AR Timer

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AR Timer
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Company Federal Signal Corporation
Produced 1950?-2007
Type Mechanical Siren Controller
Succeeded by SC
Product sheet


The AR Timer was a signal timer produced by Federal Signal Corporation. It is capable of two three-minute signals, Attack Signal and Alert Signal. There was also a unit called the AR-5 that increased the signal duration to five minutes. In addition to the Alert, Attack, and Cancel buttons on the unit itself, the timer provides terminals for either external push buttons or remote activation equipment. In remote installations the AR Timer was generally installed inside of an ARCH cabinet, which contained the timer unit as well as remote activation equipment, such as a radio with tone decoder.

Changes over the years

The AR timer underwent changes throughout the years, which resulted in three different revisions. These revisions affected the circuitry and appearance of the unit, however the functionality remained the same.

Revision 1 (early 1950's to mid 1960's)

The first revision of the AR timer
The internals of the rev. 1 AR timer

The first revision of the AR timer was used on the early A-series Thunderbolts and differs from the later revisions in a few ways. The most notable difference is the physical appearance, with a single red light, a wider design, exposed buttons, and the lack of a cancel button. Internally, the components are a bit more simplified, consisting of the motor and cams, the switches, and two relays. In addition, the components are spaced out more and are a bit more exposed.