Misc/Unknown Flashlight - Yellow/Grey Plastic Combo Light with Siren, Radio, Blinking Option, and Weatherband - Model No. 96-A (c. 1980)
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Misc/Unknown Yellow/Grey Plastic Combo Light with Siren, Radio, Blinking Option, and Weatherband  
Misc/Unknown Yellow/Grey Plastic Combo Light with Siren, Radio, Blinking Option, and Weatherband

Value: $5.00
Manufacturer: Misc/Unknown
Mfgr. Model #: 96-A
Circa: 1980
Battery: 4AA
Style: Combo

Online Since: 10/20/2005
FM Reference #: MI00184

This has a surprisingly good radio except for weatherband. Tuniing and volume conrols work easily with the thumb of either hand.
There is a little pigtail antenna coming out of the base attached to the lanyard with a clip.
The digital clock also keeps good time. The focusing 222 bulb throws light unevenly all over the place with the oddly shaped reflector. The slider swich for the on/off siren is easily slid down to the siren position and siren is ear shatteringly loud. A jury rigged stop like a small scrap piece of 2mm plastic taped over at the end of the slider fixes that. I consider anything that is not idiot proof a design flaw and a swich that is easily moved past it's correct detent qualifies. All functions are clearly marked as you can see in the picture. Found one of these for a few bucks at the Goodwill loaded with 4 fresh AAA batteries which add considerable heft to the body of the nicely shaped handle form.
You won't lose sight of the bright yellow and the lanyard helps keep one from dropping it which wouldn't bode well for the flimsy molded case. The button cell for the clock and the bulb are easily accessible by pressing the catch for the reflector to hinge it off. A nice package of goodies the designer probably committed karoshi over getting it into production a quarter of a century ago, but wasn't proud enough to give it a brand name apparently. Every Boy Scout should have had one, but it is not water resistant or tough enough to go into their arsenal of preparedness.
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Jan 29, 2006 - 5:49 PM

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