Free VAX/Alpha hardware

Ethan Dicks ethan.dicks at
Thu Oct 8 09:48:01 CDT 2009

On Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 10:08 AM, Zane H. Healy <healyzh at> wrote:
> Is there anyone close by that can rescue this and the doc's?

Not me.  Too far.

> This stuff is for the most part worth rescuing.    The MicroVAX I and II can be converted
> into a PDP-11 if so desired.

I was going to do that myself, but I recently came into a fully
working original-model (KDF11) MicroPDP-11, so I'm going to focus on
that now (it has 2x MSV11PK for 512K of memory, an RQDX1, and an RD51
(10MB) - at least until I pull some newer cards/disks off the shelf).

>  I think MicroVAX I's are moderately rare.
>  Though since this is in MA, they might not be back there.

They were uncommon but not unknown here in Ohio... I got one from a
former employer, and another that was DEC-upgraded to a MicroVAX-II
(for something like $17,000) when those were new.  Since then, though,
I've only ever run across one other.  Lots of MicroVAX-IIs.

This reminds me that I still need to take some time to image my
MicroVMS distro floppies.  I'm sure they aren't unique, but I'm not
sure where I'd get uVMS from the 'net (and ISTR, there are no versions
of full VMS that fit on an RD51 or RD52).


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