EE8 Telephone Model Bravo

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UPC:
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Used
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We just completed retesting and re-inspecting every phone in our inventory (as of July 2017).

Known as the Tucker Telephone to some US prisons and POWs, the EE-8 Field Telephone was fielded by the Signal Corps from World War II through the Vietnam War. Designed to be dragged to hell and back (most of them have been), these phones just work. Come dirt, battery corrosion, seawater, or hotpockets, these nine pound bricks have taken a beating and are ready for more. Talk to a buddy 20 miles away innazone, join the /k/ signal corps, or interrogate the mailman about the $120 international order that just happened to go missing…the possibilities are only limited by your imagination (and your jurisdiction's penal code).

 

Specs

  • Thick canvas case.
  • Faraday cage protected. EMP/nuke will not harm the phone’s components.
  • Phones operate up to four miles without batteries.
  • Batteries extend range to 22 miles.
  • Push-to-talk wire-based telecommunication.
  • Two modes: telephone to telephone and switchboard connection.
  • Runs on two D batteries, and any copper and steel wire (preferably CCS telephone wire).
  • All phones have been tested and inspected for primary functions, structural damage, and cosmetic damage.

 

The Testing Process

Every phone has been inspected and tested in-house according to the original SOP.

Cosmetic Condition

The cosmetic and structural condition of a phone is tested. The external wiring, frame, battery compartment, and hand crank are checked for corrosion and damage. The canvas case is checked for excess dirt and markings. 

Functional Testing

 All phones are tested through a four step process.

Test

By

Result

Hand Generator

Turning hand generator crank.

If the generator circuit is in good condition, the ringer on the other telephone should ring.

Transmitter Circuit

Inserting the batteries into the telephone, pressing the transmitter switch, and talking into it.

If the transmitter circuit is in good condition, the man on the other telephone should be able to hear you.

Receiver Circuit

Listening in the receiver while someone is talking into the transmitter of the other telephone.

If your receiver circuit is in good condition, you should be able to hear the man on the other telephone.

Ringer

Having the man on the other telephone turn his hand generator crank.

If your ringer is in good condition, your telephone should ring.

These tests confirm that a phone is fully operational and identifies any problems that do occur. It should be noted that these phones are incredibly simple to service and most broken components can be replaced with a minimum of technical knowledge. EE8-Bs were built before electronics got tiny and confusing, and there's a complete wiring diagram on the inside of each phone.

 

Condition

Phones come in three cosmetic conditions. The cosmetic condition of a phone does not affect its functionality. That has been tested for and sorted separately.

Condition

  • Grade 1 Great to Good condition with some Collector's grade. Dirt, dust, and signs of use, all wires are undamaged, almost no corrosion. A damp rag and mild soap will make Grade 1s very clean. Almost no effort to cosmetically restore.
  • Grade 2 Good condition. Dirt, use, minor (cosmetic) component and/or case damage and/or corrosion. Significantly more effort to fully restore appearance.
  • Grade 3 Serviceable condition. Heavy dirt, dust, and more visible corrosion and signs of use than Grade 2. These phones bear the evidence of their time in war.

All phones can still shock people regardless of cosmetic or functional damage identified in testing.

 

Telephone Operation

 

User’s Manual

TM 11-333 WAR DEPARTMENT TECHNICAL MANUAL FOR THE EE-8-B TELEPHONE

You can find further information including the above user manual at http://radionerds.com/index.php/EE-8.

 

Quick start guide for Telephone to Telephone use

You will need

  1. Two EE-8-B Telephones.
  2. Copper & Steel wire (basic speaker wire of most gauges).
  3. Four D batteries.

Installation

  1. Install two D batteries into the battery compartment on the side of each phone.
  2. Find the three metal knobs on the top of the phone. L1, L2, and BAT.
  3. Wire L1 of Phone A to L1 of Phone B.
  4. Wire L2 of Phone A to L2 of Phone B.

Using the Phone

  1. Turn the hand crank clockwise to ring the other phone.
  2. Once both handsets are in use, push the hand switch to talk.
  3. When a handset has the hand switch held down, it cannot listen to the other phone until the hand switch is released.
 

Non-Standard Operation

The Tucker Telephone

  1. Attach one wire to the victim’s testicles.
  2. Attach the other to their big toe.
  3. Crank.