Re: {Collins} S-Line Question for Collins Historians

I have to agree with you, Bob. Aside from the S/Line's technical merits, it's always been one of my favorite designs, visually. I don't know who was responsible either, but it set the tone for many rigs that followed the trend to a smaller sizes.

In fact, it's interesting to take a look at the Collins ads from the early 1960s because some of them emphasized the S/Line's visual aesthetics (check them out on WA3KEY's site here: My favorite is the one originally published in February 1962 QST showing a smiling, approving XYL, apparently thrilled that days of the big, heavy, black boxes were over ( The S/Line is "stylish and blends with the decor of any room," says the ad. I'm dubious, however, about how many XYLs actually allowed the ham shack to be set up in the family room (unless, of course, they too were hams).

Chris, W2PA

On 6/23/2011 7:41 PM, W3YY wrote:
Who can we thank for the physical design of the S-Line?  Since it's
introduction, I've found it to be the most attractive and inviting piece of
amateur radio equipment I've ever seen.

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