EMC Society History Museum Debuts at EMC 2007

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 historical material.
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 others.
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.

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