Korean War era Portables

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  RT-196/PRC 6







The " banana "
might be the probably most well-known of these old devices, also called " the forerunner of the Handys ". It replaces the BC-611. Today, there are no longer batteries for this set. A relatively rare converter, operated by mono cells is available. Hint: seeing is buying!!

  RT-196/PRC 6

is a 1-channel portable radio of small output for communication over short distances. Operating mode is F3, type of modulation is FM. It uses minitubes.
It can work together with: RT-68, RT-70, PRC-10, R-110 .
It can be used with or without telephone handset.

PRC-6 is a "Squad Radio", a small hand held unit for very local communications. The collection shows all American Squad radios from their beginning (1941) to 1986.



SCR-511/ BC-745

SCR-536/ BC-611

RT-196/ PRC-6

(PRC-34/ PRC-36)

PRR-9/ PRT-4

RT-1113/ PRC-68, A,B

RT-1547/ PRC-126

You may also read the article by Alan Tasker :
"U.S. Military Portable Radios"
 The "bananas" in the collection

Frequency range:

47... 55.4 MHz.
1 channel can be chosen by replacement of an xtal.

Here you find the battery testset: AN/PSM-13

Here you find: modern power supplies


Technical data:

Mass + weights:
Radio: L/b/h: 37.5 x 12.1 x 10.8 cm, 2.2 kg.
Transmitting power
250 mW
Frequency departure:
+ - 15 kHz.
under 5 µV with signal-to-noise ratio 20 dB
Type of modulation, operating mode
FM, F3
Parts of the radio:
Radio, telephone handset H-33 E/pt.
Battery BA-270/U; Voltages: +1,5 V, -4,5V, +45 V, +90 V,