Collins Avionics Radio Projects

Here I plan to document the work I've done a few years ago on these sets:

One over 90% completed project is a 671U-4 exciter - either -007 with flatpack or -010 with DIL ICs - and a 635U-2 preselector in a combined mount with new wiring and connected by cables are the control head 514A-4 and an amplified speaker (click here 76F-1 Speaker). The control unit is being integrated into a new operators shelf including e.g. audio DSP and a small DC-DC unit needs to be built to supply the speaker, the fans and the new control unit lights (5VDC).

The front panel of the 548S-3 has been modified to be identical to the 548S-5 wiring (single connector) and a test box started. Then I had to move the lab... Pictures and a wire list of this project will follow.

These units are rather exotic, a kind of hardened "Rolls-Royce" of the 718-HF system. As received the exciter and preselector units were clean and - except for one 635U-4 - showed no traces of repairs or problems. But who knows? The documentation is pretty unobtainium (still classified?) and quite a bit of reverse engineering is required. Furthermore I do not have a mount or the power amplifier.

For a start I had no connectors and no control box, so these needed to be fabricated. The connector assembly for the 671U-10 was made using individual pins and a control unit build started using a modular mobile radio chassis (it has since grown considerably). In the meantime I have succeded in obtaining the proper control box and bought some new connectors for the next steps, but that's how far the project has advanced.


→ Click on the links above in the text to see some early pictures.

(Note: these pages were made up quickly in 2011 with no base design, sorry).