1950's ERA - RCN Communications Equipment Inventory

This RCN communications equipment-type inventory is believed to be from 1956 based on the production year of the URR-35 receiver, the latest item when two equipment lists were merged. Included are transmitters found in vehicles, shore stations and aircraft radios from an era when the RCN operated an aircraft carrier. Conspicuous by their absence is remote control and radioteletype equipment which was to come a bit later. Model numbers marked in white are lacking  images. If you can supply any information, contact: jerry.proc@sympatico.ca
TRANSMITTERS
MODEL DESCRIPTION
22A/LF Frequency 519 KHz . Mode: A2. Power output: 350 W. Frequency Control: Crystal. Used as a low frequency beacon. 
87M Frequency range: 100 to 145 MHz . Mode: A3. Power output: 50 W. Frequency Control: Crystal. Primary Power: 230 VAC
89M This was a 250/350 watt, AM/CW transmitter which operated in the range of 2200 KHz to 20 MHz and patterned after the American-built, RCA type ET-4336. Minor modifications, incorporated in 1944 and 1945, extended the lower frequency range down to 1500 KHz and also provisioned an input for a frequency shift keyer. The variants in this family were the -M, -P and -Q. Frequency control was crystal or VFO.
AN/ART-13 Frequency range: 200 to 600 KHz and 1.5 to 18 MHz . Modes: A1, A2, A3. Power output: 100 w. Frequency Control: 10 preset frequencies. Primary Power: 28 VDC. Manufacturer: Collins. Airborne. (Photo courtesy Collins Club web page). 
AN/GRT-3 Ground, fixed station, UHF set. Frequency range: 225 to 400 MHz,  AM, Single channel transmitter,  100w. Weight: 375 lbs. Primary Power: 115/230 VAC 50-60 Hz, 750 W.  Circa 1953.
AN/GRT-7 Frequency range: 225 to 400 MHz,  AM, Single channel transmitter,  40w.
AN/SRT-502 Frequency range: 100 to 500 KHz  and 3 to 28  MHz . Modes: A1 (LF only) A1, A3, F1. Power output: 1 kw all modes. Frequency Control: MO or crystal . Primary power: 440V 3Ø AC and 110 VAC.
AN/SRT-503 Frequency range: 300 to 535 KHz and 1.5 to 25 MHz. Modes: LF - A1 only; A1, A3 on HF, Power output: 100 w . Frequency Control: MO on LF; MO or crystal on HF. Primary power: 110V 3Ø.
AN/URT-7 Frequency range: 115 to 156 MHz , Mode: A3 .Power output: 30w . Frequency Control: Crystal . Primary power: 115 or 230 VAC.
AN/WRT-1 A transmitter designed for installation aboard surface vessels. Frequency range: 300 to 1500 KHz , Modes: Telephony, FSK (neutral) teletype at 60 wpm and MCW (1 KHz tone)  for beacon applications. Machine telegraphy up to 600 wpm. Power output: 500 w. (180 w in MCW mode) Frequency Control: MO. Major Components: Transmitter Group OA2321A/WRT-1  (1030 lb); Radio Frequency Tuner TN345/WRT-1 (120 lb); Antenna Coupler CU-760/WRT-1 (80 lb). Contractors: Hoffman Electronics Corp or Rixon Electronics Inc.
AT-3 Frequency range: 2.5 to 20 MHz. Modes: A1, A2, A3. Power output: 300w. Frequency Control: 2 channels - MO or crystal.  Primary power: 115 or 230 VAC. Manufacturer: RCA.
CGRT-1 Frequency range: 4 to 27 MHz . Modes: A1, F1., Power output: 15 kw. Frequency Control: MO or xtal control. Primary power: 550 V 3Ø. This might be actually be the AN/GRT-1 with a C prefix for Canada. 
GT-20 Frequency range: 200 to 500 KHz. Mode: A3 . Power output: 50 w.
GT-24 Frequency range: 2 to 20 MHz. Modes: A1. Power output: 5 kw. Frequency Control: Crystal. Primary power: 115 or 230 VAC.
LCS-5 Frequency range: 10 to 500 kHz . Mode: A1. Power output: 1 kw. Frequency Control: MO. Primary power: 220 V 3Ø. Manufacturer: Canadian Marconi (?)
MW Frequency range: 2 to 30 MHz. Modes: A1, F1.  Power output: 3 kw. Frequency Control: xtals - 3 channels. Manufacturer: Westinghouse.
PV500 LM Frequency range: 100 to 500 KHz. Modes: A1, A2. Power output: 500 w. Frequency Control: MO or crystal. Primary power: 110 VAC. Manufacturer: Canadian Marconi , circa 1943.
PV500H Frequency range: 3 to 19 MHz. Modes: A1, A2. Power output: 500 w . Frequency Control: 4 preset MO channels or crystals.  Power: 110 VAC. Manufacturer: Canadian Marconi , circa 1943.
PV500HM2 Frequency range: 3 to 28 MHz . Modes: A1, A2, F1. Power output: 500 w . Frequency Control: 4 preset MO channels or crystals. Power: 110 VAC. Manufacturer: Canadian Marconi. Circa 1943. Frequency range expanded over previous model. Power reduced to 300 watts beyond 19 MHz.
PV500 HM3 Frequency range: 3 to 28 MHz. Modes: A1, A2, F1. Power output: 500 w . Frequency Control: 4 preset MO channels or crystals. Power: 110 VAC. Manufacturer: Canadian Marconi. Circa 1943. Previous design deficiencies improved with this model. 
PV500 HM4 Frequency range: 3 to 28 MHz . Modes: A1, A2, F1. Power output: 500 w . Frequency Control: 4 preset MO channels or crystals. Power: 110 VAC. Manufacturer: Canadian Marconi. Circa 1943. In this variant, the tuner was removed from the transmitter and operated by remote control at the antenna.
TDQ Frequency range: 115 to 156 MHz. Modes: A2, A3. Power output: 45 w. Frequency Control: 4 xtal controlled channels. Primary power: 110 or 220 VAC. Manufacturer: RCA, circa 1943.
TED Frequency range: 225 to 400 MHz . Mode: A3. Power output: 15w . Frequency Control: 4 preset xtal channels. Primary power: 115-230 VAC.
TDZ Frequency range: 225 to 400 MHz . Modes: A2, A3 . Power output: 30 w.   Frequency Control: 10 preset xtal channels. Primary power: 115-230 VAC.
TE-147 Frequency range: 44 to 150 KHz. Modes: A1, A2, F1. Power output: 50 kw . Frequency Control: MO. Primary power: 230 V 3Ø VAC. Manufacturer:  RCA, circa 1943 . Fixed installation.
TE-147J  Frequency range: 44 to 150 KHz . Modes: A1,  F1 . Power output: 250 kw . Frequency Control: MO. Primary power: 230 V 3Ø VAC. Manufacturer:  RCA, circa 1943. Fixed installation.
TE-260N Frequency range: 140 to 500 KHz . Modes: A1, A2. Power 3 kw. Frequency Control: Xtal. 6 dialed, preset frequencies: Fixed installation.
TE-343A Frequency range: 100 to 500 KHz . Modes: A1, F1. Power output: 25 kw. Frequency Control: MO. Primary power: 550 V 3Ø VAC. Manufacturer: RCA. Fixed installation.
TH-41B Frequency range: 2 to 28 MHz . Modes: A1, F1. Power output: 5 kw . Frequency Control: MO or crystal. Primary power: 220 V 3Ø VAC. Manufacturer : Canadian Marconi 
TH-49 Frequency range: 80 to 200 KHz. Modes: ?. Power output: 10 kw. Frequency Control: ?
TH-58 Frequency range: 1.6 to to 28 MHz. Modes: ? Power output: ? Frequency Control: ?
TR1520 Frequency range:  115 to 145 MHz, Mode: A3. Power output: 3.5 w. Frequency Control: Crystal.
TRANSMITTER-RECEIVERS and RADIO SETS
18S-4B Airborne transmitter-receiver. Frequency range: 2 to 28.5 MHz. Modes: A1 , A3. Power output: 100 w. Frequency Control: 20 xtal controlled frequencies in 10 tuned channels. Primary power 24VDC. 950 watts draw when transmitting. 83 lbs. Vintage May 1952.  Made by Collins Radio. Picture is the 18S-4. (Photo courtesy jptronics web site). 
25 UFS Self-contained transmitter, receiver and power supply. Frequency range: 30 to 40 MHz. Mode: F3 . Power output: 25 w . Frequency Control: Xtal. Made by Link Radio.
50 UFS Self-contained transmitter, receiver and power supply. Frequency range: 30 to 40 MHz transceiver.  Mode: F3. Power output: 50 w . Frequency Control: Xtal  For fixed control station in mobile net. Made by Link Radio.
86M Frequency range: 100 to 156 MHz.  Mode: A3 , Power output: 8-9 w. Frequency Control: 4 preset crystal  channels.  Primary power: 14 or 28 VDC. UK equivalent to SCR522.
AN/ARC-1 Frequency range: 100 to 156 MHz  Mode: A3. Power output: 8 w . Frequency Control: Xtal.  Primary power: 28VDC. Aircraft radio set. (Photo by Richard Pekelney)
AN/ARC-2 Frequency range: 2 to 9.5 MHz  Modes: A1, A2 and A3. Power output: 15-30 w. Frequency Control: VFO or 8 channel autotune. Designed and manufactured by Collins. Airborne set. Circa 1943. (Photo courtesy AAFradio.org) 
AN/ARC-3 Airborne set. Separate transmitter (T67) and receiver (R77). Frequency Range: 100 to 156 MHz. 8 channel autotune (crystal controlled), 8 watts output. Mode: A3. (Photos by David Pope) 
AN/ARC-4 Frequency range: 140 to 144 MHz , Mode: A3.  Power output: 5-10w . Frequency Control:  4 channel, crystal control. Airborne set. (Photo courtesy USS Pompanito web site)
AN/ARC-27 Frequency range: 225 to 400 MHz . Mode: A3 , Power output: 8 w .Frequency Control: 1750 channels, Xtal - 18 preset. Primary power: 24-28 VDC 700 W max . Aircraft radio, circa 1952. Control head. (Photo courtesy Worthtpoint.com)
AN/ARC-37 Frequency range: 2 to 26 MHz.  Mode: A3 ( SSB/DSB). Power output: 100 w . Frequency Control: 19 preset channels.
AN/ARC-38 Collins Transceiver. Frequency range: 2.0 to 25 MHz . Modes: A1, A3. Power output: 100 w.  Uses VFO with 20 preset channels with  autotune. The AN/ARC-38A added  SSB capability. Weight 138 lbs. Aircraft radio. (Photo by John Mackesy VK3XAO) 
AN/ARC-39 Frequency Range:  2.0 to 9.1 MHz.  Mode: AM. 12 crystal controlled channels. (Photo courtesy Military Equipment List web site) 
AN/GRC-27 Frequency range: 225 to 400 MHz.  Mode: A3 . Power output: 100 w . Frequency Control: Number of Channels: 1800, 10 Presets. Primary power: 115/230 VAC 50-60 Hz. 700 W. Weight: 600 lbs. (Photo courtesy Old Radios web page)
AN/SRC501 Frequency range: 2 to 4 MHz (Tx/Rx); 0.5 to 1.6 MHz (Rx only)   Modes: A3 , Power output: 12 w, Frequency Control: 4 xtals , Power: 110 VAC. Manufacturer: Canadian Westinghouse, circa 1955.
CFMThu 5V Frequency range: 152-174 MHz. Mode F3. Power 10 w. Vehicle radio. For this and all the other radios in this series, C= Canadian, FMT =Frequency Modulated Transmitter, hu=?? Manufacturer : Motorola.
CFMThu 30D Frequency range: 152-174 MHz. Mode F3. Power 30 w. Vehicle radio.aka FMT-30D. The photo does not include the control head and power supply. Made by Motorola. aka called the "Unichannel Dispatcher".  (Photo courtesy Max's Museum)
CFMThu 50D Frequency range: 152-174 MHz. Mode F3. Power 50 w. Vehicle radio. Motorola.
CFMThu 80D Frequency range: 152-174 MHz. Mode F3. Power 30 w. Vehicle radio. Motorola.
CFMThu 80BY Frequency range: 152-174 MHz. Mode F3. Power 30 w. Base station for vehicle radios.  Motorola.
CM11 Frequency range: 375 to 515 KHz and  1.5 to 13.6 MHz. Modes: A1, A2 and A3. Power output: 30 to 100 watts depending on mode. Frequency Control: MO or 6 crystal positions. Primary power: 110 VAC or 24/36 VDC. Manufacturer: Canadian Marconi, circa 1944.
FR12 Frequency range: Tx 375-500 KHz & 1.6 - 4.5 MHz; Rx only 550 to 1600 KHz.  Modes: A1, A2, A3 , Power output: 5 to 15 watts depending on mode, Frequency Control: 4 preset xtals, Primary power: 12 VDC , Manufacturer: Canadian Marconi circa 1943.
HT-11 Frequency range: 550 to 1600 KHz (RX) and 2.1 to 2.8 MHz (Tx).  Mode: A3 . Power output: 12 w. Frequency Control: 4 preset crystals. Primary power: 110 VAC . Manufacturer: Hallicrafters.
ICA 67 Frequency range: 115 to 152 MHz .Mode: A3. Power output: 4 w. Frequency Control: Xtal.
ICA= Insuline Corp of America , Model 67.
TBS Frequency range: 60 to 80 MHz .Modes: A3. Power output: 50 w. Frequency Control: Xtal. Primary power: 220 VAC .  Manufacturer: RCA
SCR-522 See 86M.
TR 5043 UK designator for SCR-522 set.
XEL 319 Frequency range: 2 to9  MHz . Mode: A3 (SSB). Power output: 100 w . Frequency Control: 12 preset channels.
RECEIVERS
3001A  Frequency range: 15 to 650 KHz. Type: Regen. Manufacturer: Mackay Marine, circa 1940's.
AN/GRR-3  200 to 400 KHz and 1.3-30 MHz. AM/CW. Crystal filter. Same as National NC-100-ASC. Weight: 71 lbs. (Photo courtesy NJ7P)
AN/URR-13A Frequency range: 225 to 400 MHz Type: Superhet, circa 1950. This receiver looks similar to the AN/URR-35 (as well as a similar tuning range) but has a different tube complement.
AN/URR-21 Frequency range: 115 to 156 MHz . Type: Superhet. 4 xtal positions. AN designator for RCK receiver.
AN/URR-35A Frequency range: 225 to 400 MHz . Type: Superhet, circa 1956.
CR91 Frequency range: 73 KHz to 30 MHz. Type: Superhet. Equivalent to RCA AR88LF
CR-188  Frequency range: 70 KHz to 28 MHz. Type: Superhet
CSR-5A Frequency range: 79 to 515 KHz and 1.5 to 30 MHz. Type: Superhet. Manufacturer: Canadian Marconi, circa 1942.
DR-89 Frequency range: 535 KHz - to 32 MHz .Type: Superhet diversity , Manufacturer: RCA.
HRO Frequency range: 1.7 to 30 MHz, Type: Coil superhet , Manufacturer: National Radio
MSL-5 Frequency range:15 to 1775 KHz. Type: Regen. Manufacturer: Canadian Marconi
RAK Frequency range:15 to 600 KHz . Type: Regen. Manufacturer: RCA
RA-17  Frequency range: 1 to 30 MHz. Introduced by Racal in 1954.
RBJ Frequency range: 40 to 400 KHz and  0.48 - 30 MHz in 9 bands. USN version of National HRO Junior.  10 tubes, separate power supply.
RCK Frequency range: 115 to 156 MHz, Type: Superhet. 4 xtal controlled channels.
RDZ Frequency range: 200 to 400 MHz . Type: Superhet. 10 channel  xtal control.
S-36 Frequency range: 28 to 143 MHz. Type: AM-FM Superhet. Manufacturer: Hallicrafters.The S-27 molded into the dial cover was common on many S-36's and also on USN RBK versions.  Hallicrafters apparently over-ordered S-27 covers so they just kept using them until they ran out. (Hallicrafters Co. photo submitted by  Chuck McGregor)
SP-600J Frequency range: .540 to 54 MHz. Type: Superhet. Pictured is the model SP-600JX. Manufacturer: Hammarlund.
 
DIRECTION FINDING and MISCELLANEOUS TYPES
Type 58 Frequency range: 6 to 9 MHz. Type: Portable manpack radio set. Mode: A3. Power Output: 0.3 w. Primary Power: Dry battery. Range up to 5 miles with 12 ft rod antenna. Developed in Canada circa 1943. (Photo courtesy Wireless For The Warrior web page) 
AN/PRC-17 Frequency range: 121.5 and 243 MHz only. Type: Lifeboat rescue set. Mode: ? , Power Output:? , Primary Power: Battery power. Manufacturer: Telephonics and Emerson
AN/PRC-26 Frequency range: 47 to 55 MHz. Type: Portable radio. Mode: F3. Power Output: 300 mw. Frequency control: 6 xtals.  Primary Power: Dry Battery. Manufacturer: Rogers Majestic. Circa 1951
AN/PRC-510 Frequency range: 38 to 54 MHz. Type: Portable radio. Mode: F3 . Power Output:? Primary Power: Dry Battery.
AN/SLR-2 Frequency range: ? , Type: Countermeasures receiver,  Manufacturer: Collins
AN/URD-6 Frequency range:? , Type: DF set 
DAU Frequency range: 1.5 to 22 MHz. Type: HF/DF set 
ET-11 Lifeboat rescue transmitter??
HA-1 Hallicrafters keyer??
FM12 Frequency range: 42 to 1060 KHz . Type: MF/DF set. Manufacturer: Canadian Marconi.
MDF-5 Frequency range: 260 to 670 KHz . Type: MF/DF set. Manufacturer: Canadian Marconi.
NEL 200 Frequency range: 110 to 150 MHz.  Mode: A3. Power Output: 2-3 w. Vehicle radio. (NEL= Northern Electric Limited?)
YE Type: Ship's beacon. Frequency range: 200 to 250 MHz. Mode: A2 .50 w. Frequency Control: MO. A  homing beacon designed primarily for use on aircraft carriers but was also used on other vessels or at air bases. Pictured, is the antenna only. (Courtesy Naval Historical Center) 
YG Type: Shore beacon. Frequency range: 241 to 251 MHz. Mode: A2. 25 w. Frequency control: MO. A homing beacon designed primarily for use at air bases but could be installed on aircraft carriers. In US Navy service, both the YE and YG were usually operated at 246 MHz.
Additional Credits:

1)  Wireless For the Warrior Web page   http://home.wxs.nl/~meuls003/gallery2/wsc58.html
2) USS Pompanito web site    http://www.maritime.org/radio-arc4.htm
3) Max's Museum    http://www.az-apco-nena.org/Museum/Max_Museum.htm
4) Tom Brent  <tgb(at)telus.net>
5) Alan Rosenthal VE3DI  <alanrosenthal(at)sympatico.ca>
6)  JPtronics web site http://jptronics.org/radios/Military/JANAP161/an.ac/an.arc-type.col18s-4.pdf
7) Collins Clubs  Radio page   http://www.collinsclubs.com/carc/b-29/radio.html
8) Old Radios web page.  http://oldradios.co.nz/gallery/anchors/COLLINS%20R-278B%20UHF%20GRC-27.html
9) Naval Historical Center  http://history.navy.mil/photos/images/k00001/k00527.jpg
10) AAF http://aafradio.org/flightdeck/ARC-2a.jpg
11) ARC-4 photo  http://home.att.net/~btuttleman2/arc3.jpg
12) ARC-39 photo. Military Equipment List  http://hereford.ampr.org/millist/pic/arc-39.jpg
13) John Mackesy VK3XAO <mack(at)melbpc.org.au>
14) Chuck McGregor <cbmcg(at)comcast.net>
15) Worthtpoint.com   http://pmimages.worthpoint.com/thumbnails2/1/0308/12/1_02c9f46523334f3905a9a237cffb58a7.jpg

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