[AMRadio] WW II Army Field Sets

Kim Elmore Kim.Elmore at noaa.gov
Mon Jul 12 10:40:49 EDT 2004

Ah!  The perfect match!  The ART-13 it will be.

The basic premise of the story is that 20 m is opened for ham use before 
Christmas, 1944 (this is plausible, but I can't find when -- precisely -- 
20 m was reopened). Through an improbable event Christmas 1943, an American 
signal corpsman, also a ham, and a German signalman, is also a ham, learn 
of each other and this changes both of their outlooks. The American 
subsequently volunteers for the occupation. Along the way, he and his 
German counterpart become friends, and the American decides to revive his 
(and, it turns out, the German's) tradition of Christmas Eve QSOs on the 
just-reopened 20 m band, simultaneously being the DX, and putting Germany 
back on the amateur bands, not to mention the human aspect of it all.

Yes, it's a sappy, sentimental Christmas story, but I thought I'd try my hand.

Thanks for all the information; this helps a lot in getting the details right.


Kim Elmore, N5OP

P.S.: I grew up using a my Dad's (W5JHJ) rig: A J-44 hand key, an original 
Shure 55 microphone, a Hammarlund HQ-170A, A Hammarlund HQ-110, and a WRL 
Globe Champion 350.  He still has the rigs and keeps them in perfect 
working order, along with his "modern" FT-102. As a kid, I was always 
captivated by fantasies of where that J-44 key might have been before my 
Dad got it, surplus.

At 12:05 AM 7/10/2004, you wrote:

>In a message dated 7/9/04 8:35:38 PM, Kim.Elmore at noaa.gov writes:
> > Given the st-up I've created, the SCR-188 would work FB :) So, do you (or
> > anyone else) know what would be involved in tweaking the BC-191/BC-312 (or
> > the JT-350A) combination to work on 20 m? Is this something a guy back
> > then, with a bit of time, could do, or does the BC-191 design simply
> > preclude such a conversion?
> >
>The BC-191 tuning units went up to 12.5 mHz.   Would be possible to strip a
>few turns off some of the coils to get to 20M, I guess, but the things are 
>unstable and drifty to be acceptable for ham use above 75M.   No problem with
>the BC-312, though. This was the Army's general field use HF receiver of the
>time and it operates up to 18 mHz.   Ran off 12 vdc except for a couple of
>later 24 volt models. The BC-342 was the 117 vac version.
>Does it have to be an Army field set?   The Army Air Corps was using the
>ART-13 in their B-29s in 1944.   Excellent 100W transmitter that covered 2 
>- 18
>mHz in it's basic form.   (Would actually tune down to about 1.98 mHz so 
>a piece of 160M too.)   Originally a Navy development.   Maybe you could have
>your character "liberate" one of these from the flyboys, pick one out of a
>crashed aircraft, etc.   Normally paired with the BC-348 receiver in the 
>but a BC-312/342 would work along side it just fine.
>Dennis D. W7QHO
>Glendale, CA
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>AMRadio at mailman.qth.net

                           Kim Elmore, Ph.D.
                        University of Oklahoma
         Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies
"All of weather is divided into three parts: Yes, No, and Maybe. The
greatest of these is Maybe" The original Latin appears to be garbled.

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