[vcf-midatlantic] Received H11 - it works!

Glenn Roberts glenn.f.roberts at gmail.com
Fri Feb 12 22:26:39 EST 2016

If you do end up replacing the side panels down the road I'd be interested in any solution you come up with.  I've considered building wood side panels on my H8, which uses the same case design.  I recall when I assembled my H8 many years ago pressing the brass inserts into the plastic sides with gentle pressure from a soldering iron (which softened the plastic just enough to accept the insert.

I presume the original color on the front panel was light grey (like the H8).  If you're not a purist you could consider a different color scheme.  I painted my H8 front panel tan and the side panels brown.  Makes for a distinctive look :-)


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Subject: [vcf-midatlantic] Received H11 - it works!

All —

Made some good progress today. I built the console cable and verified that the serial console board was properly jumpered. I put in all of the boards and turned it on and I saw the following on the console:


Yea! Looks like it works. I connected it to PDP11GUI and ran a memory test and it seems to be fine. Interestingly, the RUN light only blinks at startup and no other time. Not sure what that means, but it’s running.

I have a couple of things to do:

*  I need to repair the side panels. I bought epoxy putty today and I’ll give that a try tomorrow.
*  I’d like to remove the flat black paint from the metal front panel. Any recommendations? It looks like regular latex paint on top of the painted metal panel. I have a 3M “safe” (non-VOC) paint stripper that I was going to try.
*  I have another SLU that I’d like to configure for use with the TU58 emulator. Any advice on this?

Thanks! Very exciting day indeed.


Rich Cini
Collector of Classic Computers
Build Master and lead engineer, Altair32 Emulator http://www.classiccmp.org/cini

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