Collins Est. 1932 , closed 1974 | USA

The Collins Radio Company was founded by Arthur Collins in Cedar Rapids in 1932. The company started business constructing transmitters and amateur radio equipment and got much experience producing aeronautical transceivers and transmitters during wartime. This experience was used in the production of amateur radio receivers (the famous 75-A series) after the war.

After 1949, Collins brought out communication receivers covering not only the ham bands but the complete shortwave spectrum. These sets startiung with the 51J / 51-J with linear analog dials covering the shortwave spectrum in 30 1-MHz-segments were very successful. The Collins 51J-3 (and it's military variant Collins R-388/URR) was equipped with coil filters, the Collins 51J-4 (military variant R-388A) was the first Collins set using their very famous mechanical filters, it appeared on the market in 1957.

It's military successor was the 1951 model Collins R-390/URR with it's mechanical digital frequency display (frequency readout on a kind of odometer), and the later Collins R-390A/URR, which gives nearly unsurpassed AM reception on the tropical bands with. You find the Collins mechanical filters 16/8/4/2/1/0,1 kHz only in this popular variant - it has been produced by a series of other companies under contract.

For civilian use, Collins had a range of smaller lightweight amateur band receivers, the legendary Collins 51S-1 covering the complete shortwave spectrum from 200 kHz - 30 MHz in 1 MHz segments offered a linear analog dial with a dial resolution of better than 500 Hz and was fully equipped with tubes.

Collins was taken over by Rockwell Intl. in 1974 and is since then still very active in the military and aeronautical communications segment.

 32S-1 32S-1
Desktop Shortwave Transmitter
RX
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TX
CW   SSB  
10-80 m
 32S-3 32S-3
Desktop Shortwave Transmitter
RX
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TX
CW   SSB  
10-80 m
 32S-3A 32S-3A
Desktop Shortwave Transmitter
RX
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TX
CW   SSB  
10-80 m
 32V-1 32V-1
Desktop Shortwave Transmitter
RX
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-
TX
AM   CW  
10-80 m
 32V-2 32V-2
Desktop Shortwave Transmitter
RX
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-
TX
AM   CW  
10-80 m
 32V-3 32V-3
Desktop Shortwave Transmitter
RX
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TX
AM   CW  
10-80 m
 51-Q 51-Q
Desktop Shortwave receiver
RX
AM   CW  
1.5-12 MHz
TX
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 51J-1 51J-1
Desktop Shortwave receiver
RX
AM   CW  
0.5-30.5 MHz in 30×1000 kHz bands
TX
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 51J-2 51J-2
Desktop Shortwave receiver
RX
AM   CW  
0.5-30.5 MHz
TX
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 51J-3 51J-3
Desktop Shortwave receiver
RX
AM   CW  
0.54-30.5 MHz
TX
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 51J-4 51J-4
Desktop Shortwave receiver
RX
AM   CW  
0.54-30.5 MHz
TX
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 51S-1 51S-1
Desktop Shortwave receiver
RX
AM   CW   SSB  
0.2-30 MHz
TX
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 75A-1 75A-1
Desktop Shortwave receiver
RX
AM   CW  
10-80 m
TX
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 75A-2 75A-2
Desktop Shortwave receiver
RX
AM   FM   CW  
10-160 m
TX
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 75A-3 75A-3
Desktop Shortwave receiver
RX
AM   FM   CW  
10-160 m
TX
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 75A-4 75A-4
Desktop Shortwave receiver
RX
AM   CW   SSB  
10-160 m
TX
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 75S-1 75S-1
Desktop Shortwave receiver
RX
AM   CW   SSB  
10-80 m
TX
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 75S-2 75S-2
Desktop Shortwave receiver
RX
AM   CW   SSB  
10-80 m
TX
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 75S-3 75S-3
Desktop Shortwave receiver
RX
AM   CW   SSB  
10-80 m
TX
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 75S-3A 75S-3A
Desktop Shortwave receiver
RX
AM   CW   USB   LSB  
10-80 m
TX
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 75S-3B 75S-3B
Desktop Shortwave receiver
RX
AM   CW   SSB  
10-80 m
TX
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 75S-3C 75S-3C
Desktop Shortwave receiver
RX
AM   CW   USB   LSB  
10-80 m + 14 additional 200 kHz crystal positions
TX
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 95S-1A 95S-1A
Desktop Shortwave receiver
RX
AM   FM   W-FM   CW   SSB   ISB  
5 kHz - 2000 MHz
TX
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 310A-3 / 30K-1 310A-3 / 30K-1
Desktop Shortwave Transmitter
RX
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TX
AM   CW  
10-80 m
 310B-1 310B-1
Desktop Shortwave Transmitter
RX
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TX
CW  
10-80 m
 312B-4/5 312B-4/5
Desktop Shortwave Station Control
RX
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2-30MHz
TX
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 399C-1 399C-1
Desktop Shortwave VFO
RX
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TX
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 451S-1 451S-1
Desktop Shortwave receiver
RX
AM   CW   USB   LSB   FSK  
0.2-30 MHz
TX
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 651S-1 651S-1
Desktop Shortwave receiver
RX
AM   CW   SSB  
0.25-30 MHz
TX
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 851S-1 851S-1
Desktop Shortwave receiver
RX
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?-? MHz
TX
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 HF-380 HF-380
Desktop Shortwave Transceiver
RX
AM   CW   USB   LSB  
10-160 m
TX
CW   USB   LSB  
0.5-30 MHz
 HF-2050 HF-2050
Desktop Shortwave receiver
RX
AM   FM   CW   SSB   ISB  
0.014-30 MHz
TX
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-
 HF-8050A HF-8050A
Desktop Shortwave receiver
RX
AM   FM   CW   SSB   ISB  
0.25-30 MHz
TX
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 HF-8054A HF-8054A
Desktop Shortwave receiver
RX
AM   FM   CW   SSB   ISB  
0.25-30 MHz
TX
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 KW-1 KW-1
Desktop Shortwave Transmitter
RX
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TX
AM   FM   CW  
10-160 m
 KWM-1 KWM-1
Desktop Shortwave Transceiver
RX
CW   SSB  
10-20 m
TX
CW   SSB  
10-20 m
 KWM-2 KWM-2
Desktop Shortwave Transceiver
RX
CW   SSB  
10-80 m
TX
CW   SSB  
10-80 m
 KWM-2A KWM-2A
Desktop Shortwave Transceiver
RX
CW   SSB  
10-80 m
TX
CW   SSB  
10-80 m
 KWM-380 KWM-380
Desktop Shortwave Transceiver
RX
AM   CW   USB   LSB  
0.5-30 MHz
TX
CW   USB   LSB  
160-10 m
 R-381 R-381
Desktop Shortwave receiver
RX
AM   CW   SSB  
0.5-30.5 MHz
TX
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 R-388/URR R-388/URR
Desktop Shortwave receiver
RX
AM   CW  
0.5-30.5 MHz
TX
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 R-389/URR R-389/URR
Desktop ULF/VLF Receiver
RX
AM   CW   FSK  
15-500 / 500-1500 kHz (2 ranges, 7 bands)
TX
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 R-390/URR R-390/URR
Desktop Shortwave receiver
RX
AM   CW  
0.5-32 MHz
TX
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 R-390A/URR R-390A/URR
Desktop Shortwave receiver
RX
AM   CW   SSB  
0.5-32 MHz
TX
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 R-391 R-391
Desktop Shortwave receiver
RX
AM   CW   SSB  
0.5-32 MHz
TX
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 R-392/URR R-392/URR
Desktop Shortwave receiver
RX
AM   CW  
0.5-32 MHz
TX
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 T-47 / ART-13 T-47 / ART-13
WWII Shortwave Transmitter
RX
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TX
AM   CW  
2-18 MHz 200-600 / 1500 kHz optional
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