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Help! Museum needs urgent assistance

#1
If your currently at Blandford and can help identify our stock of PTARMIGAN please call me on 2697
I need to get a list together by end of play Friday 18 Feb

Thannks in advance
 
#3
If your currently at Blandford and can help identify our stock of PTARMIGAN please call me on 2697
I need to get a list together by end of play Friday 18 Feb

Thannks in advance
What's up, Cardinal. Has the roll out of Falcon stalled, so HQLF (CBM) are recalling your slice of Ptarmigan to plug the capability gap?!
 
#8
Wasn't a RR Op, but looks pretty much like something that used to be called a BERT monitor or something like that (am probably very, very wrong) Used to check/monitor link quality.
I think JT might be onto something. I was thinking Trifid Bit Error Rate monitor, but its been a while since i was in the back of a relay wagon!!
 
#9
It doesn't look like part of a TACE from a Triffid, so it could be from a sat det, a Pipistrelle in a green box or from a Euromux RR. On the other hand it could be one of the few production boxes built by DPA to replace the TRC 481 sat buffer conversion.

Dodgy ground here and betraying my ignorance.
 
#10
Think greenbaggyskin is pretty much on the money. Had it confirmed from other sources that it is a PSIE (Ptarmigan Satellite Interface Equipment) and was produced as part of the Satcom/Reboil project and one was scaled for each VSC/501.

So there you go!

Still think they should resurrect BRUIN, we had beer tents when we went on exercise with that.
 
#11
IIRC the satcom adaptors were marked with red paint around the HF Quad socket (weren't they bodged SHF radios?). If that's the case, then perhaps this is a later, production, version of the same beast. I used the SHF modded box both on VSC501 and on a TSC85-B for my sins.
 
#12
Yep, a £23,000 TRC-481 fitted with a bodge mod card to interface the sat data stream (no, I don't remember the IEEE/shit standards) but I was your first repair point....in Blandford. For a Cat 5 item the were dissapointing, I had one back from Gulf 1 and it pissed 2 pints of water all over me when I cracked it open...expected sand.
 
#13
Think greenbaggyskin is pretty much on the money. Had it confirmed from other sources that it is a PSIE (Ptarmigan Satellite Interface Equipment) and was produced as part of the Satcom/Reboil project and one was scaled for each VSC/501.

So there you go!

Still think they should resurrect BRUIN, we had beer tents when we went on exercise with that.
Ahhhh BRUIN.... lugging 6 channel registers out of the secure wing at sh!t o'clock on an active edge... sitting in a six channel with nothing but a kettle, a toastie maker and an intercom for company... waiting for the call from Tech con for a loop... or the highlight of the day... register card change!

Course... laying all the 10 pairs over the roofs of a dozen or so box body 4 tonners on a frosty night after a week of crash moves could be interesting as well.... and god help you if you were on the ground having pissed someone off... the accidently dropped 10 pair connecter packs a punch!

Nearly died recently when I visited the museum and there was a 6 channel all set up in it's glory... I must be gettting old... **engages warp factor 3 on the motability trolley**
 
#14
Aaah. the ten pairs thrown from truck to truck and the REME bitching about the need for new windscreens on these new fangled widescreen MK's on the RL,s we only broke one at a time.
 
#15
When they brough the MK's with roof plates in we started using them as a short cut... jumping from roof to cab. One endex pack up I thought I'd be clever and jump in the other direection... catching roofline at my waist... forgot the rear doors wer open... feet left a muddy mark 3 feet inside the comprtment on the ceiling as I landed with a very deep squelch in 6 inchs of exercise mud... still... that was preferable to the stairs that were still attached!

Felt like a right plonker!
 
#16
Amazing! When I slip and slided across the top of Bruin cabins in the dark with an SLR bayonet boss that loves cam nets I never fell off. (lies), but the checkerplate and non-slip paint land was lovely....after 15 year of bitching.

Hell, Ptarmigan is museum stuff now? I thought a TARIF drum was ok and Wavell. At this rate we might as well close the corp and give Vodafone the money.

Came in handy when I was serving in NI in 95, was seriously shot down in flame for using a mobile within a security force base and was reported to my OC. The fact I had been called as an emergency in by my OC on my mobile was not of relevence to the retard drunken officer that did report me to my OC.
 
#17
Skodaphone...?! After today's fun...?!!

Still... it'd make a change in the HQ... "WHERE's THAT BLOODY TECH?!" becomes "Bloody Skodaphone.. I'm on hold again!"
 
#18
little blue box at 4 ft height, with a little inginuity and 4 feet of cam string, and the man power moritoriam, we can answer the box whilst still in the sleeping bag.

MAD MAN MAC MAD MAN AUTO.
 
#19
**Bows Down** I am no worthy.... you are a proper proffesional you are!

Oh... just remembered... the bloody school bell fitted to the 6 channels for those "...was awake staff... honest.. this intercom must have an intermittent fault...." moments! Scared the living bejesus outta me a few times... wouldn't have minded... but I was trying to catch some zed's on a particularly wet ex... Bloody tosser of an oppo kept falling asleep! Where are the 10 pair ends when you need 'em..?!
 
#20
Well, the truck issued machette trough the door stays and saying " it was a crypto issue" works.

Remember when we could actually sleep and travel in the container?
 

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