Virtual Collins Radio Museum

Collins Amateur Equipment

[Collins S/Line]

"The" Classic Collins S/Line Station - 1958

    Collins Radio Company, with more than 30 years' experience in research, development and manufacture of distinctive amateur equipment, has dedicated itself to the objective of product excellence.

    Whatever the field - amateur radio, avionics, commercial broadcasting, space electronics, communication, computation or control - Collins' uncompromising standards of excellence begin with product development and continue through every step of manufacture, quality control and test.

    Collins' amateur radio equipment has been the standard used by DXpeditions around the world in environmental extremes seldom encountered by the average ham.

    Collins' single sideband products have long been used by the U.S. military team. During the early years of single side- band communication, the size and weight of the equipment limited its use principally to point-to-point circuits between fixed stations. Continued development following World War II has resulted in a wide variety of high performance equipment for airborne, transportable, vehicular and shipboard, as well as fixed station, use.

    The Strategic Air Command commanders' net, the Strategic Air Command aircraft control net and the Navy Tactical Data System are but a few of the major installations using Collins' single sideband. The Universal Radio Group, latest generation of Collins' SSB equipment, is a highly flexible and sophisticated HF communication design used by the U.S. Armed Forces, NATO and space centers.

    Collins' research and development, plus the Company's never-ending emphasis on quality control, assure each Collins' amateur equipment owner that he has the most advanced and most thoroughly tested equipment available and that it will retain its value through the years.

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On Exhibit ...

30K-1 / 310A Transmitter / Exciter - 1946
75A-1 Receiver - 1946
310B-2/3 Exciter - 1947
75A-2 Receiver - 1950
KW-1 Transmitter - 1950
32V-3 (32V-2) Transmitter - 1951
75A-3 Receiver - 1952
75A-4 Receiver - 1955
KWS-1 Transmitter - 1955
51J-4 Receiver - 1957
KWM-1 Transceiver - 1957
75S-3B/3C Receiver - 1967
32S-3/3A Transmitter - 1963
62S-1 VHF Transverter - 1963
KWM-2/2A Transceiver - 1959
S/Line Accessories - 1964
30L-1 Linear Amplifier - 1961
30S-1 Linear Amplifier - 1959
51S-1 General Coverage Receiver - 1959
651S-1 General Coverage Receiver - 1971
KWM-380 Transceiver - 1979
451S-1 General Coverage Receiver - 1980
851S-1 General Coverage Receiver - 1982
HF-2050 General Coverage Receiver - 1984
95S-1(A) General Coverage Receiver - 1995

Features ...

Motorola/Collins R-390 Slideshow
1968 EAC/Collins R-390A Slideshow
Collins Radio Advertisement Archive
Collins Collector Clubs, Nets, Magazines & Lists
Collins Radio Parts & Service Vendors
Arthur A. Collins Biography
Collins Photo Gallery
"The Collins Story" by Arlo Goodyear
"Collins Radio Company 1952-1954" by E. Sam Levy
"Collins Quick Reference"
KWM-1/2/2A & S-Line Service Bulletin Index
Collins QST Article Index
Rockwell/Collins Mechanical Filters
Rockwell/Collins Equipment Filter Use List
Collins Tube / Crystal Complement Listing

Reference and Links ...

Collins Collectors Association
Collins Radio Association
Recent Collins Equipment Prices on eBay
CCA Grading Standards for Used Collins Amateur Equipment
AOR Ltd. DDS-2A Digital External VFO for Collins KWM-2(A), 75-S( ) and 32-S( )
Hammond Museum Collins Collection
R-390A Web Site
List of User & Trader Nets by AF4K
Military Equipment Search Database by NJ7P
Military Communications Equipment List by NJ7P
Current Rockwell Collins Communications Catalog
Collins Employees Amateur Radio Club
Memories of Collins Radio Canada by Jack Lupic
History of Rockwell Collins as told by Rockwell Collins
Collins Mechanical Filter Division
BOATANCHORS@theporch.com Daily Digest by AB4EL
Collins List Server searchable archive
Boatanchors List Server searchable archive
List of AM & Boatanchor Resource Links
Links to other Boatanchor Web pages
Amateur Radio Web Page Index
About the Author
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The evolution of the Collins emblem ...
"Wing" 1933, 1934, 1945 ... "Round" 1961 ... "Rockwell" 1974, 1998

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    If you have an original Collins manual or sales brochure for a piece of Amateur equipment not included in the exhibit list above, please consider loaning it to the "Virtual Collins Radio Museum" for scanning. This will enhance the scope of the "museum" and allow its welcome visitors to enjoy learning about all the fine pieces of communications equipment made by the Collins Radio Company. Thank you for your assistance!

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Most recent revision Monday, May 4, 2015

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