Re: TekWiki Helper Idea. Brainstorm or Washout?

Vince Vielhaber

It would be a lot quicker if the folks in the community were to contribute to a list kept in a central location, then Kurt's current helpers (of which I'm one) can take from that list and add to the site.


On 02/25/2018 10:26 PM, Dennis Tillman W7PF wrote:
Michael Terrell had an interesting idea that might save us time but as near as I can tell it would only make a lot more work for Kurt at TekWiki.
Michael's idea was to list the options for each model on TekWiki.

The more general question is what would it take to list every option for every instrument on Kurt's web site. I know Kurt doesn't have the time. He has a full time job already. I doubt anyone on this forum has that much time to spare. I don't.

That started me thinking what it would take to do this. There are 40+ years of catalogs from 1965 to 2005 that Kurt roughly covers the products from right now. Each catalog has anywhere from 100 (the 1960's) to <1000 instruments (the 2000's). Each description has a section at the end with the options and their descriptions. The option number and description would have to be logged, then incorporated into each of Kurt's web pages. My best guess is it would take 1 man-year of work on the part of a college student majoring in electronics.

So here is my question: How much could we as an organization raise to give Kurt a helper to really speed him up? Is this even a possibility?

Dennis Tillman W7PF

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Michael A. Terrell
Sent: Sunday, February 25, 2018 3:50 PM

It would be nice to list the known options for each model on Tekwiki, to save people time in the future.

-----Original Message-----
From: Kevin Oconnor <>

In my recollection Tek had obscure option numbers for custom phosphors on some scopes. I wonder if this is the case.
What is your phosphor color/persistence? My std 485 is blueish and fast.

Michael A. Terrell

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