|[AMRadio] Can You Believe It? Johnson 500 / Collins 30K|
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Sat Sep 15 09:29:38 EDT 2007
I have two and one is for sale.
Dave, W3ST - W3CRA
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Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Can You Believe It? Johnson 500 / Collins 30K
> Hi Ellen,
> Well, in some folk's opinion a 30K is not worth $4K. Actually, it may be
> worth much more than that. I know of another one in "5-land" that is
> being listed (with a 75A-1 receiver) for $12K!!! It's like everything
> else....it is what someone is willing to pay for it that sets the value.
> Does that make them foolish?....Maybe so, but if they have the money and
> want it bad enough, they will pay the price. Just like a 1957 Chevy that
> once sold for $2500 may now be worth $30,000.
> The 30K series are very nice transmitters and Collins didn't make very
> many of them, so they have become quite "rare" and, consequently
> valuable. The 30K-1 is the ham band version and it is the rarest and
> therefore the most expensive. Frankly, I think the 30K-4 and 30K-5 are
> nicer rigs and they are better looking. They are commercial versions and
> have built-in xtal controlled exciters and two complete RF tank circuits
> for instantaneously switching between two bands. They are a bit more
> common than the 30K-1s, but still quite scarce.
> I have owned my 30K-4 for several years and I love it. I was very
> fortunate to find it and I certainly didn't pay $4K for it, but had to
> spend a bit of time and money to get it up and running.
> I really enjoy the old "St James Gray" Collins gear. Yes, it generally
> is somewhat expensive, but it is classic equipment and was the standard
> for quality in its day. Collins gear is good stuff, but my motive for
> owning it has always been the enjoyment of operating and enjoying it on
> the air.....not just setting it on the shelf or collecting it as an
> Just my two cents worth.....
> 73, Jack, W9GT
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