K0DEW has been collecting and restoring Collins equipment for over twenty-five years, but this old broadcast transmitter turned out to be
one of the most challenging and interesting. I had restored a KW-1 and several large military transmitters, so I was ready for this project.
My goal was to make each and every part like it looked and worked when it moved out the front door of the Collins factory in Dallas TX
almost fifty years ago. I was informed on a Tuesday that the transmitter was going to the land fill on Saturday, so on a Wednesday I loaded
my pick-up with a few hand tools and a friend, KC0VOB.
.........Click her to read more of the story and see the Photographs

COLLINS 20V-3
Primary operating position at K0DEW
160/80 meter vertical
Working on WB0RUR's tower in Arkansas
Riley at K0DEW
Bill at K0DEW

 

WB9M and K0DEW, the co-chairs of the ARRL Midwest Convention

Be careful when you work on an old radio.You might get a charge out of it.

 

R-388 and TCS-5 receivers

Latest additions to the Collins collection

Working on WD0EIL's tower. Check here for more photos.

See Route 66 video

Repairs on KC0VOB's Rotor
ON THE BENCH

Read about Bill as he grew up on Route 66 and witnessed history as it unfolded.  Enjoy the story as told by Bill while he walks you through the days when life was a little slower and much simpler. To purchase a copy go to Route 66 Museum in Laclede County Library or click on book cover.

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NEW NEW RADIO
75A-4 PURCHASED AT COLLINSVILLE HAM FEST
NEW OLD RADIOS