[vcf-midatlantic] Looking for time on working PDP-11 (or other DECs minicomputers)?

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Tue Mar 15 00:51:34 UTC 2022

On 3/14/22 16:00, Michael Casadevall via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> I'm curious if anyone knows if there are museums on the east coast (and
> ideally close to New Jersey) that have working PDP machines, and may allow
> some time working with them. I've been wanting to do a video on some of the
> PDP series machines, and especially some of the other operating systems
> beside UNIX such as RT-11. I know it's possible to emulate most of these in
> SIMH, but I'd prefer to at least be able to show the real hardware in
> action.
> Ideally, I'm looking for time on a PDP-11, and a PDP-8, but I'd mostly like
> to capture these minicomputers running for real, including loading tape,
> and more if possible. Figure this was the best place to ask on potential
> leads. For those who don't know me, I'm NCommander at YouTube, and I've
> been at the last few VCF events.
> Hope someone can point me in the right direction,

   We have many running PDP-8 and PDP-11 systems at LSSM, just off the 
PA Turnpike in Pittsburgh.  The structure of the museum is such that 
visitors are allowed and encouraged to run the machines.


Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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