KWS-1: Brass Foil Fix

My digital calipers say .05 mm brass foil is what is needed

There are some tools that you purchase for one project – and where when you need them you just gotta have em. The digital calipers is exactly such a tool. I measured the brass tape (it really is foil), and it is nominally .05 mm thick. I have ordered both .05 mm and .1 mm just in case. Its not expensive – and with one day delivery, if I find I need another size, I can order it and get it the next day.

I will take the two broken pieces and use them as a stencil on this new foil and then cut the strip, drill the holes, and then solder around the holes to reinforce them. Its a very interesting product – and yet another wonderful reason to keep these grand old Collins rigs going – when I looked underneath the rig – it was spotless, and Howard, W3HM did an absolute master craftsman’s work. All of the components looked very clean, and the separate highly shielded sections and stages is real artwork.

http://www.km5tz.com/KWS-1.htm

This is a great web page for a restoration that a fellow down near San Diego did. Reading about how he took the KWS-1 apart and how he built his own power supply was a big help.

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