7 track tape terminal

From: Vintage Computer Festival <vcf_at_siconic.com>
Date: Sun May 9 23:48:20 2004

On Sun, 9 May 2004, William Donzelli wrote:

> > 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.

Which is why I use quotes :) I've been around long enough to know you
rarely (if ever) claim anything is the "first" of anything. This is as
far as I know, without having researched it in depth. If you know of an
earlier IBM product then I'd like to know about it.

> > 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?

Possibly. I haven't been able to get a good look myself. I tried
removing a plate from the opposite end of the head block that I thought
would allow me to peer at the head but there wasn't a hole where I thought
there would be one. In the process, I dropped one of the screws for
affixing the plate to the head block down the tape take-up bin. Nice.
Now I have to go fishing for it with a magnetic tipped telescoping rod or
something (I'm not going to try tipping this thing upside down to get it

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

The final frontier.

> > 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".

Yep, worst cast put it on the VCM (or eBay if you must). Perhaps the
Computer History Museum might want it...

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