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German Wehrmacht Radios

  • 30 W.S.a (mod.2) - Late version of 30-watt transmitter, part of Fu 8 Commander tanks (Sd. Kfz. 267) radio set. Covered 1,120…3,000 kHz, A2 and A3 modes. Manufactured from 1944. Our sample was made in 1945 by SABA radio works in Villingen, Black Forest area.

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Fu 8 - Commander tank 30-watt radio set (full identification - Fu 8 SE 30) consisting of Mw.E.c receiver and 30 W.S.a transmitter. Used for long range communications to the staff commanders. 

Same six tubes as in the early version of 30 W.S.a (mod.1), powered by U 30b dynamotor also. Dimensions (WHD) - 490 х 250 х 220 mm, weight - 24.5 kg. 

The most specific feature of the 30 W.S.a (mod.2) was metal stop-ring around frequency tuning knob with two screws (stops) which could be moved along the ring. It was a provision to have two fixed operating channels which could be instantly switched from one to another

This added the same convenient capability of fixed channel operation to 30 W.S.a that was already incorporated into other Wehrmacht tank transmitters - 10 W.S.c, 20 W.S.c and 20 W.S.d. 

Unfortunately neither Mw.E.c receiver used in Fu 8 radio set nor Torn.E.b receiver used in Fu 20 and Fu 22 along with 30 W.S.a transmitter would have any fixed channel capability which was standard for all other tank receivers like Ukw.E.c1 of Fu 6, Ukw.E.d1 of Fu 7 or Ukw.E.e of Fu 5 radio sets. 

So radiomen at the Commander tanks equipped with Fu 8 had to be quite skillful changing operating frequencies of Mw.E.c or Torn.E.b while sitting inside a moving and vibrating tank. 

Early version of 30 W.S.a transmitter (mod.1) without stop-ring could be found elsewhere in this showcase, too. It was manufactured from 1940 up to 1944.

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