As part of the 2007 IEEE International Symposium
on EMC, held in Honolulu, Hawaii, an EMC History Museum was created
to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Society.
The Museum was located at the rear of the exhibit hall of the
Symposium and was surrounded by a six-foot high glass wall.
In the front of the Museum, Ken Javor of EMC Compliance had working
EMC receivers from the 1950s and 1960s in an impressive display
of antique EMI test equipment. Ken worked the equipment all three
days of the symposium and his equipment was a “hit”
with many of the attendees. The six Founders in attendance especially
enjoyed seeing the equipment they had used in their careers!
Along the sides of the Museum, there were tables of older EMC
equipment that had the covers removed to enable the observers
to investigate and explore the “innards” of older
test equipment. This equipment consisted of a variety of Stoddart
receivers, a Fairchild EMC-10 receiver, and a Singer NF-105 receiver.
Two special exhibits were evident, one by ETS-Lindgren showing
some of the earlier models of ETS-Lindgren products (including
EMCO products, LectroMagnetics shielding products, and similar
items). Another exhibit was sponsored by Elite Electronic Engineering
and represented an early EMI receiver.
Photos of Past-Presidents, Past-Treasurers, and Past-Secretaries
of the EMC Society were mounted on accordion-style wall panels
in the middle of the Museum. Also shown were the Past Symposium
Chairs with the front cover of the symposium record shown in parallel
with the respective Chair. The photos were found by researching
past Newsletters, past symposium records and similar EMC Society
In the rear of the Museum, a podium and small stage were setup
with about 30 folding chairs in front of the stage for the attendees.
It is in this location that the six Founders gave their “War
Story” presentations on Thursday morning of the Symposium
week. The War Stories lasted about fifteen minutes per Founder
and they were well attended with people sitting in the folding
chairs and the overflow-people standing around the area listening
to the historical (and in some cases – hysterical) stories.
After a busy three days, the Historical Museum was disassembled
and the photos and older equipment shipped back to the USA. EMC
|EMC Society Founder Sam Burruano
enjoyed seeing the EMC Museum in Hawaii and commented, “Look
at all this great stuff!”
|EMC Society Founder Tony Zimbalatti
(left) reminisced with Len Carlson, past EMC Society President,
during a visit to the EMC Museum.
|Another Founder, this time of the
dB Society, Jack Moe, toured the EMC Museum and saw many friends
among the photos of past presidents, symposium chairs, and
|A large banner at the back of the
exhibit hall designated the area devoted to the EMC Museum
at the Hawaii Convention Center.
|Ken Javor of EMC Compliance is ready
with his set up of historic test equipment at the EMC Museum.
Ken is a long time collector of EMC test equipment and eagerly
agreed to ship his collection from Huntsville to Hawaii.
|One of the interesting displays of
equipment in the EMC Museum featured equipment from Solar
Electronics. Its founder, the late Al Parker, was a popular
member of the EMC Society and well known for his invention,
the dB clock.
|During the EMC Museum, Founders told
“war stories” to rapt audiences. Founder James
McNaul is shown sharing his particular story about the early
days of EMC.
|The colorful display of past IEEE
EMC Symposium covers provided a pictorial history of some
great technical proceedings and social EMC Society gatherings
over the years.