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    Does anyone have a e-Q2B on a light rescue? Pictures? Pros/cons? Any information is appreciated.
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    Does the 550 belong to you or the dept?

    Anyway it is just an electric siren with a 200 watt speaker. No real difference than all of the other fake sirens out there. IMO it isnt worth spending the money on. Get one of these instead.



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    It is not an electro-mechanical Q, therefore the sound waves are different, it is no more effective than any other electronic 200 watt installation. The only thing that you get is that the people in the cab can pretend that they are on a real eire engine.

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    It will not be an engine, it will be a light rescue.

    The Federal Signal salesman made it sound like the best thing since sliced bread.

    A mechanical Q is out of the picture for this application.
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    If your dept. goes with the eQ2b, you will be paying about the same as for a real Q (at least the last time I checked thats the way it was). As has been said, it is just another electronic siren, except this one makes the unmistakable sound of a Federal Q2b.
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    Yes, I know all of this... It actually costs more than a a Q2B.

    I was wanting pictures of the way it is mounted. I know it can be mounted where you cannot see it but I was wanting some ideas on where to mount it on a 550 with the Q grilles below.

    http://www.ilfireandpoliceequip.com/images/eQ2S.jpg

    http://www.ilfireandpoliceequip.com/images/eQ1S.jpg
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    I don't have any pictures, but we had it mounted on the bumper of our Suburban command car, along with some strobes.
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    I would not have any other piece of fire equipment without a Q2B or a Timberwolf mechanical siren. There is no Substitute for the mechanical sound.
    Check out www.timberwolfsirens.com for a Q alternative.

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    Ye of the "We Have Too Much Free Time Institute", if you spend more than $300 on a siren and speaker then you have to much money to spend on trinkets. Spend it on real fire fighting equipment or donate it to "Helping Our Own".

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    Hell why have any lights or sirens at all seeing how they are a waste of money!

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    The eQ2B sounds like a dying cow that got run over by an out of control speeding bus. Don't waste your money on it. I'd rather live with a normal 200 watt siren with wail/yelp/piercer than that lousy excuse for a siren.
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    We have two F-550's with E-Qs on them, while I'm not a fan of them over the real deal - they do project (in my opinion only) a better sound than the typical electronic siren. Rockford, IL has these on four new full size engines and a chief's buggy, and Chicago runs these on some buggies as well, and every time I've heard them coming - I honestly feel I hear them from a greater distance that what I would have heard a regular electronic siren.

    Ours is in the winch mount/brush guard thing on the front. I wasn't on the committee for these rigs, so I have no opinion on the set up shown.

    If you need a close-up shot, let me know. I'll snap a shot the next time I'm at a station that has one of these rigs.
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    I'd like a picture to show him that it can easily be mounted on a 550.
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    BVFD, Brother, it is just like mounting a standard 100-watt speaker if you do not use the classic plastic grill cover. The kicker will be finding a place to mount the driver. The driver is 6 or 7" x 4" kinda large.

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    RVI has delivered some trucks with the eq2b..........
    They show some examples here:

    www.rvirescue.com

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    Thanks, that is exactly what I was looking for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BVFD1983
    The Federal Signal salesman made it sound like the best thing since sliced bread.
    There is your first mistake. NEVER listen to a salesman. Hes trying to make a sale, its what they do.

    I know of only one rig in my area ith an EQ. Its a Chiefs buggy and I have "heard" this siren in action many times. I am not impressed.

    For your application, let me suggest a true, 200 watt, dual tone siren (two different tones at once). Its the Carson SA441 Magforce.

    http://www.carson-mfg.com/sa-441-magforce.asp

    This is the most effective electronic siren I have ever heard or used, and I go back quite awhile.

    I have used at one point or another pretty much every make of electronic out there. Federal, Whelen, Code 3, SVP. And I mean what I said about the SA-411.

    In fact, its such an effective siren that one of the biggest departments in my area switched to them for ALL their rigs about 15 years ago. Did away with Q's completley.

    Like I said, it would be perfect for your application. My former department had a Ford C series E-One pumper that we upgraded the warning package on. Both on the grounds of cost and electrical load, we were unable to go with a regular Q. We went with the SA-441. May have been the best money we ever spent.

    You will need two 100 watt speakers, but these come in all shapes and sizes and you should have no problem finding the ones you need.

    Take my advice or leave it, just my 2/100 of a dollar.

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    I will second Dave's comments on the Magforce, an ambulance company has one on a rig they bought, their station is about half a mile to a mile from my house, when they fire that thing up after leaving quarters, it's sounds as if they were in my driveway...it's nuts.
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    I've been trying to figure out who made that siren! A city south of me has them on their ambos... they definetly get your attention.
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    Since it's already been seconded - I'll third the SA-441.

    The EMS agency I used to run with has them on their newest Ambulance & the response unit. And the agency I run with now has them on both of their trucks and they are SWEET !!

    Both of those rigs were down for repair or PM this past weekend when I was on and I had to run one of the reserve trucks with th "standard" 3 tone sirens and I swear no one would even look up in their mirror when we pulled up behind them.
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