Wireless Set Canadian No. 58 was a self-contained manpack transceiver developed in
Canada about 1943 as a replacement for the British Wireless Set No. 18. It had similar
specifications and frequency range, but weighed considerably less and was not so
conspicuous to carry. The set comprised two distinct units: the set proper which
was carried on the left chest, and the battery-accessory pack carried on the shoulders
in a special canvas carrier.
Frequency range 6-9MHz. RF output 0.3W. MO control. R/T only. Range up to 5 miles
with 12ft rod aerial.
Wireless Set Canadian No. 58 Mk.I with access door opened.
(Above) Complete operational Wireless Set Cdn No. 58 Mk.I: Battery container in canvas
carrier (left), Aerial rods 'quiver' normally attached to the door of the set case
(centre). Note headset assembly with the microphone supported in a special slot on
the side of the set in front of the operator's mouth, allowing the use of both hands.
The transmit/receive key was located at the top of the door.