CPRC 26 Radio

In the post war period Canada developed and introduced the CPRC 26 radio. This was a ten pound, man portable radio that could be easily carried by a man. It would go on to be used by the Australians, Dutch, the USA and (in the A40 version) by the British. It would be one of the most successful VHF radios of the era and would remain in front line service in conflicts such as Vietnam well into the 1970s.

The radio itself consists of two halfs, an upper radio receiver and transmitter and a lower battery housing:

These two parts are secured together with wire loops and a cam lever:

Turning the lever releases tension from the wire loops and allows the two parts to be seperated so new batteries can be fitted:

The shell of both the radio and the battery compartment is made of an aluminium/silicone alloy called silumin which has a high resistance to corrosion. The batteries themselves were dry cell types and offered 20 hours of useable life.

The controls for the radio are all fitted to the top of the radio so that they can be easily accessed if it is carried on a man’s chest. The radio has swapable modules inside that allow it to be configured for six different frequencies, each one chosen by the switch on the right:

The central switch turns the radio on and off, and to the right are the aerial and the sockets to attach a head or hand set to the radio.

The aerial itself is fully adjustable and can be bent into whichever position gives the greatest reception, or concealment:

Next to the aerial is a tiny connection port, complete with a removable cover, held on by a tiny piece of ball chain:

A data plate attached to one side of the radio indicates that it was made by Rogers Majestic of Canada in 1953 and shows its serial number:

These radios were also built by Phillips and were license produced in several countries around the world.

I now need to track down all the accessories


  1. I believe I used one of these radio sets around 76-77 on a winter survival class with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. Battery life at -40 was an issue.

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