Collins R-391/URR

The R-391 is the autotune version of the famous R-390.  A separate power 28 VDC power supply is required for autotune operation.  Much rarer than the R-390 and R-390A, with only 1,440 made.

Almost everyone has the provisional Collins manual rather than the official TM11-863.   Dean Davidson managed to find the official version in the library of the Australian Army Signals Museum in Melbourne, and to obtain a copy of the real thing.  The manual, that is, not the radio. Dean reports that the R-391 and accessories are also on display.

The electronic aspects of the R-391 are very similar to the R-390 (non-A).  Dual 6082 tubes are used as active voltage regulators for all receiver B+ voltage (the R390A uses a split unregulated/regulated B+ scheme).  There has been some recent traffic on the mail lists about a solid-state replacement that would eliminate at least the 30 watts of filament power the 6082s dump into the lower receiver chassis.

Some parts are also the same as the R-390A.  The Carrier Meter adjust pot, power supply rectifiers and ballast tubes are the same, and can be repaired/replaced in the same fashion as one would a R390A.   Replacement dial lamps (GE Type 327,  28 volts, 5 watts) are available from PilotsHQ.


R-391 Front Panel.  Photos by Jeff, N1CLW

R-391 Bottom View 

R-391 Rear Panel.  

R-391 Top View

R-391 Drawings  Front Panel         Back Panel         R-391 Contracts

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N1TI YouTube audio/video demo of the related R-390A receiver

Ray, W2EC, has some great R-391 and other BA photos on his web site.

Additional R-391 photos from Duane, KE7BT - here, here, and here.

The R-391 page

More R389/390/390A information, including the R-390/391 Cost Reduction Report that led to the R-390A.

More R-391 images from Google Image Search