Connecting the Troopers of Today with the Veterans of Yesterday.
I was a 31B radio mechanic for my tour 69-71 and morse code was not even still taught except for some reason to the ground radar crews
we had classes on the big model 19 AM sets but pretty much learned the rest the old way
big thrill was to shock people with the little prc25's
Dear Dan: I am sorry that I did not notice your reply when it was fresh. Yes, the equipment that you worked with had changed a great deal from what we had to work with. That is too bad, because as a radio mechanic you might have answered a few questions that I had about our radios and their limitations. Vacuum tubes were a way of life during my periods of service. Thank you. Robert
Ahh, vacuum tubes, the key to all that has come since. The things I learned about radio and communications have served me well in the outside world. I applied a lot of the experience into a fairly lucrative Bell Telephone career and a side line of building and repairing computers. I also do not check this forum as often as I should, still looking for comrades from my time period there but with little luck.
I was trained as as CW operator at Merrell Barracks in 1960 and became one of the operators in "L" Troop, 3rd Recon, 2nd Cav. in Amberg. I only used CW at Camp Gates and in the Commo PC while on maneuvers. Check my site and you'll find a photo of the communications center at Camp Gate. As to remembering the equipment. No way. Memory fading fast.
Dear Jack: You are not alone. At first, I was concerned that a great deal of knowledge has faded from the minds of the radio operators, and then as I tried to reconstruct some of my own history in the military I discovered that the details just did not exist for me anymore. I see from what the other troopers write, that we all still have a lot of clear memories about the things we like to share about our associations. That is probably all that is really important now. My best to you in your current endeavors. Robert