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    Default Electric Air Raid Sirens...

    I know quite a few of us on here have hand cranked sirens - but does anyone have an electric one?

    Just wanting to know how easy they are to connect to mains and get working..

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    Default Re: Electric Air Raid Sirens...

    not sure what you are asking if you have an electric one that needs repair or checking out i may be able to help

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    Default Re: Electric Air Raid Sirens...

    No, i am contemplating buying one to add to my Cold War Collection - but if i am going to get one i want to know how easy they are to connect to the mains.

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    Default Re: Electric Air Raid Sirens...

    If you are talking of the WWII Sirens such as the twin blade Carter Nelsons etc. They generally use 3 phase power, which means you can only run them on that, unless you can get a converter. Which is generally expensive, plus the ampage drawn from them may take out the mains circuit breakers!

    Here are a few from my collection


    This little siren is from East Germany, and screams out at 120 db! It runs on 240 volts, so ok with mains electricity. These are easily picked up on German e/bay for about 60.00.


    This one is a real bute It a Federal Electric Siren Type 21, circa 1952 and runs on 110 voltage. But all I need is a voltage reducer 240/110 which is relatively cheap, compared to a 3 phase. I got this on US e/bay! cost 150.00, but shipping bumped that up to 300.00 I always wanted a US, CD siren for my collection. It needs quite a bit of restoration as can be seen but parts are still available

    if you just want a small siren like a gents, single blade siren they are relatively cheap, and again come up on e/bay every so often.
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    Default Re: Electric Air Raid Sirens...

    They are usually too heavy to move about so nobody bothers. They are 3 phase so I don't know how your going to power it and then theres also the problem of getting a signal to it.

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    Default Re: Electric Air Raid Sirens...

    Its the three phase power i was worried about,

    Im wanting something like a twin blade secomak...

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    Default Re: Electric Air Raid Sirens...

    from what i read on the net they are available in single or three phase three phase is out of the question(without expensive invertors or convertors) for most homes as they have single phase.
    check the rating plate for the model you buy the max single phase motor you can run of a domestic 13a supply is 3 HP or 3000w but this is extreme i recomend 2.5HP or 2500w max.

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    Default Re: Electric Air Raid Sirens...

    The other problem with the twin rotor carter or castle air raid sirens is the weight, they come in at about 125kg i think!
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    Default Re: Electric Air Raid Sirens...

    I want one so badly!

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    Default Re: Electric Air Raid Sirens...

    hehehehe I have 2 Castle Castings sirens :-D (and I don't intend to part with them- ever!)

    Both are powered by a 5hp 3-phase electric motor and weigh in at about 85kg each.

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