photos.
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look like some of the radios I had some brief training on while in the Army's Radio Repairman school

while active duty I mainly worked on these AM radios. Pretty much everything in that series if you scroll down to the bottom
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Hi All. Thought I would attach a picture I took back in October -- We made a RV Trip to Kansas and the DW snapped this photo as we went over Mobile Bay... Forgot I had it. 73
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I've got a few pics of that same item as well
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Yes, I've seen that view myself a few times. Isn't there also an old submarine there ?

Greg, I was reading some posts from awhile back where you were thinking about getting your ticket. Did you change your mind ? What can we do to offer some encouragement ?



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Greg, I was reading some posts from awhile back where you were thinking about getting your ticket. Did you change your mind ? What can we do to offer some encouragement ?




other interests/hobbies have consumed my time and treasure as of late

I've been restoring antique military firearms along with "pimping out" a new one

and now I've just gained a vehicle project in the form of an 1985 MB 300CD


the ticket is still one of them round toos
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Yes, I've seen that view myself a few times. Isn't there also an old submarine there ?
There is, the USS Drum. WWII subs were often named after fish, and the Drum was named after that, not a musical instrument. Some sort of award was given to the engineers who figured out how to get the rusting Drum up onto dry land and berthed in concrete supports with out tearing up the submarine.

There is also an aircraft museum, the pride of which, in my opinion, is an SR-71 Blackbird, and a B-52 and some other stuff, like WWII tanks and some amphibious stuff that my uncle might have used in Korea.
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