They were poorly lit, fuzzy, grainy, and far away, those pictures were. Yes, most of those German submarine ("Unterseeboot" or "U-boat") radio-equipment photographs taken before, during, and even after
World War II, left much to be desired. The Germans wanted to guard the secrets of their U-boat wireless equipment, and they did it very well.
The purpose of this website is to give you, the viewer, close-up,
high-definition photographs of U-boat radio equipment in a non-technical, English format that is easy to scan and enjoy. We want you to see the Funkraum (radio room) through the eyes of the radio operator -- up close. Sure, at the
beginning of each radio's section, we will give you an overall look at the entire radio so that you can get your bearings. But things really get fun when we click my Nikon 60mm 1:2.8G macro lens into place and start counting the hashmarks between
even the finest gradations on the smallest dials. I call it "macro radio." Once you have been there, regular U-boat radio photographs don't quite measure-up anymore.
The first three radios (the
S406S/36 XMTR, the E437S RCVR, and the T3PLLa38 RCVR) are on the click-menu ribbon at the top of this page. To view other radios, hover over "More" at the end of the ribbon. Each radio has its own ID number. Scroll-down and click on the same
radio ID number followed by a different "dash" number to get a different view of the same radio. Go below each photograph of a radio to learn general information about the unit. Go to the Technical Pages
at the end of each radio's section to learn detailed electronic information about the unit. Return to the selection bar and re-click on your radio in order to choose another photograph of the radio you are viewing. Standard
amateur-radio abbreviations will be used for transmitter (XMTR), receiver (RCVR), and transceiver (XCVR). (Continued below.)