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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 3:13 pm 
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I see posts about what have you seen heard and such.. So I am gonna ask what sirens have you actually worked on and repaired, or restored.

Mine,
Whelen Vortex Own most of one. Worked on repaired or installed 70 or so
Whelen ESC-864 repaired
Whelen 2018 repaired
Whelen Hornet repaired
Whelen 4004 repaired
Whelen 2800 repaired
Whelen 2900 repaired

Whelen 2010 controller own 1 repaired several
Whelen 969 controller installed own 1
Whelen 864 controller own 1
Whelen original controller (built in Western Electric Phone box) own 1

Federal Thunderbeam repaired 7
Federal Thunderbolt 1000 repaired 1
Federal Thunderbolt 1003 worked on, could not be repaired 1
Federal STH-10 own 1, partly restored, repaired several
Federal 2001 repaired 40 or so
Federal EWOS repaired 1

I know there are more mostly Federal, that I have worked on, can't remember model numbers.
But that's part of what I do,,,, all over the state of Ohio.


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Dabbled with my own thunderbolt 1000. I’m debating on doing any work on my model 5 because I’ll need to machine an entire new stator if it’s gonna run again and I’m not sure if I want to do that... historical purposes you know?

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:30 am 
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My opinion for whatever that's worth is that there were thousands if not tens of thousands of model 5's made. If it were some one of one special unit, then yeah keep it original working or not. For a Model 5, I am not sure you gain anything by it being original and not working.


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I worked on a Sentry 7v8-H once. Granted it was a re-install, and the only repair needed was replacing the wiring from the motor to the exterior connection box. (A little off topic) After installation, the county had their radio technician come to the siren to install the antenna/re-program the FC. Later that week, the siren failed to sound during a tornado warning, because he neglected to turn the pole disconnect back on after he finished the job.


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Let's see, I have worked on in my time....

- Model 2
- Model D
- 5T
- Thunderbolts

And that's really about it. Not exactly the most comprehensive list, but it is what it is.

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kb8vul wrote: *
I see posts about what have you seen heard and such.. So I am gonna ask what sirens have you actually worked on and repaired, or restored.

Mine,
Whelen Vortex Own most of one. Worked on repaired or installed 70 or so
Whelen ESC-864 repaired
Whelen 2018 repaired
Whelen Hornet repaired
Whelen 4004 repaired
Whelen 2800 repaired
Whelen 2900 repaired

Whelen 2010 controller own 1 repaired several
Whelen 969 controller installed own 1
Whelen 864 controller own 1
Whelen original controller (built in Western Electric Phone box) own 1

Federal Thunderbeam repaired 7
Federal Thunderbolt 1000 repaired 1
Federal Thunderbolt 1003 worked on, could not be repaired 1
Federal STH-10 own 1, partly restored, repaired several
Federal 2001 repaired 40 or so
Federal EWOS repaired 1

I know there are more mostly Federal, that I have worked on, can't remember model numbers.
But that's part of what I do,,,, all over the state of Ohio.
That Thunderbolt 1003 mentioned, is that the one from West Jefferson? I had heard that unit is now out of service and there’s a newer solar powered Vortex on the outskirts of town there.

And do those 7 Thunderbeams happen to be Newark’s? I heard those have been having issues lately.

Another system of Whelens with issues is Clinton County but they don’t seem real interested in fixing anything.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:53 am 
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fire_freak_57 wrote: *
kb8vul wrote: *
I see posts about what have you seen heard and such.. So I am gonna ask what sirens have you actually worked on and repaired, or restored.

Mine,
Whelen Vortex Own most of one. Worked on repaired or installed 70 or so
Whelen ESC-864 repaired
Whelen 2018 repaired
Whelen Hornet repaired
Whelen 4004 repaired
Whelen 2800 repaired
Whelen 2900 repaired

Whelen 2010 controller own 1 repaired several
Whelen 969 controller installed own 1
Whelen 864 controller own 1
Whelen original controller (built in Western Electric Phone box) own 1

Federal Thunderbeam repaired 7
Federal Thunderbolt 1000 repaired 1
Federal Thunderbolt 1003 worked on, could not be repaired 1
Federal STH-10 own 1, partly restored, repaired several
Federal 2001 repaired 40 or so
Federal EWOS repaired 1

I know there are more mostly Federal, that I have worked on, can't remember model numbers.
But that's part of what I do,,,, all over the state of Ohio.
That Thunderbolt 1003 mentioned, is that the one from West Jefferson? I had heard that unit is now out of service and there’s a newer solar powered Vortex on the outskirts of town there.

And do those 7 Thunderbeams happen to be Newark’s? I heard those have been having issues lately.

Another system of Whelens with issues is Clinton County but they don’t seem real interested in fixing anything.
Yes. And yes, it's out of service as well as the model 7 that is also located on top that building.

Yes. and Yes, those were converted to decode Whelen DTMF with an older version decoder board from whelen, 3 relays, a receiver and a 12 volt power supply. The issues they had weren't as bad as it was advertised. They had one siren that got water in the cabinet and caused the decoder board to short and set off the siren. That has been addressed. That county has had several issues that made the news but were ultimately caused by maintenance issues, batteries and battery charger failures.

As far as Clinton County, I don't work on those. As far as repairs, or lack there of, I am gonna guess that they also are of the belief that Knox county holds. There is nothing in the Ohio Administrative code requiring jurisdictions to provide, maintain, or repair outdoor warning systems. Some counties are very good about keeping their systems in top shape. Others don't. And in truth there is nothing saying they have to.


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