NEWS Bird announces winners in contest to locate oldest Thruline wattmeter
Bird Electronic, Solon, OH, revealed 11 winners in Quest 43, a year-long contest to locate the oldest working model 43 Thruline wattmeter. The announcement of the grand prize winner, Justin Dennis, was made at the IWCE show in Las Vegas. Dennis’s wattmeter, serial No. 71, was produced in 1952 and is still operational. Dennis was presented with a 24-kt gold-plated Model 43, a $1,000 gift certificate and a new model 43. Dennis plans to donate his vintage unit to Bird for permanent display in the Solon facility. First prize ($500 gift certificate and a new model 43) went to Bernie Wendoloski for his model 43 with serial No. 76. Eight other owners whose wattmeters were manufactured in Bird’s first production run in 1952 were awarded $250 gift certificates and a new Model 43.