Collins R388 Repair

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Collins R388 Repair

Postby remegius » Sun Aug 01, 2010 4:40 pm

I just scored (for a very good price :D) a Collins R388, which is in very good condition and actually plays quite well. But the VFO/PTO is badly in need of alignment. Those of you who are familiar with the 388 know that the VFO is hermetically sealed, and is definitely not something I would like to mess with. Besides that I am sure that there are other parts, like caps, which probably need replacing. If anyone knows of someone on the west coast that works on these radios I would appreciate hearing from you. Howard Mills, W3HM, is the reigning guru of these radios, but I don't have $1K to spend on a complete restoration at this time. BTW, $1K may seem like a lot of money, but those who have availed themselves of Howard's work say that basically he starts from the atomic level and works north. Anyway, at this time I am mostly interested in just getting the VFO aligned.


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Re: Collins R388 Repair

Postby Jerry » Tue Dec 13, 2011 6:21 pm

Join the Collins chat forum and talk with the people who manufactured those radios when they were new.

The Collins company has a ham radio station set up for their x employees and even a net which takes place on Saturday mornings I believe on the 20 meters.
Via email - I am sure there is someone in that group that can handle your repairs gladly.

Listen to the net, collect some call signs, look up the call signs on QRZ or other web sites and make some contacts.

I am surprised that no one had an answer for you before now.
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