PRC-64 (Delco 5300) Long Range Portable Radio Transceiver

Brooke Clarke 2013

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This is a small (10 x 5-1/4 x 4-1/4") and light weight (7.5 pounds) HF transceiver that can work manual CW, high speed CW using the optional GRA-71 or AM voice.  The frequency coverage is compatible with Near Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS) propagation, but not other DX modes, i.e. about 2 to 8 MHz.  Since the RF power ouput is low (5W Cw, 1.5W AM) an externall wire antenna that's tuned to the frequency of operation is needed for long range operation.


The PRC-64 (Delco 5300) has some similarities to the GRC-109.  Both are low power man portable NVIS HF radios.
The PRC-64 & Delco 5300 both have a 4 channel crystal controlled receiver and a 4 channel crystal controlled transmitter, so 8 crystals are required to populate all four channels.
This unit came from eBay and includes two main chassis assemblies, but not the round head black 4-40 x 3/8" panel mount screws. 
Pan head 4-40 x 3/8" screws on order.
One of the main chassis has broken wires.

Included with the radio is a photo copy of the Delco 5300 manual.  I'm not sure about what the differences are between the PRC-64 and Delco 5300 radios.
The 5300A covers 3.0 to 8.0 MHz and the PRC-64 covers 2.2 to 6.0 MHz.

Label reads:
Radio Set AN/PRC-64
2.2/6.0 Mc  Serial 1094
Delco Radio Div. G.M.C
Stock No. (blank)
Australian Army 1965


Fig 1 Closed Box
PRC-64 (Delco
                  5300) Long Range Portable Radio Transceiver
Fig 2 Open Box
PRC-64 (Delco
                  5300) Long Range Portable Radio Transceiver
Fig 3 Front Panel (chassis removed from box)
PRC-64 (Delco
                  5300) Long Range Portable Radio Transceiver
Fig 4 Front bottom
PRC-64 (Delco
                  5300) Long Range Portable Radio Transceiver
Fig 5 Top bottom
PRC-64 (Delco
                  5300) Long Range Portable Radio Transceiver
Fig 6 back inside
PRC-64 (Delco
                  5300) Long Range Portable Radio Transceiver


There is a compartment on the front panel for a battery supplying 4, 12 and 28 Volts.  The BA-1000 series batteries contained Mercury and are long gone.

1-19/32 x 4-5/8 x 4-5/16" and uses a Cinch No. 13649 socket (also used on the BA-48 used with the GRC-109, or the BA-399 used with the PRT-4)
Tube Radio: Making a BA-1509 for a PRC-64 -

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The pair of earphones each use common 1/8" phone plugs as does the dynamic microphone.
The connector for the GRA-71 is wired as follows:

RF gnd
B & H
+12 V
Positive Key
negative Key
H & B
+12 V

Note pins A & C & F are tied together.


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Links - Agenda Equipment Board, 10 March 1965 - Mostly about the RS-100 replacement for the RS-1 (GRC-109)
"...the RS-69 (former AN/PRC-64), which is due soon,..."
"Special Forces is holding out for the AN/PRC-70 which is not due until 1970, saing that they will use the AN/GRC-109 (RS-1) as an interium set until then, fearing that if they go for another set on the basis that it is also an interim set, they will never get the AN/PRC-70.
Army Radio Sales - Delco PRC-64 Battery Adapter -

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