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  • My name is Steve Hort and I'm an old time Deccie (Badge# 10004) who joined Digital Australia in 1970. During my career I worked in the South Pacific Region, the Americas, and Europe. I went through the Compaq / HP transitions and retired in 2007 after 37 years of service.

    Along the way I have collected a large amount of DEC hardware, software, and documentation. My wife and I have decided to downsize our home so I now have the problem of drastically reducing my stock of memorabilia. Many of the computer equipment items are new "old stock" which I purchased but never got around to using for more than a few hours (if at all).

    In short, I could put many of these items on eBay and probably get a good return on my investment. However, I would rather offer them for a small, reasonable price to keep them in the "family". My request to you would be how to go about getting the word out that these items are available.

    A partial list of items is as follows:

    1. PDT-11/130
    2. PDT-11/150
    3. VT180 (Robin)
    4. Rainbow 100
    5. SBC-11 (Shoe Box)
    6. PDP-11/23
    7. DECpc 420sx
    8. Digital PC Venturis FX 5133s
    9. RL02 drive
    10. RL02K-DC disks (several)
    11. RX02 drives (2 units mounted in external housing)
    12. VT100
    13. DECwriter IV (LA34)
    14. LA50-RA
    15. DEClaser 3500
    16. PDP-8/E modules
    17. PDP-8/E front panel lights and switches / programmer’s console (KC8EA)
    18. PDP-11 / Q-bus modules
    19. Backplanes
    20. Power supplies
    21. R-series modules
    22. G-series modules
    23. PDP-8 / PDP-11 CPU and peripheral hardware manuals and circuit schematics
    24. PDP-8 / PDP-11 software manuals (OS/8, OS/78, RT-11, MINC-11, etc.)
    25. VAX/VMS software manuals
    26. PDP-8 / PDP-11 / VAX/VMS / Peripheral Handbooks (more than 100)
    27. Tektronix 547A oscilloscope with 1A1 dual-trace plug-in
    28. Tektronix 475A 250MHz dual channel oscilloscope with attached Tektronix DMM44 digital multimeter

    I live in Nashua, NH and needless to say many of the hardware items are too heavy to ship so would have to be local pickup only.

    I would like to thank you in advance for any help you may be able to provide me.

    Best regards,

  • Needed: 1 rx 1620, or a current equivalent, with two disk drives of any type. OS to include VMS and UCX. Need card and cable to drive Sun DLT tape drive part number 599-2347-02.

    Please contact PHIL JAMIESON, email:

  • Boston Hill Advisors will be offering a new program for Digital and H-P retirees and those about to retire. The information follows. Those interested should register as outlined below.

    BHA University: Navigating Social Security & Medicare

  • Since it's the 25 year anniversary of the first web page, I'm reminiscing and remembering that I wrote a couple of articles published in the DEC Professional and cannot find them anywhere. I'm wondering if any of you know where accessible copies may exist. Both articles were about graphics. At the time I had the quite magical DEC Rainbow and it's companion printer.

    Appreciate any leads very much!


    Clair Dunn
    24 Greenwich St.
    Swanton, VT 05488

  • Yep, we're like a bad penny, we keep turning up.

    I'm planning to organize our 14th year running the golf4als tournament, and raise funds for a cure. I bet many of you are thinking, geez is he ever going to stop asking for money? I hope no, until we find a cure for ALS; l'll try to keep doing this, and we'll keep asking for your support. Last year your passion with the ice bucket challenge helped immensely, now we have to do the hard work and find the cure. You have been most generous supporting this cause, please continue your support. Our goal this year is $15,000. We made it every year. Please help us to do it again.

    I once again, ask you to consider a tax deductible donation to the link below.

    If you want to help in any other way, like golfing with us, check out
    Please also drop a note, and let me know how you’re doing!

    Before you go to the next email, please strongly consider this..please..

    Thanks so very much!
    Walter Tucker


    We are looking for stories – any stories - about DEC Alumni who are or have been involved in education at any capacity. We would like to hear about the work being done, whether in the classroom, in the boardroom, in finance, in enrollment – any area of education. Are there trends you see or changes you would like to see. Media have been highlighting areas where we need to improve if we are to maintain our competitive edge globally. Is this your experience?

    In the next issue of the newsletter, which will come out in early spring, we would like to do a lead story on how DEC alumni have impacted education in the US and how DEC alumni see education today.

    The values we learned and practiced at DEC definitely carry over to other lines of work, especially in education. We would like to hear about your experiences in this regard.

    We would like to hear about your experiences, your joys and successes as well as any hard learnings that came out of your experience in education.

    If there are any of the DEC engineers who went into education at the end of their DEC careers through the DEC sponsored Engineers into Education program, let’s hear from you. What were/are your experiences. This was a ground breaking program at the time. Is this something other companies should consider?

    If anyone has any questions, let us know.

    We hope to get a number of stories that we can relate.


    Many DEC Alumni have pursued careers as small business owners. Wouldn't it be wonderful to bring together a group of small business owners who share the values and experience of the DEC culture for collegial support? This is the idea behind the DEC Alumni Small Business Owners Support Network that is now being formed by DEC Alumni Linda Marks and Sharon Woodruff.

    The group will meet at a Monthly Networking Lunch where we will have an opportunity to introduce ourselves to one another and share our ideas for success. The networking lunch will take place at a central location in the 495/MetroWest area.

    For more information, or if you would like to join, contact or (617)965-7846. We will send you a new member survey to learn about your business, your needs and your interests.


    All former Digital employees who would like to access information about their pension funds can obtain this information online at the following URL:

    All formaer Digital employee retirement accounts were transferred by HP to Fidelity Investments. Use the URL and follow the instructions for setting up individual access.

    For additional information or to have questions answered you can call Fidelity Investments at 800-457-4015

  • Wanted - Retired Engineers in Eastern MA

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