Saturday, January 21, 2012

My New Toy......Tektronix 475 Oscilloscope

I'm the proud owner of a late 1970's era Tektronix 475 Oscilloscope!  It's amazing what people with just give you when they know that you are into radios and electronics.  Thanks to my good friend Freddie for my new scope!  Not sure how long Freddie had it or where he got it from but he has little use for it these days.  Freddie has been in the electronics repair business for the last 40+ years and had this instrument on a shelf collecting dust.  Guess he thought that my ham radio buddies and I could make better use of it these days. 

What makes this even sweeter is the fact that this is the very model scope that I used in the Air Force all through the 1980s as an avionics technician.  Brings back alot of memories of testing and troubleshooting radio equipment used on the EC-135 "Looking Glass" aircraft that I was a crew member on.  I know all of my old Air Force buddies are seriously jealous!

I plan to use this scope as I work on some of my own radio gear and may incorporate it into the amateur radio license classes that I teach.

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