There are several, I read Radio Wizard just over a year ago while
searching for information on ham radio in Story County/Ames Iowa before
the present radio club began. It said he was in Ames at a short wave
short course as a teen. But all I've been able to find have been ARRL
section conventions in that era. I did a history of the Story County ARC
then and titled it Part II because I know there is ham history in the
county before the time the present club began. Whether organized is
another question. The Cyclone radio club on campus dates back to the
More than one of the other histories paints Art as a god and worships
him ignoring those foibles I encountered. Radio Wizard isn't so much
that way and generally agrees with my opinion of Art. It doesn't deify
or worship him.
There is a new Collins history out sanctioned by the present
Rockwell-Collins, I've not seen it.
A search on Amazon with three words arthur collins radio turned up both
of these. A similar search on abebooks turned up "Radio Wizard" and a
book coauthered by Art in 1973.
Here's another from the Iowa State University library:
> The first 50 years : a history of Collins Radio Company and the Collins
> Divisions of Rockwell International / by Ken C. Braband ; with excerpts from
> articles by R.L. Carrel ... [et al.].
> by Braband, Ken C.
> Cedar Rapids, Iowa : Communications Dept., Avionics Group, Rockwell
> International, c1983.
> # Subjects Collins, Arthur Andrew, 1909-
> # Collins Radio Company -- History.
> # Radio supplies industry -- United States -- History.
> # Telecommunication equipment industry -- United States -- History.
> ix, 218 p.,  leaf of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
> Bibliography: p. 217-218.
> Other titles:
> First fifty years.
Jay Miller's pictorial history of Collins ham gear I recall mentions Art
many times and hints he could do no wrong, which describes Art's own
evaluation of his actions.
73, Jerry, K0CQ
On 12/9/2010 7:27 PM, Paul Christensen wrote:
> Look for "Arthur Collins - Radio Wizard," by Ben W. Sterns. 2002. ISBN:
> Abebooks.com may have a few copies.
> Paul, W9AC
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> Subject: [TenTec] OT: Is there a biography of Art Collins? was:
>> Jerry or anyone,
>> Did someone happen to write a biography of Art Collins? I think it
>> would be interesting to read, based on some of your observations.
>> I checked on Amazon and didn't find anything.
>> So, he's responsible for the S-Line being out of the budget for this
>> young ham?
>> His loss, I guess. I went for the Drake R-4/T-4X, which was about the
>> second best at the time.
>> 73 de Jim - AD6CW
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