A Hobbyist DECnet Network

M Thompson m_thompson at ids.net
Sun Dec 11 09:49:53 CST 2005

Given enough spare time and some guidance I can connect my VAX 3540 
to HECnet. I have a DMR11 that I can put in the VAX, a synchronous 
null-modem, and a KDP that can go in the KS10. This would 
theoretically get a PDP10 on HECnet.

At 07:05 PM 12/8/2005, Julian Wolfe wrote:
>Yeah, as soon as I get my TK50 or one of my 9 tracks working I'm going to
>load DECnet/E, and then hopefully put my 11/23plus up on HECnet.
>It would be neat if we could get the guy running the DEC 10 on pdpplanet to
>link up to us also.
>I think this'll pick up steam as it rolls downhill, as most net trends do.
>Once people see that there are several machines on the network, it'll become
>I gotta say, it sure would be cool to have my installation of DECmail
>connected with other systems across the globe.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: cctalk-bounces at classiccmp.org [mailto:cctalk-bounces at classiccmp.org]
> > On Behalf Of Robert Armstrong
> > Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2005 5:41 PM
> > To: 'General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts'
> > Subject: A Hobbyist DECnet Network
> >
> >
> >   I'm interested in setting up a network of hobbyist DEC machines linked
> > together in a DECnet phase IV network.  Why?  I suppose there's no really
> > good reason, but it seems like it would be fun to be able to do "SHOW NET"
> > or "NCP SHOW ACTIVE NODES" and see a whole long list of machines that
> > aren't
> > mine :-)  Besides, it would be a good way to share access to real,
> > non-simulated, VMS/RSX/RSTS and even, maybe, TOPS-10 or 20, machines.
> >
> >   Does anyone else agree?  Is anyone else interested in participating?
> >
> >   I know I'm not the first to think of this; in particular, I've had a few
> > email discussions recently with Johnny Billquist about HECnet,
> >
> >       http://www.update.uu.se/~bqt/hecnet.html
> >
> > At some point I'd like to link up with HECnet, but right now Johnny is
> > having ISP problems and it sounds like HECnet is down to one or two nodes.
> >
> >   Are there any other hobbyist DECnet associations that are going strong?
> >
> >   As for technology, it seems like the best thing would be to use the
> > Internet as our communications medium.  Nobody wants to pay for
> > point-to-point leased lines anymore, after all.  Multinet, TCPware, and
> > even
> > DECNet Phase V all have the ability to send DECnet traffic over IP.  Right
> > now I'm leaning towards Multinet - they have a free hobbyist license
> > program, and Multinet can create point-to-point virtual DECnet circuits
> > using UDP packets that can be routed over the Internet.  They're simple to
> > set up and administer.
> >
> >   I have a fair amount of Internet bandwidth available at my location, and
> > I
> > can set aside a VS4000 VLC or model 90 to serve as a dedicated Phase IV
> > routing node.
> >
> > Bob Armstrong
> >
> >

Michael Thompson
E-Mail: M_Thompson at IDS.net

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