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Funkvorschriften (Radio Regulations) specified what branches used what frequency ranges, and there were frequent changes in the allocation. b1, with all equipment. It required three men to carry it, and could not be operated on the move. the low rod antenna is fitted, here with three sections; the high rod antenna could be raised as high as eight sections. construction, which made it easy to access and replace components. Since virtually all of the world’s crystals came from Brazil, Germany developed very effective temperature-compensated variable oscillators to replace them; this was no crude ersatz substitute for frequency crystals, but provided exceptional frequency tuning and stability.
Range was claimed to be up to 7 miles, but this is doubtful. Unlike many Soviet radios it was ruggedly constructed, with quality parts. Less well built was the 6-PK (aka RKRM), a back-pack set in a flimsy canvas-covered wooden case. This weighed 48lb and was carried by two men; it could not be operated on the move. 5MC. The A-7-A was a rarity in that it was a 50lb FM set that could be carried by one man and placed in operation in five minutes, but not operated on the move. It was found at regimental level and had a range of up to 6 miles, with a frequency coverage of 22–27MC.
They also made very little use of FM, simply not accepting its superiority in certain applications. At the beginning of the war the British infantry believed that at platooncompany level runners, face-to-face meetings between subunit commanders, and a loud voice reinforced by whistle blasts would suffice, and that radios were not needed (a belief reinforced by the reduction of rifle companies from four to three platoons). 18, developed by Pye, was introduced late in 1940 to link infantry company and battalion headquarters (see Plate C1).