ACA Allertor 125

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Watch an ACA Allertor 125 in alert and attack. Credit: Ben Franske on YouTube.

The ACA Allertor 125 is an outdoor warning siren made by Alerting Communicators of America from 1944 until 1980. It has a distinctive design with the chopper in the bottom horn and the noise coming out of the top horn.

History[edit]

The ACA Allertor was designed in 1968 as a 125dB siren with a fiberglass horn. It came in three port ratios: 8/12, 9/12, and 10/12, which sounds very much like a Biersach and Niedermeyer Co. Mobil Directo, The early Mobil Directo 9/12 and 10/12 rotors were purchased from Federal Signal during WW2. After the war Biersach & Niedermeyer Co. made all its rotors and stators from its own patterns. It had many changes throughout its production run. A 1974 version is seen in the video. The most common port ratio is 9/12. The Allertor was a popular choice for various communities in the Midwest from the late 60's, to the late 70's, and served as one of ACA's most popular sirens during that time. The design was unique, as it used a top horn design, with the air intake below the horn, near the bottom of the siren head. The first Allertors had a short bottom horn (similar to the B&N Mobil Directo horn) then the design changed to a longer bottom horn to reduce snow entering the rotor. Despite being an efficient design, it was expensive to build the fiberglass horn. The Allertor was finally discontinued around 1980, and replaced with the more-efficiently designed Penetrator 10. The Penetrator 10 used a bell horn and cone intake that was much cheaper to produce. The Allertor was once a popular siren for outdoor warning purposes, however, they are becoming more uncommon due to their age.

Design[edit]

The Allertor had the chopper in the bottom horn which sucked air through the bottom intake & blew it through the top horn. Allertors had chain driven rotators which often broke, this often leads to their removal or failure. The size of the siren also proved difficult, as wind could blow it down.

Cities with ACA Allertors[edit]

Philomont, Virginia Middleburg, Virginia (removed) Arcola, Virginia Lucketts, Virginia Lovettsville, Virginia (removed) Purcellville, Virginia (removed Round Hill, Virginia (removed) Neersville, Virginia (removed) McLean, Virginia (removed) Springfield, Virginia (removed) Burke, Virginia (removed) Mount Vernon, Virginia (removed) Niles, Michigan White Bear Lake, Minnesota Bloomington, Minnesota Chilton, Wisconsin New Hampton, Iowa Milwaukee, Wisconsin