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Spy Radio Sets
Ever since the invention of radio, people have been trying to use transmitters and receivers for secret communication. In times of war, spies, agents and the resistance would use such secret communication to contact their home office or government and send important information to them. Such secret communication systems are often called Spy Radio Sets, or Spy Sets for short.
We are well aware that the term Spy Sets is not always correct. The equipment described in this section was also used by secret agents, Special Forces (SF), embassies, diplomatic services, resistance groups, stay-behind organisations and others. However, as it has become a popular expression, we call all of them Spy Sets here.

Please note that we are not trying to present a complete overview of all spy radio sets that have ever been used in the world. We only describe the sets that we have in our own collection, or that we've been able to research. That said, we do show a rather representative cross-section of the many different spy radios out there, and we try to describe them to the best of our abilities and provide as much information as possible.

For a complete list of the spy sets covered on this website, please check our index, or click any of the thumbnail images below. For those interested in the mysterious Number Stations on the SW-bands, please check our OWVL-page.

 Index of spy sets
Nice picture of a Type 3 Mk II (B2) in action. Unfortunately, we still don't have this set in our collection

If you can provide additional information on certain items, please do not hesitate to contact us. If you have any surplus documentation or equipment, or if you have an item that is listed on our wanted page, please contact us directly. We look forward to hearing from you.
Spy sets used and/or created by the USA USA Spy sets created and or used by the former USSR (Russia) or Warsaw Pact USSR Spy sets created and/or used by the UK (during and after WWII) UK Spy sets developed in Germany before, during and after WWII Germany Spy sets developed and built by the Poles in the UK (during WWII) Poland Hungarian spy radio sets Hungary Czechoslovakia Czech Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
The Netherlands (stay-behind) NL Japanese miniature 94-6 VHF transceiver (WWII) Japan Spy radio sets used by Stay-Behind Organisations (SBO), also known as 'Gladio'. Gladio The mysterious Number Stations, a.k.a. One-Way Voice Links (OWVL) OWVL Stand-alone receivers Receivers Spy sets that do not fall into any of the othe categories Other

Other clandestine equipment
Please note that this part of the website only deals with transmitters and receivers used for clandestine operations, commonly referred to as spy radios. In reality however, many other electronic devices have been used in clandestine warfare, such as equipment used for tracking enemy transmitters (direction finders), intercept receivers, TSCM equipment, covert radios, burst encoders, spy cameras, concealed recorders and much more. Information about these additional devices can be found elsewhere on this website.
RBZ receiver (WWII) RBZ RS-1 (AN/GRC109) RS-1 RS-6 RS-6 AN/PRC-64 and Delco 5300 PRC-64 TAR-224A spy radio set TAR-224 German spy set SP-15 SP-15 Dutch version of the SP-15 with synthesizer FSS-7 German spy set SP-20 SP-20
Racal PRM-4150 PRM-4150 The famous Type 3 Mark II, also known as the B2 B2 The UK Type A Mk. III (A3) A Mk. III Mk. 119 Mk.119 Mk. 122 Mk.122 Mk. 123 Mk.123 Mk. 301 Receiver Mk.301 Mk. 328 Receiver Mk.328
The UK Type 36/1 (MCR-1) MCR-1 Post-war version of the UK Type 36/1 (MCR-1) MBLE Philips ZO-47, used by Dutch stay-behind from 1947 onwards ZO-47 Norwegian Receiver Type 31/1 (Sweetheart) Sweetheart Swedish built clandestine WW-II receiver MA-444 Polish OP-3 (Type 30/1) WW-II clandestine receiver OP-3 Japanese miniature 94-6 VHF transceiver (WW-II) 94-6 Kyynel M-10X Finnish/Swedish spy radio set (WW-II) Kyynel
Rion spy radio set Rion R-350 / Orel (Eagle) R-350 R-350M / Orel (Eagle) R-350M R-353 / Proton R-353 R-354 / Shmel (Bumblebee) R-354 R-394 K / Strizh (Swift) R-394K R-394 KM / Strizh (Swift) R-394KM Strizh (Swift) - based on the R-394KM Strizh
Severok-K Severok-K AEG Telefunken SE-6861 (LAPR) SE-6861 Special Forces radio station AN/PRC-319 (BA-1302) PRC-319 Telefunken spy set FS-5000 FS-5000 Russian R-355 Base Station Controller R-355 Swedish R-190 special forces radio Ra-190 Sony ICF-2001D receiver that was used by some Soviet spies in the West ICF-2001D Zenith Royal 1000 Trans-Oceanic receiver 1000D
BN-48 (UHU) backup receiver UHU BP-3 spy radio set developed by the Poles in the UK BP-3 BP-5 spy radio set developed by the Poles in the UK BP-5 PLUTO spy radio set (1958) Pluto SIRIUS spy radio set (1962) Sirius PIVOŇKA automatic morse keyer Pivoňka 50W transmitter used in Congo Kongo 20W transmitter used in Angola 300A
200W radio station used in Congo and Kurdistan (North Iraque) 300AB FM broadcast propaganda transmitter Davor Hungarian AK-20 spy radio set AK-20 Czechoslovakian VHF or UHF bug receiver Bodrog Yugoslav RTP8-SSB and RTP8-SSB/3 RTP-8 Abwehr spy radio set SE-98/3 SE-98/3 Abwehr spy radio set SE-109/3 SE-109/3

Full duplex UHF radio for resistance communication and air droppings S-Phone FS-8 (KSG-Sender) (transmitter) developed by the BND in 1957 FS-8 Kyynel M-10X Finnish/Swedish spy radio set (WW-II) Kyynel CDS-501 short-range agent communications CDS-501 RS-804 satellite message burst transmitter RS-804 Berger BE-20/2 three-piece radio set (Austria) BE-20/2

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