Enjoy Amateur Radio, sports cars, stock market, our swimming pool and watching my son play college ball. I am married and have one son in college. The picture is of my corvette at the Jersey Shore QTH, my main QTH is in Denville NJ and my 3'rd QTH is in Florida. I enjoy DX ing on the HF bands and DSTAR operation. I also enjoy operating HF and DSTAR remotely from the Jersey Shore and Florida QTH's. We spend weekends in the summer watching my son play in the Jersey Shore Summer Collegiate League. Also enjoy antenna design and the old Collin's radios, especially the S Line and KWM2. I built about a 100 Heathkit radios when I was a teenager to buy my first radio a Heathkit HW101 aka the Hot Water 101. Love those tube finals and sound even had a CW filter as a option! Also am a ARRL VE and enjoy helping new ham operators setup and enjoy weightlifting and enjoyed building a weightlifter in my son. I still have and operate the first 2 radios I built the HW-101 and the SB-101. They still look like new and have 100 watts output. Not bad as they have been around the world and back and through 300 plus countries several times. I operate with 100 watts and finally started keeping a official log in January 2012 and putting some info on QRZ after all these years. My main radios are a Collins KWM2 and Collins KWM-380 with the Collins SM3 mic. I rotate the 2 Collins radios and 2 Heathkit Radio's. I just picked up the like new Collins KWM2 and KWM-380 with the original paperwork, order slip, brochures, original unused logbooks for each, and the certificate for 100 free personalized QSL cards for the KWM-380 1000 club. Sure makes DX a challenge when station is working split and spinning the KWM2 dial. I have a few modern solid state radios for backup a Kenwood 590S and Yaesu FTdx9000D and a ICOM 756. Other pictures of my son at Florida QTH and Disney with his girlfriend and my other sports car.
PS. For Collins fans Collins KWM-380 ordered 3/10/1980 was $2995 for radio, $3400 with options. $38.61 for freight charges. There was also a 30% discount for Collins employees. Ordered before the price increase of radio to $3496 effective October 1 1980. Radio was delivered February 1981. Options cards and filters shipped uninstalled.
Employee Price for KWM2 purchased February 1961 was $776.25 and SM1 $21.60. 516F-2 power supply was $77.62.
Pictures show KWM2 not hooked up yet just out of the original box and SM3 with KWM2 and KWM-380. Radios were picked up in original boxes from being stored for years.
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