[vcf-midatlantic] Help me remember my first modem

Richard Cini rich.cini at gmail.com
Sat Dec 25 02:39:19 UTC 2021

John — try googling “bell dataphone modem” and look at the images. They had 300, 1200, 4800 and 9600 models but I think the 300/1200 fits.


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Subject: [vcf-midatlantic] Help me remember my first modem

I'm trying to find a picture of my first modem online, and can't seem to
find one..

I remember my first modem (I was ~ 7 years old or ~ 1983-1984 when we first
got it, but had it for years later) being a 300 baud "Bell" modem.  I
*believe* it had an acoustic coupler, but it *might but I do not remember
needing to use it to initiate connections to BBSes at the time.  I'm not
sure if there were hybrid modems where they still had an acoustic coupler,
but also supported auto dial of some kind.

My memory also tells me it was a black modem, rectangular (metal?)
exterior.  I think the modem might have said "Bell Labs" rather than just
Bell on the front.  I'm also 95% sure that the modem ..  disappeared ..
from Bell thanks to a family member who worked there/at AT&T (and also was
an Atari 800 owner like us).  We attached this modem (and later modems) to
an Atari 850 interface, so it had a standard serial interface.

Lastly, I'm certain it was *not* a Bell 103 modem - which would have been
positively ancient by the early 80s, but some other design from Bell.  Or
at least not an original appearance one..

I know 100% for sure my *next *modem was an Avatex 1200 baud modem - which
is really easy to find a pic of:
This became the modem for our first BBS in 1986.

Anyway, any ideas what modem / model this might have been?  Total shot in
the dark, especially as my memory may be wrong here,  but I figured this is
the group to ask..


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