[AMRadio] WW II Army Field Sets

James M. Walker chejmw at acsu.buffalo.edu
Fri Jul 9 15:41:40 EDT 2004

Actually the SCR-299/399 was a portable rig. You just couldn't run up a hill
with it, or ford a stream. Portable being defined as able to move and setup
a semi-permanent facility. The carrying cases for the SCR-399 held the
a small desk, headphones, microphones, coils sets, spare tube etc.

I think I understand the question, however as for the "War Effort", the
was a Battalion/Brigade level system, for "Long Range" (mostly over 100 mile
reliably. We all know that with the BC-610 for example, on 160 through 20
cross country communications, and even Longer DX is possible. The military
shooting for "Reliable" communications however.

There are smaller sets, such as the BC-375/BC-191 units that were used but
smaller and more reliable units came online during the "WAR". Necessity
being the
"Mother" of invention!

----- Original Message -----
From: "Kim Elmore" <Kim.Elmore at noaa.gov>
To: "AMRadio" <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Friday, July 09, 2004 3:25 PM
Subject: [AMRadio] WW II Army Field Sets

> I'm hoping some of the old timers among you can help me with some
> information.  I'm curious about what sorts of "portable" HF field sets
> available in the Army infantry during WW II.  I know of some AAF sets, and
> some sets used in tanks, but there seems to be little information on sets
> much smaller than the SCR-299 variety, which used a BC-610/Hallicrafters
> HT-4 as the transmitter.  The SCR-299 was an entire system carried in a
> special communications truck.
> I'm looking for info about something smaller that might be carried as
> something to be set up within a command post.  Perhaps along the lines of
> Johnson Viking or Globe Champion as a transmitter and a S-40 or HQ-110 or
> HQ-170 as a receiver. Do any of you have info on such a beast, or know of
> someplace I can go to get it? I've looked quite a bit on the web and
> haven't yet found what I'm after.
> Thanks,
> Kim Elmore, N5OP
>                            Kim Elmore, Ph.D.
>                         University of Oklahoma
>          Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies
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