KY-38 (Nestor)

The KY-38 crypto unit was a member of the NESTOR equipment family,  which consisted of the KY-8 Vehicular unit, the KY-28 aircraft unit and the KY-38 "manpack" unit.
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This KY-38 "manpack" unit is on display at the C&E Museum in Kingston   (Photo by Jerry Proc)

 
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This example is held by the National Cryptologic Museum. (Photo by Vin Simmons)
 
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This view of the KY-38 manpack illustrates the socket for the KYK-38 key plug. See KY-28 document for further details.

 
 
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This is how a KY-38 would have been interconnected with a manpack radio.

 
 
 
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A close-up view of the interconnection between the KY-38 and the PRC41 tactical radio set.
Unless otherwise noted , the equipment in this three photo set was on display at the Combat Communications and Surveillance Museum San Diego, California. Photos courtesy Warren Brader, Director.


 
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The bottom four photos illustrate the interior of the KY-38. (Photos via E-bay)

 
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KY-38 manual courtesy E-bay

 
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KY-38 in transport case and with lid closed. (Both photos courtesy William L. Howard Ordnance Technical Intelligence Museum ) 

 
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An entire KY-38 cryptosystem and radio like this. (NSA photo)
Contributors and Credits:

1) Vin Simmons  <vinsimmons(at)aol.com>
2) William L. Howard Ordnance Technical Intelligence Museum . e-mail:  wlhoward(at)verizon.net)

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Nov 12/12