The Collins AN/TSC-60V(V)9 HF Communications Facility - Using HF-80 Radios. This specific facility did service with the 105th Combat Communications Squadron near Cheney, WA. Although my unit (the 242) had a (V)2 and later a (V)4, I had the opportunity to visit the 105th one day to tour one of their three (V)9 facilities. Compared to the (V)2 and 4 we had, the (V)9 appeared to have a lot more room, the Environmental Control Unit (ECU) was integrated into a special slide-out assembly that hung from the ceiling, instead of the separate larger ECU connected via large tubes to the (V)2 and 4. The radios were smaller and took up less rack space, and the computer control had evolved from specialized custom circuitry to a GRiD computer running specialized software to control the radio systems.
I managed to take possession of AN/TSC-60(V)9 serial number 006 after it had been surplussed and used by the Department of Emergency Management in Spokane County, Washington. Since taking ownership, my goal has been to return the facility to proper operation (e.g. fix the radio systems), and continue to use it as my radio "Ham Shack." The further goal is to make no modification to the facility that can't be easily "undone." I do this so it can be taken back to how it originally was, in the case it ever goes into a museum for antique radios a hundred years from now.
The articles in this section cover different aspects of the AN/TSC-60(V)9 facility and my work to conserve and preserve it.
|Converting an AN/TSC-60(V)9 from 3-phase to Single-phase power||Written by Asa Jay Laughton|