Air Attack Alarm Receiver E45 / E-603
Autophon AG, Solothurn

Swiss Army Communication Sets
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E-600 / Autophon E39
E-601 / Zellweger E41
E-602 / Autophon E44
E-603 / Autophon E45
E-604 / Autophon E46
E-606 / Velectra
E-627 / Autophon
E-628 / Autophon
E-629 / Collins 51J-4
E-645 / Siemens E311
E-646 / Zellweger
E-649 / Watkins-J.
E-655 / Racal
E-657 / Telefunken
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Single conversion, ZF 75 resp. 1600 kHz

Analog dial, non linear


100 kHz - 37.5 MHz


Selectivity -6 dB
3 / 7.6 kHz

Attenuator, AGC, Crystal Filter

The E-45 has been used as an Air attack Alarm receiver by the Swiss Airforce and Anti-Aircraft troops. A special transmitter transmitted tone coded signals to switch the receiver loud from Standby operation when a Air Attack message was transmitted.
There has been a possibility to switch the receiver to one out of five "Alarm Groups" with different tone coding, so only receivers in a certain area could be addressed. This feature has been eliminated during a modification of the E-45 receivers on later years, when this set has been only as simple surveillance receiver.
There has been the possibility to control the receiver frequency from crystals stored in a compartment of the power supply case.

The front panel is divided in two sections by the horizontal linear dial of the turret tuning arrangement.
Above the dial, you find from the left hand the coaxial antenna connector and the sockets for connecting longwire antenna and earth, the crystal socket and switch for fixed frequency operating using speciyl crystals, then the clock (many of these neat Swiss clocks have been taken away by station personnel when these receivers have been taken out of duty), and the signal strength meter. At the right upper corner, you find the switch for the Alarm groups (tone coded) and the socket for the multipole cable (caution: the receiver is almost useless without this cable) and some fuses.
Underneath the frequency dial, You find the rotary band switch operating the turret tuner - find the corresponding dial in the dial window - and at the right hand the main tuning knob with a mechanical blocking arrangement. Two pushbuttons allow to switch the receiver "loud" manually and to reset to muted "Alarm surveillance mode".

The receiving equipment consists of the Receiver E-45 in one case / container and the EZ-45 in a second case, this one containing a separate mains power supply and an integrated audio stage with volume control (with a EBL-21 AF tube) and speaker. Both sets are connected by a heavy multipolar cable.

Speisegerät E45 Z
On this image, you find the more rare variant E-45Z / EZ of the power supply / AF stage with an internal speaker and speaker volume control and a second volumen control for field telephone connectors. This variant of the E-45Z has been used in command posts.

Many thanks to Daniel Jenni, who sold this set in mint condition to me.

further reading:
d: das Fernmeldematerial der Schweizer Armee, 7. Folge, R. J. Ritter
d: www.radiomuseum.org

© Martin Bösch 10.6.2007