This rather original K9 Signals Truck together with trailer based Generator came up on Ebay in October 2012. The sale price was £3,200.
The seller said the following :
I have for sale a vintage (1956) ex Army Austin K9 Radio Truck complete with trailer generator.
The truck has selectable 2 or 4 wheel drive and is powered by a 3993cc Straight Six petrol engine, which starts easily and runs and sounds really nice.
The Radio Body is equipped with its original Marconi D11 Transmitter with separate Power Supply an R230 Receiver a Siemens T100 Teleprinter and sundry ancillary items.
This installation was designed to be powered from the two generators mounted in the towed trailer.
Mast aerial gear and penthouse frame are stowed in the side racks and in the “coffin ” on the roof above the cab, but I’m afraid the penthouse canvas has long since rotted away.
Copies of Drivers Manual, Workshop Manual and Parts Manual are included in the sale.
None of the Radio equipment has been tested and the Generators have not been run for some time.
Condition is fair for a 55 year old truck and most of the original equipment is still present, however there are patches of rust in the cab which need attention and it could really do with re-painting and as mentioned the brakes need urgent attention.
The truck starts easily and runs and drives, but the brakes leave a lot to be desired, they are more of a gentle slowing down device than real brakes and need attention so I would not advise driving it away.
Some spares are available by separate negotiation.
The K9 was first registered with the DVLA in 1996 it does not require an MOT and is currently on SORN. Insurance is cheap, I was paying about £100 a year.
It is is located near Magor in South Wales (just off M4 J23A) and I would much prefer any prospective buyer to view it, and appreciate what they are taking on, before purchase.
More pictures are available on request and any questions just ask and I’ll try to answer them.
Payment in cash on collection is preferred but cleared cheque or Bank Transfer are also acceptable.
This truck is also advertised elsewhere and could be removed at any time.
Side detail shows the Dipole Support pole stowage. The Dipole wire drums will be the under slung drum as there are two, one on each side at the rear of the truck. The line above the Dipole Stowage is a canvass flap to which a ground tent is secured. This gives an expanded area in addition to the cabin space and the roof top penthouse tent. The idea was this additional space could be used as a field radio service station as well as a second sleeping area if it was too windy for the penthouse.
General view of the trailer. I suspect this is the two generators who’s output is going to be 240 volts, as this there is some old MK style three pin sockets to be found inside the radio shack.
The ladder on the left giving access to the roof of the vehicle would provide access to the Penthouse tent. I wonder how comfortable it was to sleep up there? The two Dipole wire drums can be seen in this view. I suspect the wooden steps are secured to the right hand panel to the right of the door.
The Spare Wheel stored behind the cab. The ladder to the over cab storage doubles as a wheel ‘runway’ . The knurled knob having been undone will allow the ladder to swing out and down on the lower pivot pins, so forms a guide that the wheel can roll down so the operator doesn’t have to lift its weight.
I could be wrong but I suspect under the green steel box will be a Morse Key. It could though be a telephone type handset couldn’t it.
240 volt distribution panel with the Mk square pin plugs.
K9 Radio Truck Conclusion
Clearly a versatile vehicle and lovely to see one in such original condition. From a practical perspective for todays Radio Amateur, being original and to keep it so is to limit one self to its technology and facilities, suitable for SSB field day or the GQRP Club Valves on the air day.
Insurance and Mot issues are cheap enough, leaving just the question of fuel costs. no doubt it would encourage Military Show showing.
There are however still other options…