It’s about time that I wrote a quick blog post about the 6m fox hunt transmitter that I made for Military Radio Collectors Group events. I made it out of an AN/PRT-4A transmitter. From the outside, it looks unmodified. But on the inside it has a few changes!
I started with a refurbished AN/PRT-4A transmitter, which I purchased from C&H Surplus a few years ago. I don’t know if they have more left.
I designed a small board which mounts on the bottom of the main housing in place of the original battery connector. This board includes a microcontroller with enough flash memory to store a short audio message. There’s no built-in message recording capability; it’s necessary to use arcane magic to include the message in the firmware image for the microcontroller.
I also built a new 15V battery pack based on two 4-cell AAA holders and one 2-cell AAA holder. It was tricky to find holders which just barely squeeze into the original battery box. I used these parts:
- Memory Protection Devices BH4AAAW (x2)
- Memory Protection Devices BH2AAAW (x1)
Modifications to the radio included:
- Remove original battery connector.
- Remove original chassis wiring harness.
- Remove return spring from the butterfly switch, so it does not return to the off position when released.
- Build new wiring harness.
- Install new PCB on bottom of the chassis, and wire everything together.
I have shared all of the PCB design files and microcontroller firmware on GitLab: