[AMRadio] Swan, Siltronix, Kachina


manualman at juno.com manualman at juno.com
Sat May 31 13:15:06 EDT 2014


The Kachina-1 looked very similar to the Atlas 210/215X. It was made by
Kachina Communications in Sadona, AZ. Only about a 100 units were made
before military contacts took manufacturing precedence. 

Pete, wa2cwa

On Sat, 31 May 2014 06:28:53 -0700 (PDT) CL in NC via AMRadio
<amradio at mailman.qth.net> writes:
> In addition to the Siltronix line, does anybody know if they also 
> made a solid state rig under the name of Kachina?  I traded for one 
> of these in the 80's, it covered 27 to 54 Mhz, was SSB, can't 
> remember if it had CW, and ran 100 watts out.  Always thought it was 
> connected to Swan because it had that famous Swan main tuning dial 
> mechanism.  After I repaired it and tried it a few times, traded it 
> for something else.  I was never a big Swan operator, but Swan gear 
> has come and gone by chance over the years from the  single bander 
> SSB rig for 75 meters that had the mod in it to make it a dual 
> bander with 20, a couple 350 series, and 250 6 meter rig series, 
> which I still have one each of.  Have a story about trying to call 
> Swan on a lark one time in the early 90's.  Think they were kaput by 
> then, but was repairing a 400H series channelized HF rig at work and 
> needed a part.  On the chance they still maintained a non-public 
> presence, called their number and
>  got a recording that went, "Hello, this is Bob and Gail Jones' 
> residence, THIS IS NOT SWAN ELECTRONICS!".  Guess they got a call 
> more than once.
> 
> Charlie, W4MEC in NC



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