Collins R-390 restoration - long gone past?

Discussion in '"Boat Anchor" & Classic Equipment' started by AA7EJ, Feb 20, 2012.

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  1. AA7EJ

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    Is there any active Collins R-390 restoration going on?
    “Current “ date on one of the site found on net is 2007!
    To my knowledge there used to be an active Collins reflector somewhere.

    Actually I would like to find someone who does duplicates of military labels. I need one for my R-392.
    But hoping that contact with R-390 group would help too.
    73 Vaclav

    PS Posted here because R-390 IS NOT A BOATANCHOR!
     
  2. KL7AJ

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    I am SURE there's restoration going on. FAR too many hard-core 390 folks to just disappear!

    Eric
     
  3. W3WN

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    Check with the Collins Collectors Association. Someone involved in CCA should be able to point you in the right direction.
     
  4. WA3VJB

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    Hello Vaclav,

    I was sorry to hear when Mr. Havel had passed away. Not very many playwrights become heads-of-state, ya know ?

    Anyway, glad to see you might have an R390 you want to bring back. They had a lot more "in" them than the younger R390A, yet both varieties have a lot of attributes not matched among contemporary receivers.

    I have two recommendations for you, and please mention me:

    W2WDX and W3HM

    Both do restoration work.

    Chuck Rippel, WA4HHG, specialized more in the R390A and he has scaled back or completely withdrawn from doing them anymore. I say that in case you run across him among references. I've known him since high school.

    If you want to learn more about doing it yourself, please visit http://amfone.net and make a posting. The archives may yield a lot of details that can help you as well.

    There has been an email reflector for the R390 and R390A, but I'd take what's on there with a grain of salt.

    http://mailman.qth.net/pipermail/r-390/


     
  5. KC8YLT

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    A friend of mine here in West Virginia I know sends all of his Collins gear and related items to Howard Mills, Im not sure but I think he lives over near the WV, Maryland state lines. Hope this helps out. Carl.
     
  6. AA7EJ

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    Paul,
    thanks for reply.
    Just for info – I usually do some homework before posting here and know about the Chuck Rippel throttling down on the R 390.
    At present I am trying to spruce up my R-392 and so far have no plans to tackle R-390 unless someone will donate one to me. I doubt that very much since e-bay is such gold mine for some of us who are more into selling business than ham hobby.
    For example , an original R-392 connector , on e-bay is priced one fifth of the price someone is willing to pay for R-392.
    So a true dog bone would be over $100. More power to the seller.

    As far as Vaclav Havel I will limit my cometary to two things – it used to make me „mad“ when president’s name got pronounced properly and 150% of people almost always pronounce my name as „Vaklaf“.
    Second, I feel he was pretty much idealist , as many as my countrymen are , me included.
    Granted his contributions to free former Czechoslovakia are undeniable, but it took 20 plus years to accomplish that, after 1968.
    Also dismantling Warsaw Pact was one of his achievements, unfortunately he also dismantled many supporting industries without replacing them and the economic situation is not that great today.
    Enough said, I am getting emotional.


    73 Vaclav
     
  7. W9GB

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    Vaclav -

    Electric Radio articles on this model are useful for any restoraiton or retro-fits.
    They do sell copies of earlier issues/articles.
    http://www.ermag.com/

    Dave Medley, KI6QE (SK) who lived near Fort Worth, Texas was one of the best known R-390 restorers.
    Dave passed away in May 2010 -- although content from his fromer web site (R-390) is still available.
    http://www.r-390.com/

    As I stated earlier, Rich Mish (Toledo, OH) does work on R-392 radios (I confirmed this last year, when I was looking at one)
    http://www.dxing.com/r390/mish.htm

    Due to his military experience -- he has "hands on" experience with these repairing/working on these radios
    http://www.dxing.com/r390/r390.htm

    Fair Radio Sales (Lima, OH) is one well known acquirer of surplus military radio equipment.
    They did have replacement nameplates for the R-90 series, at one time.
    http://www.fairradio.com/

    Paul Vincent Zecchino at Mil-Spec Communications (Florida) was working on R-390A/R-390/R-392 at one time.
    eMail: milspec390@aol.com Telephone: +1-941-474-6818
    I have not seens anything lately.

    ==
    w9gb
     
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2012
  8. WB5WSV

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    Over at jamminpower.com you will find the website of Andy Moore. The BC-348 and R-390/A series are his favorite receivers and he has quite a collection of them. He provides high quality scans of the manuals via his website.

    Good luck!

    Robert
    WB5WSV
     
  9. W9GB

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