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PostSubject: Message Pickup!   Thu Feb 05, 2009 10:59 am

Here are a couple of shots (not all) from my research on message pickups. Have any of you guys ever seen one of these devices? If you have one, or know where I could find one, I would be much obliged.


I don't know what the technical name for it is, don't know the manufacturer, etc... but would certainly like to have one so that we can do demonstrations of this:




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PostSubject: Re: Message Pickup!   Thu Feb 05, 2009 11:00 am

A poster from WIX added this link: http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/museum/1d_skyhooking_container.html to the thread I posted over there. Are any of you aware of US Army diagrams or instructions for this?

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PostSubject: Re: Message Pickup!   Fri Feb 06, 2009 12:57 am

Looks like a antenna reel modification, haven't seen that one before..... it would make sense, they quit using them later in the war. There were quite a few laying around.
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PostSubject: Re: Message Pickup!   Fri Feb 06, 2009 2:38 pm

freddyK wrote:
Looks like a antenna reel modification, haven't seen that one before..... it would make sense, they quit using them later in the war. There were quite a few laying around.

Quite a few laying around!!!! Wish I could find one nowadays....


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PostSubject: Re: Message Pickup!   Fri Feb 06, 2009 3:49 pm

Me Too!
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PostSubject: Re: Message Pickup!   Fri Feb 06, 2009 3:52 pm

I've seen these go for better than a $1000.00, there was someone on the one of the Stinson groups that was building a replica, not sure how much they charged for them...
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PostSubject: Re: Message Pickup!   Fri Feb 06, 2009 4:02 pm

Well, I'd rather not bid against you, but there is an auction on Ebay for one right now... see this thread over on WIX: http://warbirdinformationexchange.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=27738

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PostSubject: Re: Message Pickup!   Fri Feb 06, 2009 4:08 pm

freddyK wrote:
I've seen these go for better than a $1000.00, there was someone on the one of the Stinson groups that was building a replica, not sure how much they charged for them...

Well, I'd personally be content with a decent replica if I could get a good master to compare it to and duplicate.

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PostSubject: Re: Message Pickup!   Fri Feb 06, 2009 4:25 pm

My L-4 would have come out with one, but it would have been either taken out because they didn't mount a radio in it or the radio that was mounted required a whip type antenna. If I can ever get it back together, I think that I will opt for the summer 1944 whip arrangement... so go for it! I won't bid aginst you....
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PostSubject: Re: Message Pickup!   Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:02 pm

Well I'd desperately love it, but seeing as I'm just trying to get the funds together to buy a rudder from a member on here - I'm a bit stuck! Plus the $ to the £ just isn't what it used to be! I'll kepp watching it though! In fact anyone out there want any German wartime Radio equipment - I'd happily flog it to fund this baby!

I was talking to the chap who was planning to make the new reels - although i kept asking, it appears none ever got made.

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PostSubject: Re: Message Pickup!   Wed Feb 18, 2009 7:43 pm

Does anyone have any drawings for the antenna?

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PostSubject: Re: Message Pickup!   Mon Apr 27, 2009 11:03 am

I don't have any drawings yet. I'd also like to get some more detail on that reel...

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