Clansman Lightweight Headset

To go with my Clansman 350 I needed a lightweight radio headset, also used with many other radios in the Clansman series. I managed to pick up a job lot of eight pretty ropy headsets earlier this year. Most were the AGS type of headset, we looked at back in October, but one was the lightweight headset I needed. Its not a great example as it is missing the boom mike, but it will do until I can find a better version:

The headset has a wire leading to a standard seven pin socket to allow the set to be attached to the presel switch and in turn the radio itself:

Next to where the boom mike should be attached, is a small secondary port that allow a respirator mike to be attached when NBC gear is worn:

The headset has a rubber tape across the top of the head to support the weight of the two earphones, with a slider to allow it to be adjusted to different users:

A wire strap with the wiring loop passes around the back of the head, with a vinyl cover fitted and secured with three press studs to make it comfortable to the user:

Each earpiece has a soft foam doughnut to make it comfortable to wear and to block out extraneous noise, covered with green vinyl:

The outside of each earpiece has a hard, black plastic shell:

Interestingly, one of the earpieces on the lightweight headset can be removed completely so that a radio operator can listen to orders and the situation next to him, as well as the sounds coming in through his radio:

Whilst a placeholder, it is nice to have added another component to the 350 radio set, there are many different parts to track down for this radio which of course is great fun and there will be a feeling of satisfaction when it is finally done.

One comment

  1. Replacing the boom microphone is an easy repair which doesn’t require any special tools, plus you’ll gain some insight into how it works and how it was made from doing the repair, and satisfaction from having repaired it.

    All first generation Clansman audio gear were designed to be repaired by non-technical personnel, in unit, using basic tools such as pliers, screwdrivers and spanners. Components employed push-fit electrical connectors, with one exception – the Handset Remote – which had a solder joint on one part, and the ‘user’ wasn’t officially permitted to solder unless they were qualified on a course such as the ‘Clansman Repair Course’ run by the Infantry CIS Division.

    Here’s a serviceable replacement for the boom assembly: https://store.cbeagle.co.uk/clansman-components/clansman-replacement-boom-mike

    For just a cosmetic repair there’s this, which is cheaper:https://mullard.org/products/copy-of-racal-clansman-prc-349-headset-throat-microphone-5965-99-901-2377
    (I’ve no connection with either business)

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