[AMRadio] Re: [Collins] Hamvention 2004


David Knepper cra at floodcity.net
Sun May 16 10:33:32 EDT 2004


Re: [Collins] Hamvention 2004The reproduction 55G-1 low frequency unit was on display at the Collins Forum on Friday morning and at 2317-2318.  Unfortunately, because of the rain, we pulled out late Saturday morning.

  The 55G-1 reproduction unit will be available on a limited basis this summer for a suggested price of $500 in kit form only.  The unit produced by Advanced Optics Limited in England will be  distributed, as with all their Collins products, through the CRA.  

  I saw an original one sell for $2,500 in the outdoor vendor area.

  Contact the CRA if you would like to reserve one.  More information will be posted on the mail list and on the CRA website.  Check into the CRA Collins nets as well on 75 and 20 meters for updates

  Incidentally, have you joined the CRA and subscribed to the Collins Journal - what are you waiting for?

  Thank you

  Dave, W3ST
  Secretary to the Collins Radio Association
  Publisher of the Collins Journal
  www.collinsra.com
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: DAN COTSIRILOS 
    To: nj2r at earthlink.net ; Paul J Dobosz 
    Cc: collins at mailman.qth.net ; amradio at mailman.qth.net 
    Sent: Sunday, May 16, 2004 12:16 PM
    Subject: Re: [Collins] Hamvention 2004


    Anybody see the prices on the 51S-1 LW tuner etc?  Dan
      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: Paul J Dobosz 
      To: nj2r at earthlink.net 
      Cc: collins at mailman.qth.net ; amradio at mailman.qth.net 
      Sent: Saturday, May 15, 2004 8:08 PM
      Subject: Re: [Collins] Hamvention 2004


      We'll see more and more 2-way stuff surface as the public safety and business folks move 
      higher in frequency and to digital modulation.  With IRLP the interest of newcomers seems
      to be more on the VHF and UHF gear from the Japanese manufacturers.  I didn't see much
      boat anchor or vintage equipment (relative to prior years), nor did I see too many of the 
      appliance op types buying any of the surplus land mobile stuff.

      Like you ... my main reason for going to Dayton nowdays is for the social experience.

      Paul - K8PD

      On Sat, 15 May 2004 22:30:56 -0400 Roger Shultz <nj2r at earthlink.net> writes:
        Dave,

        I saw one Howard Mills restored 75A-4 for sale,  asking price was $1800, several  round 312B-5's for as low as $600, a couple sad 75A-2's (one with the Universal Service product detector) in need of a good homes and a few other S-line pieces. The flea market was probably less than two thirds sellers, and many spaces of that 2/3 it seemed were just convenient parking spaces with no sales evident.  It was not uncommon to walk past many spaces with nothing there which was quite a departure from my previous 30 years of attending. Not only were there few pieces of Collins gear but there was not much other boat anchor era equipment or parts  either. There sure was plenty of commercial two-way gear though. Surplus Sales of Nebraska, always good for some wishful Colllins parts collecting was barely there compared to its traditional representation. 

        Hams attend for all sorts of reasons, some for the nostalgia, some for the forums and some for the latest and greatest, specifically the new Yaesu and Icom radios. Though it seemed much smaller in terms of crowds, commercial vendor participation and even food vendors, it's still a Mecca in May for many of us. Meeting old and new friends is always a bonus too.

        Of course it rained which is to be expected but unlike when held in April it didn't snow or sleet! Friday  was pretty good rain-wise except for a few expected sprinkles. I'm grateful to the Dayton folks for all it takes to pull this event off and hope it continues for many more rainy springtimes.

        73, Roger NJ2R


          From: "David Knepper" <cra at floodcity.net>
          Date: Sat, 15 May 2004 21:37:03 -0400
          To: <collins at mailman.qth.net>, <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
          Cc: Electric Radio <1editor2 at indra.com>
          Subject: [Collins] Hamvention 2004




          Another disappointing Hamvention due to the weather conditions.  Rain practically all day today.  My wife and I left the grounds just before Noon.  Rain was constant almost all the way to Pennsylvania.

          The 8th Collins Forum, organized by the CRA was held on Friday morning.  We enjoyed meeting everyone.  Door prizes were provided by Electric Radio.   We are most appreciative of Ray Osterwald, editor of ER, for his generosity. 

          The program this year (our 8th Collins Forum) focused on the restoration of the Collins 20V-3.

          >From my observation and those of several others, there seemed to be a conspicuous absence of Collins equipment.  No 75A-4's were seen for sale, which is unusual.  Saw some S-Line equipment and very few KWM-2A's.  Much less Collins than in previous years - very unusual indeed.  Prices, of course, were by some standards, on the high side.  I suspect that the trend continues, that is, to sell Collins on Ebay.

          Contrary to some rumors, AOR is still producing the DDS-2A on a limited basis.  Representatives from AOR spoke at the Forum.  For those who own this unit, it was indicated that there have been no updates to the later units.  The DDS-2A at the Collins Radio Center is about six years old and it works flawlessly.

          Thanks go out to W8ZO for presenting me with an original sales flyer on the Collins 30K-1.

          Any other observations on Dayton?

          Dave, W3ST
          Secretary to the Collins Radio Association
          Publisher of the Collins Journal
          www.collinsra.com <http://www.collinsra.com> 

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