Dear CCA and Friends,
As many of you know I am bringing the Collins Communication Van
to Dayton this
week, sponsored by the CCA! The Van first came to Dayton in 1965, b
rought by Collins Radio Company! I brought it to Dayton 31 years later in
1996 after its restoration. It is now coming again 43 years
later!! How quickly time goes by! The Communications Van is a 1964
Ford Econoline Van (the first year Ford made the Van) with all the original
specified Collins S-line equipment on board. It will be set up inside the
Hare Arena and fully operational. We will be setting up an Antenna
Research Associates HF Miniloop Antenna outside! We will be using the W0CXX
Call sign from the Collins Amateur Radio Club of Cedar Rapids as a special
event. Please plan to come and see the Van, operate the station inside, get
your picture taken at the controls (bring your digital camera), and pick up a copy
of the original brochure distributed as the Van was driven around the country in
1965. The Collins Communications Van has many special features in its
design and build-out and is certainly worth seeing! Also I would like
each one of you who would like to sign the back wall of the Van, just as other
did years ago!
If any of you are coming to Dayton and have time Thursday after noon to
help with the set up I would deeply appreciate it. Please call me at 1-818-519-4419.
I left Bakersfield, Calif.
Sunday night and am currently in Santa
Rosa, New Mexico heading
east! See you there!
Jim Stitzinger, WA3CEX