AN/MRC-144 Mobile HF/UHF/VHF Radio System
The AN/MRC-144 is a mobile HF/VHF/UHF HAVE QUICK II capable communications facility (AN/GRC-206(V)3) mounted in an M-998 Highly Mobile Multi-Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). It provides single sideband (SSB) HF, VHF/FM, VHF/AM, and UHF communications. This system can be remoted up to two kilometers. The HF radio has secure phone patch capability and all radios have secure voice capability.
When used in an Air Traffic Control capacity, ATC personnel must be tasked separately. It provides VFR control tower operations until sustaining equipment arrives then it can be redeployed as necessary.
One radio technician and 1 radio operator should have HF/SSB, VHF/FM, UHF/ AM, and VHF/AM radios available over 90 percent of the tuning range in 45 minutes. If the MRC-144 is being used primarily as a backup control tower or command post, the radio operator may not be required and may be available for redeployment. The ground radio technician may not be required if other UTCs requiring radio maintenance are deployed with the wing.
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