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Reviews Categories | Receivers: Vintage amateur | Collins 75A-3 Help

Reviews Summary for Collins 75A-3
Collins 75A-3 Reviews: 5 Average rating: 4.6/5 MSRP: $400
Description: Collins 75A series receiver with both mechanical filters and a classic phased crystal filter
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KK6IYM Rating: 5/5 Sep 5, 2014 20:31 Send this review to a friend
Great radio  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have a 75S-1, a Drake R-4C, a Kenwood TS 830S, and a Yaesu FT 897D. The A-3 gets more stations with better understandability, than any of the others. Just follow the instructions in the manual and it truly is an awesome receiver. I only wish I had some way to control the frequency of a transmitter with it so I could use it in a transceiver operation. I like that you set it on CW, set the BFO pitch to the right spot, set the audio gain full on and control the volume with the RF gain. I have taken to experimenting with my other radios using the RF gain more and the AF gain less to eliminate noise on those times of bad reception. My A-3 came without a case but I found an old chipped up one on eBay. I had it sandblasted and powder coated with a fine black texture and the thing looks perfect---$65 for the paint job. What a beautiful radio and great SSB machine.

W4PTO Rating: 5/5 Nov 14, 2010 08:23 Send this review to a friend
Good radio  Time owned: more than 12 months
Ignore the folks below who give the 75A-3 a grade below "5.0" immediately below my comment posted who before November 14, 2010. I have used the 75A-3 and quite frankly, W5JI is absolutely correct: what receiver of this vintage gives you a stunning combination of tunable xtal filters and mechanical filters to provide QRM fighting weaponry? The only other rx I can think of is the 51J-4 or any mech filtered 51J series rx. I have heard this radio from a good friend of mine from the midwest and I like it so much so, I traded him my 51S-1 for his A-3 and I still thought I got the better of the deal (to be honest, the S-1 needs a little work). So if your instincts tell you to get this receiver, please do it! You won't regard it.
W7MBR Rating: 5/5 Nov 8, 2010 21:58 Send this review to a friend
ANOTHER GREAT GRAY BOX!  Time owned: more than 12 months
To run down a truly great radio way ahead of it's time like the Collins 75A-3 because you feel it doesn't have hi-fi audio is completely revealing one's ignorance of what Collins radios and Art Collins were really all about. Art said more than once that he made the best "communication" radios available. "Communications"! Not hi-fi sets! Collins audio is perfectly acceptable, very clear and understandable for radio "communications". With their wonderfully designed permability-tuned-crystal-controlled-solid front ends they made manufactures like Hammarlund and Hallicrafters seem like toy makers. When you locked onto a station with a 75A-3 it stayed there and you knew within one KHZ where there was. The patented Collins mechanical filters were so good they are still used in some high-tec radios being manufactured today. So calling them tinny shows a real lack of the facts as they say. The 75A-3 and all of the so-called gray boxes are real radios that real radio operators appreciate. Stable, great dial accuracy, easy to tune, sound good, plenty sensitive and selective and built to mil-specs that last and last and last!
KG8LB Rating: 3/5 Nov 12, 2008 17:09 Send this review to a friend
Just Another Grey Box  Time owned: more than 12 months
Just another of the over-rated St. James Grey boxes from the Harley Davidson of radio. The calibration is about the best thing this receiver has to offer. The list of factory "updates" will help many of thes receivers but they still seem to have wimpy audio and the tin can mechanical filters don't do a thing to help.

Get rid of it and find a nice 75-A1 !
FORMER_W5JI_JC Rating: 5/5 Mar 17, 2008 09:26 Send this review to a friend
Excellent receiver  Time owned: more than 12 months
Not sure why more hams don't seem to prefer the 75A-3 over the 75A-2 or the 75A-4. The series combination of the classic tunable, phasing crystal filter and two selectable Collins mechanical filters gives the operator the ability to compensate for a lot of QRM. The stability of the Collins PTO and the classic Collins design reliabilty go along with the excellent filtering to make the 75A-3 a great BA receiver.

The 75A-3 seems to sell for much less than the 75A-4 and yet, by my ears, offers much better audio and more operating flexibility. It is my receiver of choice for AM operation and is used often for BA SSB operation. I have the standard 3.1 kHz SSB filter and the optional 6.0 kHz AM filter installed.

If you like the Collins 75A series, give the 75A-3 more than a casual glance while shopping. I think you will find it to be a very nice receiver. Don't look for mine to show up at a hamfest or on eBay while my old heart is still pumping!

Jim W5JI

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