Added a few other devices, some new, some actually old and rare. Pics will follow… I’m clearing out some stuff in my room that I can’t really use or don’t have any immediate use, this is going to take me a while… The closest thing to a picture I have right now are stills from videos that I tried to take if these devices. (edit: added a better picture of the Klaxon sounder)
(yet another) Legrand “ALARM” break glass call point
Sorry for the terrible picture, but that makes the second one of these I have, they’re just a normally open push-button that is held in place by a piece of glass. Nothing fancy.
This one however has the optional hammer with it, and has the plastic wall trim. Suffice to say I’m stoked.
There is a school in my hometown that uses the same callpoints tied to some early 90’s Legrand/Cerberus Guinard sounders, all of that is powered from a single 24V battery backed power supply, the call points in that system look to be a holdover from a 1960s/1970s AC system. I only heard about this system from a friend whose relatives work at this school, so I don’t have any photographic evidence of it.
(no known model number) (edit: model number for this one is HP12)
Oh boy, where do I begin… This is probably the earliest sounder I have in my collection, instead of a microcontroller, it uses a set of Darlington transistors to generate the tone… Definitely a unique and rare sounder. A friend of mine has a older variant that is more rounder in shape, whereas mine is square.
Unfortunately, the speaker is held in place by a set of rubber stoppers, which have since rotted away, two are falling apart and the remaining two are still good but have turned completely solid.
I haven’t dared trying to power that one up as there is no labeling (except on the front, which has a sticker that reads: “KLAXON S.A. — SIRÈNE D’ÉVACUATION SIGNAL NFS 32001”) at all, for brevity, I’ll refer to these as a Klaxalarm sounder, even though it’s a purely conjectural name.
(no picture yet)
Scored big on this one… One of my friends got ahold of a guy who was selling a ASD ALPHA S2/6 along with a 4-zone expander card (which he bought for me), moments later the guy informs him that he has a few MCPs for sale, brand new in box… For 50 euros, I wouldn’t say it’s a bad deal for a set of five NIB call points.
(again, sorry for the terrible picture, I don’t have the panel in front of me, for some reason I cannot rotate it as well)
Edit: Took some better pictures:
This is the panel that I mentioned earlier, 6 zones as it has a zone expander card on the right… Seen here with my FARE BMY2 MCP. We had the same MCPs when I was in junior high, except that they were A) addressable and had a LED, and B) bore the “AVISS SÉCURITÉ” branding, they were BMLA95s per FARE’s nomenclature. (for these older ASD/Fare devices they were split in two categories: Y2-series=conventional, A95-series=addressable). There also exists a version of the BMY2 with a LED, the BMYL2 or BMLY2.
I’ve since bought a few 1kOhm (for the DEXAG fire suppression module on the left, under the BMY2 MCP) and 3.9kOhm resistors for the zones.
Something funny with this panel is that it somehow can do a pulse coded signal if you remove the 3.9kOhm resistor on the “Abort switch” line.
Now to find a Delta-6 expander…
By the way, the DEXAG module is a bit weird… It’s like a self-contained single-zone panel that piggybacks off the main panel (the large card in the middle), as in it has its own troubles and seem to be able to go into alarm/pre-discharge independently of whether the main panel is idle or in alarm, but that, I haven’t yet managed to try and see if it’s indeed possible or a urban legend.
But of course, the main panel can be programmed accordingly to link the zones to the DEXAG module, it programs just like you’d program a Simplex 4004, except you need to punch two sequences (one to go into level 2 access mode, and another to go into level 3, though there are multiple level 3 codes depending on what function you want to program on the panel!) versus flipping a DIP switch.
The key difference with my Delta S2/6 and my Polaris C2 is that the Polaris had a security relay and a alarm management unit (Unité de gestion d’alarme, sort of functionally equivalent to a NAC on a American panel) built in, whereas on the S2/6/10 it’s not included, instead you have to use a Delta-6 expander (which includes the alarm management unit and the security actuator relays)…
The Delta-6 is also a odd beast, it’s got IDCs just like the Alpha-6, but can only be used with MCPs or in conjunction with a “fire detection panel” which is what the Alpha S2/6 is.
So to recap, in France we got panels that are purpose-built to support linking out of the gate as outlandish it and bizarre it sounds.
Coming back to the Alpha S2/6, it has an extra card just behind the main board with a bunch of relays, one for general alarm, another general trouble, and 10 dedicated for the zones, to each zone there is a dedicated relay, which you’d connect to the Delta-6 as if it were a call point.
I really feel like I should do a write-up about the Delta-6 (if I do ever find one that is, as they seem rarer than the Alpha S2/6 themselves, not even the DEF version, the Antarès 3-DIGIT, comes up for sale on the used market) and the Alpha S2/6, they’re quirky panels on their own right, and I recently found out about another version of the Alpha S2/6 for the European export market that there’s little to no info on it.
In any case, as much as I’m not a frequently active person here (real life gets in the way, yadda yadda) I don’t really post much but I still lurk there and here… I just hope one day that my situation finally stabilizes so I can post more of my findings