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The Whatziss Revealed!

Raging Tachikoma scores the bragging rights!

An early cell phone. Except you were your own cell tower. The Castle's BC-611, AKA the "Handie-Talkie." I got it to use with the Castle Technical when doing an early 50's impression. For later use, we have a PRC-6. This one is in pristine shape, and probably works. The markings will be a little off for the Technical, being an USAAF Army Airways Control System unit, but I'm not going to remove them - that kind of provenance stays!


For a pic of the BC-611 with the antenna extended (which is also how you turned it on), click here.


Where's the MP3 player?
 And, stereo speakers!
No keyboard for texting?

Where does the GPS plug in?
No Surround Sound! No 1020p screen! No USB ports or Media Ports! What good is it? 8*)
 It doesn't stream video, either, and you can't surf the web.
Oh, the humanity!

Actually, it's worse than all that. In order to work, your personal cell circle must overlap the other guy's personal cell circle. And there's an unfairness aspect, too - if the other guy has a more powerful model, he can make you listen to him, but you can't respond. So he can taunt you mercilessly while all you can do is seethe and take it.

But in it's day... it was bleeding edge tech that gave small units a
real tactical advantage.
J.M., the no-keyboard thingy is a deal kiler for me. Gotta have one.

Richard, you have a phone (or any other device) that has a 1020p screen!? Neato. Most folks have to settle for 1080p. {/snerk}

Ok, enough ridicule. :) John, wasn't the "handie talkie" a major change for the infantry during WW2, in terms of real-time communication? I thought that -combined with the artillery's "all guns on call" (if I remember the phrase correctly) aiming system gave the infantry an unparalleled ability to focus all available guns within range onto a specific local target.

What then is that small penis like thing sticking out the top that is NOT the antenna?  What does it do?

Steve - if you look at the two pictures closely, you'll see it changes location from picture to picture. In the picture on the main page of the post, it is covering the antenna - that's its job. In the second picture, it has been moved to the other mounting point (where you put it so you wouldn't lose it), uncovering the antenna. Extending the antenna is how you turn the radio on.