With the arrival of the Collins HF-380 transceiver I’ve needed to re-think my radio rack organization.
My first stab was to put the HF-380 just above desk height, as my intent is to use the Collins in a completely manual mode.
This particular Collins is an original HF-380 rather than a converted KW-380, has all of the extras including the high duty cycle blower kit, keypad, speech processor, manuals, and original rack mount. Even have a dedicated Collins issue HF-380 spare parts kit and full service manual, as if the radio would have been deployed somewhere very remote.
From the top down:
- Powered Speakers
- Flex-6700 #2 transceiver
- Teleport LP-700 monitor, AlphaSpid rotator control, tower height control
- Flex-6700 # transceiver
- Collins HF-380 transceiver
- K9ZW rack in transition
- Antenna Tuner – Palstar AT-auto
- Power Distribution
- Dual Power Supplies
- Flex-PGXL Amplifier
Here are some closer pictures:
I am very certain this setup is going to change.
Certain enough that I ordered two more racks, with one going to carry the HF-380, a stack of audio gear I want to experiment with, and other things that need to be visible/handy from my in-the-shack operating position.
This rack will become “things Flex & station automation.”
The third rack is destine for my Washington Island QTH, and will be configured differently as it will have a single Flex-6700 with a PGXL Amplifier with an antenna tuner.