This article is the third in a three-part series where I've attempted to collect representative test equipment from the following eras: 1988-2000; 1956-1987; and 1936-1955. This installment covers the earliest time period of 1936-1955, and it includes the first products of many companies, such as HP, Keithley, and Kepco's. Please enjoy and use the comments to record your memories of these pieces of equipment, including learnings, funny stories, and nostalgic remembrances. Let's make this a piece of living history! If you have a suggestion to add, please put it in the comments.
Year: 1955 Tektronix Tektronix 310 Oscilloscope
The 310 Oscilloscope was a small, portable oscilloscope with innovative mechanical packaging to allow easy access to internal components for servicing. Price $595
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