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Reviews Categories | Transmitters: Commercial/Military/Marine adaptable to ham use | Clansman PRC-351 Help


Reviews Summary for Clansman PRC-351
Clansman PRC-351 Reviews: 2 Average rating: 4.0/5 MSRP: $(missing—add MSRP)
Description: 4w VHF FM 'manpack' 30-75.975MHz
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KE0AOY Rating: 4/5 May 19, 2016 15:49 Send this review to a friend
Great MILSURP radio  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
The 25 khz spacing is a bit of a buzz kill; however, it covers a great amount of frequencies for listening and in the US is a good little 6 meter rig. A lot of the non-radio specific kit is compatible with the rest of the clansman family. I like the whole line because they are simple, no sub-menus, screens, secret button combos, and it just works. Heavy, non-digital, transciever. I'd give it a 5 if it had ssb, wfm, and cw modes. It's what I could afford and I have never regreted getting it.
 
G7MRV Rating: 4/5 Feb 21, 2016 13:24 Send this review to a friend
Heavy but rugged fun  Time owned: more than 12 months
The PRC-351 is a 4w FM VHF manpack from the Clansman series, and is quite readily available on the surplus market in the UK. Capable of 30 to 76.975MHz in 25kHz steps. It uses the same batteries and audio accessories as the popular HF PRC-320.

Various antenna options can be used, from a short floppy 0.5m 'battle whip, a 1.2m sectional whip, and various coax fed antennas, notably the GSA - Ground Spike Antenna.

As it stands, its 4w output is ok for local use on 6m and 4m. It struggles on 6m in the UK because of its 25kHz channel spacing.

The PRC-351 can be equiped with an add-on 20w amp, at which point it becomes a PRC-352! With the amp in use, the whip antennas cannot be used, and a coax fed antenna is required, but the range is considerably extended.

Many sellers will try and sell you a 'SURF' unit as well - you dont need it! It is a preselector used when operating several radios in close proximity to each other, and actually makes the performance slightly worse.

Ive had the 'pleasure' of using the PRC-351/352 both 'professionally' and on the ham bands. As with all these 1980s vintage military sets its a heavy beast, but fun to use none the less.
 


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