Military Tactical Radios

AS-1729/VRC VHF Whip Antenna

“The AS-1729/VRC is an omnidirectional, vertically polarized whip antenna assembly that provides transmission and reception of radio signals (very high frequency (VHF)) between 30 and 76 MHz.” TM 11-5985-262-15 BACKGROUND: […]

MIL COMMO FTX: Field Day 2023

UPDATE 7/9/2024 In an effort to encourage more field operations by Hams, especially with military field radio gear, the following After Action Report is posted. This was my Military Communications […]

RACAL TRA-967/3 VHF FM Transceiver

Updated 7/3/23 This is a RACAL TRA-967/3 VHF FM transceiver that was formerly operated by Saddam Hussein’s army in Kuwait during the 1990-1991 Gulf War. AKA Operations Desert Shield, Desert […]

PRC-174 HF Manpack Radio Set

UPDATE: 7/30/2023 I recently obtained a veteran RT-936/PRC-174 HF manpack radio from a fellow Ham (Thanks!). These were made by Tadiran from a design clearly originating from Hughes Aircraft, makers […]

Mil Radio Ops at FOB COVID 2020

July 2020: The following is a brief After Action Report on Military Radio training operations at Forward Operating Base COVID, July 2020. Scheduling difficulties required delaying from the June 2020 […]

A.R.C. Type 12 VHF AM Aircraft System

UPDATED 3/28/2024 (Aircraft installations, nomenclature clarifications) The A.R.C. Type 12 components and systems were developed and marketed in the post-war period largely for the growing civilian aviation industry. They were […]

TRC-77A HF CW Transceiver

UPDATED 8/6/2023 A friend recently gave me an RT-654A/TRC-77. Also known as the TRC-77A.  The RT-654(*) is the basic component of the “AN/TRC-77” set. A Deep Dive – probably more […]

The PRC-47 HF SSB/CW/RATT Transceiver

Updated 6/12/2024 Some notes regarding the AN/PRC-47.  This radio was designed by Collins and 1423 sets were produced by them (Contract NOm-72362, 15 December 1961).  The Department of the Navy […]

AN/GRC-109 “Special Forces” Radio Set

UPDATED 7/30/2023:  My favorite “Black Radio”. The AN/GRC-109, AKA the “GRC-109” and “ANGRY 109”. Probably the ultimate “SHTF Radio” for trained (or trainable) personnel.Some research, observations and adventures below; probably […]

The RS-6 Radio Set

UPDATED 3/12/2024 Another favorite Black Radio is the RS-6 set. (RS-6 = Radio Station number 6 per Central Intelligence Agency nomenclature.) “This radio set (below) and battery was hidden in […]