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MIT Prof on a Vintage-Scope Rescue Mission

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Blofeld, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. Blofeld

    Thread Starter Active Member

    Feb 21, 2010
    Professor Kent Lundberg writes in his blog, among other things, about his adventures searching for vintage oscilloscopes, and, in the last posts, praises their virtues:

    http://readingjimwilliams.blogspot.com/search/label/Scope Sunday

    It's mostly about really old (and partially defunct) scopes, so if you are looking for advice on operational secondhand scopes you will not find much. But there are some nice pics and stories, that's why I put it in off-topic.
  2. maxpower097

    Well-Known Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    That pictures on his sites a gem! Kinda like Einstien on meth.
  3. Blofeld

    Thread Starter Active Member

    Feb 21, 2010
    That's the late analog electronics guru Jim Williams. Here are two cartoons by him, the second one is a "self portrait" :)


    Lundberg started the blog soon after Jim Williams died last year. Lundberg goes through all of Williams app notes and writes some comments about them (that's why the blog is called readingjimwilliams). Then he started to write some posts about vintage scopes too. This seems unrelated, but it fits because Williams was a vintage scope fanatic too (which can be easily seen in most of his app notes, always praising their virtues and showing some nice analog scope shots. But never from a digital one).
  4. luvv


    May 26, 2011
    Genius or serial killer....

    Could be either..or both

    Wonder if he would mind if i used his face for my facebook profile :D
  5. jimkeith

    Well-Known Member

    Oct 26, 2011
    Brings back tons of memories--I used to ride the Tektronix scope carts like a scooter on the way from the test floor to the lab. My favorite dinosaur was the Tektronix 549 storage scope--could display a single sweep trace at 1us/div.
  6. Blofeld

    Thread Starter Active Member

    Feb 21, 2010
    Attached is a pic of Jim Williams (on the right) that is a bit more flattering. But I thought all of you would be drooling over the scope pics... :D
  7. MrChips


    Oct 2, 2009
    I have a Tektronix scope dolly like this one. I was planning to modify it and turn it into a tool-chest caddy. Maybe if I can find a vintage scope like this one I can preserve it for posterity. Time to revisit the Dayton HamVention?

  8. Brownout

    Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2012
    I have the cart and the scope. Unfortunately the scope doesn't power up and I haven't had the time to try to repair it. So, it's just cluttering up the garage for now, but I don't have the heart to part with it.
  9. bertus


    Apr 5, 2008
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