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New museum highlights vintage Tektronix equipment

The vintageTek Museum for vintage Tektronix equipment and memorabilia from the Tektronix heyday, 1946 to 1985, will open its doors to the public Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m.

Technical volunteers have been working with the nonprofit educational organization since 2010, repairing and refurbishing instruments for display. These volunteers consist primarily of ex-Tektronix design engineers, technicians and marketing personnel, but also include vintage Tektronix equipment aficionados that were customers, who refurbished classic instruments as well.

The museum's potential inventory consists of more than 1,500 instruments donated by co-founder Stan Griffiths, and about 375 donated instruments 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 fifth- and sixth-graders.

The vintageTek 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.

In addition, the museum's board of directors has 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.

The vintageTek Museum is located at 4620A S.W. Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway. Parking is available in the east parking area and behind the building. On-street parking is limited to 30 minutes.

Admission to the museum is free.

Two former Tektronix field engineers, Stan Griffiths and Ed Sinclair, who share a passion for the company's vintage instruments, founded VintageTek in 2009.

Major contributors include The Vollum Family, The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, John Kobbe and Gary Hoselton.

For more information, visit vintagetek.org or stop by the museum on Fridays or Saturdays.