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…

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

The Gold Dust Twins Have Landed at KY6R!

A bit rough looking, but it did turn on today and both units look quite good inside We went to one of the coolest places I’ve ever been to as far as antique radios is concerned – Sacramento Radio Expo. Doug, WB6LOO, the proprietor, is an Electrical Engineer who has taught classes at Stanford. Since his retirement – he has been purchasing estate sales…

Collins Collectors Association

I joined the CCA after a few very nice and helpful hams who have Collins gear highly recommended that I join. I have already found it to be a wonderful group of friendly people – who genuinely are excited that I am now “in the fold”. Interconnections between the 75A-4 and KWS-1 All of the Collins manuals are online at the CCA website –…

Closing in on a Collins KWS-1

I have found a KWS-1 locally, and will find out tomorrow whether or not this one is for me. I’m very excited, and have my fingers crossed – because at 200 pounds, this is not something that can be shipped across the country for any reasonable cost. I’ll update this post tomorrow after I know if the deal happens.

Collins KWS-1

Could This Transmitter Show Up for my 60th Birthday? I’ve got a lead on a mint transmitter to match my Collins 75A-4 receiver. Several things have to come to pass before I can commit, but I’m quite excited that this could be a future possibility. The transmitter uses a pair of these 4CX250 tubes, and luckily there are many available NOS (New Old Stock)…

Collins Bug Replaces the DXCC Bug at KY6R

My favorite receiver – the Collins 75A-4 Sure – modern technology is fantastic. But I have found that this 1955 vintage receiver actually holds it own against today’s modern SDR rigs. That’s absolutely insane – but its true! Plus – the “user interface” is so much more fun than today’s rigs. Don’t be surprised if something like this ends up here in the shack…