I never intended on getting into this Collins Jazz as I have. However, it’s turned into the most welcomed new “thing” in my hobby world since getting into DXing and DXCC in 2001.
CBS Orchestra – War of The Worlds was broadcast in 1938 – some SW-3 receivers picked that up I’m sure!
This morning I was listening to classical music on the SW-3 and it was truly like a time machine. That music would surely have been played in the 30’s on AM radio. Someone with an SW-3, perhaps the one I have might have heard that same classical piece on this same radio.
So, what was the “tipping point” that got me head over heels into the Collins KWS-1 transmitter? I mean, the 75A-4 already seemed above and beyond “just” wanting the SW-3.
Check on all of these. You see, no matter what I spend on something, I need to feel I am getting value for my money. On new equipment, that’s easy to understand, but with old gear, value is a lot more subjective.
I swore no more linear amplifiers. However, the KWS-1 is a linear amplified transmitter. It is half transmitter and half linear amplifier. So, to compare it to modern equipment, here’s the bill of lading:
Which ends up being about the same as a used Elecraft K-Line. Sure, the K-Line is modern. But I’ve had that and it’s not unique.
Another comparison – it’s the cost of a “full gallon” linear amplifier, such as the ACOM 1500 – which goes for $4140 at DX Engineering right now.
The Gold Dust Twins restored is a very unique experience – something no modern day equipment can offer. It’s also a passing of several eras – those who can restore these 65 year old beauties are becoming rare.
The uniqueness of this project ends up being the main driver. I feel really great also being a “guardian and keeper” of the past.