Can you identify the radio Bruce spotted in the new SILO series?

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Bruce, who writes:

Hi Thomas,

Here’s a screenshot (below) of a transceiver on a new sci-fi series “Silo”.

This is from episode 3. Here’s a brief description of the show:

In a ruined and toxic future, a community exists in a giant
underground silo that plunges hundreds of stories deep; there, people
live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to
protect them.

Does anybody recognize this radio? [click to enlarge image]

– Bruce

Oh wow, Bruce. I’m a massive fan of the SILO series by Hugh Howey–indeed, the Wool Omnibus was the very first eBook I ever purchased! I’ve decided to re-read this series before watching it on Apple TV. 

If you can help Bruce identify this radio, please comment!

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6 thoughts on “Can you identify the radio Bruce spotted in the new SILO series?

  1. Gareth Woods

    I agree with Julian and Ron. This is a piece of test equipment, certainly not a transceiver of the type they wanted to portray in the TV series. So long as it looks technical, that is all the flim makers require.

  2. Julian Stargardt

    For folks who’d like more info on the Labgear Cambridge Fault Tracer – which this “transceiver” looks to be – see:

    I always find it odd when film companies use props that are wrong – if they’d like some steam punk, or should that be “valve / tube punk”?, transceiver kit, there’s plenty to choose from that can be bought on eBay for a song…

    I was intrigued by the Stargate (or was it HBO’s Battlestar Gallactica?) series communicators, so I managed to freeze a frame and took a photo, they turned out to be compact Motorola handheld 2-way radios, aka walkietalkies… the brand name legible…


    1. Ron

      I have not watched it in years,, and then some, but Battestar Galactica used a military field phone, the sound powered type that used wire, tho in the series, I do not think they had the wire connected.
      I had a set of these and they worked great.
      I did not notice what was used in Stargate.. I went thru that series to the end, but now seem to be seeing some episodes on Youtube that I have missed.

  3. Bruce

    On the show I believe they had a push to talk microphone supposedly connected to this device. So it appeared to be a transceiver.

    – Bruce


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