24 November, 2023
A large number of slide rules have been added to the Slide Rules page, with more to come early next week (we've got some rare oversize rules that are on the way!).
We've also got a number of other things that have been added to the $5/$10/$15/$20 Bins on the Stuff Page .
Mystery Boxes will continue to be on sale until the end of the month, don't forget yours before it's too late!
So Many Probes!
15 November, 2023
In addition to an assortment of new equipment, we've also added a new section on various test equipment probes to the Stuff page. Mostly oscilloscope and digital multimeter probes, but we do also have some logic analyzer probes.
More Parts and Equipment
01 November, 2023
We've added $5, $10, and $20 bins for parts and equipment that's priced to move over on the Stuff Page . We've also added a whole bunch of new items under the Other Equipment section, and some new star charts, planispheres, and other slide rules on the Slide Rules page.
Important Holiday Discounts!
New Other Equipment and Parts Added
30 October, 2023
We've added a bunch of new equipment to the Stuff page, including a Scope Meter, some more parts, and some well-aged avionics. Happy shopping .
It's also not lost on us that the holidays are approaching, and people need to do their holiday shopping! For the month of November, all of the Mystery Boxes are discuounted!
Why November? Because shipping things takes time, and if it gets ordered in November, then we know for sure it will be there in time for the holidays. Discounts are: $5 for the small box, $10 for the medium box, $15 for the large box, and $30 for the ludicrous box!
More Slide Rules
20 October, 2023
A large number of new slide rules have landed and been posted to the Slide Rules page. These rules have never been posted, and some of them are quite rare.
Big Selection of Pocket Slide Rules, and Tek 7000 Series Modules
18 October, 2023
We've added a large number of assorted pocket slide rules to the Slide Rules page from a wide variety of manufacturers. Be sure to check the Other Rules section, as there are some hidden gems in there.
Added to the Stuff Page is a selection of Tektronix 7000 series modules.
More HP Equipment, and Slide Rules!
11 October, 2023
As we continue tunneling through workbenches and shelves we've found a variety of rare stock slide rules, and unusual test equipment. The first batch of slide rules have been added to the Slide Rules page, and you can expect more as we start documenting and photographing a large trove of pocket rules that we've found.
The Stuff Page also has lots of new equipment, with a variety of HP units having just come back from testing and evaluation (mostly counters and signal generators). We've also got a variety of unusual equipment that has been added to the Other Equipment section.
HP Counters, More Nixie Clocks, and Parts Units
03 October, 2023
We've added a few more freshly tested high-precision counter from HP and Philips to the "Stuff Page", and we've also added two units to the "Parts" section - these items from Rhodes & Schwarts, and EIP, did not pass testing but have sufficient functionality to be useful as parts units to repair other equipment.
Towards the end of this week, we should have more items posted to the Slide Rule page as we continue doing our stock verifications and cleanup.
Programmable Counters, Slide Rules, and Oddities
27 September, 2023
The "Stuff Page" has been updated with some new test equipment under the "Counters" section, and we've added some additional oddities that we've found during a cleanup of the office - this includes nixie tube clocks, and LED related items.
A new "Slide Rule" page has been added, and while we are still working on populating this page, we have added three rules that we are going to be offering a sale on during the next month! Don't miss out on these good deals.
Fairchild Curve Tracer
13 September, 2023
Newly added to the "Other Equipment" section of the Stuff Page is a Fairchild 6200-B Curve Tracer. It's heavy!
We are also in the process of getting a number of Philips 6654C Programmable Counters tested and calibrated. Feel free to contact us if you are interested in reserving one of these units. We currently have six going for evaluation, and will post the final available stock count of this equipment once it returns from calibration.
Passing of Walter SHAWLEE II
04 September, 2023
Walter SHAWLEE II, 1949-2023 – Walter Shawlee II, as he said to tell the world, died with stunning inconvenience. More specifically, he passed away in Kelowna, BC, on September 4, 2023. Born in LA to Hollywood actress Joan Shawlee and artist Walter Shawlee, he is survived by his wife Susan, daughter Rosanne, son Walt, sister Angie, and niece Sydney.
Studying engineering at the University of California – Los Angeles, his life was filled with many adventures as an electronics engineer, teacher, entrepreneur, and slide rule aficionado. Long before he eventually settled in Kelowna, BC, Walter and Susan were married in Halmstad, Sweden. They would later immigrate to Canada, making multi-year pit stops in Vancouver and Prince George.
It was in Prince George in 1979 that Walter and Susan founded Northern Airborne Technology, an avionics and R&D company, which would later relocate to Kelowna. This was not without its difficulties, and Walter would be the first to sing the praise of every individual who ultimately made NAT successful. Avionics equipment that NAT produced for aircrafts is still flying today, and standards that Walter developed at NAT became global industry standards. Walter’s life spanned countries and businesses, and at each stage was deeply enriched by the incredible people who joined in his exploits.
After transitioning NAT to new owners, Walter founded Sphere Research Corporation, which set the course for 30 years of enthusiastic research and development, test equipment metrology, and slide rule preservation.
During his many years as a business leader, Walter dedicated himself to the development of future generations, chairing the BC Science Council, and mentoring young people on working in STEM fields as a teacher for OUC. His innovation, creativity, and charity have left a lasting mark on the world far beyond the borders of the city he settled in, and his work is still keeping the skies safe today.
Many thanks and much gratitude to the people who fearlessly participated in his hobbies and business escapades, and who were his comrades throughout. The Shawlee family extends their deep gratitude to all those people who supported Walter during his final days.
Important - Sphere Research will continue to remain open and will be conducting business, although we may be a bit slow in responding for the next week.
New Tek Equipment!
23 August, 2023
Newly listed on the Stuff page is a Tektronix 5006 frame with four modules, as well as some additional audio equipment.
We will try and publish site updates and new stock ate least twice a week, please contact us if there is specific hardware you might be looking for!
Audio and Music/Recording Equipment
21 August, 2023
We have started adding performance and studio-grade musical equipment to the Stuff Page in the "Other" section.
This includes an unusual combination of new and used hardware ranging from microphone mixing equipment, all the way to PC connectable DJ hardware. How did we get it? Not entirely sure, but it could be yours!
Service Interruptions and Delays
18 August, 2023
Due to the current wildfire situation in Kelowna, BC, we may be delayed in responding to your messages and inquiries.
If you have an order already pending, we will do everything we can to get it shipped out to you in a timely manner.
03 August, 2023
As many of our customers are aware, Walter Shawlee 2, the founder of Sphere Research, the Slide Rule Universe, and a number of other enterprises throughout the years, has fallen on ill health. We will be liquidating Sphere's inventory, and posting items for sale on a revised and slimmed down "Stuff Page".
Our ordering system will remain the same:
1. See something you like.
2. Send an e-mail to email@example.com with what you want.
3. Purchase is paid for and shipped.
The old site is still being kept online, but has not been maintained for some time and does not have accurate stock information. Feel free to access the old site here:
If you are interested in tems that are listed on the old site, please let us know, and if we still have them in stock we will be only too happy to sell them to you!
We are grateful for the support that all of our customers have given us over the years, and we wish all of you the best.
IMPORTANT! This site is still under development, and we are continuing to add items and information on a regular basis.