A COLD WAR CLANDESTINE RT-3 BURST ENCODER BY WANDEL AND GOLTERMANN.
Lot 1265
A COLD WAR CLANDESTINE RT-3 BURST ENCODER BY WANDEL AND GOLTERMANN.
US$ 700 - 1,000
£520 - 750

Voices of the 20th Century

6 Dec 2017, 13:00 EST

New York

Lot Details
A COLD WAR CLANDESTINE RT-3 BURST ENCODER BY WANDEL AND GOLTERMANN.

West Germany, c.1958. Serial number RT3 9501 to upper panel. Gray aluminum case, partly milled out to provide room for the mechanism inside the case. At the top is a small metal lid, with two locks on either side which covers the mechanical memory. With the scare crank-handle, stored in a milled out cavity at the bottom. 110 x 93 x 42 mm.

The RT3, Rapid Transmitter 3, a Morse Code Burst Encoder was developed by Wandel and Goltmann for the West German Bundesnachrichtendienst, BND (West Germany's equivalent of the the CIA or the MI5). It allows a series of 25 pre-recorded numbers to be transmitted at high speed in morse code. The RT3 was also used by NATO and by Stay-Behind Organizations. Stay Behind Organizations were meant to remain operating after a Soviet invasion of Europe. These operatives would have continued to act in clandestine ways against the Soviet invaders. With: Privately printed manual, dated 2008.
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