Page 1 of 1

Raytheon

Posted: 25 Mar 2020, 02:43
by kralcifer
I'm really excited about a Raytheon keyboard that I got off of ebay recently. I thought I'd share some pics from the tear down.

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image


Hope you enjoyed the pics!

Kralcifer

Re: Raytheon

Posted: 25 Mar 2020, 02:44
by kralcifer
I guess I'm a sucker for the looks of ITW Mag Valve keyboards. My Japanese Telecomet has a lot in common with this one.

Re: Raytheon

Posted: 25 Mar 2020, 02:46
by kralcifer
The strangest thing I've ever come across can be seen in the 6th picture. You can see the strange text for the LEDs in the 4th and 5th pictures. Then I turn it over and what?!? They taped that paper to the back of the metal plate. Crazy! I wonder how much that keyboard cost back in 1980. I was shocked that the paper was simply taped to the back.

Re: Raytheon

Posted: 25 Mar 2020, 02:48
by kralcifer

Re: Raytheon

Posted: 25 Mar 2020, 07:03
by Redmaus
Interesting color for the modifiers, never seen yellow used like that before. How's the keyfeel?

Re: Raytheon

Posted: 25 Mar 2020, 08:25
by Chyros
Ah, you got this one! I'd seen it on eBay as well :) . These old Raytheons are nice-looking boards, congrats!

Re: Raytheon

Posted: 26 Mar 2020, 02:55
by kralcifer
Redmaus wrote:
25 Mar 2020, 07:03
Interesting color for the modifiers, never seen yellow used like that before. How's the keyfeel?
The yellow mustard color is unique. The wiki shows a Raytheon that had a lot more keys is in that yellow. ITW Magnetic Valve is very interesting. I like the feel. Hard to describe though. I would say it feels hollow and airy and old school. Both that I have are real lookers. They sit very high. Feels like George Jetson loaned you his keyboard. I used my Japanese Telecomet at work for 2 weeks straight and enjoyed every minute of it. I'm more concerned about this one because of a lack of any keys next to the space bar and the stabilization of the two large yellow keys is very awkward. I've been trying to formulate a plan. I think I'll map some of the lower left function keys for things like ctrl-tab.

Re: Raytheon

Posted: 26 Mar 2020, 02:56
by kralcifer
Chyros wrote:
25 Mar 2020, 08:25
Ah, you got this one! I'd seen it on eBay as well :) . These old Raytheons are nice-looking boards, congrats!
Thanks Chyros! got a great price too ;-)

Re: Raytheon

Posted: 26 Mar 2020, 03:36
by Invisius
Nice board and teardown. It has that classic chunky look, and those ITW switches make it worth converting for sure.

I wonder what the reason is for all the different colored sliders in random spots. Were they replacements? Variable weighting? Maybe it's just what they happened to have on hand given the small production volume.

Re: Raytheon

Posted: 26 Mar 2020, 06:17
by mrmola
There seems to be another keyboard made by raytheon listed as well. Any idea why they would make a keyboard with glass switches?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Vintage-1 ... SwjKNee~yH

Re: Raytheon

Posted: 26 Mar 2020, 09:09
by Chyros
mrmola wrote:
26 Mar 2020, 06:17
There seems to be another keyboard made by raytheon listed as well. Any idea why they would make a keyboard with glass switches?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Vintage-1 ... SwjKNee~yH
They appear to be some form of magnetic reed. Look almost like Nixie tubes; maybe that's where the idea comes from. I've never seen either this model of keyboard or switch before =o .

Re: Raytheon

Posted: 26 Mar 2020, 16:14
by jacksonh22
This is for the Raytheon PTS-100 terminal. fantastic keyboard!