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

Curtis H. Wilbar Jr. rescue at hawkmountain.net
Tue Dec 19 00:01:32 CST 2006

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

Definately PDP-11/73... as he has the front power switch, 6 button
controls, 2 indicator panel for one in item 230064962181 for a mere
$625.00 with a buy it now of $800.00.  This guy is seriously wasting
his listing fees :-) oh.. and shipping is $149.94 to my location !  for
about a 1 to 1.5 pound item....  maybe he sends 'free' crack with it ?
maybe it's crack molded to look like computer parts ?

The VR-241 monitor for $850 is a real hoot too.  (That's the 14"
monitor)  I believe it only does 15KHz horizontal ('TV' resolution).

He seems to sell industrial stuff... so he probably got these PDP pieces
out of an industrial control....  he obviously knows nothing about what
this stuff is really worth.  (Maybe his prices are not nuts on the 
stuff.... but I'd guess they probably are as well).

I'd like to think this is entertaining.. but when he can't get this kind of
money... it will probably go in a dumpster rather than being listed at
a real price....  <sigh>

-- Curt

> 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).
> 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.
> The two right-hand panels are RS-232 ports, probably intended to 
> connect to a pair of DZQ11 4-port terminal cards.
> The bottom right connector is an AUI (15-pin) Thick Ethernet connector.
> The whole bloody system this goes to isn't worth that kind of money, 
> except as maybe a museum piece.
> 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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