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Tektronix 524AD
TV waveform monitoring scope
Tektronix 524AD

Produced from 1953 to (?)

(All manuals in PDF format unless noted otherwise)
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The Tektronix 524AD is a monolithic oscilloscope introduced in 1953 for monitoring television waveforms, designed by Cliff Moulton.

In a 1972 interview, Charlie Rhodes recalled:

In 1953 Cliff Moulton re-designed the 514 for TV station needs. This became the 524, the first TV-oriented instrument. It looked like a market of 200 or so in those days, but wound up producing 10,000 of this model.

Interestingly, the 524 appears on page 31 of the 1966 RCA Test Equipment Catalog.

Key Specifications

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The 524 weighs 61 pounds, uses 500 watts, and has a thermal cutoff. It uses selenium rectifiers in the low-voltage power supply. It has a total of 4 kV CRT beam acceleration, −1.5 kV on the cathode and +2.5 kV on the anode. It normally came with a 5ABP1 CRT which has P1 phosphor, but P7 and P11 phosphors were also available.



The vertical signal path of the 524 is similar to that of the 514. They have similar front-ends and similar distributed vertical output amplifiers.

The video trigger circuitry present in the 524 distinguish it from the 514. Just before the L-C delay line in the vertical signal path, there is a cathode follower, V15A, that serves as the trigger pickoff buffer. The resulting trigger signal goes to a video sync separator circuit. Here, the there is clamping and amplification and, most importantly, a non-retriggerable multivibrator. The multivibrator is triggered by the vertical sync of the NTSC waveform. After being triggered, it is not triggerable again for about about 25 ms, so it misses the vertical sync of the next interlaced field and instead triggers on the vertical sync of one following that. So it consistently shows the "even" field or the "odd" field. There is a switch that perturbs the multivibrator so it can be switched between even and odd fields. The video trigger circuit drives a conventional trigger circuit and sweep circuit similar to that of the 514.

The 524 uses a cylindrical style of ceramic terminal strip, which is less common than the straight style. The cylindrical style is also used in the Type C, Type CA, and 315.


Early model

Some Parts Used in the 524

Page Class Description Used in
5ABP CRT 5" CRT with electrostatic deflection 511A 512 524
6AG7 Vacuum Tube (Pentode) 9 Watt power pentode 104 104A 105 112 511 511A 512 513 514 517 517A 524
6BQ7A Vacuum Tube (Dual Triode) dual triode 107 163 310 316 360 181 315 524 531 532 535 536 541 545 T
6CL6 Vacuum Tube (Pentode) miniature power pentode 132 310 310A 316 317 515 524 525 531 535 535A 545 545A 545B 549 581 581A 585 585A 3A74