I received this very interesting email from Tony Seaton January 18, 2011. More great history about Signal Ones especially the CX-11 stories..
To introduce myself I am James A. " TONY " Seaton W4SX ex W4KQL ex K4ZXX and have been licensed since 1958. I have been inactive for a number of years but have always been a builder/collector rather than an operator.
I presently own quite a bit of Collins and other vintage equipment, but of interest here is the Signal One equipment. I have owned Signal One since the very early 70's and presently own:
CX-7A S/N 00253.
This radio has the Jim Lawson W2PV mods made by Jim himself. I have original, Thomas, and Lawson modified manuals for this radio. I have the original speaker with this radio.
CX-11 Series II S/N 9287740.
This radio was purchased/owned by the late Zach Reynolds W4TXL of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco fame. Zach received this radio from S1 May 25 1977. Zach had originally owned a CX-7 and had put a deposit on the original CX-11 in 1975
but of course, never received it and after being prodded by Don Roehrs and Don Payne, bought the CX-11 series II, this of course was only a couple of years before Zach's death. I also have all of the original correspondence between Zach, Don Payne and Don Roehrs from 1975 including a letter from Roehrs soliciting investment capital from Zach for the original CX-11. Zach was, as you would expect a heavy smoker, and when I bought the radio the tobacco smell was quite obvious. I have no idea how much money Don Payne made from his distribution of Signal One, but I can assure you, from the correspondence, that he worked for every nickel. There was never a manual for the CX-11 or series ii but I do have some schematics and operating instructions that give some differences from the CX-7 series. I also have the original shipping boxes with this radio.
CX11A S/N 12690811 This radio was modded to receive some of the NASA transmissions and has a mini-toggle switch added to the front panel. This radio was modded by Paul Kollar on 6/18/90 and again on 6/8/92 with the typical detail that Paul provided. I have a couple of manuals for the radio including the one with Paul's mods. I have the original CX-11 speaker with the radio.
I have a complete set of the original S/1 News and a lot of correspondence from Paul and Harry and a lot of advertising literature for all of the Signal One radios up to the ICOM. Most of this seems to now be available on the various web sites.
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