Late in 2008, production of the iconic AVO 8 analogue multimeter finally ceased. Its final withdrawal was forced by the impossibility of obtaining the components needed to build it

As soon as it became public knowledge that production was to end, orders were received within just a few days for the whole of the final batch. But one instrument – the very last AVO that will be shipped from the factory – has been held back.

And now you have the opportunity to win it.

All you have to do is send your most amusing story relating to your experiences with either an AVO multimeter or Megger instrument. Your entry must be no more than 200 words and you can either send it by email to or by post to AVO Competition, Megger, Archcliffe Road, Dover, Kent CT17 9EN, England. Entries must be received no later than 31 December 2009.

Entries will be examined by a team of senior Megger engineers and managers, and the sender of the one that they judge to be the most amusing will receive the AVO Model 8 Mark 7 multimeter, complete with a certificate confirming that it is the last ever AVO Model 8 multimeter.

At the time they were discontinued, these instruments had a list price of well over £500, but given its unique status, the competition prize should be worth far more.

The winner will be notified by 31 January 2010. Megger will print details of the entry that wins in its Electrical Tester newsletter.

Other entries may also be printed, and the writer of each entry used will receive a Megger AVO 310, Megger’s latest low-cost digital multimeter, which was designed and assembled in England, continuing the tradition from the original AVOmeter.

The full rules for this never-to-be repeated competition can be found at