US Navy Pre-War Radio Transmitters


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San Diego - Pt. Loma - 1906
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Arc converters under construction at Federal -  - from 1922 Radio Broadcast magazine - thanks to Google Books

Click here for extensive listing of spark transmitters and components

Federal 5 kw arc transmitter - photos thanks to Mark Doty

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Navy SE-1075 1 kw spark transmitter - photos thanks to Mark Doty

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TE transmitter

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thanks to Google Books
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Cavite, PI transmitters, 1929

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10 kw 16068 kc crystal controlled transmitter as in new high frequency room - June 1929
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New high frequency room (ex- station battery room) showing six station-built high frequency transmitters. Wiring trenches and spaces on left are reserved for TAL and TAG transmitters - June 1929
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500 watt A C W high frequency transmitter - June 1929

Antenna Transfer Switch
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Transmitting Condensers
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Thanks to Google Books - 

"Developments in High Power Radio, and its practical application in the services of the United State Navy"
by CDR Stanford C. Hooper

from Radio Broadcast magazine Volume I

Download Part I, September 1922

Download Part II, October 1922


Info below is from History of Communications-Electronics in the United States Navy
Captain Linwood S. Howeth, USN (Retired), 1963, pages 589-603:

Howeth is great reading on early Navy Radio - on-line version

Spark Transmitters

Power
(kw.)
     Type
number
     Frequency
range (kc.)
     Number of
frequencies
     Type of ship
---      SE 3531      1,700-2,400      ---      Auxiliary set for naval vessels
---      SE 3612*      1,700-2,400      ---            Do.
       CM 296      1,700-2,400      ---      Auxiliary for ships fitted with 2 and 5 kw. arc transmitters
       SE 606      500-1,000      2      Shipping Board
       CE 606A      500-705      2            Do.
       CE 859      315-1,000      6      Submarines and tugs
       CR 654A      315-1,000      6            Do.
       CE 827      315-1,000      6            Do.
  1      CE 861      315-1,000      6      Mine sweepers
  1      SE 1060      500-1,000      3      Shipping Board
  1      SE 1075      315-1,000      6      Submarine chasers
  1      CE 1221      315-1,000      6            Do.
  2      CM 306      ---      8      Air Stations
  2      CM 305      150-1,000      8      Naval Vessels
  2      CL 342      150-1,000      8            Do.
  2      CL 344      150-1,000      8            Do.
  2      CL 345      150-1,000      8            Do.
  2      CR 655      150-1,000      8            Do.
  2      CM 1080      500-1,000      3      Shipping Board
  2      SE 1205      500-1,000      3            Do.
  2      CM 307      150-1,000      8      Battleships (secondary), destroyers, tenders and auxiliaries
  5      CR 1125      95-1,000      9            Do.
  5      CM 858      95-1,000      9            Do.
  5      SE 1210      95-1,000      9            Do.
  5      SE 1211      95-1,000      9            Do.
10      CL 343      95-400      8      Battleships
10      CL 304      95-400      8            Do.
*Same as SE 3531 except for voltage applied motor generator.

Arc Transmitters

Power (kw.)      Type
Number
     Arc
voltage
     Use      Signaling
method
    2      K      350      Naval ships      Chopper, back shunt
    2      Q      500      Merchant ships            Do.
    2      X      500      Naval ships      Chopper, ignition key
    5      ---      500      Naval ships            Do.
  20      CT 1038      500            Do.      Uniwave key
  30      CT 1042      500            Do.            Do.
  20      CT 1201      500            Do.            Do.
100      ---      500      Shore stations            Do.
200      ---      500            Do.            Do.
500      ---      500            Do.            Do.

Vacuum Tube Transmitters

Power
(watts)
     Type
Number
     Frequency
(kc.)
     Emissions      Use
5      CW 9382      870-1270      Voice modulation 1      General.
5      TA      1500-2310      CW      Intrafleet.
5      TB2      610, 728, 822, 864 and 1027      Voice modulation      Fire control.
150      TC      588, 592, 630, 708 and 741      CW, kw, voice modulation      Battleships for aircraft spotting.
1,500      TD      109, 167, 308, 333, 375, 500 and 592      do.      Airstations.
300      TE      with antenna 308, 375, 444, 500 and 592.
      with loop 308 and 444
     do.      Submarines.
300      TF      210, 250, 288, 308, 444, 500 and 592      do.      Scout cruisers, Submarines and aircraft tenders.
300      TG      308, 375, 444, 500 and 592      do.      Eagle boats.
6,000      TL3      200-600      ---      Battleships.
100      TM3      ---      ---      Submarines.
6,000      TN3      ---      CW      Shore stations.
100      TO3      500-1500      CW, Voice modulation      Battleships.
NOTES.  Models TH, TJ and TK were not placed under production. The designation TI was not used.
1The CW 938 was later modified to include ICW emission.
2These equipments were transceivers.
3These transmitters were originally spark transmitters modified into alternating current tube transformers.

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