Summary

This type of portable 'suitcase' radio was developed during World War II for agents of the Special Operations Executive, the British spying and sabotage organisation working in enemy-occupied territory. It was designed by Major John Brown and designed to transmit and receive coded messages at distances up to 800km. It consists of a modular receiver, transmitter, Morse key and 6 volt battery power supply small enough to be concealed in an average size suitcase. This set was obtained after the war by a Melbourne amateur radio operator who used the callsign VK3ZP and was donated to the Museum in 1978 complete with the original instruction manual. Serial no. 44183.

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