Phony Pics

No, these aren’t photoshopped or fake.  “Phony” is a play on “phone.”  As in, these are pics that I took with my phone.

  1. #1 by Joshua on May 20, 2011 - 8:35 PM

    The landscapes are the view from the windows in the conference room where we have our weekly meetings. The Easter Island head is on Cleveland Ave. and Calhoun Rd. in New Berlin. The siren is one of the last operational ACA Allertor 125 sirens in the county. They’re all well over 40 years old and are slowly being replaced with more modern devices. The Allertor is unique in that the chopper sounds out of both the intake (lower) hole and the outflow horn (upper hole). The Allertor has a very unique and eerie tone. This was the siren used in the Silent Hill series of movies and video games.

    If you live in Milwaukee County, you will have heard the eerie dual-tones of the Allertor, the deep, throaty wail of the P-50 (the loudest siren currently produced), and (recently) the piercing scream of the T-128 (which is slowly replacing the aging Allertors, together with the P-15). If you’re lucky enough to live in an area with smaller neighborhood sirens, you might also hear a few venerable Federal Signal Model 5s.

    • #2 by Joshua on May 20, 2011 - 8:48 PM

      Okay, so technically the P-50 (AKA T-135: the P-50 ran on DC and the T-135 ran on AC) isn’t in production anymore. ASC replaced it with the T-132 which has sort of an orange-slice segmented horn for greater distance at lower power. 7 whole decibels quieter than the P-50 but with the same sound distance and half-the power and maintenance costs.

    • #3 by Joshua on May 20, 2011 - 8:53 PM

      Also, someone managed to find an ACA Hurricane 130 in Milwaukee. Rare siren indeed.

    • #4 by Chadwick on May 20, 2011 - 9:07 PM

      Dunno why, but it was actually kinda cool going through and listening to them.

      • #5 by Joshua on May 21, 2011 - 11:38 AM

        There’s an entire hobbyist community around civil defense sirens. A couple of guys I know who work for the city say that they never have a problem disposing of old sirens – people line up to buy them to refurbish them and put them in little museums. It’s illegal to sound them in Milwaukee County but most other places in the state it’s legal as long as you’re far enough away from major cities and notify the county office that you’ll be sounding them.

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