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Radio Tech:
In this video we have a quick look at vintage Collins transceiver. This unit was damaged in shipping due to poor packaging. But this one will live and should be back to original shape before long.  VFO shaft was damaged along with the front panel bezel; the bezel holds the VFO knob in place. Proper packaging is a must when shipping anything of value. I really hate seeing equipment of this caliber damaged due to poor packaging let alone with shipping companies can do to a proper packed unit.

Specs :
http://www.collinsradio.org/cca-collins-historical-archives/the-equipment-of-collins-radio/the-grey-boxes/kwm-22a-transceiver/

This radio is not  the  "Round Emblem" version and  is over 50 years old


voltlog:
Other than mentioned VFO knob damage it looks to be in pretty good condition for the age.
And yes, I always fear shipping anything of value, especially oversea. Luckily, so far, everything I got was very well packaged.
Good luck restoring the radio.

Radio Tech:

--- Quote from: voltlog on October 08, 2015, 08:29:16 am ---Other than mentioned VFO knob damage it looks to be in pretty good condition for the age.
And yes, I always fear shipping anything of value, especially oversea. Luckily, so far, everything I got was very well packaged.
Good luck restoring the radio.

--- End quote ---

Yes the rig appears to be in very good shape indeed. I once shipped a signal generator out  for repair. When it arrived at the repair shop the guy refused to acccept it and sent it back. Transformer came loose and went through the inside of the unit like a cyclone. Nothing left to fix lol.

Thanks for your comment, will be a nice repair.

Radio Tech:
Just an update on the KWM-2
The owner gives me the go ahead and repair.
So we look over a few things to do.


Radio Tech:
Here are some pics of the broken mess.




I started sorting out all the little parts to see if any were missing. So far it is all there.



I was able to glue all of the bezel back together. What I am going to do now is cut out a very thin piece of copper sheeting to glue to the back. This will add a lot of strength to the part.  Once that is glued on and dry I will sand the front and apply filler. Light sand and paint with a flat black then add a little clear coat.

This is not plastic. I cannot remember what it is called but it is the same material that the knobs of this vintage but I think they are bakelite?

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