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1940′s WW II BC-348-O Radio Receiver Working Condition

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This is a 1940's BC-348-O radio receiver used in a B-17 bomber. The unit is in perfect working condition with minimal repairs being done (caps). It also has the dynamotor, see pics. Installed in almost all USAAF (and many USN, British and Canadian) multi-engined transports and bombers used during the fifteen year period from before World War II through the Korean War, BC-348 radio receivers were easy to operate and reliable. Designed as HF receivers for use in heavy aircraft (B17, B24, B29 etc.), they were generally paired with an ART 13 transmitter. They were also used in some ground installations. [1]The BC-348 series ran to several variations during its long production history, which included the BC-224. More than 100,000 of these receivers were produced: 80 percent of them by Belmont Radio and Wells Gardner in Chicago; the balance by RCA and Stromberg-Carlson, in the New York/New Jersey area. Except for the General Electric dynamotor in the BC-224-A, Eicor, Inc., Russell Electric Co., and Webster-Chicago Corp., all of Chicago, appear to have manufactured all the dynamotors used with these receivers. In 1943, the approximate cost of a complete BC-348-Q was $368--almost 18 times the $21 monthly base pay of an Army private. It has been suggested that BC-348 receivers were copied and manufactured by the U.S.S.R. during War II by the Russian Vefon Works. If anyone has a BC-348 with a Russian nameplate, or with any other indication that it was not manufactured in the U.S., please sound off. Confirmation of this circumstance would indeed be a unique revelation. It has also been suggested that Hallicrafters produced an "EM-86" AC power supply for these receivers that could be mounted internally in place of the DM-24/28 dynamotor. It is not known whether this AC power supply was produced for the Military or commercially as a conversion component after WWII. Proof of its existence, however, would also be helpful. In the Discovery Channel's "Wings of the Luftwaffe" TV series, during the story of the Ju-52 (the Germans called their Gooney Bird "Iron Annie" or Tante Ju--"Auntie Junkers"), you'll see a completely restored Ju-52 (the one with the yellow engine cowls) sporting a BC-348 (or a BC-224) on the forward right hand side of the passenger/cargo compartment bulkhead--a symbolic act of deference by one fine old lady to another.

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