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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 […]

N6CC Stealth Mobile

UPDATED 7/2/19 While one is in the Ham Radio game using military radio equipment, it only makes sense to have a tactical vehicle filled with tactical military radio equipment…but I […]

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, […]

The “Tells Peak” B-17C Crash Site

UPDATED 7/17/17 This is a story about a trip to the B-17C bomber that crashed in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California in November 1941, a month before the Pearl […]

I watched a B-26 (A-26) go down near Mitchel Field NY

UPDATED 3/30/20: I grew up about a mile and a half from Mitchel Air Force Base on Long Island NY, almost directly under the main approach to Runway 30.  As […]

Portable Field Antenna Kit

UPDATED 2/5/21 “Executive Summary”  Antennas can have high gain, high bandwidth or small size. Pick any TWO  Every antenna is a compromise  Put up a resonant dipole  Have a nice […]

Stealthy / Covert Antennas

“Never do anything to attract enemy fire – It annoys those around you” Murphys Laws of Combat. UPDATED 11/18/20 This section will deal with various means to covertly operate radio […]

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 […]

Tap Code

How to communicate covertly with someone else who knows the Tap Code: Tap on the floor, pipe, whistle; make any sound in the following sequence to send an alphabetic message.  […]