DEC VT520 in San Jose

Glen Slick glen.slick at
Tue Mar 28 16:16:29 CDT 2017

The VT520 is one of my favorite modern DEC terminals. Small and doesn't
take up a lot of room but still perfectly readable in 50 line mode if the
CRT isn't too old and tired. It also supports dual simultaneous sessions as
well, doesn't it?

You get color with the VT525, but then you need to hook it up to a suitable
display. Many of the LCD displays I have tried with a VT525 are not happy
with the display modes it uses and can result in less readable displays
compared to the VT520.

Fortunately I have been able to acquire 4 or 5 LK411 keyboards at
reasonable prices over the years. A couple were around $5 each at RE-PC in
Seattle a year or two ago.


On Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 1:16 PM, Chris Hanson via cctalk <
cctalk at> wrote:

> I’d already arranged to pick it up by the time you posted this. ;)
> It works great! The seller only had an HP keyboard for it though (as
> shown), not an LK411, and those are terribly expensive right now on eBay.
> Still, it works just fine, and is nice and crisp amber on black even at
> 132×50.
>   -- Chris
> > On Mar 26, 2017, at 1:01 PM, Bob Rosenbloom via cctalk <
> cctalk at> wrote:
> >
> > Saw this on Craigslist so if anyone needs one it's reasonable at $35
> working.
> >
> >
> >
> > Bob

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