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A few words on development:
(By Alan Tasker, WA1NYR):
AN/PRC-34(X1) (See: "To picture gallery")
PRC-36(X1) (see pictures below), both using the same Transceiver. It used one tube, Tx output ( CK6051 ). For some reason, they decided to make enough of them to try out in the field.
One was the
AN/PRC-34(X1) ,the helmut. It has a special control section that plugged into the helmut wiring. The microphone plugged in too. The helmut was not a real helmut, i.e. protective. I do not think Kevlar was developed until a lot later. They made two housings to contain the transceiver and battery.
AN/PRC-36(X1) had a belt worn box, that had the controls on it. You opened the door, plugged in the transceiver unit and plugged in the battery, then closed the door. The microphone plugged into the panel.
But the performance of both experimental radios ( X for experimental ) was not what was needed, so they never went into real production with these either."
This experimantal device also is a "Squad Radio". The collection shows all American Squad radios from their beginning (1941) to 1986.
You may also read the article by Alan Tasker :
"U.S. Military Portable Radios"