From an early age, I was always fascinated by all things electronic, electrical and mechanical. I have always wanted to know how things work. And when things don’t work, it’s a personal challenge to make it work again.
I am young enough to barely avoid the vacuum-tube era, but old enough not to be interested in Arduinos and USB-connected gadgets containing legless microscopic bits that I can’t see without the aid of optics. Instead I am drawn to the technology of the time when I was discovering the most about electronics. Repairing 8-track tape players in high school, hanging out at Radio Shack, and later earning an electrical engineering degree. Yeah, I was a geek before being a geek was cool.
Present day, enter eBay. An endless resource of broken and derelict things that don’t work. Fluke, Tektronix, and Hewlett-Packard equipment that can still stand as premium examples of design, engineering and reliability. You know, from back when the USA actually made stuff. Available for pennies relative to the prices they once commanded, not all that long ago.
Herein are a few chronicles of repair, restoration and appreciation of that technology. I hope you find it interesting…