Military Tactical Radios

The RS-6 Radio Set

UPDATED 1/21/17 Another favorite Black Radio is the RS-6 set.  Some other sites go into the technical details of this set but I will mainly focus on general description, observations […]

MRCG – MRHS Operating Event 2013

The 18th Annual Muster of the West Coast Military Radio Collectors Group has just concluded on May 4th, 2013.  The meeting was set up at the California National Guard base […]

MRGC-MVCC Battalion Communications Center

UPDATED: 4/30/14 Battalion Communications Center – Military Vehicle Collectors of California Rally’s:  A periodic display of Military Communications Equipment at the MVCC events.  Some interesting “Joint Operations” were held at […]

Radio News

UPDATED 11/11/15 What’s happening at N6CC, both at the home QTH as well as tactical ops out in the boonies. Type 12 / MAW Hearability Tests:  In October 2010 we […]

GRC-109 / GRC-9 Battery Operated Power Supplies

UPDATED 2/9/17 Both the GRC-9 and GRC-109 used the BA-48 battery to power their respective receivers as an option.  When operated from the various dynamotor, vibrator or AC supplies, the […]

The venerable Command Set

UPDATED 12/9/16 Most seasoned Hams grew up with these radios: transmitters, receivers or both.  Designed for high frequency AM Voice (mostly) or CW aircraft-to-aircraft communications during WWII, they performed the […]

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

UPDATED 2/6/17 Some notes on the A.R.C. “Type 12″ VHF AM radio system used on both private and some US military aircraft in the 1950’s. In military service they would […]

PRT-4 / PRR-9 Squad Radio Set

UPDATED 11/9/15 (Correction entered: PRR-9 versus PRR-4) The PRT-4 and PRR-9 worked together as an attempt at a simple, lightweight Squad radio, albeit one-way. First fielded in Vietnam by the […]

AN/GRC-109 / RS-1 Transmitter with VFO

UPDATED 21NOV14 Of course my favorite military Black Radio. The GRC-109 and its immediate predecessor the CIA’s RS-1. I was sitting here thinking about the cost of adding additional FT-243 […]

Radium Painted Meters

Like old wrist watches with “glow in the dark” hands and numerals, some meters of that era had radium paint on their needles and scales.  As you know, a Radium-containing […]