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Event Type Acquisitions
Description Moving items from Wireless Hill to ACMS
Participants 15 Manhours - Nick Bannon, Tom Hunter, John Newman, Tony Epton
Date 2012-Apr-27
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Rack of System Modules

Valve Industrial Control

PDP6 awaiting loading

PDP6 after loading

Tom Hunter (left), Nick Bannon

John Newman helping to unload at Mundaring
Comments I arrived at the Wireless Hill Museum at 9.00 am to meet Gina Capes from Melville City Council.

Fortunately two members from the Television Museum (?) helped me wheel the PDP 6 and the rack of system modules outside.

We needed to do this asap because Gina needed to lock up and head off to another meeting.

After a close look at the PDP 6 I decided that I needed to temporarily remove some of the cover panels and doors to allow ropes to be attached to the cabinet.

While I was working on this, Tom Hunter and Nick Bannon arrived and we all pitched in to load the system module rack on to the back of the utility and to push the PDP 6 up wooden planks on to the trailer.

After this, we spent at least an hour tying ropes and making elaborate knots.

We were concerned about the PDP6 cabinet rolling around on the trailer so we attached ropes at floor level and top level to thoroughly secure it.

The valve artifact was carefully placed in the back of Tom's car wrapped in a blanket and held in place with seat belts.

Once we were loaded we noticed that one tyre on the trailer was underinflated.

So we set off in convey to find the first available garage where Tom performed the honours of checking all tyre pressures.

After that, it took us another 40 minutes to reach Mundaring where our numbers were supplemented by the arrival of John Newman to help with the unloading.

Everything came off without incident and we then enjoyed a lunch spread orgainised by Linda.

I am very excited that ACMS WA has acquired this machine.

I have been hoping for many years that this day would come.

I am also very excited about the number of system modules that we can photograph and document.

Do a google search on DEC System Modules and you will see how few photographs there are of these circuits.

Credit should also go to Tom Berg of the Wireless Hill Museum. Tom was the person responsible for saving this part of the PDP 6 from canibalisation.