The first issue of the Collins Signal appeared in February 1933 - a full seven months before the incorporation of the Collins Radio Company on September 7, 1933 - the date generally thought of as the birth of the company. In reality, the company existed even earlier - at least as early as November 17, 1931 when Art Collins wrote a letter to a Merriam, Kansas crystal grinder stating "I've organized a little company…" and possibly earlier into 1930. The biographical sketch under Art Collins' photo in the program booklet for the World Wide Radio Amateur Convention held in Chicago, Illinois on August 3-4-5, 1933 states " …he was connected with commercial enterprises outside the radio field, until the formation of the Collins Radio Company, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1930."
There were eight issues of the Collins Signal between February 1933 and December 1935. Then nothing published for the next 11 years. These early issues were unique as they contained news of company activities as well as technical information on Collins equipments.
Following the end of World War II, the company was undergoing a transformation and resumption of the Collins Signal magazine was included. It resumed publication in October 1946 with Vol. 1, Issue #1 as a more formal magazine under executive editor Mr. A. K. Higgins. That issue stated "…always to be published quarterly." This plan lasted for two additional issues in January 1947 and April 1947 when publication suddenly halted.
Five years later, the Collins Signal resumed publication with Vol. 1, Issue #4 dated "Winter 1952" under the editorship of Melvin E. Schinkel. The Collins Signal continued for the next 25 years; finally ending with Vol. 18, Issue #1 "Spring 1971."
The Collins Signals on this web site were scanned, formatted, processed, and posted to the web site by a group of Rockwell Collins retiree volunteers in support of the Rockwell Collins Museum Club. There are a few issues that had to be scanned from bound volumes and are therefore not the best quality. If you notice this and happen to have an unbound copy of that particular issue, please contact the Rockwell Collins Museum Curator, Lawrence Robinson. The volunteers are currently working on supplying a searchable index of employee names and equipment type numbers found in the magazines.
Please Note: The Search Tool for Collins Signal is still under development. We presently have issues 1-20 (of 70) in the data base.
• Search our collection of Collins Signal issues dating from the first issue in February 1933 to the last in Spring 1971.
• Select from categories: 'Model Number' or 'Description'.
• For example: Use a short name like '51' to find all 'Model Number' entries that have '51' in it, or something like '51J-1' to find a specific item.
• Additionally: Use 'Description' and enter 'transmitter', for example, and you will find all mentions of transmitter in the collection.