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Hue Miller

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  1. My guess is never got past planning stage. PRC-1, PRC-5 were suitcase radios for clandestine agent use.
  2. I was guessing offhand roughly 1000 per production. My guess is still around 10,000-15,000 compared to how often they are found, compared to BC-654.
  3. Many years back I radiacked the TBX-8 and it was HOT HOT HOT. This radio is more hot than the TBY. Some have suggested spraying the front panel with a clear sealant but I think this a poor idea with unknown longterm results. I think the best advice is to not keep it next to you for long periods and maybe only dry wipe the front if you have to clean it. I don't think the -7 was actually built and I think the -6 is the last with the white meters, not blackface meters. If you look at 'Codetalker' and other WW2 Navy photos of TBX in action, you only see the whiteface meter models. I suspect eve
  4. Sorry, not really a review, but i cannot find another option to offer this here. I have 1+ to 2 apple bushel boxes of miltary history, aviation, etc. magazines from last 20 years - several different titles, some out of print, excellent condition. I live in coastal Oregon, Newport. I drive to Corvallis-Albany occasionally and will drive to Seattle in August and November, so the mags could be handed off along I-5 anywhere along this route. I don't care what you do with the mags; keep them, sell them at gun shows or militaria swaps, whatever; i just prefer to keep them from being trashed. I can g
  5. Nice radio. I have seen lots of morale radios, but this is a new one to me. On the second part, i recall reading about a German infantry column moving forward, oblivious of a U.S. armored column waiting in ambush, and some of the German troops were carrying playing radios.
  6. Wild guess, 5 to 10 thousand ? I "sort of" base this off the SCR-284 ( BC-654 ) production, which was something like 53,000.
  7. Oh yeah. For an entertainment type radio, the closure method is acceptable, but for the communications set R3, the 'friction fit' back cover closure seems pretty cheezy. The radios aren't very well moisture proofed and they do like to rust. And of course, better check the lytic filter caps before anyone plugs it in. The obscured part of the label just says "Typ".
  8. The R2 was adopted from a prewar Austrian car and portable radio. If you look around on You Tube you can find some U-boat videos that show it playing in a U-boat where on some subs it was a 'morale radio' for broadcast reception. The R-3 version had no city listings and could receive telegraphy but looks quite similar, based on same receiver. R3 was carried on U-boats as emergency or landing party radio much like many U.S. Navy ships carried the TBX radio and later, GRC-9. The headphones don't belong with the R-2; it was supplied without headphones.
  9. I see the interesting link to Dennis Starks old worldwide, by-invitation-only email group of years back. I was the one who found the photo he refers to. This radio has an aura of mystery and clandestine operations but i have yet to see any evidence it was ever used in combat. The one photo showed it being used as a "broadcast remote" to interview GIs on some Pacfic island; the other end of the circuit was the studio of the island's AFRS AM-band broadcast station. Oh - and i talked to a Salt Lake City retired policeman - Harold Goates - who told me about Boy Scout units playing with them in
  10. The knobs are also National but from their 1950s civilian equipment. Finding original knobs will not be too difficult. -Hue
  11. Look up Robert Downs, Houston TX online. He has a webstore for some militaria items and also does manual reprints. What's useful to you now, though, is he has what may be the largest US mil eletronics manual collection. He would be a good bet to look it up. Such questions on oddball stray items frequently are posted to the milsurplus email group, which is a more technically oriented group, geared toward people who restore and operate the equipment. -Hue
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