Help reading a 9 track tape

Paul Koning paulkoning at
Thu Aug 5 14:04:16 CDT 2021

> On Aug 5, 2021, at 2:55 PM, Chuck Guzis via cctalk <cctalk at> wrote:
> On 8/5/21 11:20 AM, Jon Elson via cctalk wrote:
>> They have air bearing "hubs" that the tape wraps over, and nothing but
>> the tape head and cleaner blades touch the oxide side of the tape.  But,
>> they can still suffer from tape sticking to the heads.
> ...which is where the tape ends up sticking, no matter the drive.
> --Chuck

Does anything other than (real) DECtape arrange for an air cushion between tape and head?  Would it be possible to tweak a tape drive -- streaming or otherwise -- to do that?


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