KWS-1: When SSB was Brand New

The KWS-1 and 75A4 were introduced in 1955, 4 years before I was born. SSB was brand new – and I am sure the AM vs. SSB argument was raging. I also am betting that Collins helped really change things with this awesome pair of receiver and transmitter.  

KWS-1 in Progress

Excellent 1955 QST advertisement – this is the year the Gold Dust Twins were introduced My KWS-1 has arrived at Howard, W3HM’s shop, and so he will be starting on the restore very soon. I predict that I will get the rig back by February, if all goes well. I will be replacing the capacitors and a diode in the Power supply – there…

KWS-1 Power Supply Restoration at KY6R

The inside of my KWS-1 Power Supply is in even better condition than I had expected. There is just a little dust in the bottom. I guess I expected worse due to the condition of the outside – but at 65 years old – I’d rather have the outside be a little rough than the inside. I figured I could work on this power…

For The Mere Price of This Linear Amplifier ….

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…

KWS-1 on its Way

The RF Deck (top unit) is now on its way to being restored. I will restore the bottom unit – the Power Supply – and it will mean testing tubes and replacing electrolytic capacitors – straight forward stuff. I will also clean up the cabinet and do a thin over spray of “St. James Grey”. I probably will get replacement tubes for the Power…

All Eyes on 2019 Now

A NOS Eimac pair of these little bad boys will power the KWS-1 and my radio fun in 2019 Today I took the AL-80B out of the operating line at KY6R – because I see that 3Y0I has pushed their trip to 2019 – whenever the ship leaves. I’ve held off plans to re-arrange the shack for the last 2 months – while they…

Preparing for The Collins KWS-1

  Collins TR switch (110 volt relay) There are several things you need to get the Gold Dust Twins to work together: TR switch – the relay you see above – I found one relatively cheap ($50) – I saw one for sale for $285!! Interconnecting wires between the relay, the receiver speaker and of course the coax to each rig and the antenna…