Old 12-16-2020, 08:44   #1
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Question about Panama comms

A question was asked about what equipment was used during the Panama 1980's job. The purpose is to make a historical recreation. The source is a HAM radio operator.

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Old 12-16-2020, 23:22   #2
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A question was asked about what equipment was used during the Panama 1980's job. The purpose is to make a historical recreation. The source is a HAM radio operator.

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Are you referring to Operation Just Cause beginning 20 Dec 1989?
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Old 12-17-2020, 05:48   #3
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There were several radios used, some civilian such as the FRC-93 and 30L1 linear amplifier...

That most likely wasn't used during the invasion though..I wasn't in Panama, but I know quite a few that were. I'm sure some of them will chime in...

Even TM MTOE in various SF GP's had slightly different radios, from HF, VHF and UHF...

So, yeah someone from Panama would be better to help...
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Old 12-17-2020, 07:09   #4
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Longwire, yes sir, Operation Just Cause. Glebo, thank you. The gentleman is putting together a historical recreation and is trying to make it as accurate as possible.

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Old 12-19-2020, 22:08   #5
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A question was asked about what equipment was used during the Panama 1980's job. The purpose is to make a historical recreation. The source is a HAM radio operator.

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Rc

I know what we jumped in with while I was in the 82d as a RTO for 1/504th PIR

I jumped the PSC-3 Satcom radio, Another commo guy in the stick from the BN jumped in a PRC-104 HF Radio with KL-43, All the line companies had and the Battalion also had PRC-77's and AN/PRC-126s with a few RTO attachments if the Company was long range and out of PRC-77 range they had PRC-104 HF mainly. (we used the hell out of the KL-43 we had with us also if you want accuracy for historical purpose)

We even had a team with a hatch mounted Antenna and a highly amplified PSC-3 radio on the C-141 to talk in flight to the other birds and the rangers on the ground. Back in that day we only had two military satellites to use in the southern hemisphere.

it was hit and miss depending on the time of day it and was a pain in the ass to hit. HF was much more reliable long range combo paired with the KL-43.
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Old 12-20-2020, 10:15   #6
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7624U, Thank you sir! Do you mind if I relay this information to tha HAM that is looking for it?

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HF was much more reliable long range combo paired with the KL-43.
That was a handy little sucker, and they had a longer lifespan than originally thought. I had those in '80 supporting an MI gal debriefing Cubanos & sorting the chaff from grain. As commo capabilities go (and how long other methods take) that was a geek's force multiplier sometimes. God I feel old now; there's a damn wiki page on the thing, lol.
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Ranger Battalion used PRC-77 with KY-57 Vinson at Platoon and Company Level.

Not sure what Battalion level used but I remember training with PSC-3(?) SATCOM as a PFC (Looking at pics of the PSC-3 doesn’t seem the same as I remember).

At squad level each squad leader carried a PRC-126
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Old 12-21-2020, 09:46   #9
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Thank you micro18d!

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Ranger Battalion used PRC-77 with KY-57 Vinson at Platoon and Company Level.

Not sure what Battalion level used but I remember training with PSC-3(?) SATCOM as a PFC (Looking at pics of the PSC-3 doesn’t seem the same as I remember).

At squad level each squad leader carried a PRC-126
Yea I forgot we had the ky-57 also for the satcom. You can pass on the info I supplied all day long Rc
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