Search And Rescue Radios ( Sorted Chronologically )
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All American SAR- Radios from their beginning to 1968 are part of the collection. More modern ones are (still) too expensive....
 

BC-778
(1941)

CRC-7
(1942)

PRC-17, A
(1953)

PRC-32
(1958?)

PRC-49 A, B, C
(1962)

PRC-63
(1965)

PRC-96
(1976)

American SAR-Radios

RT-159/ URC-4
(1952)

RT-285/ URC-11
(1954)

RT-278/ URC-10
(1962)

URC-64
(1964)

URC-68
(1965)

PRC-90, -1,-2,-A
(1968ff)

RT-1531, 1535
PRC-112, A
(198?)



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

  PRC-96

(1976) "is the Navy's standard lifeboat radio. This is why it has 121.5 and 243, because the Navy can be anywhere in the world, and you need both of those frequencies, especially 121.5 if you are apt to be far from anywhere.
The normal battery is a 6V lithium. However, Lithium is not allowed on submarines. So, what to do? So they made a round sleeve that screws onto the radio in place of the cap, and the cap screws onto the end of the sleeve. The extra length of the battery compartment now can hold 4 each 1.5 Volt "D" cells." ( " " by Alan Tasker, WA1NYR)
(Sorry there is no such sleeve in my museum).


The testset is in the collection:

Testset TS-3527/PRC-96


Frequencies:
121.5 MHz
243 MHz

 


Technical data:
Channels:
2, crystal controlled
Mode:
AM
HF output:
200 mW
Sensitivity:
6 µV
Battery:
6 V Lithium ( Submarines: see above )
Used by:
Navy
Year of issue:
1976
Replaces:
PRC-17 and URC-4
Replaced by:
current