Saturday, February 13, 2010

Scotland: No. 10 with the Clansman

I have just received this nice eQSL from MM3YCG (Callum) confirming a QSO on the 20m band a couple of weeks ago. This makes the tenth validly confirmed DXCC entity with my Clansman PRC320.
Clansman is the name of a radio system used by the British Army. Clansman was developed by SRDE in the 1970s, to satisfy a General Staff Requirement (GSR) laid down in 1965. Built by Racal, MEL and Plessey, Clansman represented a considerable advance over existing radios being offered to the Armed Forces at the time. It replaced the aging Larkspur radio system, and proved to be more flexible, reliable and far lighter. The technological advances achieved in the design of Clansman allowed the introduction of Single SideBand (SSB) operation and NarrowBand Frequency Modulation (NBFM) to field-level communications for the first time.
Clansman has been in use by British forces since the early 1980s in most recent UK military operations, the first active use being by 2nd Bn the Parachute Regiment in the Falkland Islands operation in 1982. It is in the process of being replaced by the new digital Bowman communication system.

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