PRC74 on Veterans Day, 11 Nov. 2020, at 1700z, on 14060.5 kHz.
w0rw/pm, 11 Nov. 2020, Honoring Veterans.
Times: 1700z and 2100z,
Freq: 14060.5 kHz, +/- 1 Khz.
The PRC74 is a Viet Nam Era Military Radio.
It is a solid state, fully synthesized, 1964, backpack radio.
This radio spent 40 years in a junk yard and is now back on the air !
It is not a 'Hanger Queen'.
(See pictures and info at : <http://www.n6cc.com/anprc-74b-hf-manpack-transceiver>.
The entire rig weighs 30 (heavy metal) pounds and that's with the new Li-Ion battery pack.
It is a Special Forces Radio used for long range comms.
This radio has at least 53 HC-49 crystals in it.
They are used to mix all the channel frequencies in 1 kHz steps from 2 to 18 MHz.
Replacement of all the crystals today would cost $2,000.
The original cost was of the radio $5,560. The cost of my new Chevy was $2500.
Other similar Green radios used in Viet Nam were the Squad radios, PRC25 and PRC77, for short range low power FM communications, 30-76 MHz.
You can read more about this radios in KI0PF's, book..."MIL SPEC RADIO GEAR",
or see a PRC74 Video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8m5NuLvw6k
made by Steve wg0at.Steve.
My QSL Card is a color picture of my PRC74B.
If you are a Veteran, Thank You....
Happy Vets Day...