The real PRC-152 Falcon III radios made by Harris are not available on the commerical market and the ones that are available are very expensive. So there's a market for a replica Falcon III radio (NATO Base TRI) that looks like the PRC-152.
In a similar manner there's a very good replica of the Bowman Personal Role Radio PRC-343 IISR. In this case the accessories are interchangeable with the real ones on a functional basis.
There are very low cost ( <$50) "baofeng dual-band" transceivers on eBay and this radio may be based on one of those.
The VX-7R Triband radio is much more capable.
Frequency Coverage FM only for Tx and Rx
67.0 - 108 (135.995?)
136 - 174.995
Includes 2 meter ham band
350 - 390.995
400 - 479.995
Includes 70 cm ham band
480 - 520.995
The radio can be setup with frequency splits for repeaters and has CTCSS (Wiki) sub audible tones.
Fig 1 Box as received from eBay seller Nato Base nb211212
Fig 3 The Antenna connector is a standard TNC.
(Wiki) so a TNCm to BNCf adapter is handy for
use with an external antenna.
Fig 7 TRI Replica battery on charger
Real Harris battery for comparison.
The real battery will fit the TRI replica radio.
The TRI battery __TBD__ fit the PRC-6725 (PRC-139).
Red: Charging, Green: Charged
They went to some expense to use a U-299 type audio connector, but this replica can NOT use standard U-229 military audio accessories. A special adapter cable is needed for that. That's a huge mistake. The radio needs a modification so that no adapter is needed.
This may be related to modern commercial radios using condenser microphones, not the dynamic mics used with NATO mil radios (i.e. with the U-229 type connectors). If you know what's going on and the fix let me know what it is.
Partial answer: Short pins A (ground) and E (not defined) either inside the radio or on the audio accessory. See the U-229 Pinout page for what the pins do.
July 2014 - There is an upgrade kit that adds an audio amplifier capable of working with real military audio accessories. The eBay listing by seller px_radio02 contains the words "DIY Amplify Parts for TRI PRC-152" They also make a similar kit for the PRC-148 replica made by United Start
I can not get into the menu programming mode.
Rich emailed the solution:
...to get into "channel mode" you need to press the really small up button on the top side of the set (above the PTT) [see Fig 2 above] while the radio is off, and switch it on. You can then access and scan through ONLY your pre-defined channels. Repeating the boot process will put it back to normal mode.
400-470 MHz 87.0MHz-108.0 MHz UV-5S
136-174 MHz 400-479.995 MHz 65.0MHz-108.0MHz UV-5R
136.00-174.00 MHz 400.00- 480.00MHz na
136-174 MHz 400-519.995 MHz 65-108 MHz UV-B5
136-174 400-470MHz FM radio UV-B6
136-174 MHz 400-470 MHz na
136-174 MHZ 400-520MHZ 65-108 MHz
UV-5RA on order (the first one was out of stock and the "Etekcity" brand radio did not go to 520 Mhz, i.e. it was not the UV-5RA.
Hopefully a real UV-5RA is on order as of 4 Jan 2014.
Also one of theAir Acoustic Earpiece Headsets to fit this radio.
I expect to see a lot of similarity with the radio inside the PRC-152.
Bowman Personal Role Radio PRC-343 IISR
PRC-6725 (PRC-139 without front panel)
PRC-68 Family of Military Hand Held Radios
U-229 Pin Out, Audio Accessories, Photos of Military Audio Accessories
VX-7R Triband Radio
- has some helpful info
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