Creating Durable Systems – Vintage Station and Integration

Creating Durable Systems within the K9ZW Main QTH Shack is a series started with:  https://wp.me/p2XN8-1Sc

The Vintage Station and Integration system can be broken down further:

  • Collins HF-380/Alpha-95 setup (Home QTH)
  • Collins S-Line 32s1/75s1/30s1 setup (Home/Work QTH)
  • Collins S-Line KW-2A setup (Island QTH)

Both S-Line stations are currently receiving massive-TLC at the hands of Chuck W9KR, and should be ready by early summer.

The HF-380 station is ready to go.

The needs for each stations final build-out, testing and commissioning include:

Collins HF-380/Alpha-95 setup (Home QTH)

Station requires a few additional jumpers, but is otherwise ready to use and had been on the air.

Collins S-Line 32s1/75s1/30s1 setup (Home/Work QTH)

Once Chuck W9KR is done, basically should be ready for setup and operation.  This station may initially be setup at my work QTH, as there is a nice physical place for the station.  Putting together a list of needed spares to have one hand, mostly backup vacuum tubes.

Collins S-Line KW-2A setup (Island QTH)

As this was a working station before the Island mice caused the need for heavy service, it will be ready to go when Chuck W9KR is done.  This station will be getting a secure sealed storage container for all of the station for when not in use. to avoid a repeat mouse problem.  Putting together a list of needed spares to have one hand, mostly backup vacuum tubes.

In way of documentation to make future troubleshooting and repairs easier the links are:

Collins HF-380/Alpha-95 setup (Home QTH)

This station is exceptionally well documented with a full set of original manuals, service manuals, and training materials.  It also came a field deployment “armorer style” spare parts kit.  Pretty much good to go.

Collins S-Line 32s1/75s1/30s1 setup (Home/Work QTH)

This station has a full set of original/repro user manuals and downloaded service manuals.

Collins S-Line KW-2A setup (Island QTH)

This station has a full set of original/repro user manuals and downloaded & printed service manuals.

And my system is built of:

Collins HF-380/Alpha-95 setup (Home QTH) 

    • HF-380 Transceiver with fan-kit and rack mount, keypad, microphone and most options.
    • Alpha-95 (last series) Amplifier
    • HAL RTTY/CW decoder with keyboard
    • Palstar AT4K  Antenna Tuner (heavier duty Government model with fan)

Collins S-Line 32s1/75s1/30s1 setup (Home/Work QTH)(all Collins are Winged Emblem)

  • 32S1 Transmitter
  • 75S1 Receiver
  • 30L1 Amplifier
  • 312B3 Speaker
  • 312B4 Station Console
  • 516F2 Power Supply
  • DX Engineering Speech Processor
  • Digital VFO Frequency Display
  • Palstar AT-Auto Antenna Tuner
  • Collins Dummy Load

Collins S-Line KW-2A setup (Island QTH) (all Collins are Round Emblem)

  • KWM-2A Transceiver
  • 30L1 Amplifier
  • 312B3 Speaker
  • 312B5 VFO Station Console
  • 516F2 Power Supply
  • PM-2 Portable Power Supply
  • Waters SWR/WATT Meter/Dummy Load

In terms of Redundancy/Backup/Failure Options:

The Collins HF-380/Alpha-95 setup (Home QTH),  Collins S-Line 32s1/75s1/30s1 setup (Home/Work QTH), and Collins S-Line KW-2A setup (Island QTH) are not specifically backup beyond having multiple setups and a few common spares.  There is a manual non-Collins transistorized transceiver at each QTH as a functional replacement.

 

73

Steve

K9ZW

 

One thought on “Creating Durable Systems – Vintage Station and Integration

  1. Kuby, N6JSX/8 [50yrs a HAM] says:

    But how many of today’s HAMs know how to zero beat a TX to the RX without blowing out the RX front end? How many know how to tune up the Tube TX (at max smoke) directly to the antenna (or into a tuner)? Nice thing about my Swan 350 & 500 is life is much easier, just drifty’er.

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