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Short Wave Listening at N6CC

Early Short Wave Listening As with many Hams I started out young as a Short Wave Listener “SWL”. Even today, long after I earned my Ham license I still spend […]

Mil Radio Ops at FOB COVID 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 ARRL Field […]

AN/APR-1 & APR-4 Radar/Comm Surveillance Receiver

AN/APR-1 Radar/Communications surveillance receiver.  (aka APR-1). Below: Type 13 and 22 Air Search Radars aboard the Imperial Japanese Navy destroyer HARUTSUKI. They were also installed on some IJN submarines after […]

URC-64 and URC-4 Aircrew Rescue Radios

The AN/URC-64 radio was issued to USAF aircrews as a replacement for the AN/URC-10. It was apparently only issued within the USAF as the Navy and Army seemed to have […]

TRC-88 HF CW/SSB Transceiver

UPDATED 7/1/19 A work in progress. I am currently working on reviving an RT-665( )/TRC-88 transceiver. This will be a challenge since I cannot find any documentation on the set […]

TRC-77A HF CW Transceiver

UPDATED 7/18/20 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. (“TRC” = Transportable Radio Communications. The […]

Fast Patrol Torpedo Boats / PTF-17

PTF-17, PTF’s in general and Coastal River Division 21 Ops: Updated – 7/24/2020 A Work in Progress.First, a little background: Why PTF’s?  The Green Water Navy. Despite what several Keyboard […]

The PRC-47 HF SSB/CW/RATT Transceiver

Updated 4/2/20 Some notes regarding the Collins PRC-47.  This radio was designed by Collins and produced by them but they also subcontracted with Bendix to produce additional sets. All Collins […]

AN/GRC-109 “Special Forces” Radio Set

UPDATED 6/28/20:  My favorite “Black Radio” even with its few quirks. Probably the ultimate “SHTF Radio” for trained (or trainable) personnel. Some research, observations and adventures below, a Work in […]

SCR-284 Radio Set

UPDATED 29 June 2020.  The SCR-284 was used extensively during WWII.  The basic component is the BC-654-A receiver transmitter. Designed as a portable field radio, the complete field set could […]