Cold War Soviet body-wearable intercept receiver.
Lot 1264
Cold War Soviet body-wearable intercept receiver.
US$ 700 - 1,000
£520 - 750

Voices of the 20th Century

6 Dec 2017, 13:00 EST

New York

Lot Details
Cold War Soviet body-wearable intercept receiver.

East Germany, c.1970. Serial number 178034. Body-wearable intercept receiver, with tuning dial, frequency scale, mode selector (long- or short-distance), volume dials, and various inputs/outputs. Including original headphone speaker and original speaker cable; antenna also present, with cable. Power cable connector present but cables cut. Some (deliberate?) scratching to receiver and antenna. 210 x 32 x 162 mm.

Code-named "Filin" ("owl"), USSR / Type B (60-150 MHz). An elaborate eavesdropping device to be worn by cold war agents. The curved design was intended to be worn around the chest. Using the headphone (present here, 3 cm in diameter) attached on the inside of the user's collar, enemy communication signals could be detected, tracked, and intercepted. The cryptomuseum website describes the original speaker cable as "extremely hard to find." This model, with its 'near-' and 'far-' switch, was apparently in use by the Stasi (East German Secret Police).
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