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Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   8/29/2013 4:55:37 PM
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@David: Is it half red and half black (red = tx, black = rx)?

The current tape is just black, but that's not to say that the machine couldn't handle a red/black tape -- when I get it working I'll stick a red/black tape in there and see what happens -- thanks for thinking of this...

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kfield   8/29/2013 5:02:31 PM
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Thanks for the office tour - a bit like a Curiosity Cabinet! I'm intrigued by the radioactive marbles and wonder why you didn't call out the propeller beanie??

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Duane Benson   8/29/2013 5:14:06 PM
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When I used one of these things, the tape was all black. I was a law enforcement explorer scout at the time and the police department would let us kids run dispatch. We were really cheap labor.

If I recall correctly, it could receive automatically when idling: The state computer would sometimes broadcast messages to be printed on the paper. The number of bells would indicate the level of importance.

When I had a license to run, I'd type it on to the paper tape. When done, I'd then cut off the paper tap and feed it into the tape reader, which would send it off to the state computer. Several minutes later, the reply would print out on the roll paper.

Pretty hi-tech for the mid-70's in the logger town I grew up in.

I'm somewhat envious and can envision all sorts of fun uses for one of those things.

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Max The Magnificent   8/29/2013 5:15:24 PM
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@kfield: Thanks for the office tour - a bit like a Curiosity Cabinet!

Welcome to my world :-)

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Max The Magnificent   8/29/2013 5:15:58 PM
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@kfield: I'm intrigued by the radioactive marbles...

Didn't you see my column I have radioactive balls!?

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Max The Magnificent   8/29/2013 5:16:40 PM
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@kfield: ... and wonder why you didn't call out the propeller beanie?
I should have, but for every item I did call out there are 50 more hiding in the shadows.

When I went to the Huntsville Hamfest last week, APP member Rick Curl had brought his propeller beanie -- if I'd known he was bringing it I woudl have taken mine -- as it was he looked a bit silly being the only one wearing one LOL



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Max The Magnificent   8/29/2013 5:20:21 PM
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@Duane: I was a law enforcement explorer scout at the time and the police department would let us kids run dispatch. We were really cheap labor.


Unfortunately, I'm still there (re the "cheap labor" LOL)

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Max The Magnificent   8/29/2013 5:21:12 PM
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@Duane: I'm somewhat envious and can envision all sorts of fun uses for one of those things.


Good -- that's what I was going for LOL

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David Ashton   8/29/2013 5:56:52 PM
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@Max.... "knocking on your door whining "Daavvviiidddd -- can you ..." :-) "

Well when you do I always end up having fun (it gets me away from doing the washing up....)

I am sure I have a converter diagram in a book somewhere....I'll have a fossick at the weekend...

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Max The Magnificent   8/29/2013 6:15:18 PM
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@David: I'll have a fossick at the weekend...

That sounds painful -- is it some form of Australian banter?

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