Barry Pollard-Wilkins

Collector of everything in the Clansman series of military radio equipment. PRC349, PRC350, PRC351/2, VRC320,VRC321,VRC322,VRC353. etc. Operating these and other vintage radios using AM, FM & SSB. Repairs to these transceivers using official field test sets & professionally equipped workshop. Regular operation on 51.70 MHz FM from SARS Beachy head radio site. Displaying and demonstrating Clansman radios in 1985 Defender 110 FFR Tithonus Land Rover at Military and Historic vehicle shows. I have been a professional radio and telecommunications engineer for over forty years. I am currently the managing director of SeaCall Limited, dealing in ICOM Marine, Business & Amateur Radio equipment.. I have a passion for all hard science and a special interest in metrology. My current position within SARS is committee member and manager of the societies Beachy Head Radio Site. I am also the SARS examination secretary and RSGB registered assessor to Advanced licence level.

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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 …

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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.

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 …

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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 …

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Beachy Head Radio Site – Facilities

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Salisbury Plain Land Rover Expedition November 2015

Following the London to Brighton LR run, when Jon M0JAO won the Prize for Best Series One. Contact was made with a Photographic Journalist, who was to produce a magazine article about Jon’s vehicle. This contact led to an invitation to join a small group on an organised drive across the Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA).              Defender 110 Tithonus belonging to …

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London to Brighton Land Rover Run, Sunday 4-10-2015

The London to Brighton Land Rover run is organised annually by the South London & Surrey Land Rover Club SLSLRC. This has now been run for the last seventeen years with entry open to all Land Rovers, with old and interesting models being especially welcome. Entering the London Low Emission Zone (LEZ) attracts a charge of £200 a day …

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Clansman VHF Radio Trials at Beachy Head

Preparations at Beachy Head Radio Site Members of the BHRS group had arranged to meet at the site from 1230 with the intention being to make for distant sites by vehicle and establishing a net on VHF. The primary frequency to be used was 51.60MHz FM.. The Lister driven generator started easily and we quickly …

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Land Rover, Series One and Tithonus at Beachy Head

2014 a great year for SARS! As we reach the end of 2014 the society’s Beachy Head Radio Site has remained very popular despite the seasonally inclement weather. The access track now being impassable except with four wheel drive vehicles. However for those of us that have ex-military vehicles the opportunity to put the advantages of four wheel drive …

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Beachy Head (Camp X) Report on recent activities.

Saturday the 11th of October started with an early arrival at BHRS and the intention of calling into the VMARS 80m AM net at 0830. The weather was not particularly helpful with a strong wind and driving rain slowing progress in deploying the inverted V dipole. The 2 metre ten element beam had also sustained a broken director …

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