Military Tactical Radios

MRGC-MVCC Battalion Communications Center

UPDATED: 2/3/18 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 9/28/20 What’s happening at N6CC, both at the home QTH as well as off-grid 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 5/8/18 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 1/17/21 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 and into the 1960’s. These […]

PRT-4 / PRR-9 Squad Radio Set

UPDATED 2/2/20 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 U.S. Army in March 1967, […]

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

UPDATED 9/12/20 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, […]

Supporting the USMC “Young Marines” program

We have been involved as instructors with the Golden Gate Young Marines unit. They are from the San Francisco bay area and based on the USS Hornet museum ship.  We […]

Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit 103

UPDATED 4/9/21 The 2019 “Annual” Reunion pot-luck picnic for MIUW 103/104 was held on Saturday, 13 October 2019 at Coast Guard Island as in past years. Group photo at the […]