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  1. You are correct, the earlier elements were twice as long as the ones you have but they never seemed to alter the label. Gordon
  2. The one thing a quick look at there does not seem to be an end piece i.e. the top of the mast. It's in your 7th photo! Gordon G7KNS
  3. The rectangular connector is for a remote lead from a clansman battery to the radio. Used in cold weather so that the battery could go inside the operator's clothing to keep it warm. As shown the upper terminal is positive. It screws onto the battery. The circular connector is I think the general power connector in vehicles. Not used on radios.
  4. It isn't that difficult to rework headsets if you can solder delicate wiring. The Clansman stuff is tinsel wire and can be a pain to work with. The connections are widely available via google. I wouldn't use the pictured 349 headset in a panzer as there is only one earpiece and I suspect you'll need two if only to act as ear defenders! (I know I do in my Ferret). I'm afraid I don't know how well the throat mic would interface with the ANR system. Clansman headsets come in three flavours, infantry, B vehicle and A vehicle. The A vehicle ones, the rarest, are probably the best as ear defenders and the infantry ones the least. As one would expect. Be aware there are headsets out there without microphones, I think the come from the Warrior. Very good as ear defenders. I've no experience with the ANR system so I don't know how effective it is, others will no doubt chime in with their experiences.
  5. The headset you first posted is specifically for the 349 radio as shown although any Clansman headset will work with any Clansman radio. I wouldn't recommend them for an intercom as you have to use the PTT (transmit) button to talk. All the other headsets use a PTT in a small box which has a switch on it for "Live Mic" which allied with the IB3 etc allows you to talk to each other without pressing buttons. Much better for all concerned especially the driver.
  6. I have been given a pair of Hawker Tungstone UK2HN-S batteries in an unfilled state. They have screw down terminals, not posts. Can anyone tell me their original use, e.g. radio battery, vehicle starter, something else? The NSN is 6140-99-817-5204 which helpfully comes back as rechargeable battery.
  7. Used as a remote aerial for the 350/351/352 when you didn't want the normal aerial advertising your position. It also radiated a bit better so there could be a small range advantage as well. Used I guess by infantry and arty OPs. If you are collecting kit then you need an EKGSA to go with it. "Elevation Kit, GSA" allows the GSA to be mounted on top of the Clansman 5.4 metre mast, something else to collect! Gordon
  8. 2 of which ( menu 1 & menu 11) are vegetarian...... In fact there's a whole vegetarian box of 20 different menus, look for V numbers on the individual boxes. And a Sikh/Hindu box, very good I'm told and better than the standard veggie box.
  9. At one of the MO Shows three guys visiting from the Gibraltar regiment were delighted to discover my Ferret had spent time there.
  10. From memory after the five years or so the fibreglass was starting to lift off, and more pin holes had started to appear so I bought a new tank as the club had them on offer at the time. Otherwise I would have just cleaned off the old fibreglass and done it again. Easy enough to do on the flat bottom of the tank.
  11. I used ordinary fibreglass to repair the bottom of a Series 1 tank many years ago. It lasted, from memory, for about 5 years.
  12. Rumour has it that the show is up for sale.
  13. I was pre-booked and more or less drove straight in today at 0815. Big queue for new bookers-in but will no doubt drop as the week progresses. I booked in last thursday, only wanted to be there an hour or so to help put up a tent and asked if I could carry my arm band. Told it had to be worn, but if damaged then a free replacement would be issued in exchange. Fair enough. Last year I had to pay £30 for my hour or so but got it back on the way out. Also fair enough.
  14. A SMPSU of around 10 amp capability with a 7 Ah SLAB across it works well for my WS19. For home use I recommend a full mains PSU to cut down the dynamotor noise and also preserve it for mobile/portable use. Gordon
  15. I don't know about Lightweights but Series One Landrovers had gauze on the end of the pipe. Soldered to the pipe a couple of inches from the bottom and roughly conical so as to present a reasonable surface area. I've never had an issue with it clogging and on a Series One the fuel and everything else goes straight into the tank through the big hole in the top.
  16. Series 3 109" towing the 25 pounder. Been there, done that! Through London in the 70s, traffic lights were a bit of a fingers crossed affair. Did it a number of times when no Bedfords available. Gordon
  17. I recently asked an AA man what they carried in the way of traditional ignition parts and the answer was none. He, an older chap, said none of the newer patrolmen would know what to do with them anyway.
  18. They were £47.50 for a long time, maybe all the same seller, but like all things Clansman as the supply is drying up the prices are going up. If you want one grab it now. Gordon
  19. You want to visit an amateur radio rally. A bit of googling should show up the forthcoming ones. Rainham, Dover and Kempton all coming up in the south east in the next month or so. gmb
  20. I have read it was to give the crew "improved situational awareness". Probably OK in the desert but in urban areas where chaps lob things at you from roof tops? Gordon
  21. Or the front diff. Someone will know which goes first on a Vitara. As it is now noisy I'd go for a broken tooth in the diff. Gordon
  22. Mk1 6v, Mk2 12v, Mk3 I think was 12vdc and 240ac. If yours is a 6v version get yourself one of the wee DC-DC converters off ebay and set it up to produce 6v output. The set only takes an amp or so, so easily within the spec of these converters. Plenty of room inside to fix it down. Gordon
  23. You will need either a 240v mains supply unit or a 12v battery supply unit. Either of these will have to be made unless you are lucky enough to find one that someone else has made. There are plenty of designs out there on the net but if going the 12v battery route be aware you will need a big battery. If for use at a show a mains powered unit might well need PAT testing by the organisers so needs to be properly made, not lashed up out of bits. Find and talk to your local amateur radio club, most clubs will have at least one person who has done this. Gordon
  24. Lizzie, As an ex Libya hand, civi not military, I have thoroughly enjoyed your posts, they have quite taken me back to happy days wandering around the desert. And of course we all want to see photo of our vehicles actually in use in the real world. Gordon Ferret Mk1
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