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    I never used one in a civilian capacity. Can they talk to other radios, non military? Like maybe CB radios?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikieG View Post
    Can they talk to other radios
    Frequency is frequency...we used to catch all kinds of strange calls when we'd be doing a radio rebroadcast or some such. We'd be set up high here in the hills and catch all nature of calls from North America...
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    Cool

    I think I have all of the above, including both a Prc 25 & 77 and a VRC 524. Also got a bunch of other vehicle mtd radios back to Korean War vintage. Never got the vehicle stuff mounted and have long since sold most of my military vehicles.
    I guess some day I should dig this stuff out and sell most of it as I'm not going to have but a couple of vehicles to mount it on.
    Remember one time I was listening to commo just for S & Gs and heard a call from a unit in the mountains that had an injury that needed to be air evaced. They could not get hold of base so I come up and relayed for them. Just like old times!
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    The vehicle mounted HF sets were usefull, the local lads would tell us where the Police Radar traps were, so we'd help them out by setting up a HF set near their hides and tape the press to talk switch.........while we did a frequency search.
    Always knew when we found the right one, the Cop Car would pack up and move elsewhere.

    Interesting that we could create interference, buy I guess if you pump enough frequency waves out, even the best units will get disrupted.(this trick was shown to us by an MP, guess he didn't expect us to use it against them)

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    I would love to have a working 77 if it could be used on nets other than just other military nets.

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    25 and 77 sets operate in a "band of their own"

    They also us "Frequency Modulation" as a transmission method, as opposed to Amplitude Modulation and "Sideband" modes on 27MHz gear..

    Thus they are NOT compatible with 27Mhz CB systems and do not extend even close to the 400MHz band used by UHF CB radios.

    Given their age, they are still amazing pieces of kit.
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    In the days before troops used to bring personal media players to the field it was considered a treat to cleverly tune the later the 522 radios to the local FM rock stations. In North America domestic FM runs 88.1 to 108.1 frequency, placing it in the realms of equipment.

    But never did we drive around the local urban areas broadcasting "pirate radio" over top of the common local bands for amusement. Soldiers wouldn't do that sort of thing...
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    I WOULD like to have one so I could again practice fire and movement while wearing it... WAIT! NO I wouldn't!
    Regards, Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    I WOULD like to have one so I could again practice fire and movement while wearing it... WAIT! NO I wouldn't!
    Just like how I miss pepper-podding in snowshoes, nothing like that sweet whack in the shins to welcome you to the prone position.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Sentryduty View Post
    nothing like that sweet whack in the shins
    Except the radio driving your helmet down your nose, and the higher ups telling you this is how it's done when it's real...
    Regards, Jim

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