Racal developed the PRC-139 family of military squad radios that are the next generation after the PRC-68 series of radios. The Air Force Scope Shield II program uses the PRC-139 radio family. The Scope Shield I program was based on the magnavox PRC-128 radio family.
These use a replaceable module concept to allow three different frequency bands of operation.Note 1: CTCSS tones are: 100.0, 103.5, 107.2, 110.9, 114.8, 118.8, 123.0, 127.3, 131.8, 136.5, 141.3, 146.2, 150.0 (30 - 88 MHz only), 151.4, 156.7, 162.2, 167.9, no tone. Lower frequencies like 94.8 or higher frequencies like 107.2 are NOT available.
T suffix for Tactical band of 30 to 88 MHz - 12.5 kHz steps
H suffix for High band 136-174 MHz - 12.5 kHz steps
U suffix for UHF band 403-470 MHz - 12.5 kHz steps
Note 2: the frequency step size is 12.5 kHz for all bands. So not all repeater frequencies can be programmed.
Note 3: Carrier squelch can be set for 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 or 16 dB.
For each band a different antenna is used. Other options are:
There are also a number of variations, for example radios sold with just a single band module, different colors, US Type 1, VINSON Compatible or Exportable Digital Encryption, etc. The PRC-6725E is a single band (one of the above three) radio with Keypad, Graphics Display (better than an alphanumeric LCD) and built in Speaker-Microphone. It can be fitted with US Type 1 COMSEC, Exportable Digital Encryption or unencrypted.
- G suffix for gray color
- SYS for a system, radio, antenna and battery
In addition to the radios themselves there are accessories like vehicle adapters, and repeater packages in addition to the smaller accessories.
There are a number of Racal PRC-139 and PRC-6725 radios out there that have no keyboard, display, built-in microphone or speaker.
These are not of much use without a computer programming adapter and external handset. Maybe they were made for repeater use?
They are not very human friendly.
Front - This PRC-6725 has neither keypad nor LCD display, it can only be programed using an accessory.
There appears to be no Speaker/Microphone built in, like this was a radio designed for a non human use like a repeater.
Back - just the label
Right - PPT switch, ? switch and instructions?
Left - interface connector used for a true "jerk and run" vehicular mount and other tasks like use in a repeater
Top - Scan switch to watch all the programmed channels, standard 6 pin U-229 style military audio connector, ? antenna connector, Zeroize, A, B, C or D crypto key and Clear switch, 1 through 14 channel selector, OFF-Volume control.
Bottom - NiCAD battery
The front cover is held on using Torx-7 screws (American Vermont 15349 bit) while the back/RF module is held by Pozi Drive #1 screws.
On the front side of the main PCB there is a Max232EWE 9 pin IC. This is a TTL to RS-232 level shifter. But why is it here because the PC programming cable has a small PCB inside the DB-9(f) connector that goes to the computer. I would expect that the cable both shifts the computers RS-232 levels to TTL and also has some pull up and/or down resistors controlled by some transistors. If the cable is supplying TTL to the radio then why does the radio have a level shifter chip, unless it's to provide ESD protection?
Digital I/OWith the radio off Audio pin F is at 2.38 Volts and goes to + 10.4 V when the radio is on. This pin has no digital data.
AUDIO pin E has digital data when the radio is turned on that lasts for 13 ms and during operations with the MA6941. The levels are between 0 and 9.8 Volts.
Timing: 50 uS@0V, 180 uS @ +10, 180 uS @0V, 50 uStrying to get to +10 but only gets to +8.4 (this may be due to the use of the audio test adapter between the MA6941 cable and the PRC-6725).
If a standard 5 wire audio test adapter is used between the MA6941 cable and the radio, the digital up/download software hangs. The "F" pin must be some kind of signal and/or handshake signifying it's OK to use digital coms. The 6 wire audio test adapter is needed.
Antenna MatchingNote that the external components used for the antenna system will vary depending on which RF module (frequency band) is installed in the radio. This 6725 has the 30 - 88 MHz module insalled.
- The radio has a TNC(f) connector on the top.
- Into this a short matching circuit/adapter is connected. The adapter for 30 - 88 MHz measures a short from center to ground. It probably has some type of inductor and/or matching network inside. The female threads on the top of the matching adapter are the same 1/4-28 as are on the PRC-68B radio
- There is a 6.5" long flex with male 1/4-28 on one end and female 1/4-28 on the other end
- The 1 meter antenna is a tape measure type, except instead of just using metal tape this appears to have two plastic tapes joined in such a way that there is a hollow space between them.
Operator's manual for the radio (TM(O) PRC6725)
Depot level manual (TO31R2-2PRC139-3)
"Scope Shield II Radio System Notes
Technical Orders (TOs)
Scope Shield II Radio System does not come with Operational and Maintenance Instructions. The TOs are available and should be ordered by following the normal TO ordering procedures outlined in TO 00-5-2 (Technical OrderDistribution System), Chapter 5.
The Scope Shield TOs consist of the following:
TO 31R2-2PRC139-1: Operational and Maintenance Instructions with Illustrated Parts Breakout (IPB),
Radio Set AN/PRC-139(C) Hand Held Radio, including Receiver-Transmitter Set,Radio RT-1695/TRC-199,
Receiver-Transmitter Set, Radio RT-1696/U(C),
Programmer Unit, Frequency Radio MX-11531/U (Frequency FillDevice),
Battery Chargers, and Battery Reconditioner.
Changes 1 and 2 have been issued and are dated 10 Aug 94 and 15 Mar 95, respectively.
TO 31R2-4-1085-1: Operation and Maintenance Instructions with IPB,
Adapter Group, Radio OF-228/U (Vehicle Adapter). Change 1 was issued on10 Aug 94.
TO 31R2-2TRC199-1: Operation and Maintenance Instructions with IPB, Radio Set AN/TRC-199 (Tactical Repeater). Change 1 wasissued on 10 Aug 94.
TO 31R2-2GRC238-1: Operation and Maintenance Instructions with IPB, Radio Set, AN/GRC-238 (Base Station). Change 1 was issued on 10 Aug 94.
TO 31R2-2PRC139-06: Work Unit Code Manual
Training Aids (Tapes)
Three Scope Shield II training tapes (PIN Number 611901) covering operator and maintenance tasks are available. These training tapes werere produced and distributed by the Air Force Media Center. The training tapes may be ordered by faxing a request to the Joint Visual Information Center:"
|Tactical band 30 - 88 MHz module||23386|
|High band 136-174 MHz module||23386||SS-4100821-501|
|UHF band 403-470 MHz module||23386||SS-4100822-501|
|High band antenna|
|Operator's manual||TM(O) PRC6725|
|depot level manual||TO31R2-2PRC139-3|
|non rechargeable Lithium Battery||23386||SS-1600351-1|
|Single Cell Battery Charger||23386||SS-4100846-501|
|Multiple Station Battery Charger||23386||SS-4100885-501|
|OZ-69 Mobile amplifier|
Cable - for radio to radio cloning side multipin
connector on one end and U-229 type on other end.
GC-329 [Slave HRR] - [23386 Assy, SS-3500272-501] - [Master HHR] - 19 Contacts
GC-329 [Keyfill Device] - [23306 Assy, ON606879, SS-3500280-501] - HHR] -19 Contacts
|MX-11531/U Frequency Fill Device - a keyboard is part of this device|
Please be sure your new setup is compatible with what the radio can do. The radio can NOT be programmed to smaller frequency steps than 12.5 kHz or to non supported CTCSS tones.
||30 - 88
J1 RS-232 DB-9f
J2: Power -16 size, 16m pin
J3 Ant type-Nm
J4 Ext Spkr 6m pin
RF Amp under large removable panel
A2: Micro Controller
A3: Audio Amp
A7: RF Amp
Looks like all the cells are connected in series and in
addition there's a protection circuit for each cell.
|Circular center & Ring
contacts plus the dog ear contacts.
||Looks like 6 of the common
Laptop 18650 Li-Ion batteries.
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