Some Real Cool Stuff: HP Electronic Equipment

Hi everyone!

Today a friend and I explored the Ceramics Building basement here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and found a room containing a bunch of test equipment and assorted other things (film projectors, a 1970s thermal camera,...). Among those things were some HP devices, which I took pictures of.

Before they were a huge manufacturer of printers and computers, they made the world's best scientific programmable calculators - but before that, in the 1940s, HP made their name making electronics test equipment, such as the devices here.

Though these pictures were taken on my potato-quality phone camera, hopefully you enjoy them!


  1. Great equipment. The test equipment company should have been the ones to keep the HP name, not the pc bunch, but Carley did not think so. Anyway Keysight is still the best. That old equipment will probably still work unless the filter capacitors or tubes are bad, and it is reairable. I have quite a bit of old HP test equipment in my lab. It will never die.

  2. Yes, well worth sharing. Perhaps they'll end up in a museum some day. :)