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"I identify with the weak person; this is one reason why my fictional protagonists are essentially antiheroes."
- Philip K. Dick

Squeaker  
  Used to search out radium in asteroids.  

“I think we’d better look for a ‘squeaker’. Next time they might get you, Digger.”

They returned to the room of the spaceships, seeking one of the small, portable radio-amplifiers used for searching out radium. It was known as a “squeaker” because of the constant din it made while in use; the noise would cease only when radium was within a hundred feet of the mechanism. He found one after searching a few of the smaller ships.

With the portable radio strapped to his back, power switched on, he start- ed again down the main tunnel. The globes set up their seductive rhythms as before, but he could not hear them above the discord of his squeaker.

From Beast of Space, by F.E. Hardart.
Published by Comet in 1941
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