July 1944 QST
Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles
QST, published December 1915 - present (visit ARRL
for info). All copyrights hereby acknowledged.
I was first introduced to the Simpson 260
volt-ohmmeter (VOM) in the radar shop where I was assigned un the USAF. Here is
the modern version of that classic, the
Simpson 260-8 VOM; it looks a lot like the original.
Here is an advertisement that I scanned out of my copy of the July 1944 QST
magazine. It highlights the precision to which its meter movement pivots are manufactured.
"While Simpson Electric Company, chartered in 1934,
is a firm with a distinguished past, it is just as importantly an organization with
a dynamic present and a definite future." There is an entire website dedicated to
the history of the Simpson 260. The famous 260 Volt-Ohm-Milliammeter put Simpson
on the map and cemented a reputation for quality that still defines Simpson in the
marketplace today." You can still buy a brand new
Simpson 260 (-8) from Amazon, or grab a vintage
Simpson Model 260 on eBay for under $100.
Simpson Electric Company Advertisement
Posted November 15, 2019