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HF Tactical Manpack Radio


The PRC1099A is rugged, lightweight, easy to use, and can be configured with numerous add-on

accessories to create a wide variety of manpack, mobile, or base station systems.

Standard configurations are available at the 20 W, 100 W and 400 W levels using the basic PRC1099A manpack radio as the core. Datron accessory equipment including shock mounts, RF booster amplifiers, antenna tuners, modems, and remote-control units can be added as required to fulfill specific mission needs. Each high-power configuration is designed so that the core radio can be quickly removed (“jerk-and-run”) for emergency use as a manpack. All systems are MIL-STD-810 compliant and completely immersible to satisfy the most demanding environmental conditions.

The PRC1099A is designed for operation on any frequency in the 1.6 – 30 MHz range. 100 programmable memory channels are available; these channels can be programmed either from the front panel of the radio or remotely from a computer. The radio contains a BITE program to test essential transmit and receive functions as well as static functions like battery status, memory and display.

The PRC1099A has a built-in antenna tuner that automatically matches the 3 m HF whip (AT-271A/U) and various long-wire antennas over the full frequency range. The tuner has a “memory” mode whereby it stores the tuned configuration for up to 100 channels for scan mode operation and silent tuning when necessary. Internal options available for the PRC1099 include FED-STD-1045A ALE. Datron’s PRC1099A has been successfully deployed around the world, providing reliable tactical HF communications in the harshest battlefield environments.


Frequency Range 1.6 to 30 MHz
Available Channels 2,840,000 in 10 Hz steps
Present Channels 100 Programmable memory channels
Scanning Radio and ALE scan modes
Channel Programming From front panel or remotely via computer
Modes USB, LSB, CW, AME; simplex or half-duplex
Input Power Requirements 11 – 15 V DC
Battery Pack BB-LA6 sealed lead calcium; BA5598/U Lithium (Case holds spare battery)
Low Battery Indicator LCD battery icon
Antenna Port BNC for 50 Ω broadband antennas or for connection to external amplifier; whip antenna port
Display Backlift, multi-function custom LCD
  • 1.6 to 30 MHz, 10 Hz Steps
  • 100 programmable memory channels
  • Rugged (MIL-STD-810); immersible
  • 5/20/100/400 watts
  • Internal automatic antenna tuner
  • Remotely controllable
  • FED-STD-1045A ALE
  • BITE to module level
  • Multiple battery charging options