View Full Version : Siren-Beacon Combo.....

James Fischer
10-08-2012, 12:35 AM
Can anyone identify this siren/beacon ?
The car it is on is a 1984 Georgia State Trooper vehicle it is owned by a local CHP officer....he told me he has beensearching off/on for over 6 years to find out...no one seems to know...
I promised him that if anyone knew..it would be a PCS member.....here on the board.......:applause:


Jerry Jacobson
10-08-2012, 03:34 AM
Just from general appearances it looks like it was made by Whelen with a strobe top and speaker base. No idea of a model name or number.:confused2::myopinion:

Bruce Oliphant
10-08-2012, 09:36 AM
If I'm not mistaken it is a Whelen 5000PA. There is a thread about it on elightbars.org

Russell Street
10-09-2012, 12:40 PM
If memory serves me correctly, that is a pretty rare light. The guys over on elightbars get all gooey about them!

John ED Renstrom
10-09-2012, 12:50 PM
Oh yes once again rare and desirable come head to head. can you spill hokey boys and girls. one good look and one realises why somethings are rare. the more I look at this the more Homer Simpson comes to mind

Paul Steinberg
10-09-2012, 07:10 PM
The reason that they are rare, is because they failed frequently soon after purchase. Not exactly a quality built product in the early days of strobes.

Jim Vowell
10-09-2012, 08:03 PM
The early models were single flash and as I understand many didnt like the amount of light they gave. The later 99 series were a little sturdier and had a speaker base that used the strobe and rotater types. I have a 994 in my collection, this light was used by Detroit PD for quite a time.

Jack Ramsey
10-09-2012, 09:13 PM

Steve Lichtman
10-09-2012, 11:15 PM
That Whelen strobe/speaker unit was used on PA State Trooper cars as well into the 1980's. I can attest to the fact that, with one of those single-flash strobes and a GE Powercall in wail-only mode at 58 watts, you couldn't see it and you couldn't hear it. They started adding wig-wag headlights about that time and it helped.

Wayne Krakowski
10-09-2012, 11:33 PM
Remember driving to Florida,Steves right could not see or hear them until he got beside you with the police stop plate centre of the hood,and a glare like you dumbass canadian.and a very prominent finger pointing at the side of the road.......:stop:

John Royark JR
10-10-2012, 06:51 PM
This discussion about strobes may be the perfect time to ask this. When were strobes first used on emergency vehicles?

John ED Renstrom
10-11-2012, 12:14 AM
Tony's 75 has them from MM

John Royark JR
10-11-2012, 04:01 PM
Tony's 75 has them from MM

Yea, thats the first older ambulance I saw them on, I thought it was unusual. I never have seen them running so not sure how effective they would be in the daylight.

Bruce Oliphant
10-11-2012, 09:45 PM
Steve Loftin posted this '73 picture in the "Classy Cadillacs" thread.

Bruce Oliphant
10-11-2012, 10:12 PM
SL also posted this 1971 in the same Classy Cadillac thread.