Experimental AN/PRC-34 Helmet liner radio and AN/PRC-36 Belt radio.
I was doing some looking the other day at eBay finished auctions and found this. I never knew it existed.
I did some research and here is what I came up with.
Just after the Korean was it was the US Army's intention to find a replacement for the AN/PRC-6 hand held squad radio.
The first unit tested was called the PRC-15. The PRC-15 resembled the WW2 BC-611. It did not meet required specifications and was dropped.
Two further models were trialled. These were the PRC-30 and PRC-35. Both of which also did not meet required specifications. This was mainly because they still used tube technology and by the time the required performance was attained the units were too heavy.
More successful was the transistorized AN/PRC-34(X1) This incorporated a small modulated Transceiver (transmitter and receiver unit), a control box, battery, an ear piece and antenna into a helmet liner. The microphone also plugged into the helmet liner
The AN/PRC-36(X1)used the very same Transceiver and battery as the AN/PRC-34. They were removed from the helmet liner and placed in a belt worn box which had a control panel on top of it. The microphone plugged into the panel.
Both units were VHF and had 12 channels.
Performance issues were cited as the reason the system was adopted.
I wonder what the Vietnam era US soldier would have looked like if the AN/PRC-34 system was adopted?
If you ask me this system with a single transceiver and battery, seems more logical than the adopted PRT PRR system with its separate helmet receiver and and handheld transmitter with a different battery for each.
Information from: http://www.greenradio.de/e_prc_exp.htm
Edited by DesertRatTom, 10 June 2014 - 07:27 PM.
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