Collins Collectors set to meet in Cedar Rapids

George Maier gmaier at ULTRANET.COM
Mon Aug 7 07:21:29 EDT 2000

On Friday, August 11th, the Collins Collectors Association will meet in
Rapids, Iowa, home to Rockwell-Collins, the modern day evolvement of the

Collins Radio Company, and the business that Arthur Collins started in

The events, which will start Friday afternoon, and continue for the next
two days, include a visit to the Collins
Museum and a tour of the Rockwell Collins plant, Collins technical
sessions, and the Cedar Valley Amateur Radio Club Hamfest on Sunday.
You’ll also have an opportunity to chat with the CCA members at Rockwell

Collins that organized and sponsored this event, including Mark Hovda –
N0JWI, Rod Blocksome – K0DAS, Gayle Lawson – K0LFY, Gene Duprey – K1GD ,

and numerous others.

Program Activities Include:

Butch Shartau, K0BS, Restoration Techniques

Jim Maccani, W0HUP, KWM-380 Servicing

Jay Miller, KK5IM, "Pictorial History of Collins Radio"

Bill Wheeler, K0DEW, History of the CCA

"Arthur and His Company" by Ben Stearns, Former PR Director for Collins

Bob Peters, K1JNN, Collins in Viet Nam MARS Operation

Tours of Com Central, the antenna farm, Rockwell Collins factory and a
Collins Amateur Radio Club station.

 Question and Answer Panel.  This panel will include key engineers who
were directly involved in the amateur product line development and

The featured speaker will be Chuck Carney, W0GDJ.  Chuck was the Amateur

Radio Product Line Manager during the early S-Line period.

All convention activities and dinners, except for the Collins facility
tours, will be held at the History Center in downtown Cedar
Rapids.   The Hamfest on Sunday the 13th will be held in Amana Iowa.

Questions regarding the CCA convention can be addressed to Mark, N0JWI,
email address -    hovda at

General Information can be found on the CCA web page at

About the Collins Collectors Association -
The stated mission of the CCA is to “Promote the care and use of Collins

Amateur Radio Equipment -Preserve the history and lore of Collins Radio
Equipment -Provide an information archive for Collins Radio Equipment.
The CCA was started in the early 1990's, and is the largest organized
group of Collins enthusiasts in the world. Membership information is
available on the CCA web page, referenced above.

George Maier - K1GXT
Chief Information Officer
Collins Collectors Association

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