The W3HM Collins Gold Dust Twins T-R Switch

The custom made W3HM T-R switch and wiring harness that makes the Gold Dust Twins “plug and play” While I could have built this myself, I am very glad that I purchased this made by Howard, W3HM. It handles all of the interconnections between the KWS-1 and 75A-4, and besides being perfect as far as how it “packages” all of the connections that I…

My Gold Dust Twins . . .

This is my Collins 75A-4 receiver – restored by legendary Collins restorer, Howard Mills, W3HM A close up – now check out the inside: Mint condition – just amazing. This is a beauty from the mid 50’s . . . Howard is an artist . . . My KWS-1 transmitter is coming back from Howard on Monday – its the biggest ham radio “event”…

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…

Fun Testing Tubes!

Inside the Collins KWS-1 power supply. There are voltage regulator and rectifier tubes. Its quite a surprise – what a “soothing” thing it is to test tubes. I’ve had an “interesting” first two months of this year, and am so thankful to have time to get back into the hobby again. What better way than to make sure the KWS-1 power supply is running…

Hollow State

Eimac 4X250B – beautiful little tubes . . .  The restoration of my KWS-1 will begin this weekend. I expect it to be a good 2 weeks at least before it is done. While I am waiting – I will restore the power supply – which is the easy part. I might invest in a tube tester – there are some nice one’s under…

Collins Gold Dust Twins

This is the full setup from a 1950’s Collins brochure. Here is the 75A-4 which I have and love . . . Here is the transmitter – which I would buy of a pristine one fell in my lap like the receiver did . . . Here is what I have been told is extremely rare – the station console I also have a…