Soviet body-wearable intercept receiver. Body-wearable intercept receiver, code-named "Filin" ("owl"), USSR / East Germany, c.1970.

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Lot 1093
Soviet body-wearable intercept receiver.
Body-wearable intercept receiver, code-named "Filin" ("owl"), USSR / East Germany, c.1970.

US$ 1,000 - 1,500
£ 730 - 1,100
Soviet body-wearable intercept receiver.
Body-wearable intercept receiver, code-named "Filin" ("owl"), USSR / East Germany, c.1970. Type B (60-150 MHz), serial number 178034, 8 1/4 x 6 1/4 x 2 inches. With tuning dial, frequency scale, mode selector (long- or short-distance), volume dials, and various inputs/outputs. Including original headphone speaker and original speaker cable; antenna also present, with cable. Power cable connector present but cables cut. Some (deliberate?) scratching to receiver and antenna.

AN ELABORATE EAVESDROPPING DEVICE TO BE WORN BY COLD WAR AGENTS. The curved design was intended to be worn around the chest. Using the headphone (present here, 3 cm in diameter) attached on the inside of the user's collar, enemy communication signals could be detected, tracked, and intercepted. The cryptomuseum website describes the original speaker cable as "extremely hard to find."
This model, with its 'near-' and 'far-' switch, was apparently in use by the Stasi (East German Secret Police).
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