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.

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160/80 meter vertical

Working on WB0RUR's tower in Arkansas
Riley at K0DEW
Bill at K0DEW

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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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75A-4 PURCHASED AT COLLINSVILLE HAM FEST

 

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