The UK/PRC (United Kingdom, Personal Radio Communicator) 349 is a "lightweight" VHF radio used within the cadet forces; it is small compared to the man pack radios and thus is more convenient for the cadets and also at section level. The 349 is supplied with a holster (allowing the radio to be carried on the back or chest), 0.5m whip antenna and also a headset, throat microphone and pressel assembly.
Frequency Range and Operation Mode
The UK/PRC-349 has a frequency range of 37.000 to 46.975 MHz at 25 KHz spacings, giving a grand total of 400 useable frequencies. The mode of operation used with this radio is Narrow-band FM (Frequency Modulation) which is common with VHF radios.
The UK/PRC-349 uses either a 12v rechargeable battery with a battery life of around 12-18 hours or a 15v battery cassette (which is filled with AA batteries) and has a battery life of around 18-24 hours with a 1:9 Tx/Rx Ratio.
Ranges with the 0.5m Whip
Ranges achievable with the UK/PRC-349 coupled with its 0.5m whip do vary dependant on weather and the environment. Below is a table of rough range estimates:
|Built up Area||0.3km|