Alan just tipped me off to this great 2-hour+ presentation all about the history and use of scopes, complete with an online textbook:
The New Jersey Antique Radio Club, continuing a long tradition of technical training for the electronics hobbyist, conducted the club’s first Oscilloscope School in March, 2011. This hands-on “boot camp” introduction to using oscilloscopes was presented at the historic site of Marconi’s 1914 Transatlantic Receiving Station, later home of the U.S.Army’s Signal Corps Laboratories at Camp Evans, and now the home of the InfoAge Science and History Learning Center.
The program is presented in three parts:
Part 1: History of Oscilloscopes, by Al Klase, Technical Coordinator for NJARC
Part 2: Basics of Oscilloscopes, by Alan Wolke, Application Engineer at Tektronix Corporation (begins at 15 min. 42 sec. into the program)
Part 3: A Brief History of Oscilloscope Tubes, by Nevell Greenough (begins at 2 hr. 13 min. 35 sec. into the program.)
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If you watch the video in on YouTube (by clicking the YouTube icon in the lower right of the video), you can view the video notes which include a time-line based Table Of Contents – so that you can skip forwards/backwards to view just those specific topics of interest.
Thanks, adding that to my YouTube watch later list.
Hmm… failed my first resistor check – must have hit my color blindness…