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Original U.S. WWII SCR-284 Signal Corps Radio Set by Crosley

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is an incredible and almost complete SCR-284 set! The SCR-284 was a World War II era combination transmitter and receiver used in vehicles or fixed ground stations. The Crosley Corporation of Cincinnati, Ohio manufactured the Signal Corps Radio set SCR-284 that consisted of the BC-654 and associated support equipment.

The SCR-284 was introduced in Africa during Operation Torch and was the first radio set used for communications from the beach to the U.S. Fleet to coordinate naval gunfire and beach radio networks.

More than 50,000 SCR-284’s were produced and delivered in support of Operation Overlord, the D-Day invasion of Normandy. The complete SCR-284 transmitter, receiver, power unit, and accessories weighed more than 100 pounds but could be divided into sections for transport. The 45 pound BC-654 transmitter was notably difficult for radiomen to carry during combat, and has been described as “roughly the weight, size and shape of a modern window air conditioner”.

The Crosley Corporation of Cincinnati, Ohio manufactured the Signal Corps Radio set SCR-284 that consisted of the BC-654 and associated support equipment.

The SCR-284 was introduced in Africa during Operation Torch and was the first radio set used for communications from the beach to the U.S. Fleet to coordinate naval gunfire and beach radio networks.

The set was used by Merrill's Marauders while operating in the China-Burma-India Theater and missions behind Japanese lines in Burma to communicate with air transport and other military aircraft, although some radiomen complained that it was "very inefficient" compared to other radio sets and "very hard to generate power".

The SCR-284 saw use in the Guadalcanal Campaign for portable operation with a hand crank generator. Transport over rough roads by Jeep tended to damage it, so it was disassembled and carried by several men.

The SCR-284 was also used in the New Georgia Campaign, but was so heavy and prone to humidity damage it was sometimes left behind.

63972 units were eventually produced in total. After the war, many BC-654s were sold as surplus for $15 each. Today, many are restored and operated by vintage amateur radio enthusiasts.

Technical Description
- Technical Manual TM 11-275, final edition dated 14 January 1944 with Supplements dated 11 February 1944 and 05 April 1945.
- Frequency Range: continuous, 3800 to 5800 kHz
- Modes: AM voice, CW (Morse code), MCW
- Receiver Type: Single conversion superheterodyne receiver
- IF Frequency: 455 kHz
- Dimensions: 18" × 14" × 93⁄4" (BC-654 only)
- Weight: 44.75 lb (20.3 kg) (BC-654 only)

The SCR 284 comes complete with the handset, crank power generator (GN-45-A) with 1 of the 2 handles, the crank generator stand (complete) which also doubles as a seat for the soldier using the generator and lastly the battery connector which runs from the generator to the actual unit. All that are required to complete this set are the following pieces: headphones, speaker, antenna and the two leads to connect the antenna.

This example is offered in very good condition, but we cannot guarantee functional working order as we have not tested it because the battery is absent. Otherwise all components mentioned in the list above are present.

Comes more than ready to display or operate when functional!

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