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T A Guard Tx
U B 2 1
R e V K
C 100MHz
P d f W 3
2 M
N j D
c g X A 3 U
M h Y E
b B 4
a G C
W 10MHz
D 6
Not connected X
Tuning E 7 Z
Other A 8 a
12 lamps
P B 9
R/T - on C 1MHz
A c

Guard on D 11 d
E 12 T
Squelch off
H A 13 f

N,e B 14 g
C C 15 h
L D 16 j
red 150 Ω (see text)
F E 17
0 18
volume G
E brown 50kHz
150 Ω 5
19 S

Guard set at 243.00MHz

All diodes 1N3190

C-6287 /ARC51Control Panel

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C-6287/ARC51 radio set control Lamps.
The panel is illuminated by 12 small (red)
lamps, each 5V/60mA. The 28V types have
The control unit provides the frequency setting
two strings of 6 series connected lamps.
of the ARC51BX transmitter receiver, as well
as a few other settings like power on, squelch
Volume control
off, and guard-receiver-on.
A constant impedance circuit is used for the
volume control, while the audio output of the
The set frequency source is either:
ARC51 is distorted when not loaded with the
- the manual MHz set on this control panel;
proper impedance, and also the aircraft audio
- one of 20 preset channels, or
mixer assumes a constant impedance sources
- the Guard frequency 243 MHz.

Frequency coding
Any frequency can be set from 220.00 MHz to
399.95 MHz in 50kHz steps as a 5-digit nr.
The first digit is 2 or 3, then 3 digits 0…9, and
the last digit is 0 or 5. All digits are coded
with contacts to ground. The first and last digit
with a 1-out-of-2 code, the middle digits with a
2-out-of-5 code.
Together, this results in an 8-out-of- 19 code.

A switch position (“ADF”) is available to
replace the normal UHF blade antenna by the
direction finder antenna unit AN/ARA-25 or
AN/ARA-50, the solid state version.

Control, Radio Set – Versions

Depending on the volume control resistors,
lamp voltage and extra options, 8 panels were
used :

C-6476/ARC-51A 600 Ω 28 V lamps

C-6555/ARC-51A 600 5
C-6556/ARC-51B 150 5
C-6287/ARC-51BX 150 28

C-6300/ARC-51A 600 5/28 rel/P + Rel/C

C-6528/ARC-51B 150 5/28 rel/P + Rel/C
C-7307/ARC-51A 600 5/28 digital display
The manual set frequency has code switches, C-8616/ARC 150 5/28 digital display
coupled to a mechanical display.
The preset channels are preset on a drum, The Rel/P ( relay plain) and Rel/C (relay
which can be rotated with the preset knob. cypher) are two extra positions on the OFF-
8 pegs can be shifted in slots with 19 snap T/R etc switch. These panels have a step-down
positions to presser each channel. transformer to convert the telephone signal to
These pegs push copper fingers to a ground 1Vpp-100 ohm for the microphone input of the
Strip, thus forming the 8-out-of 19 code. other set.
In the GD XMIT position, 8 diodes program The last two have a digital (LED) display
the guard frequency. Normally 243.00 MHz. instead of a mechanical one.