[vcf-midatlantic] Museum power / Running bigger machines

Evan Koblentz evan at vcfed.org
Wed Jul 26 00:25:21 EDT 2017

There have been a few posts about our recent/ongoing museum power 
update. Here is the latest exciting information.

- Last week, a local electrician installed a 30A circuit and 3-phase 
outlet. Before anyone asks, yes, there was a permit from the town.

- We ordered a 50-ft. extension cord designed for that outlet and 
suitable power level. (Yikes those are expensive! But totally worthwhile.)

- We ordered a motor-generator that can run the whole Univac. It'll be 
here in a few days. Big special thanks to the System Source Computer 
Museum for donating the funds to purchase this. They will borrow it on 
occasion to test/power their own big iron.

- Bill Drom. built a wooden cart with casters specifically for the 

- The new circuit/outlet enables us to operate ONE minicomputer or 
mainframe at a time. As such, the highlight of upcoming repair workshops 
may be a cage match between Dromgoole, Loewen, and Primus, as they 
battle to power the Univac, HP-1000 system, and Prime 6550. :) 
X-factors: DEC VAX 785, Cray, Data General Nova, Commodore 128 (just 

Evan Koblentz, director
Vintage Computer Federation
a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit

evan at vcfed.org
(646) 546-9999


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