54 TK50 tapes on eBay

Henk Gooijen henk.gooijen at hotmail.com
Sun May 17 13:45:47 CDT 2015

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From: Mark J. Blair
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Subject: Re: 54 TK50 tapes on eBay

> On May 17, 2015, at 05:18, Robert Jarratt <robert.jarratt at ntlworld.com> 
> wrote:
> This just popped up today:
> http://www.ebay.com/itm/LOT-OF-54-USED-VINTAGE-DEC-DIGITAL-COMPACTAPE-TK50-D

Hmm, mystery media to be archived is one of my weak spots... I wonder 
whether A) any of this stuff might be usable on my 11/730 (which presumably 
has VMS 5.3 installed, though I haven't dealt with the console boot tape 
issue yet to bring it up), and B) whether a TK50 drive can be interfaced to 
my 11/730 under VMS 5.3. Its card cage is already full, though I suppose I 
could temporarily remove either the ethernet or 1/2" tape drive cards. Can 
anybody educate me on this subject?
Mark J. Blair, NF6X <nf6x at nf6x.net>

You would need the TUK-50 interface (quad) module to hook the TK50
to a UNIBUS-based system.
The TQK-50 interface for TK50 to QBUS is common - TUK-50 is not ...

- Henk, PA8PDP

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