Well, I’m on the ground here in Montreal for IMS2012/MTT. I have to say, I did not enjoy the 1.5 hour wait for customs, but the rewards promise to be great. I stopped by to scope out the conference today, and ran across some “cool old stuff.” Admittedly, I was a little taken aback by some of the things in the historical exhibit; is 1990 really that far away? But here are a couple of things that caught my eye.
This first one is an antenna analyzer (Model 2020 series) was used to equip the anechoic chamber at the David Florida Laboratory (Canada) for the testing of Canadian satellites Anrik-C3 and Anrik-D. This piece of equipment was used to perform antenna measurements and radiation pattern recordings. Ever play with one of these?
This next one is a signal generator from HP (UK) dated from sometime after 1955. It spanned 2800 to 7600 MHz for testing Canada’s satellite earth station. It had 1 mW output power across the band.
I expect to find more cool stuff for you tomorrow. Until then, sound off below about your most nostalgic old equipment or what old stuff you found in the lab when you started your current job.
I worked in an Intelsat earth station. Decades ago........
One Xmas we had to carry much traffic resulting from broken undersea cables.
We used every spare TX and RX unit we had, and even cobbled up some systems using test equp't - like the HP sig gen shown here for a LO. If you left it on for a while, it was as stable as a rock for weeks. Just don't turn it off...........VE7DFI
Its not OLD if it still does the job. I'd like to see how many of the new gizmo's work after twenty or so years. The old stuff was built to last and most of it did until technology moved beyond their designs.
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