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Russian US-9 and US-9DM Receivers

The US-9 receiver is a copy of the American BC-348 receiver. (УС-9)


Whether the receiver has been built in a “lend lease” agreement in the forties or if,- as some
sources in the internet claim,- it has been copied from a “captured” B-29 is not clear.

Manufacturer: Frunze Radio Works, Gorky


Year: 1945–1978 ? Type: Communication Receiver (also Amateur)
Valves / Tubes 11: 6k7 6k7 6k7 6j3p 6j3p 6j7 6j8 6f7 6b8 6p6s sg2s
Principle Superhet with RF-stage; IF-Freq 915 kHz
Tuned circuits 10 AM circuit(s)
Wave bands Wave Bands given in the notes.
Power type and
Batteries (storage and/or dry) / 27 Volt
voltage
Loudspeaker For headphones or amp.
Material Metal case
Dimensions (WHD) 460 x 245 x 270 mm / 18.1 x 9.6 x 10.6 inch
AM/CW receiver for airborne purposes. The prototype was the US
radio BC-348N. Coverage 0,2-0,5 and 1,5-18 MHz in six ranges.
Supply from built in dynamo-motor, in latest versions from transistor
Notes
changer. Some variations in radio component types at all time, but
not in schematic. From 1955 some models were produced with cable
remote control (model US-9DMS).

Solveij US-9:

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Russian US-9 and US-9DM Receivers

Top view with Dynamotor

Bottom View

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Rear view

Logo

A short comment:
The US-9 is fully compatible in size and layout with the BC-348’s that I own.
It even fits into the US-racks.
Tuning knobs, antenna connectors and such are slightly different though. Internally the wiring
and components are slightly different as well and naturally of Russian make.

Two close-ups show how similar the two receivers are:

BC-348 US-9

Personally I do not believe in the story of a not authorized copied receiver.


Some parts within the US-9 are exactly like the ones in the BC-348, so that it would make
sense, that the Russian authorities were given exact construction details of the BC-348 by
the US Government.

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US-9DM (УС-9 ДМС):

In Russia the US-9 was by far longer in use than in the US.
Having equipped the air force with these radios resulted in the need for a remotely controlled
receiver.

Russian engineering provided the following solution:

Receiver front view with cover

Front view of the modified US-9 receiver,- now called US-9DMS (УС-9 ДМС), with a motor driven front
control.
The receiver itself basically remained as is,- apart from a few modernizations.
It’s power supply still required 27VDC and 115V/400Hz, like the control
unit shown on the following page.

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Receiver unit with the control unit

Control Unit

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Front of Receiver, with cover for remote control

Back side of receiver. On the bottom is the opening for the power plug,- as with the BC-348

Top view

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Detail of the power supply / converter

Bottom view

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Detail of the modernized interior

Power generator – a similar unit was used with the US-9 at 27VDC input and 115V/400hz
output.

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Power Generator

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