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Experimental British Siren.

Thu Mar 24, 2016 4:46 am

While searching around for vintage siren material, I ran across this article detailing one of those "interesting" attempts at creating an air raid siren.

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Detec ... story.html

This rotating directional siren was built by Parmeko Ltd. and mounted on the old Lewis's Tower in Leicester (England). It used two perforated discs which blew air into the directional horns, producing sound. This was actually built just before World War 2. Unfortunately it was a short lived creation as the city decided to buy smaller and more conventional sirens from Gent's - only one other "Parmeko" siren was built and it went to a naval dockyard. Neither sirens were preserved, rendering this interesting but unwieldy experiment into the history books. In the first photo of the article, one can see the siren horns peering out of the Lewis's Tower - the second photo is a nice close-up of the "Parmeko" siren, and probably the only detailed photo of it in existence. It was a very unconventional siren compared to what superseded it.

Gent's of Leicester supplied the more populous dual head sirens we see and hear in many wartime films. Very similar sirens were also made by Carter & Co. (Nelson) Ltd. of Nelson, Lancashire. As with the "Parmeko" siren, these were originally made just prior to the outbreak of war in 1939.

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Thu Mar 24, 2016 4:54 pm

Your post are always amazing keep up the good work. :D
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Thu Mar 24, 2016 5:29 pm

WOW that thing looks cool! So I would assume it's dual toned?
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Re: Experimental British Siren.

Tue Mar 29, 2016 10:26 pm

A very unusual siren. First time I seen one like it to. Shame it did not get saved back then.

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Wed Feb 28, 2024 5:08 pm

The article is unavailable, do you have a photo you can post?
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Re: Experimental British Siren.

Thu Feb 29, 2024 9:21 pm

HazzaCyclone710 wrote:
Wed Feb 28, 2024 5:08 pm
The article is unavailable, do you have a photo you can post?
I'm here with you. I had the same problem, but I'll search that website and see if I can find anything.
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Re: Experimental British Siren.

Fri Mar 01, 2024 2:14 am

Fanman wrote:
Thu Feb 29, 2024 9:21 pm
HazzaCyclone710 wrote:
Wed Feb 28, 2024 5:08 pm
The article is unavailable, do you have a photo you can post?
I'm here with you. I had the same problem, but I'll search that website and see if I can find anything.

Try not to reply to 3-9 year old posts.
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Re: Experimental British Siren.

Fri Mar 01, 2024 1:34 pm

whelen-ws-2000R wrote:
Fri Mar 01, 2024 2:14 am
Fanman wrote:
Thu Feb 29, 2024 9:21 pm
HazzaCyclone710 wrote:
Wed Feb 28, 2024 5:08 pm
The article is unavailable, do you have a photo you can post?
I'm here with you. I had the same problem, but I'll search that website and see if I can find anything.

Try not to reply to 3-9 year old posts.
that's not really that long, bumping a topic is allowed.. (as long as it is under 10 years old)
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Re: Experimental British Siren.

Fri Mar 01, 2024 3:04 pm

TheVintageLouisiana wrote:
Fri Mar 01, 2024 1:34 pm
whelen-ws-2000R wrote:
Fri Mar 01, 2024 2:14 am
Fanman wrote:
Thu Feb 29, 2024 9:21 pm


I'm here with you. I had the same problem, but I'll search that website and see if I can find anything.

Try not to reply to 3-9 year old posts.
that's not really that long, bumping a topic is allowed.. (as long as it is under 10 years old)
My experience:

airraidsirens.net/forums/viewtopic.php?p=221414#p221414
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Re: Experimental British Siren.

Fri Mar 01, 2024 3:28 pm

whelen-ws-2000R wrote:
Fri Mar 01, 2024 3:04 pm
TheVintageLouisiana wrote:
Fri Mar 01, 2024 1:34 pm
whelen-ws-2000R wrote:
Fri Mar 01, 2024 2:14 am



Try not to reply to 3-9 year old posts.
that's not really that long, bumping a topic is allowed.. (as long as it is under 10 years old)
My experience:

airraidsirens.net/forums/viewtopic.php?p=221414#p221414
And did you ever actually get warned for replying? I assume not. My point is still valid.
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