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Tektronix TR501
1.8 GHz tracking generator
Tektronix TR501

Produced from 1976 to 1980

(All manuals in PDF format unless noted otherwise)
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The Tektronix TR501 is a 1.8 GHz tracking generator plug-in for the TM500 system.

The TR501 is intended for the 7L12 but also works with the 7L13 and 7L14 albeit not supporting dot markers.

The TR501 and TR502 are essentially the same instrument except for the output attenuators and logic interface added in the TR502.

Key Specifications

Frequency range 100 kHz to 1.8 GHz
Maximum output level 0 dBm ±0.5 dB
Level range 0 to −11 dBm
Level flatness ±1 dB up to 1.3 GHz and ±1.5 dB up to 1.8 GHz


Documents Referencing TR501

Document Class Title Authors Year Links
Tekscope 1975 V7 N5.pdf Article A High-stability 100 KHz to 1.8 GHz Tracking Generator Fred Telewski 1975
070-2088-01.pdf Book TM500 Series Rear Interface Data Book 1976


Year 1976 1980
Catalog price $3,500 $4,250
In 2022 Dollars $17,500 $14,500

According to an internal memo, in 1979 annual sales were estimated at 154 units.



Some Parts Used in the TR501

Part Part Number(s) Class Description Used in
155-0136-00 155-0136-00 Hybrid integrated circuit TR501