Each year, Cray Valley RS operates GB8KW to mark the anniversary of the founding of KW Electronics in the mid 1950s. In 2021, operation from the Cray Valley RS club shack was not possible due to COVID restrictions, so Guy G0UKN aired GB8KW from his home in Eltham throughout January.
Here is a picture of KW equipment in Guy's shack, all restored to good working order.
In normal times, GB8KW at the Cray Valley RS shack attracts many visitors, some of them former employees of KW Electronics and others who are restoring and using KW equipment.
KW Electronics was based in Dartford, Kent and was founded in 1956 by Rowley Shears, G8KW and Ken Ellis, G5KW. Rowley led the company for the next 18 years and they produced a number of iconic radios, in use by British amateurs and around the world.
Perhaps the best known KW product was the KW2000B transceiver, an iconic radio in the 1970s among the UK ham community, and in recent years many have been renovated and brought back in to use. Club members Guy G0UKN, Steve G3ZPS and Laurie G4FAA all have restored KW gear which has featured in previous years at GB8KW operations from the Cray Valley RS club shack. Steve’s comprehensive website about KW is well worth a read http://www.g3zps.com/kwhistory.html Earlier, the stalwart of many British hams was the KW Vanguard, based around the Geloso VFO. See the picture below by Guy G0UKN. This was followed by KW’s first SSB transmitter the KW Viceroy, and several of these are still in use today.
GB2KW was also active from near Inverness throughout January 2021, organised by Chris GM3WOJ.
We look forward to welcoming visitors to the Cray Valley RS shack in January 2022 for the next KW weekend.