[AMRadio] KWS-1 on AM


Brett gazdzinski brett.gazdzinski at verizonbusiness.com
Mon Jul 23 15:34:30 EDT 2007


That's quite a story!

In a similar vein, I remember reading about an
ice station powered by a nuclear reactor in qst or CQ.
I don't remember if it was the north or south pole, but
they showed pictures of the reactor.

I wonder whatever happened to it!


Brett
N2DTS 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net 
> [mailto:amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of Phil Lamarche
> Sent: Monday, July 23, 2007 2:57 PM
> To: 'Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service'
> Subject: RE: [AMRadio] KWS-1 on AM
> 
> 
> I had a pair of KWS-1's, 75A4's while on Drift Station Alpha 
> at the North
> Pole in 1958.  Operated 24/7 for 11 months until the ice 
> broke up and the
> two pairs are now 8000 ft below on the ocean floor. I have 
> warm thoughts
> about them as one pair saved our lives on the expedition.  
> When the ice pack
> broke up, I pulled the equipment to a safe piece of ice with 
> a gasoline
> generator and two ski's to run wire between.  We only had 
> 2600 ft of ice
> runway left and needed to find the right plane to come in and 
> then get off.
> Found a C-123J in Mass that flew to Greenland and then it got 
> stripped down.
> Landed OK following my signal and then 17 of us without 
> parka's or any other
> items of weight, huddled in the back as the 123 revved the engines to
> minimum and popped the Jato's and off we went.  That what I 
> meant about nice
> thoughts about Collins.
> 
> Phil 
> 
> 
>  
> Philip LaMarche
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net
> [mailto:amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of Brett gazdzinski
> Sent: Monday, July 23, 2007 2:30 PM
> To: 'Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service'
> Subject: RE: [AMRadio] KWS-1 on AM
> 
> Doesn't sound half bad?
> Mine sounded 9/10 bad!
> 
> Just plain nasty!
> 
> You get 1 sideband and something like 250 Hz to 2800 Hz, I 
> would think a
> cheap telephone sounds better....
> 
> The thing I remember about the KWS-1 was frustration.
> Tune the 75A4 and find a qso or cq, zero the kws-1, tune it 
> up, tune the
> antenna swr, and someone was already working the CQ or the QSO signed
> off....
> 
> The rig was built really cool though.
> 
> Brett
> N2DTS
> 
>  
>  -----Original Message-----
> > From: amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net 
> > [mailto:amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of Tom Elmore
> > Sent: Monday, July 23, 2007 2:20 PM
> > To: Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service
> > Subject: [AMRadio] KWS-1 on AM
> > 
> > Speaking of AM..................Is anyone using a Collins
> > KWS-1 on AM? I just recently brought one back to life that has been 
> > sitting idle for almost 20 years. I have to say listening 
> to the local 
> > monitor the audio in the AM mode doesn't sound half bad 
> even with one 
> > sideband missing.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > Thank You
> > Tom Elmore  KA1NVZ
> > Anchorage, Alaska
>  
> 
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