Re: {Collins} Difference between 75S-1 and 75S-3

No need to fall on the sword ( the walker usually gets in the way ).
Somewhere between my first KWM2A and a 30S-1, I picked up a Drake Line
"B" series and the buzz at the time was that the "B" was a "better"
receiver than the "C". I wasn't a serious contester, so I wouldn't
have noticed a difference.

Of all the 75S-3A service bulletins, which should I check to see if it
has been installed ?  I'm planning a power cord replacement and while
I have it upside down, I might as well check for service bulletins.



Quoting Bill Carns via Collins <collins@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>:

Thanks Glen – Yes, I already fell on my sword – as you can see from
the list post – for the filter boo boo.  Got comfused in my olde age
I guess.

Re the A version – yes, of course, but I was speaking generally. The A is just a plain old 75S-3 in fancy clothing. Same performance
and more money.


From: Glen Zook [mailto:gzook@xxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Sunday, October 29, 2017 10:30 AM
To: Bill Carns <wcarns@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>; 'Brian Gieryk' <ke6iyc@xxxxxxx>
Cc: COLLINS@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: {Collins} Difference between 75S-1 and 75S-3

I slightly disagree!  The 75S-3 is the 2nd best of the 75S-
receivers.  The 75S-3A is the best! :>)  Of course, the only
difference between the 75S-3 and 75S-3A is the additional crystal
deck but having those additional crystals does add to the
functionality of the receiver.  The performance of the 75S-3 and
75S-3A is identical.

Every 75S-3 and 75S-3A  came from the factory with a 200 Hz CW
filter installed whereas the 75S-1 / 75S-2 had an optional 500 Hz
filter that had to be installed after the receiver was purchased
(this by decree of Art Collins) by returning the receiver to the
factory, having the filter installed at an authorized service
center, or the filter, and optional BFO crystal, were available to
the end user so that anyone could do the installation.  In the
75S-3B / 75S-3C all CW filters were available at an additional charge.

By the way, the 200 Hz filter is a crystal filter, not a mechanical
filter.  Also, there are a very few amateur radio operators who
remove the 200 Hz filter from the 75S-3 / 75S-3A when selling one of
those receivers.  The filter is then offered individually with the
seller "claiming" that the filter was an optional accessory.  This
is absolutely false!  Every 75S-3 and 75S-3A receivers came from the
factory with the CW filter installed.

I have owned a 75S-3, do own 2-each 75S-1 receivers, and my primary
receiver is a 75S-3A.  Also, I work on Collins equipment for others
and have seen a fair number of 75S-3B and 75S-3C receivers.  I
definitely agree with Bill that the 75S-3 / 75S-3A receivers are
better than the 75S-3B / 75S-3C and considerably better than the
75S-1 / 75S-2 receivers.

Glen, K9STH

Website: <>


From: Bill Carns via Collins <collins@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
<mailto:collins@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> >
To: 'Brian Gieryk' <ke6iyc@xxxxxxx <mailto:ke6iyc@xxxxxxx> >
Cc: COLLINS@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:COLLINS@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, October 28, 2017 8:10 PM
Subject: Re: {Collins} Difference between 75S-1 and 75S-3

Hmmmmmmmmmm - Functional difference..  On the most basic level - NONE!  They

are both receivers.  :-)

On a performance level - DAY & NIGHT.  The 75S-3 is so much better a

performer that you will not ever go back to the S-1.  Do not misunderstand,

the 75S-1 is a good (not great - but good) receiver - but the 75S-3 is so

much better.

On a more detailed level,

75S-1 w/ 10 tubes (stripping away the Xtal Cal, the injection and PTO Osc

and the PTO Cath follower leaves):

      RF Amp, 2 Mixers cascaded, 2 IF amps w/ Mech Fil. And either Product

or AM Detect/AGC rectifier combo and then one audio Amp.

      Thus, the basic receiver is 1 RF Amp, 2 Mixers, 2 IF amps w/ Mech Fil.

Loss and the detector and Audio amp

      Performance results from 7 stages, 3 of which have gains less than 1

-and then mechanical filter losses.

      The 75S-1 has no notch filter, no variable BFO

75S-3 w/12 tubes

    The same stripping away with the 745S-3 gives another stage of IF gain

(now essentially 3) combined with notch filter and separate AGC rectifier

and two stages of Audio gain. The technical result is better gain

distribution, selectivity,  audio out and AGC performance

The results are dramatic.  It is often stated that the 75S-3 is the best of

the S-Line receivers and I agree.

It has the variable VFO/Fixed BFO feature, Notch Filter (Aka Q-Multiplier)

and selectable AGC time constant (not found on the S-1).

While the 75S-3B/C is more "sophisticated with plug-in filters, it is with

the sacrifice of skirt selectivity.  In addition, the entire Gain

Distribution and AGC performance is somewhat less than the 75S-3 in my


I have attached the Sherwood Engineering Receiver Comparison Data (Highly

respected) for the S-3 and S-3B/C and while the filter rejection and dynamic

range may look better for the 3B/C, I can tell you that in use, the 3 will

win your heart hands down.

Make sure when you look for an S-3 that it has the CW mechanical filter.  It

was an option in the S-3.

I apologize to the list as I know that the file will not go through, but the

data is readily available at:

Have fun in your hunt!


Bill Carns, N7OTQ (Trustee K0CXX)

Past President, Collins Collectors Association

Founding Board, Collins Radio Heritage Group

Editor, Signal Magazine (Retired)

Wimberley, TX

512 618 2762  (Cell)

512 847 7010  (Home)

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Subject: {Collins} Difference between 75S-1 and 75S-3

Apologies in advance, as I am new to the world of S line equipment (but not

radio in general, nor HF-80 equipment).

What is the functional difference between a 75S-1 and the 75S-3?

Thank you!



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