I was watching the episode today where Andy and Barney capture the escaped criminal by letting him know where Andy's leaky boat is hidden so that he will try to get away in it--knowing all the time the boat will spring a major leak. Whew! What a sentence!
I noticed their patrol car had a two-way radio and there was a lot of 10-4'ing and over-and-out'ing, etc.
In later episodes do the boys have these radios? I don't recall them. In fact, I thought Barney often complained about their lack of radios and other fancy-schmancy gear. Did the State Police lend the radios? If so, why? They told Andy and Barn to stay at the courthouse--out of their way. So, why would they have let them use their radio?
This is a mystery to me. It's big. Real Big. Can anybody help solve the "Mystery of the Radios"?
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I saw Barney's Replacement recently (early season 2) and Barney gave his replacement the technical explanation of using the radio (Talk Here, Listen Here). I think one of the kids grabbed the microphone and yelled "Testing, Testing" during the family visit.
I don't think either one of those show the radio actually working, no static or anything. Maybe the state police deactivated their radio and Andy and Barney are embarrassed to tell anybody.
By the way, I always laugh at the state policeman telling Sarah, "Hold this line open...Captain Barker State Police, that's who says so."
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The nonfunctioning radio comment just now reminded me that the state inspector tried to radio the state police for help when Rafe/Luke/Ben was shooting at them. Nobody answered. I had always wondered why Andy didn't even seem concerned that anybody might have actually heard the call. The mystery is getting bigger.
How's cum they never used that perfectly good police scanner on Barney's desk?
I think it is just assumed that the patrol car is equiped with the radio...remember even though you do not see the radio or microphone, you always see the 102 inch whip antenna! Also I think the fact that there is a base radio in the courthouse we can assume that if needed, they should be able to communicate with the mobile unit.
I think it is just more or less the script just did not call for the use of the radio with the exception of "Manhunt" and the episode where the visitors took liberty to play with the radios.
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The radio is just that, a 2 way. The radio in the squad car links back to the one at the Sheriffs office. When they used it in Manhunt, the State Police answered the radio using the one at the Sheriffs office when Andy called. The radio would have been used locally and not state wide. Same way we use them today. I am a Supervisor in communications in our local PD and we only can normaly only talk with other patrol vehs of our agency. We do have the capability to talk with the State Highway Patrol and the local Sheriffs Department with the radio in our Communications Center but the patrol vehicles are not able to do that with the radios in the vehicles.
And we've got to remember that on the real tough cases both Andy and Barn would be out in the car together. Not much point in calling in to the office if nobody's there! Well, Otis, maybe. Or Opie.
I can't remember a single time that radio was used except on "Manhunt" and when the kinfolks messed with it. Does anybody else remember the radio being used?