The Creekside Bobtail: Part 2

The 40M Bobtail will be perfectly aimed for Bouvet Island Elevating the antenna 10′ offers a lower takeoff angle and makes it easier to install hanging from 2 trees that can support the height It just so happens that I have two trees where I could get the Bobtail up off the ground about 10′. Switching to all wire elements changes the geometry a…

Back to the Future

I have returned my station back to its “pre – 3Y0I” glory. I’m glad the team avoided that nasty giant cyclone, and wish them luck in the future. I’m very much looking forward to getting the Collins KWS-1 back now – I can devote all of my ham hobby time on my new love – “hollow state” and vintage ham gear. Using vintage microphones…

Collins 75A-4 1955 QST Review

If you are an ARRL member, you can download the April 1955 QST magazine article that reviews the Collins 75A-4 receiver. It is a fairly short but good article written by George Grammar. Its is understated in comparison to today’s hype and hyperbole that permeates all communication these days. The biggest take away is the fact that the Collins Mechnical Filters and Passband tuning…

1955 QST Collins and Eimac Advertisements

Left side page for a Collins 1955 QST Introduction advertisement Right side of the ad Eimac was right here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I worked in San Bruno once – so its cool that such a legendary company was here in my back yard. Luckily – I have 2 NOS 4X250B tubes

Radio “Living History”

I found one of these locally – with a speaker and fully restored by Howard Mills – THE Collins Expert. This is a receiver I have had at the back of my mind for years. I also have the fondest or early memories of when I first started sending with my Vibroplex Bug in 1973 or so. Frattini J-36 Bug I also ordered an…