Buzz Aldrin receiving 'Moon Talk'.
photo credit: Ross Bell, Executive Director of Aerospace States Association.
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The mission of the Arthur A. Collins Legacy Association is to collect, preserve, and interpret the legacy of Arthur Collins and the Collins Radio Company he founded.
At fifteen, Arthur maintained reliable communication - when few others could - with the 1925 McMillan expedition to northern Greenland, using radios he had designed and built, along with techniques for short wave communication he had worked out in advance with the ship’s radio operator, John Reinartz, Collins gained national recognition for his feat.
Over the next four decades Collins built a Fortune 500 Company with, at its peak, over 24,000 employees, known for its extraordinary innovation in avionics and aerospace, advanced radio communication, microwave, telecommunication, and computers.
A shy man, averse to self-promotion and rarely giving interviews or public speeches, the story of Arthur Collins and his contributions to modern technology are little-known even within the electronics industry.
The Arthur A. Collins Legacy Association is committed to preserving the memory of this important innovator.
Three More Awards…
received three awards at the Iowa Motion Picture Association award event Saturday evening. Steve was on hand to receive these awards on behalf of the AACLA.
Steps to the Moon
• Excellence in Documentary film-making.
We understand that we bested eight other documentaries for this top award.
• Excellence in editing long form to Eric Freese
• Excellence in voice over narration to Steven James
Collins SSB and the SAC
• Rod has authored a new story about Collins Radio Company's Single Side Band (SSB) radios and their initial testing and later application with the U.S. Air Force, Strategic Air Command (SAC).
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Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival
LIVE FROM the MOON won GOLD in the Professional Documentary Category!!! "Live From The Moon" has been chosen as an Official Selection to be exhibited at the 2022 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival!
There will be Two public screenings of our film during the Festival.
• Friday, April 1st [7:30 p.m. - Theatre 2] and
• Saturday, April 2nd [9:00 a.m - Theatre 4]
at the Collins Road Theatres in Marion, Iowa.
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Our VIDEOS have been getting a lot of ATTENTION!
Read this list of awards that they have collected.
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The 90-year Saga of Our 30W
• Rod has authored a story about the lineage of the Collins 30W Transmitter on display in the Collins Aerospace Museum.
• From its beginning in Art's basement - to Shepherd, Tennessee - then back home here in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
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Photos from Neil Armstrong's Visit
• On May 29, 1975 Neil Armstrong was invited as the keynote speaker at a Collins Management Club dinner.
• A photographer recorded many of the attendees getting to meet and greet the famous moon walker.
• We are asking our readers to 'give them a look' and if you spot someone you know, drop Rod a line. He has a good start of the names listed with each photo...
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'Radio Bikini' Story
• A Collins TCS-9 HF Transmitter that survived two atomic blasts at the Bikini Atoll, during Operation Crossroads, has been found.
• It is now being prepared by our conservator, retiree, Larry Pinkston and will be loaned to the Collins Aerospace Museum for display.
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Article in the
Dallas Morning News
Teri Webster from The Dallas Morning News published an article on Richardson's connection to the Collins Radio Company and the development of the Space Communications Equipment described in "Steps to the Moon".
Click here to read the article.
Read more about Gemini
If you enjoyed our last movie "Steps to the Moon" you may also be interested in a back story from Hugo Kann who served on the Gemini design team for the HF receiver and later, Project Engineer.
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Opening Day at Honeysuckle Creek
March 17, 1967
- You might enjoy this video from one of our Australian cousins, and Apollo enthusiasts, Colin Mackellar.
- Colin is a regular contributor to the Friends of Honeysuckle Creek - one of NASA's tracking stations, assembled by the Collins Radio Company, during the Apollo program.
- Only a few months after these photos were taken, the equipment shown was in use on July 20th 1969 relaying voice and video from Tranquility Base on the moon.
- During this epic event, Honeysuckle Creek's antennas were in a prime position to down-link the first steps on the moon...
- BTW: The lucky staff, that day, at Honeysuckle Creek, got to watch the best "raw" quality video - while the rest of us only saw the blurry "scan converted" stuff.
- Where is this place?
Google Earth Users - search for:
Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Stn., Apollo Road, Tennent ACT, Australia
- Also: Visit their site.
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Collins Retirees in the Dallas/Richardson area
The Rockwell Collins Retirees Association in Richardson Texas
Check out the "Collins History (1952-Today)" link on their 'About-Us' page. You will find a detailed PDF about the history of the company's building complex, in and around Richardson.
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Collins Aerospace Museum
Looking for more information about Arthur Collins and the Collins Radio Company?
Visit the Collins Aerospace Museum's web site.
Edited by Rod and Larry - so you know it is loaded with good stuff!
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The Collins Story - Connecting The Moon To The Earth documentary series is available for streaming. Click on a movie poster to watch each film on Vimeo.
Or click HERE for additional Vimeo help.
This Month in History - August
August 3rd, 1925 –97 years ago. Arthur receives attention for his radio work - "First Person in U.S. To Hear MacMillan On Wave Length Of 20 Meters". An article in the Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette describes how he and John Reinartz communicated from Cedar Rapids to Greenland.
August 5th, 1933 –89 years ago. Arthur speaks at the World Wide Radio Amateur Convention in Chicago. Among his Fellow twenty-five speakers include: John L. Reinartz and Hiram Percy Maxim.
August 13th, 1960 –62 years ago. Collins Radio Co. Engineers at Cedar Rapids, Iowa (KA2XDV) and Richardson, Texas (KK2XlC) make radio contact using the newly-launched Echo Satellite. The first two-way radio voice transmission via artificial satellite was accomplished.
August 21st, 1965 –57 years ago. Gemini 5 was launched by a Titan II rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, manned by Gordon Cooper and Charles "Pete" Conrad. Retrofire was made on revolution 120 with splashdown in the western Atlantic.
August 25th, 1937 –85 years ago. Arthur Collins applies for a patent for the automatic tuning system apparatus - Autotune ®.
What's New ?
Latest additions to the AACLA web site • A STORY about Arthur's world tours demonstrating his SSB radios to the U.S. Air Force SAC.
• A List of our Documentaries AWARDS.
• The HISTORY of our Museum's 30W Transmitter.
• Neil Armstrong's 1975 VISIT with Collins Employees.
• A new page to highlight AACLA and local STEM Programs.
• An article, by Hugo Kann, about the Gemini Program and his efforts to manage the equipment design and installation.
• An article, by Larry Pinkston, about "Radio Bikini", a WWII-era TSC-9 that was in use during Operation Crossroads.
• Several Articles About the 1930's Collins Farms Business Adventure.
• A Collection of Collins Radio Company ' Firsts'.
FY21 Annual Report
Our annual report is released.
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1937 Collins Stock
From Creation to Consolidation - View the share certificates of Arthur’s Iowa-based corporation.
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