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Reviews Categories | Amplifiers: RF Power - HF & HF+6M | Collins 30L-1 Help

Reviews Summary for Collins 30L-1
Collins 30L-1 Reviews: 39 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $520.00
Description: 80-10 meter 1KW PEP linear amplifier
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VK2CRC Rating: 5/5 Aug 19, 2011 17:27 Send this review to a friend
I've had three of these linear amps,  Time owned: more than 12 months
I bought my first 30 L1, winged emblem in 1970. At that time I also had a Dentron amp. The mechanical construction of the Collins was infinitely superior to it. The 30L1 was also whisper quiet in comparison. Since then I've bought two more of them. I am currently running a Kenwood TL922 and an Ameritron AL80A, as well as a Round Emblem 30L1. The Collins is all but soundless, especially compared to the Ameritron. The 30L1 is a breeze to tune and it is always a pleasure to operate it....
F6CER Rating: 5/5 Jul 15, 2011 04:43 Send this review to a friend
Very nice  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
My first commercial amplifier since more than 50 years of home-brewing : very nice piece of equipment , Small and compact .... works like a charm as any Collins Equipment does , only one thing : why a so bad and fragile mains input wiring ? .
KE5OQV Rating: 5/5 Jun 10, 2011 17:48 Send this review to a friend
Great American classic - still no.1 in my book  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I bought two of these amps, both round emblem models (you Collins' collectors know what I mean). Neither had had any appreciable use in the previous 40 years.

I had a Collins certified technician check out both amps and then put them into service, one with a KWM-2 as the exciter and one with a 32S-3A as the exciter.

Tuneup of a Collins station is more labor intensive than with a solid state station. It actually requires some knowledge of amateur radio theory, sadly lacking in most appliance operators of today. If the instructions in the Collins' manual is followed, however, tuneup is easy and once done for a band, seldom needs repeated.

Power output (with 90 watts input) is 500++ watts using 120v input. Fan noise is non-existent but these units are like new.

The aroma of a tube radio station under full power, once experienced, is never forgotten. The glow of the final amplifier tubes of a 30L-1 is a sight to behold and puts a visual exclamation point on what an amplifier's job is.
NF6V Rating: 5/5 Aug 9, 2009 22:48 Send this review to a friend
True Classic  Time owned: more than 12 months
Ditto to all the raves below.
I'd like to add a comment on RTTY.
This amp was not intended for high duty cycle but with it's conservative ratings and military construction quality I can run mine (I own two) at 600 watts output during the long RTTY contest weekends. I've put 572B tubes in the unit(s) and put a "muffin" fan on top during RTTY and it just works and works and works. Don't pass one of these great amps up if you can pick one up.
73 - Steve NF6V, VK3TDX
W4PTO Rating: 5/5 Dec 19, 2008 14:50 Send this review to a friend
Outstanding!!!  Time owned: more than 12 months
Let me toss my hat into the ring for another "5!" I need not reintroduce this vaunted linear amplifier. There enough lauds and cheers for it here on Eham as well as from other Collins users and websites. Quality of construction is top-of-the-line. It's nearest competitor is the Heathkit SB-200. The only trouble is, the '200 is mostly made of aluminum. But the 30L-1! Check the insides of a 30L-1? How about the heft and feel of real steel, conservatively rated U.S. manufactured high-grade quality components, teflon wiring, and the like? The current generation of amplifiers do not stand a chance when icompared to to longevity, classic lines, rugged construction, and timeless engineering found in the L-1. Even the so-called "beat up" military versions are worth a crack at saving. If you got the pesos to do it, forget your Mighty Junk line or not so American-Tron specials and take an immediate hard right towards the Collins 30L-1. Winged Emblem, Round Emblem, or Rockwell-Collins versions: pick your flavor. You can't go wrong with any of 'em.
K3JJC Rating: 5/5 Dec 15, 2008 16:03 Send this review to a friend
The Best There Is  Time owned: more than 12 months
I own two 30L1s and they are both on the air every day. The just continue to work and work and work. Very reliable, beautifully made and easy to tune. I can not understand why anyone would buy one of the new 3-hole or 4-hole amps when these great amps are still available. I guess some people have to have new. A nice 30L1 can be had for under $650. But, I won't sell either of mine. If you are looking for a medium power amp that runs 811As, find a friend running a 30L1 and check it out before you spring for something else.

WA0IIH Rating: 5/5 Nov 17, 2008 16:43 Send this review to a friend
A True Classic!!  Time owned: more than 12 months
Art Collins and the gang hit a home run with this amp!! The quality is unmatched by anything out there, mil-spec all the way. I own two, one made in 1962 and the other in 1964. Both needed some resto work but what a beauty to work on and what reliability they give. I am glad I am stuck in a time warp back to the 60s, I am having a blast!!! Built like a tank with the classic curves of the best looking gear ever made. Mine are NOT for sale at any price. 73s, Shawn, WA0IIH
K8DGL Rating: 5/5 Aug 30, 2008 04:53 Send this review to a friend
Marvelous  Time owned: more than 12 months
My second one and all I can say it is hard to beat. I installed the aftermarket power supply board and new Taylor finals. Works great, quiet, easy to tune and as loyal as a dog.
I have had several 811 amps and the 30L-1 is simply the best.
W4CAS Rating: 5/5 Jun 26, 2008 06:22 Send this review to a friend
Still the best!  Time owned: more than 12 months
Couldn't resist adding my 5/5 rating to the fray! Have had this fine piece of gear for over 20 years and it hasn't failed me yet! Easy to tune, easy to operate, good looking, cheap to re-tube, built to MIL-SPECs! You CANNOT find another amp that even comes close in this category! If you are looking for a workhorse, quality amp that will last a lifetime, don't waste your money on the other crop of 811 amps out there! There are plenty of these gems still available for around $600 to $700 - the best money you'll ever spend on an amp!
N7WR Rating: 5/5 Jan 23, 2008 13:03 Send this review to a friend
Great to have  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
After many years I decided to re-create a station I once had that I enjoyed more than any other over the 50 years I've been a ham. Part of that included a 30L1. I was fortunate to find one in excellent shape (private party via a dealer, not e-bay). Switched it back to 110vac since I don't have an easy way to get 220 into the shack. Put a drop of oil on the fan motor and off we went. Works just like I remember my previous one working. Excellent, quiet, nice size. You can see a picture on qrz under my call
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