7 track tape terminal

From: William Donzelli <aw288_at_osfn.org>
Date: Sun May 9 22:49:31 2004

> The "first" key-to-tape. A pretty useful device, really, for that era.
> Tap data directly to tape and then load it onto the mainframe.

Are you sure it was the "first" (good use of Quites, by the way)? I am
pretty sure IBM had them for some time.
> But are you sure it's 7-track? I haven't been able to tell for sure on
> mine because the head is tucked away such that you can't really see the
> surface.

I can look again, but I am pretty certain I saw only seven things on the
head. I don't know if this is important, but these are ex-Western Union
machines, and they liked to be difficult. Perhaps a special oder from MDS?

> How come RCS/RI doesn't want this? It's a nice piece of old iron.

> Hopefully someone gets it (someone other than the scrapman). Yours and
> mine are the only ones I know of, though I'm sure there are at least a few
> more still in existence.

I actually have two. I am getting rid of the "spare".

William Donzelli
Received on Sun May 09 2004 - 22:49:31 BST

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.3.0 : Fri Oct 10 2014 - 23:37:09 BST