Note: The Speleonics Michiephones, single-wire, earth-return, communications systems for cave rescue, are sold out. At present there are no plans to produce any more as the cost of manufacturing is too high for the small volumes sold.
For simple, reliable communications in Cave Rescue,
Surveying, Exploration and General Underground Use
Michiephones are single wire telephones. They use an earth return and offer simple,
communications in cave rescue, surveying, exploration and general underground
use. They are widely used by cave rescue squads in Australia, New Zealand,
the UK and Europe. They are a particularly good complement to a through-the-rock
radio communication system.
Click here for a
brief description of how they are used to assist you in deciding if
Michiephones will serve your requirement.
Some of their many advantages are:
The link below is to a picture of Jill chatting on a Michiephone.
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- Small size - measuring 110 x 58 x 30mm a unit will fit into your top
pocket and weighs 250g including battery.
- Low power requirement - lasts hundreds of hours on a single 9V battery.
- Designed and built to be used in a cave. Reliable circuit housed in
a rugged metal diecast box.
- Single wire operation - significantly reduces the quantity of wire
reels that must be carried into a cave.
Jill chatting on a Michiephone
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Speleonics Base Station
A Base Station is a Michiephone but with a small half Watt audio amplifier,
a small speaker a hand-held microphone, and is housed in a larger box.
Power is 12VDC from two lantern batteries or a car battery.
It is usually setup somewhere near the cave entrance on a small table.
It's designed so the Base Station
Operator can communicate
with all the hand held Michiephones in the cave, take notes,
and control communications while sitting down in a more comfortable position.
One Base Station near the entrance of the cave and, for protracted rescues,
maybe one further into the cave at an underground base complements the
handheld Michiephones. Together they make a complete cave rescue communications system.
You can download or view a PDF version of the instruction manual for the
Base Station here: Base Station Manual
(440 kB). The
manual includes photos of the Base Station.
(Note: the PDF version here includes photos at 72 dpi resolution for screen viewing. A PDF version with photos at 600 dpi for better printing quality is
available and comes with the units.)
When you purchase Michiephones or Base Stations they will come with a
manual covering operation and maintenance. The Manuals include
full electrical schematics of the circuits.
Pricing information is here.
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