What comms gear has been preserved in UK museums?

#1
I was at IWM Duxford last week having a good look round the Land Warfare Hall (excellent display of military vehicles from WWI to more recent times, everything from Montys Field HQ to Pigs, Saracens and Challeys), must say that I was disappointed with the comms vehicles on display as they were all locked up.

Didn't see any 432's, the Duxford Aviation Society does have its own Radio Society who operate GB2IWM everyday, they have a display of military radios from WWII (only two Army sets from what I could see)including two SOE radio sets (nice to know that Bletchley Park doesn't have the monopoly on these).

There was literally nothing from the cold war period which is a shame, is there a list of what radio equipment is on display in the UK? I did see some Euromux equipment for sale recently and also these:
 

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#3
There was all manner of Ptar kit sold at auction in Germany recently. While it's great to see benign things like Triffid sets (or even dets) in a museum, I have to admit, I thought I'd had a coronary when I saw a certain BID in the Corps Museum.

I was still serving when I saw it in the museum, and I had only been using the same kit 10-15 years previous. I don't think that's long enough to let such kit into the museum after service. I'd prefer that there was a whole det's worth of kit for say a Ptar switch put into storage at Donnington or wherever, and then released to the museum at the 30 year point (or some other appropriate point). Do it properly, but don't give anything away.

It won't matter too much now, but the kit I saw in the museum was closely related to kit that had only just been retired, and that its replacement was interoperable with at the time. Probably not so with Ptar, as it didn't really do interop, but even so, not something I'd like to see the important bits of in the museum just yet.

Radios, ATRs, teleprinters, insecure exchanges and muxes, make it so. Other kit, not yet.
Trouble is MoD doesn't store things like it did in the old days, storing things cost money so they get rid of fairly quickly, right now you can buy a Bedford with either a mux box or triffid box on the back, go somewhere else for the radios and so on, if its not collected now then it will end up being cannibalised or scrapped.

Like I said they have a Chally at Duxford.
 
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I'm sure I saw a K*****d suitcase on display at the IWM around 2004 as part of a Cold War display.

Not sure whether it was lent to the museum, or whether it was owned by them.
 
#8
There was all manner of Ptar kit sold at auction in Germany recently. While it's great to see benign things like Triffid sets (or even dets) in a museum, I have to admit, I thought I'd had a coronary when I saw a certain BID in the Corps Museum.

I was still serving when I saw it in the museum, and I had only been using the same kit 10-15 years previous. I don't think that's long enough to let such kit into the museum after service. I'd prefer that there was a whole det's worth of kit for say a Ptar switch put into storage at Donnington or wherever, and then released to the museum at the 30 year point (or some other appropriate point). Do it properly, but don't give anything away.

It won't matter too much now, but the kit I saw in the museum was closely related to kit that had only just been retired, and that its replacement was interoperable with at the time. Probably not so with Ptar, as it didn't really do interop, but even so, not something I'd like to see the important bits of in the museum just yet.

Radios, ATRs, teleprinters, insecure exchanges and muxes, make it so. Other kit, not yet.


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#9
I'm sure I saw a K*****d suitcase on display at the IWM around 2004 as part of a Cold War display.

Not sure whether it was lent to the museum, or whether it was owned by them.
I saw that too, as part of the SOE exhibit?

Not too long ago since we were using them.
 
#10
There was all manner of Ptar kit sold at auction in Germany recently. While it's great to see benign things like Triffid sets (or even dets) in a museum, I have to admit, I thought I'd had a coronary when I saw a certain BID in the Corps Museum.

I was still serving when I saw it in the museum, and I had only been using the same kit 10-15 years previous. I don't think that's long enough to let such kit into the museum after service. I'd prefer that there was a whole det's worth of kit for say a Ptar switch put into storage at Donnington or wherever, and then released to the museum at the 30 year point (or some other appropriate point). Do it properly, but don't give anything away.

It won't matter too much now, but the kit I saw in the museum was closely related to kit that had only just been retired, and that its replacement was interoperable with at the time. Probably not so with Ptar, as it didn't really do interop, but even so, not something I'd like to see the important bits of in the museum just yet.

Radios, ATRs, teleprinters, insecure exchanges and muxes, make it so. Other kit, not yet.

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#11
I did a show at Earls Court circa 1988 about the anniversary of radio where a chap who was instrumental in making the suitcase set for the SOE and a FANY who operated it rocked up. Not a very good pic of the set but amazing to see one and the bods who used them.
 

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I saw that too, as part of the SOE exhibit?

Not too long ago since we were using them.
Billy, thats right.

I remember being told that we couldn't talk about the kit to anyone outside of the corps. Especially given that a couple years earlier I was attached to the Training Team that used to train recruits for * Sqn.

It would be fair to say that I was more than a little surprised it was on display!
 
#13
I've seen that site before. All I will say is that there's some inaccuracy on some pages. Even after 10 years out, it doesn't seem right talking about some of that kit. All of that kit, in fact.
I know what you mean, even though I do a different job in another Cap Badge, I still get a little nervous talking about this stuff every time a new Sigs PSI gets posted in and asks me about my experience!
 
#16
I'm sure I saw a K*****d suitcase on display at the IWM around 2004 as part of a Cold War display.

Not sure whether it was lent to the museum, or whether it was owned by them.
Saw it as well - was a tad surprised to say the least!!
 
#18
You missed the cougar radios on the NI stand then ! thats very 80's
 
#19
I pmed a mod on the subject of crypto some time ago, never got a reply.

BID there Ive said it, I thought my front door would be hanging off it hinges the second I typed the word, apparently it stands for British Inter Departmental, councils etc use it too.

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