In the '50s, '60s, and '70s, Collins radios were the Cadillac of aircraft radio equipment. Is there any connection between that shop and the Collins aircraft radios?
Different Collins. Art Collins of the Collins Radio Co. you refer to grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In 1926 he was a radio amateur (born in 1909) but had yet to form his company. Art started production of amateur radio transmitters in the early 1930's. Very high quality gear even at that time and he grew the company rapidly during WWII. As you said very high quality gear from the 40's on. I have several sets that work better for me than the newer digital equipment.
Are you sure this crowd isn't gathered together to listen to Stan play his fiddle on his radio show?
Or the market crash?
Oops, didn't see the '26 written on the picture until now...my bad.
Interesting story about Collins radio equipment.
Being a radio amateur (ham), I went right to this post.
Yes, in the ham radio world Collins ham radios are the most desirable for tube radio fans.
In the golden age of short wave radios, Collins, Hallicrafters, Hammurland, and a few others were the best and Collins was always at the top or close to it.
That reminds me of how the people used to crowd around the TV shops in the lat 1940's. They used to have them in the window and people outside would crowd around to look.
My parents were part owners (with an uncle) of a TV shop in the '50s. I used to stay there a lot when I was little, and remember people doing that!
As I recall, ham radio operators were what we relied on for emergency communication when I was in Vietnam. They would relay calls to wherever they had to go. Fortunately, I never had to use their services, but they were held in very high regard. Dave
Military Amateur Radio System (I think).
In Vietnam, if you were lucky enough to get on a HF radio (on the ground or in an aircraft), you could contact a MARS Ham station in the US. They would patch you to a phone line to call home. This was a great service provided by the amateur radio community.
Thank you for YOUR service.
Yep Bob, M.A.R.S. was what I was thinking of, just couldn't remember what it was called. They indeed provided a great service! As close as we had to cell phones then!
Thank you for your service too Sir! Dave