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This section is for discussing any type of warning device that is not specifically an outdoor warning siren.
Such as factory alarms, whistles, fire horns, fire engine sirens, fog horns, etc..
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By Fearguy1234
#185809
Lately I have found a black, civil defense box in my high school, mounted in the wall inside a hallway to the gym. The box originally had a patch of the civil defense logo on the front, but had been taken off just recently so when you see the pictures, try to imagine a patch on the front. The box has a communications attachment built into the side, which means it could have been used as a radio, or something else. My high school is very old, built in the early 50s, so it obviously went through civil defense times, so I was wondering what it was used for. Any ideas? The pictures are turned over, so turn your head to the right to properly look at it.
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By Unit of Civil Defense
#185829
It's obviously been gutted of what ever transceiver equipment may have been in place....the coax connector is a dead give away.
Was your high school a designated fall out shelter? Some, but not all, fall out shelters had 2-way radio equipment such as a gonset communicator which may have been too big to have been placed in this box.
Another possibility, and this is a stretch,.....
If your high school use to broadcast its home Basketball games on a local AM radio station, then the box would have been what the radio engineers would have used to tie the mics that the play by play announcers where using into a dedicated phone line back to the radio studio and the radio station back to the play by play announcers via their head phones.....basically a small transceiver that fit into that box...the coax connector that is pictured could have been for the head phones verses using a head phone jack(s) that are more susceptible to wear and tear than the coax connector. .
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By Fearguy1234
#185833
The box is right beside the gym in the hallway, so broadcasting is possible. The school is in the middle of nowhere with just trees and houses nearby, so I dont know about fallout shelters in it or nearby. I dont know how much history has been kept about civil defense in the school, or the county. I might ask a janitor about it, but I think it was some sort of warning equipment, but I dont know.
By lilrags44
#186033
With any luck, you might be able to go to your city library and look thru a news paper archive. If you can, looks thru the beginning times of CD and see if your HS is mentioned. My library is funny; when they finally got tired of bring books up for me, they just took me down to the basement, and let me work beside a Microfiche machine. Funny thing, there was a CD water drum under the table ;)
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