Wireless Set No. 46 was a manpack transceiver developed in 1942, principally for
communication during beach landing operations. Frequency Range 3-9.1 MHz. It had
three pre-set crystal controlled channels. R/T or MCW. Range: up to 10 miles using
long type rod. The set was completely waterproof, self-contained and carried by one
man. The combined dry battery pack was the same type as used with the No. 18 and
No. 68 Sets.
Wireless Set No. 46 in canvas Set Carrier. Note rubber dust cap (left) for sealing
the 6-pt socket when not in use, and a similar rubber cap (‘record disk’) holding
a label on which the frequencies in use were noted.
In the canvas Battery Carrier, which was normally strapped to the operator's back,
the operational battery and a spare battery were carried. ‘Junction Box No. 1 (Wireless
Set No. 46)’, was fixed on the outside of the Battery Carrier and had a cable harness
for connecting to the No. 46 Set (dark brown cable), two microphone and headgear
assemblies sockets and an internal cable for connection to the battery.
Inset: View of Junction Box No. 1 with lid removed showing various test points. (Click
Wireless Set No. 46 removed from its case showing a very compact construction. Note
the position of the tuning coil block and the 6 crystals (not fitted here).
Accessories for Wireless Set No. 46. Click to view details.