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Rockwell Collins
Image:Rockwell Collins logo.png‎
Type Public NYSE: COL
Founded 1933
Headquarters Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA
Key people Clayton M. Jones, , Chairman, President, and CEO
Industry Aerospace
Products Avionics
Revenue $3.86 billion USD ( $477M FY 2005)
Employees 17,000 (2006)
Website rockwellcollins.com

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History

Collins Radio

Arthur Collins founded Collins Radio Company in 1933 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for the purpose of designing and producing shortwave radio equipment. Arthur A. Collins (1909-1987) founded Collins Radio, which is now a part of Rockwell-Collins. ... Year 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Nickname: City of Five Seasons, CR Location in the State of Iowa Coordinates: Country United States State Iowa County Linn County Incorporated 1849  - Mayor Kay Halloran Area    - City  64. ... This article is about an album. ...


The company steadily grew, and captured the world's attention when Collins supplied the equipment to establish a communications link with the South Pole expedition of Rear Admiral Richard Byrd in 1933. Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. ... The term Rear Admiral originated from the days of Naval Sailing Squadrons, and can trace its origins to the British Royal Navy. ... Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd, USN (October 25, 1888 – March 11, 1957) was a pioneering American polar explorer and famous aviator. ...


During the next three decades, Collins continued to expand its work in all phases of the communications field while broadening its technology thrust into numerous other disciplines. New developments such as flight control instruments, radio communication devices and satellite voice transmissions created great opportunities in the marketplace. Collins Radio Company provided communications for America's role in the Space Race, including equipment for astronauts to communicate with earth stations and equipment to track and communicate with spacecraft. Collins communications equipment was used for Projects Mercury, Gemini and Apollo, providing voice communication for every American astronaut traveling through space. In 1973, the U.S. Skylab Program used Collins equipment to provide communication from the astronauts to earth. For a list of key events, see Timeline of space exploration. ... Project Mercury was the United States first successful manned spaceflight program. ... Project Gemini was the second human spaceflight program of the United States of America. ... Project Apollo was a series of human spaceflight missions undertaken by the United States of America (NASA) using the Apollo spacecraft and Saturn launch vehicle, conducted during the years 1961–1974. ... Skylab was the first space station the United States launched into orbit. ...


Collins Radio Company products

In the mid 1930s, the Collins Radio Company constructed and sold transmitters and audio mixing consoles to the broadcast industry. The model 12, the first manufactured broadcast console, was called a "speech input assembly". Due to the Great Depression, fewer than 100 were sold, with only a handful remaining today. The company was more successful constructing broadcast transmitters, selling well over a thousand up to the start of the second World War. In communications and information processing, a transmitter (sometimes abbreviated XMTR) is an object (source) which sends information to an observer (receiver). ... Broadcasting is the distribution of audio and/or video signals which transmit programs to an audience. ... The Great Depression was a time of economic downturn, which started after the Stock Market Crash on October 29, 1929, also known as Black Tuesday. ...


Around 1947, the company introduced their first amateur radio receiver, the 75A-1. This set achieved excellent stability for the time due to high build quality and the use of a permeability tuned oscillator (PTO) in its second conversion stage. It was one of the few double conversion superheterodynes on the market and covered only the amateur bands. 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... Ham radio station with modern solid-state transceiver featuring LCD display and DSP capabilities Ham radio station with vintage vacuum tube gear featuring separate transmitter, receiver and power supply Amateur radio, often called Ham radio, is a hobby and public service enjoyed by about 6 million people throughout the world. ... The Super Heterodyne receiver (or to give it its full name, The Supersonic Heterodyne Receiver) was invented by Edwin Armstrong in 1918. ...


With the experience gained in the design of the 75A-1, Collins released the 51J-1 receiver, a general coverage HF set covering .5 to 30 MHz. It would be produced in somewhat updated versions (51J-2, 51J-3, 51J-4) for about a decade. It found use in military and commercial settings but was too expensive for most enthusiasts. In the military it was known as the R-388 and was used in multiple receiver diversity RTTY installations. RadioTeleType (RTTY) is a telecommunications system consisting of two teleprinters linked by a radio link. ...


The 75A amateur line was updated throughout the early 50's, finishing with the 75A-4, which was released in 1955. The Collins mechanical filter was introduced to consumers in the 75A-3, and the 75A-4 was one of the first receivers marketed specifically as a single sideband receiver. A mechanical filter is an electrical filter based on a mechanical element such as a ceramic resonator or crystal, as opposed to a tuned circuit using capacitors and inductors. ... Single-sideband modulation (SSB) is a refinement of the technique of amplitude modulation designed to be more efficient in its use of electrical power and bandwidth. ...


Around 1950, Collins began designing the R-390 (.5 - 30 MHz) for the US military. This was intended to be a receiver of the highest performance available, with the ruggedness and serviceability required for military duty. It featured direct mechanical digital frequency readout. The set is composed of several modules for easy field repair--a bad module could simply be swapped out and repaired later, or junked. Sets built during the original 1951 contract cost the government about $2500 each and around 16,000 were produced.


Concurrently, Collins developed the R-389, a longwave version with fewer than 1000 made. The R-391, another variant of the R-390, allowed choice of 8 different autotuned channels. The three radios shared common power supplies, audio and intermediate frequency modules.


About three years later, Collins delivered the R-390A to the military. While nominally a cost-reduced R-390 (savings of about $250 each), its design compromises were minimal, and it added mechanical filters for improved selectivity. The gear-driven tuning and band change mechanisms were simplified and the parts count reduced. About 54,000 were produced and the set was a military workhorse until the 1970s. Like the R-390, it can outperform many modern radios.


Around 1958 Collins replaced the 75A series with the much smaller 75S series. These featured mechanical filters, very accurate frequency readout, and excellent stability. At the request of the US government, Collins designed the 51S-1 general coverage set, which was essentially (in intended use) a physically smaller replacement for the 51J series. It was not intended as a replacement for the higher performance R-390A, and unlike the R-390A, it was extensively marketed for commercial use.


Collins was an important manufacturer of broadcast radio transmitters for the commercial market in the 1960s and 1970s. The transmitter line was later sold to Continental Electronics, which continued to produce a number of Collins designs under its own nameplate before phasing them out in the 1980s. Many Collins transmitters remain in service, primarily as backups for more modern equipment. In communications and information processing, a transmitter (sometimes abbreviated XMTR) is an object (source) which sends information to an observer (receiver). ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... Template:A year The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... The 1980s refers to the years of and between 1980 and 1989. ...


Collins produced a few high performance solid state receivers in the 1970s, such as the 651S-1. Like their tube predecessors, these are coveted by collectors today.


Rockwell Collins

After facing financial difficulties, the Collins Radio Company was purchased by Rockwell International in 1973. In 2001 the avionics division of Rockwell International was spun-off to form the current Rockwell Collins, Inc., retaining its name. Rockwell Collins is highly concentrated in the defense and commercial avionics markets and no longer market receivers to the public. The Collins mechanical filter is still in production and does, however, find consumer and commercial use. Rockwell International was the ultimate incarnation of a series of companies under the sphere of influence of Willard Rockwell, who had made his fortune after the invention and successful launch of a new bearing system for truck axles in 1919. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A mechanical filter is an electrical filter based on a mechanical element such as a ceramic resonator or crystal, as opposed to a tuned circuit using capacitors and inductors. ...


The company has acquired several companies, including Hughes-Avicom's in-flight entertainment business, Sony's in-flight entertainment business (Sony Trans Com),Intertrade Ltd., Flight Dynamics, K Systems, Inc. (Kaiser companies), Communication Solutions, Inc., Airshow, Inc., NLX (Simulation Business), portions of Evans & Sutherland, TELDIX GmbH, and IP Unwired. Evans & Sutherland is a computer firm involved in the computer graphics field. ...


The company today employs over 17,000 people and has an annual turnover in excess of 3.4 billion US dollars. Its chairman, president and CEO is Clayton M. Jones. The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... Clayton M. Jones (born c. ...


Organizational structure

Rockwell Collins has two main divisions:

  • Commercial Systems (CS)
  • Government Systems (GS)

The CS division services the commercial airline industry, providing navigation, communication, In Flight Entertainment (IFE), Synthetic vision and other products. The GS division services primarily the US government and military, but also provides some products and services to foreign governments with close ties to the United States. Notable government related projects that Rockwell Collins has involvement with are CAAS, JTRS, TTNT, DAGR, and Future Combat Systems This article belongs in one or more categories. ... The Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) is planned as the next-generation radio for use by the U.S. military in field operations for the second decade of the 21st century. ... Future Combat Systems (FCS) is the core building block of the US Army’s Future Force. ...


Advanced Technology Center

The Advanced Technology Center is a large department inside of Rockwell Collins that focuses on research and development. It has several sub areas namely Advanced Computing, Advanced Radio, Communications and Navigation, as well as Information Systems. The Advanced Technology Center's website can be viewed here: Advanced Technology Center


See also

A two-way radio manufacturer founded by its namesake, E.F. Johnson, in Waseca, MN in the early 20th Century. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... The Hallicrafters Company, Chicago, USA. American Radio Manufacturer. ... The Hammarlund Manufacturing Company, founded by Oscar Hammarlund in New York City, New York, USA in 1910, initially designed and produced short wave radio equipment. ... The National Radio Company was an American manufacturer of radio equipment from 1914 to 1991. ... Vintage amateur gear at station W1GFH Vintage amateur radio is a subset of the amateur radio hobby, considered a form of nostalgia much like antique car collecting, where enthusiasts collect, restore, preserve, build, and operate amateur radio equipment from bygone years, most notably those using vacuum tube technology. ...

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