Enthusiasts put vintage test equipment on show - Embedded.com

Enthusiasts put vintage test equipment on show

A museum of vintage Tektronix test equipment and memorabilia will be open to the public from Friday September 16, 2011. Volunteers have been working since 2010, repairing and refurbishing instruments for display. VintageTek was founded in 2009 by former Tektronix field engineers, Stan Griffiths, and Ed Sinclair.

The volunteers consist primarily of ex-Tektronix design engineers, technicians, and marketing personnel, but also include vintage Tektronix equipment aficionados that were customers, who are refurbishing classic instruments.

The exhibition will be based on more than 1,500 instruments donated by Griffiths approximately 375 instruments donated by ex-Tektronix employees, along with a large supply of parts, accessories, and manuals.

Future museum programs include a Geek Academy, a Saturday school for analog design projects for 5th and 6th graders. The museum has set up affiliations with County and State schools providing project kits for hobbies with an analog design tie in, and plans to raise endowment funds for a University level chair in analog design.

The museum will also be establishing a vintageTek Store, to sell vintage equipment items that have been donated, and not needed for display, including non-Tek test equipment.

There are plans to repair and refurbish a limited quantity of classic Tektronix instruments belonging to the general public, in exchange for donations toward the operating expenses of the museum. These will be premium priced services, intended to help collectors make their instruments look like new, and operate as close to new catalog items as possible, as a labor of love, and not as competitors to the T&M service industry.

The vintageTek Museum board members include Griffiths, Sinclair, Larry Mayhew, and John Winkelman, who are all former Tektronix employees.

Major contributors include The Vollum Family, The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, John Kobbe, Gary Hoselton. Admission to the museum, which is located at 4620A SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway, Portland, Oregon, is free.

More information at www.vintagetek.org.

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