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Collins TCS12

The Collins TCS12 Transmitter and Receiver covering 1.5-12 MHz with a output of 10 watts AM &. 25W on CW.  The TCS was primarily intended for marine communications. Collins USA set new standards for constructional quality. In the 1940s this build quality was probably only equalled by German equipments.

From Larkspur to Clansman: Part 1

This article aims to give an introduction to the British Armies Clansman radio system deployed between 1978-2005 with details of the principle sets of interest to the radio amateur. In order to give a better understanding of the improvements and facilities offered by Clansman some historical background is included. The replacement for the famous Wireless …

From Larkspur to Clansman: Part 2

Following on from Part 1 of Larkspur to Clansman, we continue with an overview of the manpack sets and antenna systems used for vehicle installations. The Manpack sets There are principally three manpack sets in the Clansman series that are useful to the radio amateur; these are the RT320 (PRC320) HF Transmitter-Receiver, RT351 (PRC351) and …

Reception Set R209

Having previously featured several vintage Transceivers, this posting sees a change as we feature the R209 which is a stand-alone HF receiver. The R209 was introduced in the early1950s as the replacement for the Army R107 which will be featured in the March issue of Airtime. The picture shows the MK2 version. The frequency coverage …

Station Radio C12 (Larkspur Series)

The picture shows a 24 Volt version of  the Larkspur, Station Radio C12 . Manufactured by PYE, the C12 was introduced in1955 as a replacement for the WS19 (featured last month). This was an interim measure due to delayed production of the true Larkspur series sets, such as the C13, C11 Transmitter and R210 Receiver …

Wireless Set No.19

This is the famous WS19 used in numerous soft skinned and armoured vehicles from 1941. The Transceiver “A” set covers 2.0-8 MHz with a output of  about 2.5 watts AM &. 5W on CW. There was also a VHF FM “B” set covering 229-241MHz with 400mW output for short range use and an Intercom for …

Wireless Set No.31

The WS31 VHF FM Manpack set was first introduced in 1948. The picture shows the MK2 version set complete with headset, microphone assembly & Whip aerial. The WS31 was really a copy of the American  SCR-300-A and covers 40-48MHz. This gives 41 channels 200kHz apart four of which (Channels A,B,C&D) are compatible with the slightly …