[AMRadio] KWS-1 on AM


Phil Lamarche plamarc1 at tampabay.rr.com
Mon Jul 23 16:16:51 EDT 2007


That was the South Pole, I believe.  The frozen pack ice was only 6.8 ft
thick and wouldn't support the weight with all the shifting.

Phil 


 
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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 3:35 PM
To: 'Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service'
Subject: RE: [AMRadio] KWS-1 on AM

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
> LaMarche Enterprises, Inc.
> www.instantgourmetspices.com
> www.W9DVM.com
> 727-944-3226
> 800-395-7795 pin 02
> FAX 727-937-8834
> NASFT # 30210
> W9DVM
> 
> -----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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