[AMRadio] Re: Value of Homebrew Rigs,

david knepper collinsradio at adelphia.net
Fri Jul 7 13:33:45 EDT 2006

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Todd, KA1KAQ" <ka1kaq at gmail.com>
To: "Discussion of AM Radio" <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Friday, July 07, 2006 9:19 AM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Re: Value of Homebrew Rigs,WAS: Stuff for 

> On 7/6/06, W5OMR/Geoff <w5omr at satx.rr.com> wrote:
> <snip>
>> I know Mike sold his KW-1, I know that Darrell/WA5VGO still has one, but
>> I don't know what happened to the prototype that the two of them worked
>> and slaved over, to get it on the air.
> According to the list that W0YVA keeps, Darrell still has #66. I think
> he was one of the guys pictured in the KW-1 issue of Electric Radio
> that Barry put together a number of years ago, standing there with the
> transmitter, a National NC-400, with a carved wooden callsign on top.
> A very good article with a lot of information on the transmitter.
> IIRC, the prototype you mention was the one used by Art one weekend
> before it was completed, final assembly being done at his home during
> dinner. Think that story is also in the ER issue along with the
> original list of owners started by Ed Bolton, WA3PUN (not K0BS, who
> took the list over from Ed).
> Bob's list: http://www.isquare.com/personal_pages/kw1-list.htm
>> Luckily for us, Darrell/WA5VGO is a reader of the list.  Perhaps Darrell
>> would give us the complete history/rundown of the prototype KW-1?
> It's now in Belgium with ON8PO, Mathieu. I seem to remember hearing
> about this sale a few years back. What's amusing is that Mike is one
> of the guys in the ER article who said he'd never part with his KW-1.
> Bill Wheeler (former pres of the CCA) said this also, but sold his to
> Jim Shoemaker a few years back who then flipped it on ebay. What's the
> old saying...'never say never'? (o:
> Collins made some very nice equipment over the years, very high
> quality and leading edge stuff. Overbuilt for amateur service, really.
> The major flaw isn't with the gear itself, but in the way some choose
> to worship it or use it as a means of claiming some perceived
> superiority. Gives the gear a bad name, but makes it a lot easier to
> identify the real idiots in the hobby.
> ~ Todd,  KA1KAQ
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