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On this website, You find informations about radio receivers and wireless communications equipment used by the Swiss Army.

In the early period of wireless communications, Swiss Army relied predominantly on German equipment, mostly produced under contracts by Swiss companies. From 1938, Swiss companies such as Autophon AG (Solothurn), Standard Telephone and Radio AG (Zurich) or Zellweger AG (Uster) started to develop radio receivers and transmitters on their own. Switzerland needed independence from German supply, which was a very difficult task. As there was an enormous shortage of radio tubes and components imported from Germany and from England or the United States, even a small radio tube production has been started in Switzerland in the days of WWII. The situation improved in the fifties and sixties, when semiconductor technique was available. Then, Swiss companies developed some technical and electronic marvels of wireless sets which are nowadays mainly replaced by electronic communications equipment made by a few international manufacturers.

In Switzerland, it is permitted to use reception equipment as long as You hold a valid radio reception permit - transmitting signals from a transmitter is allowed only to licensed Radio Amateurs who have to stay to strict rules as frequency use and radio communications protocols are concerned. So I give You the strict advice not to simply hook up an antenna, connect to mains and press the "Send" button just in case You come across an old Army transceiver somewhere at a radio fair.

Most Swiss Army sets that can be found nowadays, carry a systematic designation introduced after 1951:
A letter designates the type of application, followed by a model number in ascending order.
PDirection finding equipment
RMicrowave communications
001-099Aeronautical station, on aircraft
100-199Small personal set (walkie talkie)
200-299Portable radio station
300-399Mobile wireless station
400-499Motorized wireless station
500-599Radio Transmitter
700-799Direction Finding Equipment
900-999Microwave communications equipment

further reading:
D: Die Funkertruppe, Rudolf J. Ritter, Bundesamt für Übermittlungstruppen
D: Series of publications: das Fernmeldematerial der Schweizer Armee, R.J. Ritter

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