COLLINS KW-1 REGISTRY - updated 9/2/2014

The KW-1 is one of the rarest (and most desired) pieces of Collins equipment! Here is a listing
of the current owners of the KW-1. It is as accurate as I can make it based on information
at my disposal. The original basis for the listing is data collected for over a decade by
Butch, KØBS. If you own a KW-1 and can provide any additional info or corrections please
contact me via e-mail. I would be grateful for any information received. I would also like to
encourage any current owners to provide additional details on your KW-1 - photos, etc.

Art Collins and his KW-1!
(Scroll to end of page for more KW-1 photos)

It's amazing how many of these survive today and are on the air! I now only need info for
17 of the 150 originally manufactured. Here's Proof that at least one KW-1 made it to Germany!
At least it was there in 1955 (Thanks to Dave, N4XO for this info)

S/N
Past Owners
Current Owner
Comments
1
W8ZO; WA2OAX; WØNKL

W9DWS

 
2
  
W8LXJ
 
3
WD5BMD
W5PRC
 
4
KV7S
WAØAKG
or WØHUR 
5
K7YOO
WØHUR
or W4BD  
6
 WØSQO
W8ZO
 
7
W4BD; AC4FQ
W9CMO
 
8
 
No Info
 
9
W7ISX, K9RJ
K9HMB
 

10

 W5JAY
WE5L
 
11
W3MYK, W3BV
WA3CEX
 
12
K4JU; W2IQ; N4KF
K9AAL
 
13
 
W8ZO
 
14
 
K7POF
 
15
  
No Info
   
16
N9IPQ
 Owner since 1985 
17
 
K7CMS
 
18
 
WA6JKN
 
19
KØUN; WA5SVL
W5DUD
 
20
    W4EEE
W6HYK
 
21
 
No Info
  
22
 
No Info
  
23
Milwaukee School of Eng, AC9K, N9IRD
W9VG
 
24
 
W8EGD
 
25
W1GZS
W1YG
 
26
 
KCØKT
 
27
 
W8ZO
 
28
 
W8ZO
 
29
 
K8WOZ
 
30
 W4TVN
KA1DMZ
 
31
 K4KFT (?)
WA5UEK
 
32
WØYY
WØVT
 
33
  
K7VZP
 
##
KF6EA; K7YOO; WØZR
NR5M
 I need the serial number for this unit
34
W8KBV; WB8MLA; WØYVA; W3HPW
K2PVC
35
   N7AF
K7VZP
 
36
 
WA5DIP
 
37
 
No Info
 
38
 
W1YG
 Per K3RR, this unit was parted out
39
 
No Info
 
40
W8ZO 
 **
 Current owner wants to remain anonymous 
41
WØYRX 
K4EGK
 
42
WW4B
N2XYS
 
43
N4LEM; W9BYZ (sk)
W5LTR
 
44
W4TVN; KA1DMZ; W9CMO
W7KOW
 
45
Nat'l Christian Network
N4LEM
 
46
 
W6HYK
 
47
WB6NVX; W9LDB
W6CC
 
48
W4ZZ
AA4RM
 
49
 W1AYR; Bristol Radio Club, CT
W1VD
 
50
Columbia University  
WA2PJP
 See notes at end of listing 
51
 
No Info
 
52
WB6NVX
WB6BYE
 
53
 W8ZO
**
 Current owner wants to remain anonymous 
54
 AC1Y, WØYVA, AB2EZ
W3EMD
55
 
W4WKB
 Photos 
56
W3JCL; W9HIF; K9JWU
KØBS
 
57
W6OAU
W6IRD
 
58
W9DIA 
K9MBS
 
59
 W8ZO; VE3HC
Museum
 Owned by the Hammond Museum of Radio
60
WA5MC, K5ZGE, K5AUP
KD4MBN
 
61
 
KB6IJX
 
62
 
W1YG
 
63
 W7ABO
**
 This one may be in pieces somewhere! 
64
  
No Info
 
65
WA6LSO; WA7NNH
KC7VXD
 
66
 
WA5VGO
 
67
 
WØOGM
 
68
Utah State Univ Amateur Radio Club, K9RJ 
K9HMB
 
69
 
No Info
 
70
Bishop
K8PSV
 
71
KØDEW; W9CTO
**
 Current owner wants to remain anonymous
72
 
W8ZO
 
73
 W3BV
WU8E
 
74
 
No Info
 
75
 
WA4GGL
 
76
 KB6FQR
KA6PVN
 
77
W5CAM; W8AHB; KH6BM; K5JV
WA1PQT
 
78
 
W5NTQ
 Built 12/5/52 per factory tag 
79
K2BBK
KM5VT
 
80
 
KE6MS
 
81
K9RJ
KB9R
 
82
WA1IIE; K6AD
KØEOO
 
83
 
WØVT
 
84
WØYSX; W9YE
K4ESQ
 
85
 W8ZO
WØLIJ
 
86
 K4MLJ
VK4VN
 
87
 
No Info
 
88
 
W3BV
 
89
 
KA1KAQ
Factory #14; Built 1/22/53 per factory tag 
90
 
W5ZG
 
91
 
W8ZO
 
92
 W7PJS
K2XZ
 
93
 
No Info
 
94
 
W6NJR
 
95
 W6THW
W5CZ
 
96
 W6GNR
W6FHC
  W6GNR purchsed from Henry Radio 
97
 
DJ3OE
 
98
 
 WA3GPE
99
KM6VB;  WØYVA
WB2NEW
100
 
KD4AF
 
101
 KDØPD, W4TVN, W4OO
K4OZY
 
102
 
No Info
 
103
KØUN, KØKE
WB5AFY
 
104
 
K1MAN
 
105
K4EDK; N4XO; K5JV; WØXV; WØYVA
W7KOW
106
 
NE2E
 
107
K9ZVE
W5LTR
 
108
 
K2NK
 
109
KA2LYZ; N4XO; W5MC
W1YG
 
110
 
W8EGD
 
111
 
WA2BXK
 
112
 
No Info
 
113
W8ZO 
WB5BFZ
 
114
 
W8YX
 
115
W9EWC; W8UBO; W8POZ; K9QI
K9GOZ
 See Notes at end of listing 
116
 VE7FY
K7PJT
 
117
 
No Info
 
118
 W6HDU
W6DQ
 
119
WX6K; W1YG
KC9CMX
 
120
W8ZO; K2LYC; KØRZ
W1YG
  
121
 
W8ZO
 
122
W8ZO 
**
 Current owner wants to remain anonymous 
123
 
KW1I
 
124
W8CAM 
W8ZO
 
125
 
W7JQW
 
126
 
W2KW
 
127
K9RJ  
K9HMB
 
128
 
W9OTN
  
129
 W2KRM
K6AD
 
130
WØBYH
N9IPQ
 
131
KW1I
W2ORL
 
132
 
K7GCO
 
133
W6VR; W6CC, W5MC, N7ARY
W8ZO
 See Notes at end of listing
134
WA3PUN; WA1DEJ; W1JL
W1DU
 
135
W4AA; N4XO
N6CM
 
136
KØUN
No Info
 
137
WØCXX
WB5WUX
 
138
 
KFØB
 
139
 
KH6IRT
 See Notes at end of listing 
140
W4TVN; N6EQ
K6HM 
 
141
N2DXO
W1YG
 
142
AH5A
W2BKR
 
143
K4GIT
W9CMO
 
144
W9YFV 
W8ZO
 
145
 
WA3CEX
 
146
KV7S
WAØAKG
 
147
VE3HC
Museum 
 Owned by the Hammond Museum of Radio 
148
 
K7CGO
 
149
WC6D; WA3CEX; K5PZ; AA9TT
K1TLI 
 
150
K4HWF; K2LYC
 
 Sold - new owner unknown  
Proto1
W8AU; K8CCV
 
 Sold - new owner unknown   
Proto2
K5FZ (now W5MP)
 ON8PO
  

Additional Interesting Notes

S/N 50: While at Columbia Univ this KW-1 was used as an exciter for a high power plasma generator.
S/N 115: Purchased new by W9EWC from Harris radio, Fond Du Lac, WI, on 8/23/53
S/N 133: Purchased directly from Art Collins by Faust Gonset (Gonset Radio)
S/N 139: Originally used by Oahu, HI, Civil Defense. Stored for years, new, in an ammo bunker inside Diamond Head Crater. Used as a prop in the Hawaii Five-O television series. Restored by present owner.
S/N 150: An advertisement in Dec, 1962 CQ Magazine noted this unit was factory converted for SSB and FSK RTTY. It was for sale at $1995.

Dale Hoppe, W6VSS (SK)

We think this is W3BIW
(anyone know for sure?)

Thanks to Bill, W5IQJ, for both these photos

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