Genrad 2294 + PDP-11/44 In Atlanta
jcwren at jcwren.com
Mon Aug 21 16:37:33 CDT 2006
I went over and checked out that Genrad 2294 tester here in
Atlanta. The auction includes equipment not shown in the picture,
namely the whole Genrad test platform itself, and the PDP-11/44 shown in
the picture. There are 4 DEC drives in the rack, plus one CDC drive
(over the CPU), the CPU box itself, and two 8" floppies.
Either I don't know the "trick" to getting the CPU box to slide out
on it's rails, or it's jammed. In any case, I couldn't get a picture of
it's guts. I do have some closeups of the exteriors of the CPU box, the
CDC drive, and one of the DEC drives. Maybe by looking at them,
sometime can determine what model they are.
I'm going to pass on the unit, as it's just too damn big for me to
put anywhere, and while they have a fork lift to load it, I have no way
to get it off.
The company bought the system while one of the Rockwell Missile
System Division buildings either closed or moved. From what I gather,
this Genrad was used in some phase of the Hellfire missile construction,
although he wasn't clear if it was the manufacturing process group or
the development group. There's also a bunch of good older test
equipment, but nothing I have any use for or don't already have.
The box hasn't been running in at least 3 years. I didn't get a
look inside the chassis, but overall it looked pretty clean, no dents or
major bashes. Seems like a damn good deal, for someone with the right
equipment to transport it.
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