Military Radio PRC319 Operations.
PRC319 is a British Special Forces HF manpack transceiver designed by MEL (Mullard Electronic Labatories), A Division of Philips, in 1988. (It is part of the Clansman family). It is an all solid state and microprocessor controlled radio. It covers 1.5 MHz to 40 MHz. Power levels are selectable, 5W/50W. Modes are CW, USB and Data. It's EMP and water proof but won't float. The temperature range is -31C to +55C. There were only 350 sets made. It has mixed technologies; SMT, Hybrid, Through Hole and Flex Circuits. The 319 has 150 IC's and about 2200 passives not counting the internal parts in the Hybrids and TCXO. It also has about a 90% BITE capability for the radio and modem.
The Radio + Antenna Tuner weight is 10.5 pounds (4.8 Kg) without a battery pack.
The dimensions are 9 x 15 x 4 inches with the Tuner and large battery box.
It has a 10 Channel receive and 10 Channel transmit memory for fixed frequency operation. It has no VFO, but most of the HF back packers operate on known fixed frequencies. Most HF USB operation is on 18157.5, 14285, 14342.5, 7296.0, 5371.5 and 3996.0 kHz. The original price was $25,000 USD in 1988 which adjusted for inflation is about $50,000 in 2017 USD.
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The photo above is w0rw/pm in 3 feet of snow at St. Elmo, Colorado. St. Elmo is a ghost town at 10,000 feet, Working 20 meters CW.
The white spot and white flecks in the picture are snow flakes. The green box with the whip is the PRC319.
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