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Looking for info: Rhodesian A63 Field Radio
steelrudi
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Posted: Wednesday, September 05, 2007 - 07:05 AM UTC
I need photo's of the A63 pack radio used by the Rhodesian Security Forces during the War there. Can anybody help me? I have tried every search I can think of to no avail.
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Posted: Wednesday, September 05, 2007 - 08:01 AM UTC
Hi Ray,

Any idea who the radio was manufactured by? I know Bush (or is it Busch) manufactured a model A63 VHF radio, but I'm not sure if it was a field radio. Did the stick carry the same radio that went into the G- & K-Cars? How did the A63 and A76 models differ?

I assume you've seen this link and pic: http://members.tripod.com/selousscouts/EQUIPMENT.htm



I suppose not much help apart from seeing how it fits to the webbing...
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Posted: Wednesday, September 05, 2007 - 08:17 AM UTC
Ray,

Another thought or two... how do the A63/A76 differ from the A44 used by the SADF at about the same time? Then... also look at radio sets used by the likes of Britain and China at the time. I say Britain because there was a fair amount of surplus left over down on the Southern tip of Africa after WW2, Korea and their other "police actions" in Asia. Then China because Rhodesia was getting some cheap equipment from the Orient when the sanctions got put on them...

Rudi
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Posted: Wednesday, September 05, 2007 - 09:02 AM UTC
Okay your talking Greek to me. I know very little about comms. I carried a PRC-75 in the Marines, and know about it, but other than that no dice. Info on the SADF radios would be a plus too. Got those figures to do, and they need radios! Your a good man if no one has told you lately. Great helper, and can be relied upon to answer every time.
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Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 07:44 AM UTC
Anything yet Gents?
Tarok
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Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 08:09 AM UTC
Hi Ray,

Was chatting to Roland the other night about your problem. I don't recall us coming up with a solution to your problem though

The thing is, the radio boxes where normally carried in bags attached to the webbing and then covered with so much other field kit one didn't really see it clearly, apart from the whip antennae.

Don't suppose you could just cover it up with a bed-roll? I'm not helping am I?

Sorry mate

Rudi
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Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 08:34 AM UTC
Well, that just sucks. I could do it that way. the one I am looking at is the one on the web belt. It is in a pouch, so i guess I could experiment with it that way. Good try. And thank you.