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Feldfu project - connection established!

Published on 27. Jul. 2022
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We report fresh after the connection test in our residential area in Pressburg. In short: communication test was established and successful on distance simulating original range! There are indications that it may have even a better range than the original pieces, but we will have to go to the field to find out.

Okey, okey... that's probably too much fuss on having modern walkie-talkie in authentic Feldfu box. However, now we made the important step. Now we are sure that we can offer and deliver perfect product - good looking & working. Primary idea was to hide complete walkie-talkie with modern antenna inside. It took a while to test various modern radios (some of the signals were blocked only by the plastic case?!). Finally we ended up with more robust walkie-talkies with enhanced antenna. Now we are playing with the idea of bringing out a modern antenna so that it simulates the early-war antenna part. This would not be possible for late war antennas, but should significantly increase range for early-war designs.

 

Considering the complexity of the project and the time span of realization, this could be our the most impressive project so far. 

 

 

Brief history of this project:

30. 03. 2022 - An idea for a project was born

07. 04. 2022 - First 3D files designed to estimate production costs

10. 04. 2022 - Theoretical research

25. 04. 2022 - Acquiring original Feldfu.f (many thanks Zdenek)

26. 04. 2022 - Detailed 3D modelling of front-panel devices started

03. 05. 2022 - Sammler NC 28 3D modeling

10. 05. 2022 - Third generation of Fernbedienungs prototypes printed

11. 05. 2022 - Outer case 3D modelling

12. 05. 2022 - Feldfu interior exploration

17. 05. 2022 - Sammler NC 28 prototype finished

18. 05. 2022 - Sammler NC 28 model adjusted 

20. 05. 2022 - Outer case lids 3D modelling

25. 05. 2022 - Leather cuting form for leather parts designed

26. 05. 2022 - Scaled prototype of outer case 1:2 finished

28. 05. 2022 - Interior electronic-case 3D modelling

31. 05. 2022 - Front-panel 3D modelling

08. 06. 2022 - Outer case prototype printed

20. 06. 2022 - Battery indicator device printed

22. 06. 2022 - Speakers connector test

25. 06. 2022 - Flexible gaskets printed

30. 06. 2022 - Connectors panel printed

07. 07. 2022 - Interior electronic-case printed

10. 07. 2022 - Feldfu outer case prototype color painting

13. 07. 2022 - Front-panel devices printed on HQ MJF

15. 07. 2022 - Acquired hand microphone

15. 07. 2022 - Metal parts laser cuted

16. 07. 2022 - Bended metal parts fitted and worked like a charm

20. 07. 2022 - First communication test, low results -> new equipment

21. 07. 2022 - Custom made alu screws for front-panel, production started

24. 07. 2022 - Stencils for outer case finished

25. 07. 2022 - Feldfu handbooks retouched

27. 07. 2022 - Second communication test, vivid connection established

 

In three months of diligent work we were able to proof our concept and prepare a path for many new pieces coming. 3D production speed is the biggest bottleneck, therefore we are starting with preorders now. Printing machine is already running and we will process all parts at once in series of 10.

Despite all the necessary steps and little adjusting steps we did (bullet list should contain another 100 little checkpoints), there still remains few more steps. These should be solved within next three months, to prepare a complete delivery within autumn 2022 - to satisfy all preorders. 

 

Common technical details of our Feldfu reproductions:

Size: 34x36x12cm (without antenna)

Weight: 4.5 kg

Powered by: commercially available walkie-talkies 400-520MHz, 5W

Frequency: one of specific 446 civic channel set for all our repro radios

Battery: 1800 mAh (will lasts months of sporadic use without charging)

Succesfull communication range, tested:

  • on 400m with obstacles: 3x block of flats
  • on 100m into WW2 bunker with 1,3m metal-concrete wall
  • direct sight 1000m: TBA
  • direct sight 2000m: TBA
  • direct sight 3000m: TBA

Feldfu package contains:

  • the Feldfu case in dark grey finish, antenna mount, hinges, hooks and rivets based on original
  • two main lids comes with code alphabet and internal plastic label-sheets with rubber gaskets
  • front-panel with all parts movable, partially working, detachable volume control
  • metal antenna in 80/70/120 cm according to design chosen 
  • extension cable Fernbedienungskabel b, for volume control (mount to belt/chest)
  • authentic interior radio skelet part for hiding modern electronics
  • Sammler 2,4 NC 28 battery box
  • modern walkie-talkie with rechargable battery
  • electronics ready for peripherals connection (headphones and microphone not included)
  • authentic paper documentation, handbooks

Available design versions, please specify in order comment section. Even we know that various designs appeared for every version, we picked the most representative ones.

 

Feldfu.b

rim design: thin
case color: dunkelgrau
front-panel: braun
channels clock: 211-240 only display
antenna base: direct straight
antenna: early design, red base
markings: red dot front + top
stencils: feldfu.b front + top

 

Feldfu.b1

rim design: thin
case color: dunkelgrau
front-panel: braun
channels clock: 211-240 only display
antenna base: direct straight
antenna: early design, red base
markings: red dot front + top
stencils: feldfu.b1 front + top, Bodenständig

 

Feldfu.b2

rim design: thick + rubber pads
case color: dunkelgrau
front-panel: braun
channels clock: 211-240 only display
antenna base: direct straight
antenna: early design, red base
markings: red dot front + top
stencils: feldfu.b2 front + top

 

Feldfu.c

rim design: thin
case color: dunkelgrau
front-panel: braun
channels clock: 182-210 only display
antenna base: direct straight
antenna: early design, green base
markings: two green dots top, green dot front
stencils: feldfu.c front + top

 

Feldfu.f

rim design: thick + rubber pads
case color: dunkelgrau
front-panel: braun
channels clock: 280-330 only display
antenna base: inclined 
antenna: display-only  120cm strip antenna
markings: white dot front, white angle L on top
stencils: feldfu.f front + top

 

Feldfu.h

rim design: thin
case color: dunkelgrau
front-panel: braun
channels clock: 241-280 only display
antenna base: inclined 
antenna: display-only 120cm strip antenna
markings: orange dot front, orange H on top
stencils: feldfu.h front + top

 

 

Communication accessory

Together with Feldfu.b-h versions, following accessory will be replicated. Needs to be ordered separately:

 

Doppelfernhörer f (Dfh. f)

Standard phones for radio equipment. Contains two-pin connector. Originals are widely available and often working, so decide if you need repros for higher price (current technical options allow us only to produce it more expensive than originals).

Estimated production: November 2022

Price: 99€ IN PREORDER PHASE

*Image only for visualization purposes, project is just starting.

Kehlkopfmikrofon c

Practical part of every Feldfu package. Throat mic (laryngophone) absorbs vibrations directly from the wearer's throat by sensors worn against the neck. Sensors can pick up speech even in extremely noisy or windy environments. Contains three-pin connector. 

Estimated production: December 2022

Price: 129€ IN PREORDER PHASE

*Image only for visualization purposes, project is just starting.

Funker handmikrofon

Common hand microphone makes a nice addition to any radio display. Suitable for stationary positions. Transmit only when button pressed. Contains three-pin connector. 

Estimated production: November 2022

Price: 109€ IN PREORDER PHASE

*Image only for visualization purposes, project is just starting.

 

If you have any questions, please contact us on facebook or info@verlagkopf.com. Now it is a time to specify your needs so we can adjust production just for your needs. Preordering starts in a few hours!

 

 

 




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