[rescue] A real hoot... does anyone have one of these

Curtis H. Wilbar Jr. rescue at hawkmountain.net
Mon Dec 18 23:48:48 CST 2006

John Francini wrote:
> It appearts to be the back bulkhead panel to some smallish DEC 
> machine, probable vintage early 80s.

indeed... that is exactly what it is.... will fit on PDP-11/73, PDP-11/83,
and PDP-11/93 in BA23 chassis.

> The panel on the left is a combination CPU self-test state indictor 
> (the two 7-segment displays), a rotary baud rate controller, and an 
> RS-232 port (for the console terminal).
yup, console status/terminal bulkhead.
> The left-center one may be a bulkhead for an external disk -- there 
> was a flat cable that was used to connect to some MSCP disk drives 
> that used a connector like that, if I recall correctly.
dunno there... likes kinda like IEEE488 (GPIB)... at least I think so 
(of course
I'm going by memory by the one ISA IEEE488 card I inherited at one point
and never did anything with).  I know DEC did have a QBUS IEEE488 card
for PDP11 so could be one of those ?

> The two right-hand panels are RS-232 ports, probably intended to 
> connect to a pair of DZQ11 4-port terminal cards.
I'd agree
> The bottom right connector is an AUI (15-pin) Thick Ethernet connector.
DELQA bulkhead connector/cable (which is what the part # in the title of
the auction is for).

> The whole bloody system this goes to isn't worth that kind of money, 
> except as maybe a museum piece.
And I'd guess not even as a museum piece.  The /73, /83, and /93 (amongst
other BA23 'cased' systems) are not that rare...  maybe I should see if he'd
trade for my doubly big, double high one :-)  Mine must be worth at
least $2000 :-)... which would put my whole system/expansion chassis worth
around $25000 to $30000 I'd think... but if anyone here wants it, I'll 
sell it
to listers for $10000... any takers :-) ?

-- Curt

> j
> At 22:38 -0600 12/18/06, Lionel Peterson wrote:
>>  >From: "Curtis H. Wilbar Jr." <rescue at hawkmountain.net>
>>> Date: 2006/12/18 Mon PM 09:58:09 CST
>>> To: rescue at sunhelp.org
>>> Subject: [rescue] A real hoot... does anyone have one of these
>>> Check out:
>>> http://cgi.ebay.com/70-22786-01_W0QQitemZ230064962734QQihZ013QQcategoryZ58295QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
>>> I 'asked' a question on where he gets that kind of price, and that when
>>> he comes down
>>> off his drug induced high I might be interested....
>>> This has to be the most unbelievable case of 'seller things he has
>>> platinum' that I've
>>> ever seen !
>>> If anyone has one of these... I'd like to get one for my PDP-11/83. 
>>> Since mine
>>> came with an expansion box, the panel I have is the height of the two
>>> units and is
>>> meant for mounting in a DEC rack... so finding one or two of the ones
>>> like in the
>>> auction link above would be ideal.
>> What in the heck is it, and why does it cost $149 to ship it to NJ?
>> Oy vey,
>> Lionel
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