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From: Merle K. Peirce <>
Date: Tue Apr 15 16:33:00 2003

All I call is the beautiful RCA broadcast transmitter logo in red and
black. It's either ca 1942 or 1948, but incredibly beautiful. The
backside is somewhat reminiscent of an Ardent. It's about 5-6 feet tall
and 12-15 feet long, plus an external transformer. Easily 3times the
size of the Harris. The Nova is also ex-WEAN, apparently. If only the
building could be restored. Some of the glass brick has been replaced
with cement block.

When we get moved, you'll have to come see the new warehouse.

On Tue, 15 Apr 2003, William Donzelli wrote:

> > The systems are two identical DEC PDP-11/70's that seem to date from the
> > early 1980's. There are two CDC 9766 drives and a nice DEC LP26 printer,
> > plus 6-8 terminals. The systems have not been powered on since 1996.
> > They also seem to bear the name of an aftermarket supplier - Systems
> > Industries?- and some sort of system name, which I cannot remember, but
> > suggests typesetting.
> SI made lots of disk products for DECs. At one point I had a somewhat
> trashed Diablo drive for a PDP-8/E (RKmumble), with an SI interface board
> and power supply. I still have the power unit, if anyone os interested,
> but the rest is long gone.
> SI also made a neato disk cache for the VAX-11/780. Neato, as it had an
> LED bar graph for the hit rate! No stinkin' ten LED doodad this - this
> graph had *many* LEDs, because you never know when you will need to know
> just how precise your cache is...
> > Our second visit in East Providence, RI let us view the ca1930-35 Art Deco
> > transmitting facility of WEAN. Although not 100% original, the bulk of
> > the original features are there, including the original black and chrome
> > decor. The original transmitter has been replaced twice, but an 80's
> > era Harris MW-5A is the main unit, with a 40's era RCA as a fully
> > functioning backup.
> Do you remember what kind? Shame on you for noting the modern Harris but
> not the classic RCA...
> Generally broadcast transmitters and computers don't mix.
> William Donzelli

M. K. Peirce

Rhode Island Computer Museum, Inc.
Shady Lea, Rhode Island

"Casta est quam nemo rogavit."
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