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Subject: Re: [TenTec] OT: Is there a biography of Art Collins? was: EagleComparison
From: "Dr. Gerald N. Johnson" <geraldj@weather.net>
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Date: Thu, 09 Dec 2010 20:34:47 -0600
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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.
> Description:  
> ix, 218 p., [1] leaf of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
> Bibliography:         
> 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:
> Jim,
> Look for "Arthur Collins - Radio Wizard," by Ben W. Sterns. 2002. ISBN:
> 09716416-0-9.
> Abebooks.com may have a few copies.
> Paul, W9AC
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jim Lowman"<jmlowman@sbcglobal.net>
> To: "Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment"<tentec@contesting.com>
> Sent: Thursday, December 09, 2010 7:18 PM
> Subject: [TenTec] OT: Is there a biography of Art Collins? was:
> EagleComparison
>> 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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