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WA5VDM
07-23-2012, 01:05 AM
There's this neat old guy that lives in the area. He has a collection of Collins equipment and some test equipment that he wants to sell to one person. One money for everything on the list. I'm really close to committing to the deal.

There's still this bright eyed novice in me that dreams about Collins... even though I'm sitting between an Ft-2000 and a Flex 1500.

He turned it all on for a few hours every month, but it probably hasn't been really used in years. He's got manuals for everything, spare parts.... even the (Collins recommended) test equipment for alignment!

My wife is a licensed ham, but has no idea the lust I feel for this stuff, she's giving me a playful hard time. But... you shoulda seen that room full of equipment when I walked in!!!!

The list:
75A-3 RECEIVER

75A-4 RECEIVER

516E-2 28VDC MOBIL POWER SUPPLY

32S3 TRANSMITTER WITH PS ENGINEERING SPEECH PROCESSOR

75S-3B RECEIVER

KWM2 WITH WATERS REJECTION TUNNING

KWM-2A TRANSCEIVER WITH DX ENGINEERING SP PROCESSOR AND NOISE BLANKER

30S-1 AMP

30L-1 AMP

312B-5 STATON CONTROL

312B-4 S LINE STATION CONTROL

136B-2 NOISE BLANKER

CP1 CYSTAL PACK

516-2 POWER SUPPLY

CC2 CARRYING CASE

PM-2 POWER SUPPLY

516E-1 12VDC MOBILE PS

351D-2 MOBILE MOUNT

KWM2-A WITH DX SPEECH PROCESSOR AND DOVETRON NOISE BLANKER

312B-3 S LINE SPEEKER X2

516F-2 AC PS X2

270G-1 SPEAKER

ASTATIC D104, SEVERAL

HP 410B VACUUM TUBE VOLT METER

HP 606A SIGNAL GENERATOR

HP 312B SELECTIVE VOLTMETER

HP 302A WAVE ANALYSER

HP 608F VHF SIGNAL GENERATOR

HP 412A DC VACUUM TUBE VOLTMETER

AUTEK RESEARCH RF ANALYST MODEL RF-1

RADIO SHACK FREQUENCY COUNTER 22-305

TEXTRONICS OS245(P)/U OSCILLASCOPE

TEXTRONICS 585A-82 PLUG IN OSCILLASCOPE

QST FROM 1955 TO 1965

ALL MANUALS, MANY BOOKS AND ACCESSORIES


It's all there, and only one reported issue (1 Kwm-2 not working correctily)

The total price is less than $5000.00.

What would YOU do?

AD7N
07-23-2012, 01:09 AM
Two Questions:
#1 - Do you in your HEART of HEARTs want this collection? Does the thought of owning it make you giggle like a little girl?
#2 - Do you have $5000 on hand you can shamelessly pay for it? By "shamelessly" I mean $5000 that isn't allocated for the mortgage or something.

If you answered yes to the above two questions, break out the check book and fill up the car - its time to buy yourself the Collins collection of a Lifetime!!

(seriously, that's an awesome collection!! :cool:)

WA5VDM
07-23-2012, 01:22 AM
Thanks.. I appreciate the reply. I just noted that I probably put this up in the wrong forum, and will close this thread and move it.
as to can I afford it... yes.
And I'm certainly giggling!!!
Sam

WA8FOZ
07-23-2012, 01:23 AM
OMG!! $5k is the deal of a lifetime. And nobody can have too many of those beautiful gray boxes. Go for it! (Heck, it's not my money.:D)

WA5VDM
07-23-2012, 01:30 AM
I thought I could close the thread, but can't see how so I'll leave it here.
Elsewhere I saw an admonishment not to post "Ham Related" threads on Rag Chew Central (!!???!!).

W7JZE
07-23-2012, 01:31 AM
I think that YOU buying this collection is a very bad idea.
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What's his number, anyway http://ae1pt.com/smilies/biggrin2.png?

KB9LXP
07-23-2012, 01:34 AM
If I had that chance, HECK YES!!!! only 5grand!!! If you know a ham banker, probably don't, the real value should get a small loan for that. Keep us posted
Mike

AE1PT
07-23-2012, 01:52 AM
Thread moved... :cool:

Personally, this stuff at a $5K pricetag would already be in my shack--no further questions asked.

If I grew tired of it, I know that I could at least double my money back... ;)

WB2WIK
07-23-2012, 01:54 AM
If most of that stuff actually works and is in decent condx, $5K is an amazing deal.

I'd do it in about three seconds.

The 30S-1, if in good condition, is worth about $2K all by itself. The 75A-4, if in good condition, even if it only has one filter installed, is worth about $1K. The HP stuff, if in good condition and working, is worth another $1K or more. The A3, if in ditto shape, is revered by AMers and probably worth $500. A good condx and working 30L-1 goes for at least $500. That would be $5K right there, and everything else would be free.

Unless it's all junk I think it's a very good deal.

WA5VDM
07-23-2012, 02:09 AM
here's a pic of some of the stuff...98696

K0RGR
07-23-2012, 02:10 AM
I was going to say that the two amplifiers would be worth a big chunk of that $5,000. The older 75A-series receivers are not all that rare, but in great shape, they are worth at least a few hundred each. The two KWM-2's ought to make up the rest of the $5K value, leaving the S-Line as profit for your trouble!

I presume that noise blanker goes in the S-Line receiver - I'm not familiar with the model numbers. If so, that is a wonderful thing to have - that's got to be the best working noise blanker around for impulse and power line noise. This would be hard to beat for a SSB station. I'd leave the QST's - they are much easier to store in CD form, and are available online now.

NA0AA
07-23-2012, 02:24 AM
You know that is a heck of a deal he's offering you.

If I had the money and the room? Heck yea, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

Even if you pick it apart you can put together a very nice Collins station or two.

N5PVL
07-23-2012, 02:55 AM
Looks good to me, I'd go for it.

AD7N
07-23-2012, 03:03 AM
here's a pic of some of the stuff...98696

Why are you still on this site? Go buy it already! Hihi :D

K7JBQ
07-23-2012, 03:12 AM
This is like someone posting, "I found this Ferrari in a barn..."

No brainer.

73,
Bill

WA5VDM
07-23-2012, 03:30 AM
Thanks Guys.. I just wanted some reinforcement.. I called him about an hour ago and closed the deal. All I have to do now is pay the piper and bring it all home. At least I don't have to sneak it past my wife!
I'm hoping I can sell some of it, and (partly) finance the 75A-4, 75S-3, 32S3, and the 30L-1 as a keeper station.
The rest I will probably put up for sale.
Sam

WA6MHZ
07-23-2012, 04:26 PM
That's probably $20K-$30K worth of stuff!

I am still trying to come up with $6K for a FTdx5000!

W4HAY
07-23-2012, 06:34 PM
Glad you went for it. You'd be beating yourself up for the rest of your life if you'd passed it up.

KC0W
07-23-2012, 08:49 PM
This is like someone posting, "I found this Ferrari in a barn..."

No brainer.

73,
Bill


Other than finding a interesting HF radio a farmer had in storage a few years ago, it's quickly turning into urban (rural?) legend stumbling across "finds of gold" in barns. Most farmers/ranchers are pretty savvy knowing what items are worth these days. The days of finding a 1968 Charger with 1,000 miles on sitting in storage in farmer Brown's barn for $2,000 are 99.99% over.

A farmer with a Ferrari? There are plenty of farmers/ranchers/landowners around here making $20,000+ a day because they have the mineral rights to their land. The oil company's come in a put a few high producing wells on their property & the next thing ya know, (as the TV theme sang goes) "old Jed's a millionaire". I personally know a rancher with 12 wells on his land who makes in excess of $100,000 a day....................Know what he drives?



A 2008 Silverado.




Tom KCW

N4BBQ
07-23-2012, 08:54 PM
I'm a youngster and even I know what a deal that is. I can't believe you even asked the question...

WW7F
07-23-2012, 11:14 PM
I would go for it without any thought:) Having had a few deals "stolen" by a jerk I would not hesitate and not give any clues out as there is likely some rear end who would try and steal that deal I can see the visions of ebay not thier shack in mind, have fun but beware of the sharks regardless if they have a shack full of gear some hams seem to want it all.
Most are good folks butr they are human .
Good luck I hope you get it in your shack before someone else tries to steal that deal:) 73,michelle

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