Navy Transmitting Antenna Switch, Tuner, Coupler, & Multicoupler Page

Info on NRL's development of Transmitter Multicouplers

Diagrams of USS Northampton CLC-1 Multicouplers and Antennas


Transmitting Antenna RF Patch Panels & Switches

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Shipboard - Transmitters, RF Patch Panel, and Multicoupler
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Shore Station - high power RF patch panel
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Shore Station - high power RF patch panel
Transmitter RF & Control Patch System
Chu & Associates CA1100
(on board BB-61)

Cables from transmitter connectors are attached via quick-disconnect connectors to multicoupler ports

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C-1670/U
C-1670A/U
Antenna Transmit-Receive Switch

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2-20 mc

up to 60wpm break-in CW

C-1670A/U spec sheets

Manual NAVSHIPS 92566

C-4882/WRT
Antenna Transmit-Receive Switch

c4882-wrt.JPG (40329 bytes) Similar to C-1670/U

used with AN/WRT-2, WRT-4

2-30 mc

up to 60wpm break-in CW

C-4882/WRT spec sheets

Manual NAVSHIPS 94248

TRANSMITTING ANTENNA TUNERS & MULTICOUPLERS

AN/FRA-49(V)
multicoupler

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need better photo

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10 KW HF multicoupler
Shore Stations 

see NRL development page for info

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AN/SRA-13
AN/SRA-14
AN/SRA-15
multicouplers

four 500 watt inputs to one antenna
xmtrs must be 10% diff in freq.
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AN/SRA-13 -  2 to 6 mc
AN/SRA-14 -  4 to 12 mc
AN/SRA-15 -  6 to 18 mc
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CU-421B/SRA-15 coupler

see NRL development page for info

SRA-13/14/15 NAVSHIPS 92746

Manuals available from Fair Radio Sales

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CU-419B/SRA-13
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CU-419B/SRA-13
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CU-419B/SRA-13
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CU-419B/SRA-13
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CU-419B/SRA-13
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CU-419B/SRA-13
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CU-421/SRA-15
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CU-421/SRA-15 - busted vacuum cap
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CU-421/SRA-15 - busted vacuum cap
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CU-421/SRA-15
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CU-421/SRA-15
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CU-421/SRA-15

AN/SRA-16
multicoupler

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xmtrs must be 10% diff in freq.
9 to 26 mc

see NRL development page for info

manual NAVSHIPS 92839 

AN/SRA-18
AN/SRA-18A
antenna tuner

sra18-01.JPG (326412 bytes) 0.3-30 Mc 500w max system for use with AN/URT-2 series (autotune), AN/SRT-14 series, TBK, and other transmitters (manual tune)
  • C-1360/SRT Control Monitor Unit
  • CU-402/SRT Transmitter Coupler (impedance transformer)
  • CU-372/SRT Antenna Coupler Unit (fixed L, C)
  • TN-229/SRT RF Tuner (tunable L)
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C-1360/SRT Control Monitor Unit

SRA-18 NAVSHIPS 92540
SRA-18A NAVSHIPS 93193

AN/SRA-20
antenna coupler

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Developed for use with 4-channel RCA SSB-1 transceiver - see detailed SRA-20 info on SSB-1 page

manual NAVSHIPS 93202

C-2372/SRT controller
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TN-329/SRT tuner
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AN/SRA-22
antenna coupler

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AN/SRA-22 Info and Manual Page

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CU-714/SRA-22 antenna coupler +
C-2698/SRA-22 coupler control
or C-2494/SRA-22 coupler control

manuf Collins 180R-6

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Notes on Operation - PDF

Operation With 35' Whip - PDF

NAVSHIPS 93286
NAVSHIPS 0967-136-6010

Manual Download Page

AN/SRA-23
multicoupler

sra23-31.JPG (76999 bytes)    Antenna multicoupler AN /SRA-23 consists of three couplers and associated control and blower units. The couplers cover the frequency range 2 to 27 mc in three frequency bands. Each coupler operates in a different band. These bands are 2 to 6 mc, 5 to 15 mc, and 9 to 27 mc. The coupler group was developed for use with 500-watt transmitters, but, with minor adjustments. it is capable of handling transmitters with 1000-watt outputs.
    One coupler group accommodates only one transmitter. Provisions are made, however, for connecting up to eight of these groups together to form a multicoupler system. This arrangement permits the simultaneous operation of eight transmitters into a single broadband antenna.

Manual NAVSHIPS 93196

AN/SRA-25
antenna coupler

sra25-01.jpg (52206 bytes) 4-channel HF tuner developed for use with Eldico S-100 transceiver? Appears similar to AN/SRA-20

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Please send e-mail if you have any info

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AN/SRA-33
UHF antenna multicoupler

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4 couplers, 225-400 MHz, 140 watts
uses C-4586/SRA-33 control/power supply

The  AN/SRA-33 is designed for operation with shipboard radio set AN/WSC-3. 

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units and manuals are available from Fair Radio Sales

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The AN/SRA-33 consists of four antenna couplers (CU-1131/SRA-33 through CU-1134/SRA-33), a control power supply C-4586/SRA-33, an electronic equipment cabinet CY-3852/SRA-33, and a set of special-purpose cables.

AN/SRA-34
 - also see CU-1169/SRC-16

Download CU-1169 manual AN/SRA-34 information --

AN/SRA-35
AN/SRA-36
AN/SRA-37
Multicoupler

need photos 10 KW HF multicouplers
for Communications Ships
 see NRL development page for info

AN/SRA-56
AN/SRA-57
AN/SRA-58
Multicoupler

xmtr-t1.jpg (101561 bytes) 1kw (2kw PEP) per input

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components -
AN/SRA-56 (2-6mc)
four CU-1772/SRA-56 coupler units
PP-4993/SRA power supply
CV-6422/SRA-56 cabinet
CU-1773/SRA-56 matching network
  (to add four more coupler units)

AN/SRA-57 (4-12mc)
four CU-1774/SRA-57 coupler units
PP-4993/SRA power supply
CV-6422/SRA-57 cabinet
CU-1773/SRA-57 matching network
  (to add four more coupler units)

AN/SRA-58 (10-30mc)
four CU-1776/SRA-58 coupler units
PP-4993/SRA power supply
CV-6422/SRA-58 cabinet

Specification document

Manuals available from Fair Radio Sales

need more info!! - see also tuner section of Shipboard Equipment Manual

AN/URA-27
(50 ohm)
Antenna Coupler

AN/URA-34
(70 ohm)
Antenna Coupler

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tuner photos thanks to WA5AVK
Antenna tuner 2-30mc, 1kw
    CU-772/URA-27 tuner
    CU-773/URA-27 directional coupler
    C-2995/URA-27 control monitor

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manuf TMC model ATS-50-2 (50 ohm)
manuf TMC model ATS-70-2 (70 ohm)

manual   thanks to K4OZY
spec sheets   thanks to K4OZY

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AN/URA-38
Antenna Coupler

HF coupler used with AN/URT-23
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CU-402/SRT Transmitter Coupler

(for AN/SRA-18 tuner system and AN/SRT-14 series transmitters)

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     CU-402/SRT is an antenna current meter plus impedance matching auto-transformer - it was mounted below-decks near the transmitter and then low-loss coax ran from it up on deck to a motor-driven variable inductor and remotely switched capacitors which were used to tune the antenna (35' whip or 60-100' long wire). It is rated for 200w for 0.3-2.0 mc and 500w for 2.0-30.0 mc
     The CU-402 would step-up or step-down the output impedance of the transmitter (which varied with frequency) to match the 50 ohm coax load, but the extra L & C units were needed to tune out the reactance of the antenna.
     The CU-402  also has a directional coupler that ran back to a metering circuit located in the SRT-14 transmitter (via the 3-pin connector).

CU-691/U & CU-692/U
UHF multicouplers

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225-400mc

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CU-691/U handles four sets
CU-692/U handles two sets

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CU-731/SRT & CU-732/SRT
Bandpass filters
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See F-156/SRT series below

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CU-791/URT Coupler
(Collins 180Y-1)

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CU-837/URC
Matching Network

cu837-urc-01.JPG (21700 bytes) network matching switch
50 ohm output for TCS
(use with AN/SRA-22 coupler)
2-3 mc
3-5 mc
5-7 mc
7-12 mc

CU-837/URC Spec Sheets

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CU-937/UR
Antenna Tuner

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    More photos

CU-1169/SRC-16
(part of AN/SRA-34)

Download CU-1169 manual AN/SRA-34 information --

CU-2184/URC-94

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Used with URC-35, WRC-1, etc.

Manual download

F-156/SRT
F-157/SRT
F-158/SRT
F-159/SRT
F-160/SRT
F-161/SRT
F-162/SRT
F-163/SRT
Transmitting Filters

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Transmitting Filter Assemblies - The filters that will now be described have been designed for use with shipboard transmitters and antennas that are unbalanced to ground. This series includes Electrical Filter Assemblies F-159/SRT, F-160/SRT, F-161/SRT, F-162/SRT, and F-163/SRT. A representative filter assembly of this series, the F-162A/SRT, is shown in figure7-8. 

Each filter assembly consists of low-pass and high-pass subassemblies. They are used with transmitters operating in the frequency range between 175 kc and 27 mc. Single filter assemblies (fig. 7-9) can be used alone or combined with other subassemblies to operate two or more transmitters (using different frequencies) into a single antenna.

Because a low-pass filter and a high-pass filter are used in each filter assembly, there is a definite crossover frequency for each filter. In the vicinity of the crossover frequency there is a band of frequencies, called the precluded band, which cannot be used because appreciable power would be lost in the filter. When frequencies in the vicinity of the crossover frequency are to be used, it is necessary to change the crossover point. By removing the crossover point around as the precluded band is approached, it is possible to obtain continuous coverage of the 175-kc to 27-mc frequency range, A switch in the center of the front panel on all assemblies except the F-160/SRT, permits shifting of the crossover frequency. Figure 7-10 shows curves for both low-pass and high-pass filters for the F-162A/SRT.

The filter assemblies are constructed in the form of plug-in drawers. Normally, the lowpass drawer is installed on the left side of the cabinet and the high-pass drawer on the right side, as viewed from the front, however it is possible to interchange the subassemblies from left to right in the cabinet by changing a connecting strap in each subassembly.

In normal operation, the filter assemblies dissipate less then 20 percent of the r-f power output of the transmitter. Because it is possible for a fault, such as a grounded antenna, to develop, each filter subassembly is designed to dissipate over 500 watts, if necessary.

Because the low-pass filter section provides a termination for the high-pass section and vice versa, it is not advisable to operate a transmitter into one section alone. If it becomes necessary to operate a transmitter when either filter section is removed, a jumper assembly furnished with each cabinet is used to connect the transmitter directly to the antenna. Other transmitting filter assemblies presently in use include the F-156, -157, and -l58/URT.

TN-197/URT
antenna tuner for URT-2 series transmitters

System components:
OA-297/URT controller group
CB-5/URT capacitor tuning unit
TN-197/URT inductor tuning unit

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TN-197/URT inductor tuning unit
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motor/control end
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tuning coil end

TN-229/SRT
antenna tuner for SRA-18 system and SRT-14 series transmitters

System components
TN-229/SRT antenna tuner
CU-372/SRT antenna coupler
CU-402/SRT load adjusting unit

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motor/control end
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tuning coil end

TN-342/WRT
antenna tuner for AN/WRT-2 transmitter

TN-342 pages from the AN/WRT-2 manual - Download 13 MB pdf

Photos of my restoration job on a TN-342

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tuning coil end

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motor/control end