Alps SKCL Yellow
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|Family||Alps SKCL/SKCM series|
|Sense method||Metal contact|
|Keycap mount||Alps mount|
|Switch mount||Plate mount|
Alps SKCL Yellow, or yellow Alps, is a linear switch in the "complicated" Alps SKCL/SKCM series.
Yellow Alps have an LED recess; the LED occupies the position where the tactile or click leaf should go. Typically this recess is left empty. It appears that switches ordered without an LED pre-fitted lacked the LED holes in the lower shell.
Yellow Alps appears to be the longest-running product in the SKCL/SKCM series. It appears to have been introduced around 1988, with approximately two years' overlap with Alps SKCL Green; the latter appears to be slightly lower in force. The earliest yellow Alps switches had long slits and no Alps logo, but by 1990 or so the mould had been replaced with one with the Alps logo and short slits. The SKCLAR/SKCMCQ data sheet along with MouseFan's data suggests that the slits were never removed.
|SKCLAR||No LED fitted?||1994 catalogue|
|SKCLFQ||Red LED fitted||1994 catalogue|
|SKCLFM||Green LED fitted||1994 catalogue|
- Some Focus FK-5001 (with red LEDs) and FK-8000
- Some IBM Multistation Keyboards
- Mitsubishi M-6905-1 and M-6905-1N
- NEC PK-KB015 USB
- Packard Bell KCLEA907L
- Sharp Personal Workstation Keyboard
- Sharp UE-1K02
- Zenith 163-73
- Some Zenith Data Systems ZKB-2
- Some Zenith Z-150
- Some Wang 725-3770/3771
Colour comparison with Alps SKCM Amber (right)
Yellow vs green
The following used switches originated in a Zenith ZKB-2 AT keyboard. They are assumed to be SKCLAR as they match the 1994 Alps catalogue specification. Being shipped without LEDs fitted, the base does not accept LEDs without suitable holes being drilled into it.
The following switches are NOS surplus from China. They are assumed to be SKCLFQ (per the 1994 Alps catalogue) based on their characteristics.
- 5454_31 (SKCLAR and SKCMCQ)
- MouseFan — ALPS (Japanese only) Retrieved 2015-07-21.
- Atelier Silencium — AX & Alps Bigfoot Keyboard (Japanese only) Dated 2010-02-17. Retrieved 2015-07-21.
- MouseFan — NEC PK-KB015 USB JAPAN (Japanese only) Retrieved 2015-07-21.
- ちゃたりたいね — PACKARD BELL KCLEA907L ALPS茶軸リニア (Japanese only) Dated 2013-08-25. Retrieved 2015-07-21.
- Sandy — zkb-2 (Japanese only)
- geekhack — FS (Price Drops): Zenith (linear green alps) & SGI case