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Racal KY-879/P
Digital Message Device

The KY-879/P is a Digital Message Device (DMD) built around 1981 by Racal Communications Inc. for the US Special Forces (SF). It is a small message terminal that allows coded messages to be sent and received in burst transmissions, to avoid detection by Radio Direction Finding (DF).
 
The design is based on the Racal MEROD MA-4248 the MA-4450 and the MA-4480. It is also known as part of the OA-8990/P Digital Message Device Group and as NSN 5820-001-100-3194.

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Operating the MA-4450

 
Radios
The KY-879/P was used by the US Army in combination with the AN/PRC-70 and AN/PRC-74 radios. In other countries the Racal MEROD message units were sometimes used in combination with other radios, such as the AEG/Telefunken SE-6861 that was known by the Dutch Special Forces as LAPR.
 
References
  1. TM 11-5820-887-10
    Operator's Manual Digital Message Device Group OA-8990/P
    24 October 1983, reprinted from 20 August 1982, scanned by Google.
    NSN 5820-01-102-3921

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