Place of manufacture for DEC equipment?

Don North north at
Fri May 1 19:00:24 CDT 2015

On 5/1/2015 3:40 PM, Sean Caron wrote:
> How cool, thanks, Ian! Looks like my VAX herd is mostly from Albuquerque,
> with a few from Westfield to round out the mix. I was curious about my
> 11/34 as well but I can't cursorily locate the serial tag on it. I'll have
> to give it a more thorough once-over at some point ... Neat :O

Many of the PDP-11s in the 70s/80s were built in the DEC plants in Puerto Rico 
and San German). DEC ran their own charter aircraft between Worcester and Puerto 
back then that carried parts and people back and forth. If I recall it was a 
Lockheed Constellation
that had a big cargo bay amidship, and a small 6 to 8 cabin in the tail of the 
aircraft. When I
was with the DEC PDP-11 diagnostic group back inr the late 70s I went down to 
Aguadilla on
this aircraft to bring up the 11/60 diagnostics at the site for manufacturing 
use. Days on the
floor helping debug issues in manufacturing, nites at the local bar on the 
beach. I just remember
the rats in the palm trees staring down at us while we drank and ate. And of 
course snorkling
at the beach when the weekend came.

I believe on many of the inspection stickers you might see AG (Aguadilla) or SG 
(San German)
and WF (Westfield, MA which did final assembly).


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