We also want to thank the many people who have written hello, provided a number of great pictures and information... you are all quite a wide spread and diverse bunch of very nice people. We do hear from people all around the world through these web pages. It's very enjoyable to read your stories and use what we can share here on the Siltronix & Swan Model 1011 radio web pages. And we will always try to provide source credit where possible or desired.
Many of us hope to present to the world and keep alive the very special Siltronix and Swan 1011 Radio story. While the rig which is the Swan and Siltronix Model 1011 is often considered a bastard step child and "Boot-Leg high powered CB" transceiver, many Amateurs actually use it legally to transceive on the 10 Meter Ham Bands, myself included. Even 11 meter (CB) band receive operation is quite legal with a Model 1011 transceiver. Many early Siltronix CB Operators later became Hams, using the 1011 radio as a first stepping stone... again myself included.
Many Hams are/were often very stuffy and hard to deal with when interested people
from the CB ranks even asked about Amateur Radio. Regular people did not want to
become Electronic Engineers just to enjoy a radio hobby and were often quickly
put off by their first exposure grouchy traditional "learn it like I did or hit
the road" types.
Circa mid to late 1970's where the Swan and Siltronix 1011 Transceivers were in the right time and place to satisfy a very special product demand. Here is a unique radio for the serious Operator. The Model 1011 series of radios provided a bridge to a very educational and positive path many took to become Amateur Radio Operators and career Two-Way Radio Technicians. Many enjoyed the Radio in both bands for the shear pleasure it is to operate. Thanks for dropping by...
This is the end of the current pages (for now), nothing like a decade between updates, but that's what happens when you get busy in life. Please do send in your pictures and history/stories when you can. Thanks to those who have done so in previous years and please check in again. We really enjoy the feedback received (even grouchy feedback) about this page. You can even Email in technical questions. I'll try to get them answered as soon as possible.
Last Update: 08/14/17
Chow for now... :-)