What is it?  Ham Radio is just another name for amateur radio.  Ham Radio had its start from the very beginning of radio in the mid-teens of the 1900's.  It was only natural that if you heard someone on radio that you might want to try to talk with them.  So the "experimenter, curiosity and inquisitiveness" in people started building transmitters to enable two-way communication between people with distance between them.  At first it was only meters, then miles, then hundreds of miles, then thousands and after a couple of decades it was around the world communication.  One of the leaders in design was Arthur Collins who founded Collins Radio.  Collins Radio is in most Ham Radio operators mind's, the pinnacle of manufacturers, the best of the best.  

This section of our web-site is dedicated to HAM RADIO and since I am somewhat nuts about COLLINS RADIO equipment, it only follows that I would post some pictures of some real beautiful Collins station equipment.  None of this is for sale as it doesn't belong to me but feast your eyes upon these beauties !  So here goes our start on a Ham Radio Virtual Museum. . . . .

From Top Left to Right - we'll try to identify this wonderful equipment . . .


312A-1 Speaker/Light

Bird Wattmeter

270G-1 Speaker


312B-1 Exciter

75A-4 Receiver

32V-3 Transmitter

75A-1 Receiver

75A-3 Receiver

51J-4 Communications Receiver

75A-4 Receiver 


Astatic Mike


Astatic Mike


From top left on down (30S-1 linear on left) - we're guessing on some of this . . .
(Photo courtesy of W1GZS)

    302C-3 W/E SWR Meter 312B-3 R/E Speaker 399C-1 W/E Speaker/PTO for KWM-2
  KWM-2A W/E Transceiver 312B-5 W/E VFO/Control Console 51S-1 R/E Communications Receiver 32S-3 W/E Transmitter
30S-1 Linear Amplifier 32S-3 R/E Transmitter 312B-4 R/E Station Console 75S-3B W/E Receiver 30L-1 W/E Linear Amplifier
    SM-3 Microphone Vibroplex Keyer SM-2 Microphone

Now isn't that a bunch of beautiful Collins Equipment?

(I wish I could say my ham station looked like this . . . . perhaps in my dreams someday . . . .)

Below are some miscellaneous ham items that we have acquired or that are unusual or older items rarely seen these days . . . thought you might be interested in some of these pictures.....

                                  This is one of our restorations, a better than Mint Collins R390/URR - the grandaddy of the series -
completely restored to better than new condition - Sold 2005

                                     All Mil-Spec - tube shields throughout, everything clean as a pin, notice the     heavy duty modular construction of the R390/URR - bottom view

The back is immaculate.  You can see the highly polished slug-rack system and note that there are two stainless-steel tube pullers which are impossible to find intact on these old beauties . . . .

The above 3 pictures are for a late production run for the R390/URR built by Motorola under Collins contract.  This is the grandaddy of the R390 series of radios having some 33 tubes employed.  This receiver has been completely rebuilt and is currently in our museum.  As of 2/05, it was sold for over $ 3500.  This receiver is so pristine, you can almost perceive that it has "Art's" breath still on it.  If interested, we have more pictures that we can send you.  Until the time that someone wants it more than me, I'm just going to enjoy it . . . . . . . .

Take a look at our R390 Museum and its Amelco R390A/URR communications receiver.  This receiver was restored by a meticulous restorer and frankly it looks like a Swiss watch on the inside.  Even the gear assembly was cleaned and lubed in such a way that it looks brand new.  Even the tube shields have been polished.  It is spotless inside and outside and is shown in its mint CY929/URR mil-spec case that was built for the R390A/URR receivers by the U.S. Army.  Note the rack handles and shock mounts that came with the brand new mounting cabinet.  This is truly one heck of a receiver and we are proud to be the owners of this classic radio.  If you don't know much about the R390A, take a look at our R390A museum information on the web.  We also have a CD-ROM publication that has all of the technical bulletins from the Navy, Air Force and Army on this fabulous receiver.  


A California Ham purchased Collins Radio Ham Display Truck and now goes to Ham conventions to show it off

This van was in Dallas for a Collins Radio get together several years ago

This is a very MINT Collins R388/URR HF  receiver came from a California ham that was given it by his uncle who brought it back from the Korean War and never unpacked it or used it.  This is as Mint as they get!

How about a beautiful Hallicrafters SX-100 from an estate.  This was one of the first SSB receivers made by Hallicrafters in 1956.  The SX-88 was the first Hallicrafters to offer SSB reception.

This is a restored S40A Hallicrafters receiver

A very nice condition Collins Radio 32V-3 Transmitter w/Spare output tube and manual

This is a mint Harris RF350K HF Transceiver w/matching 500 Watt Linear, All Automatic

This is the Harris matching automatic tuner for the above transceiver and amplifier

This is the last of the National Companies products.  The R1490/GRR17 was a state of the art HF receiver built under contract for the Coast Guard with built in provisions for teletype drivers and all other modes of receiption

This is the famous BC191 series of transmitters used by the military in WWII

This is the ART-13 autotune transmitter by Collins Radio that replaced the BC191 series above in the latter days of WWII and was used in the Korean war as well by the military.  These are very desirable transmitters that produce about 250 watts output of AM or CW signals.

This is the type TCS-5 Transmitter WWII vintage by Collins Radio

This is a prime mint condition example of the National HRO-5TA-1 HF receiver with matching speaker and set of plug in coils

This is a Collins TCS-8 HF receiver from WWII vintage, very nice condition w/mounting plate & shocks

This is a working Harris 1K/4K/10K Watt HF autotuned transmitter that came from the AT&T Marine transmitter site in Florida.  Man, what a beautiful transmitter this is but it was so large that it would have had to be dismantled to get it into our loading dock door, so we sold it to a very deserving ham radio operator.  There is a lot of history about the AT&T sites which we will add when we have time.

This is a mint National 1-10 from the very early days of National Radio, now in a Texas private museum

Likewise this is the famous National SW-3 (Mint) also in a Texas private museum

R648/URR Collins Receiver, this was an aircraft receiver that replaced the famous BC-348 series receivers - this is the only one of these that we have ever seen and it was a working receiver when we got it.
We will add more when we have time, Thanks for visiting

This page is getting too large and I will probably start breaking it down into categories for faster loading to get to the pictures that you might enjoy . . . . . .  

I will be adding more as time permits - hope you enjoyed it so far . . . . man as I look at these pictures, my mouth starts watering . . . . Collins Radio?  What is it about this stuff that starts the adrenaline to start flowing??  I look at these radios and my palms get itchy and sweaty and my hand starts jerking back towards my wallet  . . . wait a minute those clammy $1.00 bills in my wallet aren't even going to buy a tube . . . wait here's my check book, who has some of this stuff for sale?  Surely there must be someone hoarding too much out there that needs to get rid of some and gain some new space . . . if that someone is you, contact me at "contact us" button on top of most web pages or better still, just give me a call!     Terry - W5OAS