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by OldIsNew
19 Jan 2019, 04:27
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Sperry UTS-400 Cleaning and Conversion
Replies: 17
Views: 1199

Re: Sperry UTS-400 Cleaning and Conversion

It looks like I've lost a disk because there are only 112 here, but there are 113 keys. I guess I can just find some thin plastic packaging and punch a new one out of it. No big deal... I also started to clean the traces on the PCB. I used 91% isopropyl and cotton swabs, but it doesn't look like it...
by OldIsNew
11 Jan 2019, 02:35
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3659
Views: 181116

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

JP! wrote:
10 Jan 2019, 21:55
I've seen this switch somewhere before but not in person. I love how thick those keys are though.
Interesting board - it looks similar to a Televideo board but different enough that don't know! Does look like Futaba switches - like the Televideo.

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by OldIsNew
10 Jan 2019, 01:56
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: So I broke my Model M by cleaning it...
Replies: 11
Views: 894

Re: So I broke my Model M by cleaning it...

High time you tackled a bolt-mod. Strip it completely apart and dust off / wipe down / and/or scrub with soapy water each individual part and put it all back together using the sandy55 method. Considerable work but that is the ultimate upgrade to a Model M... Sorry for your troubles! But for sure i...
by OldIsNew
09 Jan 2019, 04:57
Forum: Workshop
Topic: [Help] How do you guys trace a keyboard PCB that has diodes?
Replies: 3
Views: 448

Re: [Help] How do you guys trace a keyboard PCB that has diodes?

What I've typically done is hold one of the multimeter probes on the leg of the diode leading to the controller components, instead of the switch terminal - that way can still use the continuity testing mode with the beep, rather than having to worry about the polarity and watching the multimeter sc...
by OldIsNew
05 Jan 2019, 00:32
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Sperry UTS-400 Cleaning and Conversion
Replies: 17
Views: 1199

Since the original foam on the boards I have was mostly degraded, it's hard to be certain, but from what I can tell, it does seem to be a fairly soft open cell foam. I've been using an open cell polyurethane foam with good results. The keys are, of course, linear and the majority of the force felt w...
by OldIsNew
04 Jan 2019, 03:16
Forum: Workshop
Topic: wcass' Compact SSK: a review, reverse engineer, teardown, geek-out.
Replies: 45
Views: 2945

Wow. What else can you say but nice!!
by OldIsNew
02 Jan 2019, 04:34
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Sperry UTS-400 Cleaning and Conversion
Replies: 17
Views: 1199

There is a clear plastic disk under the foam that snaps into place under clips on the white plastic slider portion of the switch. What I have been doing is using a tooth pick or small jewelers screwdriver to pop the disk/foam/foil sandwich out of the slider. I clean the disks in IPA and reuse them. ...
by OldIsNew
30 Dec 2018, 20:02
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Sperry UTS-400 Cleaning and Conversion
Replies: 17
Views: 1199

Yea vintage KeyTronic F&F, nice. I love these boards, though they've gotten a bad rap - I think because of the short stem version which is awful- but I think the tall stem "vintage" boards are really nice. If you want to convert it to use on a Windows PC it's not difficult, but can be tedious. I've ...
by OldIsNew
29 Dec 2018, 07:11
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Anyone in Italy? Go rescue those beams man!
Replies: 41
Views: 2282

You get the supermodel(s) after the beamsprings are rescued. Deal? If you can restore those beamers to working condition those supermodels will be bashing down your door (that's how it works in my mind anyway.) Fine. I was just trying to help but I can see it's not appreciated! So don't fly me to I...
by OldIsNew
29 Dec 2018, 05:24
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Sperry UTS-400 Cleaning and Conversion
Replies: 17
Views: 1199

Oh that's a nice board! It looks similar to a DEC VT100 Hi Tek board - but is it KeyTronic F&F ? If so, its fairly straight forward to do. Or if its a Hi Tek high profile like the DEC VT100, it's still not hard but takes a different approach. Would be happy to try to help if I can.
by OldIsNew
29 Dec 2018, 04:54
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Anyone in Italy? Go rescue those beams man!
Replies: 41
Views: 2282

And another 5 grand so you can have an Italian super model escort. ;) I love the idea of saving these keyboards, but realistically they are completely trashed. In that condition they are just scrap metal. No mike5787! Keep your eyes on the prize! Mr. Nobody is right! With just that little extra mon...
by OldIsNew
29 Dec 2018, 04:04
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Anyone in Italy? Go rescue those beams man!
Replies: 41
Views: 2282

Alright I'll volunteer - just PayPal me $3500 or so for proper plane fare, maybe $2500 for an at least decent place to stay, and also whatever a tolerable sedan costs to rent for a few days in Italy (I figure $1500 or so should be good) - and I'll check it out and see if I can rescue any of those bo...
by OldIsNew
28 Dec 2018, 03:35
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Teletype 40k 103 (magnetic plate switches) USB conversion
Replies: 4
Views: 652

Nice! I missed this one - very cool. I have a similar teletype board but its not as pretty and no case - the normally closed switches are pretty neat. A very nice job for sure!
by OldIsNew
24 Dec 2018, 02:19
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Restoring&Converting the IBM 4978 Beamship
Replies: 29
Views: 2001

That shor is real purty fur sure!

Nice!
by OldIsNew
24 Dec 2018, 02:13
Forum: Workshop
Topic: My new project (saved today from being scrapped)
Replies: 30
Views: 1419

Great job! Good to see it up and running! For some reason people tend to knock these boards for their size - but i think they're great!
by OldIsNew
22 Dec 2018, 23:36
Forum: Workshop
Topic: The Not So Space Saving Keyboard Thread!
Replies: 17
Views: 1205

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by OldIsNew
22 Dec 2018, 00:19
Forum: Workshop
Topic: The Not So Space Saving Keyboard Thread!
Replies: 17
Views: 1205

Wow nice! Great job for sure! BTW if you don't feel like using it because you like your replacement cherry 1800 with vintage cherry blacks is better, you can send it to me and I'll take it off your hands for free!
by OldIsNew
16 Dec 2018, 04:01
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Fortune 1000 Keyboard with Digitran Cap Leaf Switches, Xwhatsit USB
Replies: 19
Views: 1838

listofoptions wrote:
listofoptions wrote:
can you actually send me a pic of that chip on your board? it looks like the one on mine is some weird proprietary numbering of a common chip (lots of companies did that sadly)
Any luck with it?
by OldIsNew
09 Dec 2018, 03:53
Forum: Workshop
Topic: My new project (saved today from being scrapped)
Replies: 30
Views: 1419

Nice job! I do love these boards - I hear people complain about the size, but come on, it's just a really cool layout.
by OldIsNew
06 Dec 2018, 04:27
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Mechamorphosis
Replies: 26
Views: 1118

Wow nice! Very cool for sure!
by OldIsNew
03 Dec 2018, 03:44
Forum: Workshop
Topic: My new project (saved today from being scrapped)
Replies: 30
Views: 1419

I love M122s! Looks like you're making good progress!
by OldIsNew
01 Dec 2018, 04:42
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Fortune 1000 Keyboard with Digitran Cap Leaf Switches, Xwhatsit USB
Replies: 19
Views: 1838

listofoptions wrote:
OldIsNew wrote:
listofoptions wrote:
can you actually send me a pic of that chip on your board? it looks like the one on mine is some weird proprietary numbering of a common chip (lots of companies did that sadly)
Here's a pic of the chip with numbers. Hope it helps!
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by OldIsNew
01 Dec 2018, 02:11
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3659
Views: 181116

Let's test your skills https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181130/9668987dde555e1f8ec53112a9424fc2.jpg Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk Ха! У меня их трое! Социалистический пепел и ожоги на моем борту намного превосходят и более обширны, чем любые попытки капиталистического лакея, который работае...
by OldIsNew
28 Nov 2018, 04:59
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Fortune 1000 Keyboard with Digitran Cap Leaf Switches, Xwhatsit USB
Replies: 19
Views: 1838

can you actually send me a pic of that chip on your board? it looks like the one on mine is some weird proprietary numbering of a common chip (lots of companies did that sadly) Are you referring to U6 in this photo? - I'm happy to try to help for sure! Just want to be sure it's the right chip befor...
by OldIsNew
28 Nov 2018, 00:22
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Fortune 1000 Keyboard with Digitran Cap Leaf Switches, Xwhatsit USB
Replies: 19
Views: 1838

listofoptions wrote:
I just got one of these myself, got some pictures that im going to use to attempt to reverse engineer the pcb...
Very cool! It is an interesting board IMO - keep us posted!
by OldIsNew
27 Nov 2018, 05:24
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Where I can find good reed switch switches?
Replies: 4
Views: 342

Thanks for the info. I'm looking for keyboards, typewriters or whatever kind of machine with reed switches. Aren't Key Tronic ones too short in travel? My idea is build/convert something to try them. I don't think they are too short really. I think they're really nice linear switches actual. I did ...
by OldIsNew
27 Nov 2018, 03:46
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Where I can find good reed switch switches?
Replies: 4
Views: 342

Well, I was looking for information about reed switch switches and there is practically nothing relevant about them. Leaving aside Fujitsu, Alps and Micro Switch, are there more of them that are interesting? Which? Where I can find them or what I need to look for? I'm behind them and I'll hunt them...
by OldIsNew
25 Nov 2018, 05:11
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Fortune 1000 Keyboard with Digitran Cap Leaf Switches, Xwhatsit USB
Replies: 19
Views: 1838

JP! wrote: I just bought one of these on eBay.
Has it arrived yet? I'm really curious because Sangdrax said he bought a Fortune board that was KeyTronic F&F! I like vintage KT F&F but it is a difference for sure.
by OldIsNew
24 Nov 2018, 06:06
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Wall Mounted Toshiba T-5200/100
Replies: 1
Views: 297

I like it!

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