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

RE: Modern look of the S-Line

It all looked right at home in Arthur Godrey's "Glass Bottom Boat" movie.

Compared to the Frankenstein's lab look of the A-Line*, it must have been a welcome sight to the modern housewife of the fifties.

I can certainly see a wife approved station on a table in the family room. ( two or three cabinets max though.)

73' Charlie k3ICH

* NOT my opinion......just something I heard from someone who apparently didn't appreciate the beauty of St. James Gray.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Glen Zook" <gzook@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <collins@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>; "W2PAChris Codella" <w2pa@xxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, June 26, 2011 1:38 PM
Subject: Re: {Collins} S-Line Question for Collins Historians

When the S-Line was housed in one of the "fancy" consoles that Collins pictured in a number of advertisements, I don't think that there would be many, if any, objections to the equipment being in a family room, living room, etc.

However, for a while, I owned one of the consoles that was pictured in a few of the advertisements. Frankly, except for VERY casual operating, the placement of the equipment was a long way from optimum and operating for any extended amount of time was very tiring.

The console that I owned had openings for the transmitter and receiver plus a smaller item, like a station control, on the lower level and openings for 2 smaller items plus a 30L-1 linear on the upper level. On the lower level the smaller item was in the center and on the upper level the larger item was in the center.

Glen, K9STH


--- On Sun, 6/26/11, Chris Codella, W2PA <w2pa@xxxxxxxx> wrote:

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).

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