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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2020 5:53 pm 
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Hi all,

Recently, I was talking to a family friend who used to work for the Federal Signal research and development department in the late 1990s-early 2000s. He told me about a modulator prototype that was going to be tested, however the people who were transporting it to the testing location dropped the modulator off of the forklift accidentally in the warehouse. The modulator's housing shattered, and the electronics inside were heavily damaged. Apparently, Federal just gave up on the project after this incident.

Does anyone know anything else about this prototype modulator?

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Is there any pictures of the modulator?

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2020 6:06 pm 
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ObritSeven wrote: *
Is there any pictures of the modulator?
Negative.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2020 6:08 pm 
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Tboltguy wrote: *
ObritSeven wrote: *
Is there any pictures of the modulator?
Negative.
So the siren got dropped off the equipment before they took pictures?

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ObritSeven wrote: *
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Is there any pictures of the modulator?
Negative.
So the siren got dropped off the equipment before they took pictures?
To my knowledge, it was a test model they were experimenting with. They hadn't taken any professional photos for marketing. And yes, it was dropped off of a forklift and was destroyed.

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For clarification, this wasn't the 2nd generation modulator right?

Federal had a modulator revision that made the individual cells narrower. Fostoria Ohio's modulator is the chubby gen 1 while a gen II would be one like mt Vernon IL's Modulators (the ones that replaced the 612's.)

Federal doesn't like throwing things out. One of their test poles still has the blower pipe for a thunderbolt.


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Ohio_Man wrote: *
For clarification, this wasn't the 2nd generation modulator right?

Federal had a modulator revision that made the individual cells narrower. Fostoria Ohio's modulator is the chubby gen 1 while a gen II would be one like mt Vernon IL's Modulators (the ones that replaced the 612's.)

Federal doesn't like throwing things out. One of their test poles still has the blower pipe for a thunderbolt.
I'm not sure. I'm probably seeing that same guy I got the info from again tomorrow, so I'll ask him. To my knowledge it was a prototype model or experimental model.

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