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Old 04-11-20, 00:26
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Slowly making progress on the battery charging area of the box . Missing one Crouse -Hinse condulet and of course the control panel . The panel i will have to reproduce , the condulet i might find eventualy . The copper bus bar is coming along nicely and so are the battens battery charging . The electrical cable for the Onan generator starting battery is installed . That battery was installed below / under the wireless table near the left foot of the operator . That solved a mystery . Some restorators had that cable going all the way around to the cypher clerk’s desk . Not so . They cables stop like i said under the radio table and are used only if the truck is Onan 120 V generator equipped and only to start it . The Onan does not charge the radio batteries but it charges only it’s own starting batteries ( 2X 6 V = 12 V ) and it runs the No 19 HP on 120 Volts . My guess is the batteries were used only when the Onan generator was down for some reason .
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Old 04-11-20, 15:09
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This is what i am aiming for as a final result . A challenge . Photo credit : Bruce Parker
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Old 04-11-20, 15:20
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This is the control panel i am looking to procure or reproduce . Dimensions needed . Very similar to Bruce Parker’s HUW panel . Photo credit Reg Hodgson .
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Old 06-11-20, 02:31
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Coming along nicely .
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Old 06-11-20, 03:18
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Looks terrific. Restoring the back of a radio truck takes more effort and skill than the truck itself. Well done.
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Old 13-11-20, 23:12
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Thanks Bruce for your generous words. Thanks Reg Hodgson for the great idea for the control box . Now to fill this box with a proper control panel .
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Old 15-11-20, 02:23
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What an incredible find today : Super rare connectors for the Wireless No 19 HP set . Had been looking for 5 years . These sets and accesories are hard to find ! Credits : Louis Meulstee wireless for the warrior for the illustration of the set.
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Old 15-11-20, 02:48
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Diagram by Louis Meultsee showing the connectors for the unit . Some Wire-5 trucks was specificaly outfitted with a 110 V generator to power this radio amplifier . All the trucks of that series were pre-wired for it . Post war they were replaced with 52 sets . The parts supply was thin . Only 500 were ever made and they were rejected by the Brits and Cdn overseas HQ as the war was winding down and the end was nearing so nothing became of it and no further units were manufactured. They have become rare and difficult to find. The particular unit i bought today was used by it’s former owner to amplify his No 19 unit as it was designed for . He told me half the city of Arthabaska Qc lost their early 50’s black & white TV signal when he transmitted . He might of been exagerating a bit but at 86 years of age i did not argue and i had great fun listening to his every stories . He lived right next door to a Christian college that was a WW2 RCAF station during the war where aircrew learned radio telegraphy !
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Old 15-11-20, 03:01
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Diagram by Louis Multse showing the connectors for the unit . Some Wire-5 truck was specificaly outfitted with a 110 V generator to power this radio amplifier . Post war they were replaced with 52 sets . The parts supply was thin . Only 500 were ever made and they were rejected by the Brits so nothing became of it and no further units were manufactured. The have become rare and difficult to find. The particular unit i bought today was used by it’s former owner to amplify his No 19 unit as it was designed for . He told me half the city of Arthabaska Qc lost their early 50’s black & white TV signal when he transmitted . He might of been exagerating a bit but at 86 years of age i did not argue and i had great fun listening to his every stories . He lived right next door to a Christian college that was a WW2 RCAF station during the war were aircrew learned radio telegraphy !
Good find! For some of this equipment it's if it finds you because there's no guarantee you will find it.

If I recall the Amplified Canadian 19 set could be switched to run on either 12 or 120 volts. Apparently if you did run it off 12 volt batteries it sucked them dry in a heartbeat.

Years ago I fired up my 19 amplifier on household current and it did what it was supposed to do. Young fool that I was I switched it off and opened it up to check for burning. It was only then I fully realized what capacitors do when I got a good zap up into my armpit. Oh...lessons learned!!
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Old 15-11-20, 18:28
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Bravo et je garde un œil sur le poste de commandement.
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Old 15-11-20, 20:06
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I am happy to report the truck’s No 19HP set is now complete with all connectors including the 110 VAC power cord and the 2000 VDC connector . It is set serial number 436 / 500. Thanks Bruce and Chief for the good words .
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The No19 set will be powered by the 12VDC batteries and the No 19HP set will be powered by the Onan generator’s 110VAC when this is all finished .
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Old 16-11-20, 15:02
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To illustrate the evolution of the use of the Wire-5 2K1 trucks here is a picture of one being in use post war . The uniform appears to be from the late 50’s / early 60’s and we have a great view of the radio set inside . Out went the wartime No 19HP sets .Could someone knowledgeable tell us what set this is please ? Photo credit : Communications Museum Kingston . Could someone also identify more precisely the period uniform please ?
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To illustrate the evolution of the use of the Wire-5 2K1 trucks here is a picture of one being in use post war . The uniform appears from the late 50’s / early 60’s and we have a great view of the radio set inside . Out went the wartime No 19HP sets .Could someone knowledgeable tell us what set this is please ?
The classic No.52 set, quite common in 2K1 boxes post war.
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Thank you Bruce for your post and picture . Here we have a good view of the control panel , the little shelf just above and the 110V outlet that is in use only in the Onan generator equiped versions of the 2K1 - 2K2 trucks .
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Onan generator starting battery cables installed today . Located on front wall of box under the wireless table . The dedicated battery for the Onan does not power up the radios or internal lighting .
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Old 22-11-20, 01:15
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Here we see the power cable flexible conduits i installed today . The conduits that come from the generator box to the control panel and the one that goes to the battens that allows power to flow to the wireless set .
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Old 22-11-20, 01:57
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Here is a shot of the Onan starting wires coming out of the condulet right beside the very rare dedicated tool box for the Amplifier Canadian No 19 .
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Old 22-11-20, 02:03
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There is a very interesting article on the Amplifiers Canadian No 19 on the QSL website . https://www.qsl.net/ve3bdb/19amp.html I learned reading it that the Amplifier set was not only used by Canada during WW2 but also during the Korean war ! Here is another interesting link : www.jproc.ca/marconi/no19_set_amp.html
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Use of the Canadian amplified 19 set in Korea was a completely unknown fact. Then someone noticed that in a war art painting of a Canadian HQ in Korea there was a radio set in the background that just happened to be a Canadian amplified set. This was quite a revelation and not likely artistic license by the painter (how and why would they do that with such accuracy?). It was only after that research proved these sets were in fact used in the Korean conflict.

I looked for the painting with no luck but if I find it I'll post.

And Bob, great work on the 2K1 !!!!
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Found it. It's a painting by Ed Zuber held in the Canadian War Museum collection. Their website and access is very limited (crappy) and all I could pull off is this grainy image but notice the radio operator working a Canadian Amplified set towards the right. Only radio nerds would notice.
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