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2006-02-24 05:01:38 AM
Doesn't Rosewater County have a Messerschmitt? How does that compare?
 
2006-02-24 07:37:48 AM
The first Wednesday of every month, at noon, in Cincinnati, you can hear sirens being tested all over the city. I am not sure if any of them are this particular model, but Cincinnati is mentioned in the article.

Nifty.
 
2006-02-24 08:22:13 AM
Does Bubb Rubb and lil sis know about this?
 
2006-02-24 08:25:00 AM
the victory siren? is that from when the u.s. won the war on communism?
 
2006-02-24 08:26:01 AM
Those are very loud sirens, not too quiet.
 
2006-02-24 08:26:12 AM
Let me be the first to say,

What?
 
2006-02-24 08:26:29 AM
Hmmm I wonder if I can fit that in my navajo? It would make driving in DC so much more fun then it currently is.
 
2006-02-24 08:29:43 AM
Noon in Green Bay, every Wednesday they test the sirens. They're really hard to hear though, you have to be outside, and if your're anywhere noisy, like next to a busy road, you can forget about it.
 
2006-02-24 08:30:18 AM
www.enthealth.com

Shhh! She hears something.
 
2006-02-24 08:32:04 AM
I read somewhere that the Hemi siren could actually start fires in flammable objects that were close enough to the horns, simply from the intensity of the sound vibrations.

I think it was on the site, but the link seems to be farked so maybe someone else can verify?
 
2006-02-24 08:32:34 AM
I need one of those to get me out of bed in the mornings. I generally sleep through everything.
 
2006-02-24 08:33:41 AM
WOW! THAT'S COOL!
 
2006-02-24 08:34:13 AM
I would not be amazed if they play the national anthem. Especially on the Whelen type siren systems.
 
2006-02-24 08:35:51 AM
But can it go "Woo-WOO!!!"?
www.vinod.com
 
2006-02-24 08:36:20 AM
Bart Simpson not impressed.

"Hello Springfield!!!"
 
2006-02-24 08:36:27 AM
Link farked? I'll help:

Welcome to VictorySiren.com
Official Website of the VictorySiren Foundation, Inc.

Presenting the historic
CHRYSLER AIR RAID SIREN
The Most Powerful Siren Ever Built

1952-1957

180 HP V-8

3 TONS

12 FEET

Stop Cursor Over Siren Image For Part Descriptions
138 dB C

30,000 Watts

6 FEET

4 MILE RANGE


What you see pictured above is a Chrysler Air Raid Siren, the most powerful siren in the world. It's the size of a car, measuring near 12-feet in length and standing more than 6-feet tall. It also weighs twice as much as today's typical car. This gigantic siren is powered by an 180-HP Chrysler Industrial V-8 HEMI gasoline engine. The super-duty engine directly drives a three-stage compressor that blows 2,610 cubic feet of air a minute, at nearly 7 PSI, into a giant siren rotor. The compressed air screams through the chopper and out through six giant horns with an exit velocity of 400 miles per hour. The result is an incredibly loud 138 dB sound (measured 100 feet from the siren). The loudness of this siren is unmatched by any other warning device ever sold, ever. It's also considerably louder than the largest steam whistle or horn. As if that were not dramatic enough, the whole unit, engine and all, slowly rotates one and one-half times a minute on its iron turntable base.

A few hundred of these monstrous Cold War sirens were produced and sold during the 1950's. Many remained in service for twenty plus years, sounding only for routine tests. Most people who lived in major metropolitan areas during the 1950's and 60's will remember the siren tests. Those particularly, who lived in or near Los Angeles, Seattle, Kansas City, Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, New York and even Miami could hear the haunting siren wail of a Chrysler Air Raid Siren.

[ Hear a Chrysler Air Raid Siren ]



[ Advertisements ]

These were air raid sirens. In the 1940's they warned communities of enemy aircraft. In the 1950's and 60's they stood ready to warn of incoming enemy missiles. It's unlikely that were ever used for any other purpose. The air raid sirens Chrysler built were invented by Bell Telephone Laboratories during World War II. Three different production models of this siren design were made by Chrysler between 1942 and 1957. The Cold War model was the loudest and was built only in the six years ending in 1957.

The Chrysler Air Raid Siren is so powerful that it can reportedly start fires with just the sound vibrations it produces. It can turn fog into rain, clearing the sky. It can produce an effective 70 dB air raid signal for a distance of two miles, and under proper conditions can be heard 30 to 50 miles away. Its advertised effective range was four miles in every direction. That's a long way!


[ More Specifications ]



[ More History of the Siren ]
Because of the extreme sound power emitted by these sirens and the desire that their coverage area be extended as far as possible, they were usually mounted high on a steel tower or on top of multi-story building. As a result these sirens were always heard, but rarely seen. For most of the visitors to this website, this will be the first opportunity they have ever had to see the siren that prompted "Duck and Cover" drills.


The engine used in the Cold War model Chrysler Air Raid Siren is the same Hemi FirePower Engine Chrysler introduced in 1951 as their first V-8 engine. It represented an impressive improvement in engine design that produced 180 horsepower and a then high compression ratio. When Chrysler Air Raid Sirens were being retired during the 1970's they became a popular source of hot rod engines. According to a leading supplier of aftermarket parts for early Hemis, the engine can easily attain 330 horsepower and considerably higher than factory torque. Boring and blowing this engine can produce respectable performance statistics for any hot rod enthusiast.


[ FirePower Engine ]


[ Photographs ]
In 1988 Mr. Harry Barry of Pennsylvania expressed interest in purchasing a retired Chrysler Air Raid Siren from the top of a Pittsburgh grade school he once attended. Three years later that siren was still atop the building when he acquired another Chrysler Air Raid Siren from Detroit, Michigan. That siren was returned to working condition and painted bright red (pictured at left). A few years later Mr. Barry had both sirens in his possession.


This website was created on March 8, 2003, to collect and share information about one of the most interesting sirens ever produced. The driving force behind this website was the purchase of a Chrysler Air Raid Siren by David Stall of Texas. Mr. Stall intends to see that his siren, dubbed the VictorySiren, is fully and faithfully restored for a traveling public display.


[ The VictorySiren Story ]



In the short time that this website, VictorySiren.com, has been online, the public response has been tremendous. During the first two months the site has attracted an average of 100 visitors a day and the pace continues. It appears that Mr. Stall is not alone in his fascination with the world's most powerful siren.


After only a month Mr. Stall acquired his second Chrysler Air Raid Siren. This second siren arrived in somewhat working condition from Burbank, California on April 16, 2003. It was promptly dubbed BigRed. Mr. Stall plans to paint the siren to match it's name and factory color, restore this siren to good working condition and send it out to air shows where it can participate in WWII reenactments.

[ The BigRed Siren Story ]


[ Certificate of Incorporation ]

To further the goal of preserving, restoring and sharing the history and science of the great Chrysler Air Raid Siren, Mr. Stall joined with others on May 20, 2003, to form the VictorySiren Foundation, Inc., a Texas non-profit corporation. This Foundation was organized exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes under the Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act.

On June 30, 2003, VictorySiren Foundation, Inc. acquired its first Chrysler Air Raid Siren. The siren had been owned by Jim Carruthers of Oregon for more than twelve years. This Detroit siren was one of the twenty sirens purchased in 1952 by the City of Detroit. It is a sister siren to one of those owned by Harry Barry of Pennsylvania. The VictorySiren Foundation's Detroit siren is in Oregon where it will remain until funds can be raised to move the siren elsewhere for refurbishment.

[ More Photographs ]




[ VictorySiren Tour Schedule ]
[ BigRed Appearance Schedule ]

Please enjoy our website and learning about these wonderful and historic Chrysler Sirens.

We would love to hear your comments and feedback about our site.

Thank you for visiting us!

Come back often and see our progress.
 
2006-02-24 08:38:42 AM
I'm also stunned that the submitter did not refer to the Professor of Woo-Woo in the headline.

/ it's like missing a gate in a slalom - disqualified
// or like rain on your wedding day... just kidding
/// OW! who threw that?
 
2006-02-24 08:38:43 AM
Link definitely Farked.

Too bad they didn't upgrade the Hemi in the late 1960's. Yee-ha.
 
2006-02-24 08:43:09 AM
What about Leela's hearing? :(
 
2006-02-24 08:44:46 AM
google cache more or less covers it & has pics

http://www.victorysiren.com/x/index.htm
 
2006-02-24 08:47:40 AM
adognamedcat

The first Wednesday of every month, at noon, in Cincinnati, you can hear sirens being tested all over the city

We have that in my city too. Except its on the last Wednesday. Odd.
 
2006-02-24 08:48:10 AM
www.southpark-world.net

"One siren tuned to the 'Brown Note', please."
 
2006-02-24 08:48:25 AM
dB what? dB SPL, dB HL, dB SL, dB A, dB C, dB Z (I could keep going)? Can I get a reference please, folks?

/sound/audiology dork
 
2006-02-24 08:50:18 AM
666 or 999: Doesn't Rosewater County have a Messerschmitt? How does that compare?

God Bless you Mr. Roswater?
 
2006-02-24 08:51:05 AM
I think I just solved the problem of my jeep horn. Its dying and sounds like the road runners baby brother.

Now this being a chrysler, and mine being a chrysler. MMMMMMMM velly interesting!
 
2006-02-24 08:51:15 AM
Not fancy. Fantastic. - TFA clearly states dB C.
 
2006-02-24 08:51:44 AM
yum... i want me a hemi
 
2006-02-24 08:53:55 AM
Probably SPL.

/Film student
//up for a sound award today
///slashie slashie
 
2006-02-24 08:54:18 AM
Why do you still have sirens in the US? There are loads of unkind cracks I could make at this point, but I'll just ask the genuine question.
 
2006-02-24 08:55:00 AM
beerthirty

Yup, farked. Thanks for the text. How'd you get it if it was farked for you?
 
2006-02-24 08:56:01 AM
goobernutz
the victory siren? is that from when the u.s. won the war on communism?

You mean by becoming communists ourselves?
 
2006-02-24 08:58:47 AM
Well well well...looks like my Powerball shopping list just got another addition...

I'd use it to blast moochers off my lawn...
 
2006-02-24 08:59:06 AM
The link is SHARKED!
img480.imageshack.us
 
2006-02-24 08:59:19 AM
Damn right, StrikitRich. lol
 
2006-02-24 08:59:52 AM
bbphotova
No, by becoming terrorists. That sure showed 'em.


.
 
2006-02-24 09:00:19 AM
Lady J:

Why do you still have sirens in the US? There are loads of unkind cracks I could make at this point, but I'll just ask the genuine question.


Because they are old and people are rebuliding them for historic purposes.

Did you RTFA?
 
2006-02-24 09:00:36 AM
Lady J
Why do you still have sirens in the US?

Tornadoes.
 
2006-02-24 09:01:41 AM
Not fancy. Fantastic. :dB what? dB SPL, dB HL, dB SL, dB A, dB C, dB Z (I could keep going)? Can I get a reference please, folks?

www.murderthestupid.com
 
2006-02-24 09:06:11 AM
Lady J

For the same reasons we don't have the coolest cellphones, 99% of they US is still rural area with low population density. We still have fire sirens too!
 
2006-02-24 09:07:46 AM
In Grove City, PA, where I went to college and lived in for 2 years, they use sirens for rescue squad or FD alerts. We had a siren directly in front of our house. We got used to it and the 4 AM SR-108 semi-truck traffic, but when relatives visited they didn't sleep very well.

One day during some sinister-looking weather they started up and stayed on. I called my wife and told her to take the baby to the basement.
 
2006-02-24 09:08:26 AM
Ya know, looking back at the comments, that article looks a lot bigger here. Mods, feel free to "adjust" that attention-whoring post as you see fit. Sorry!

Oh, and I must have captured it just before it farked. Stupid article is copy protected - right click and copy produces a nastygram. Ctrl-C for the win!
 
2006-02-24 09:10:08 AM
bbphotova: goobernutz
the victory siren? is that from when the u.s. won the war on communism?

You mean by becoming communists ourselves?


I LOL'ed. The Warsaw Pact has been dead only slightly more than a decade, and people have already forgotten what "communism" actually IS. Hint: it's not just giving Medicaid to the poor.

I've never heard of very loud sounds starting fires before. Any physicists wanna explain that?
 
2006-02-24 09:13:15 AM
Lady J: Why do you still have sirens in the US? There are loads of unkind cracks I could make at this point, but I'll just ask the genuine question.


Well since they do a good job of giving you a heads up when bad weather is coming your way, that is what we use them for now. Seems like a reasonable use to me.
 
2006-02-24 09:14:32 AM
Lady J

Why do you still have sirens in the US? There are loads of unkind cracks I could make at this point, but I'll just ask the genuine question.

Well here in cheeseheadland we have;

- tornado warning (county wide siren system set off by national weather service, these are the ones tested) It means get to TV and assess your threat or just get underground.

- volunteer firefighter; "git yer butt into the station (at high speed) and git in the outdated truck and drive (again at high speed) to a burnt down barn to help haul away the remains"

- pulsed warning used to mean "bye folks, nukes inbound" but those went out in the 80s

- some areas have specialized ones; downstream floodplain of dams meaning "git to high ground or be swept away"

- and in some areas (not here) it means "get to high ground and away from the coast cuz big wave comin"

That about covers it. I assume there are other specialized meanings in some communities.

Mostly, it's tornados they warn about.
 
2006-02-24 09:20:16 AM
Parallax

Yup, farked. Thanks for the text. How'd you get it if it was farked for you?

Duh, just read that again. Actually the "Link farked?" was a contraction of "Oh, your link is farked?" and a musing that I was able to load it successfully. Weird, as it still works for me. (No WWW in the URL, though.)

Here's a pic. Remember, it's 6 FEET tall!


i48.photobucket.com
 
2006-02-24 09:22:54 AM
2006-02-24 07:37:48 AM adognamedcat [TotalFark]


The first Wednesday of every month, at noon, in Cincinnati, you can hear sirens being tested all over the city. I am not sure if any of them are this particular model, but Cincinnati is mentioned in the article.


All Cincy sirens are electrically operated, with backup batteries in a box on the pole below them. Many of them date back to the Cold War, and are gradually being upgraded. Every big storm, they find one or two that didn't work.

Out here in Colerain, I can hear four different sirens; the closest is 3 miles away.

Yeah, it's about tornadoes. But they still test the rise-and-fall signal that was to be used for nuke attack.

Article stated 138 dB-C at 100 feet. 400 mph air blast from the horns. Dayum!

/ham radio operator
//supporting local Civil Defense/Emergency Mgmt.
///dididahdahdidit
 
2006-02-24 09:26:44 AM
Word for the day: hemidemisemiquaver

hemidemisemiquaver n. (Chiefly British) - A sixty-fourth note.
 
2006-02-24 09:30:36 AM
So if my neighbor makes a lot of noise, I can then show him I don't like his noise by making more noise? Me thinker hurts.
 
2006-02-24 09:36:31 AM
Hey, my 'duck and cover' submission got shot down a while ago. Guess I should have dumbed it down and just submitted this - and $5.

At least now we know where to find a good motor after the Apocalypse!
 
2006-02-24 09:44:40 AM
Here in Nashville we didn't have that many sirens back during the Cold War. A huge tornado went through downtown a few years back and devastated it. After that, the city actually put in about 70 new sirens!
 
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