The BC-342 was a World War II U.S. Army Signal Corps high frequency radio receiver.
It was a 115 Volt AC version of the BC-312 receiver that used the RA-20 rectifier instead of the BC-312’s DM-21 dynamotor. It was used primarily as part of field installations such as the SCR-188A, but could be used with mobile sets such as the 2 1/2 ton mounted SCR-399.
First designed at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey by the U.S. Army Signal Corps, it was built by various manufacturers including RCA.
Many of the later units that are encountered today were manufactured by the Farnsworth Television and Radio Corporation of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Its low frequency counterpart is the BC-344 radio receiver that is almost identical to the BC-342.