Multi-Elmac Restoration at WA3DSP
Brief Muti-Elmac History
The Multi-Products Company was founded in 1947 in Hazel Park, Michigan and later moved to Oak Park, Michigan. The address of their business was listed as 21470 Coolidge Highway in Oak Park. As their name implies they manufactured a variety of electronic equipment including both amateur radio, citizens band and, commercial gear. The name Multi-Elmac was also used and is the name we associate with their amateur radio line. They made a line of garage door and gate openers that is now carried under the Stanley name. Stanley aquired the company in 1968.
My Multi-Elmac History
I was first licensed in 19651 and introduced to Multi-elmac products early in my amateur radio career. I enlisted in the Air Force in 1969 as an Avionics Technician and shortly thereafter obtained my advanced amateur and commercial radio telephone licenses. After my Air Force training I was stationed at Grissom AFB in Peru, Indiana and lived off base in a little town called Onward. There I used the PMR7 and a homebrew 6146 CW transmitter primarily on 80 and 40 meters. I had aquired the PMR7 and homebrew power supply from Paul Bohlander W3VVS2 (SK in 2010). Paul had owned and restored a number of Multi-Elmac products and his expertise was a great resource in my later restorations.
From Indiana I went to Guam for a year and a half. I did not take any ham equipment along but I did get to occasionally use the base amateur radio station. My final duty station was Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City, South Dakota. I don't remember the exact details but while on leave between Guam and South Dakota I must have aquired the companion AF67 transmitter from W3VVS. I used that along with the PMR7 on CW at my apartment in Rapid City. I had many skeds with Paul and his son Tom, WA3KLR who was also in the Air Force and stationed at Minot, North Dakota. I also had many skeds with Stan Surber, W9NZZ3, a good friend of W3VVS. Stan lived in Peru, Indiana and I had met him during my tour there.
After I left the Air Force I settled back in my childhood town of Glenside4, Pennsylvania. I used the PMR7 and AF67 for awhile at that location. I never remember using them on anything but CW. I have no recollection of what happened to those rigs. I had upgraded to a more modern receiver and transmitter and money was tighter then so I probably sold them.
Fast forward to 1990 when I moved to a much larger home5 and had the means to start building a boat anchor collection. It would be awhile however until I again aquired a Multi-Elmac. In 2006 I started using Ebay to aquire some of the rigs of my past including the Knight T60 and Heath HR10, my first ham station. My interest in AM grew and I thought about the AF67 and PMR7 that I once had. My first Multi-Elmac purchase was a PMR6 from an ad in Electric Radio, Then I purchase another PMR6 on Ebay following by a PMR7 and an AF67. Then another AF67 and another and another. I purchased a total of six AF67's and my final purchase was an A54. I have restore the PMR6's, PMR7, one AF67 and the A54.
I will detail some of my Muti-elmac restorations here. Keep in mind that this is an evolving process and I will add to this and other pages as I have time.
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