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    I have a long-term project to get an I/O Selectric of some form going, so thanks for that info in the Lancaster book, very interesting!

    Some more:
    This three-part article for both I/O Selectrics and converting a regular Selectric, is very detailed
    https://archive.org/details/radio_electronics_1983-12
    https://archive.org/details/radio_electronics_1984-01
    https://archive.org/details/radio_electronics_1984-02

    Kilobaud Magazine article
    https://archive.org/details/kilobaudmagazine-1978-06
    https://archive.org/details/kilobaudmagazine-1978-07

    Art-style project I/O selectric
    https://hackaday.com/2012/06/13/turn...nto-a-printer/

    Lawrence Wilkinson's design (definately a good modern one):
    https://github.com/ibm2030/IOSelectric

    Another circuit:
    https://www.researchgate.net/publica...ter_controller

    And a very old circuit done by friends of my dad
    http://www.vcfed.org/forum/entry.php...ter-circa-1980

    I have another conversion doc somewhere which I got off the web, but forgot to bookmark, but some googling ought to find this and more.

    Steve.
    Last edited by 1944GPW; January 10th, 2017 at 06:03 PM.

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    Well, you've got more intestinal fortitude than yours truly. Just the prospect of replacing a drive belt in a garden-variety Selectric III frightens me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    It might be more cost-effective to find an I/O Selectric. Have you inquired on the Golf ball typewriter shop list. There's lots of stuff there--and you may find a seller of a suitable unit.
    Worth a look for sure! What I really want, of course, is a teletype machine. I have a heathkit H11 and I would sure love to use it on that. Barring that though, I do already have a terminal & floppy drives, so an I/O selectric would work perfectly as a high quality printer and round out the machine nicely!

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    The Greenkeys list is a good place to start for TTY-related stuff.

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    S H A D O
    SUPREME HEADQUARTERS . . . . . .
    ALIEN DEFENCE ORGANISATION . . .
    SECRET LOCATION . . . . BENEATH FILM STUDIO


    ...is the first thing I would have an I/O Selectric type out
    (From one of the coolest TV shows of my childhood, UFO)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sGZWHbyXKs

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1944GPW View Post
    S H A D O
    SUPREME HEADQUARTERS . . . . . .
    ALIEN DEFENCE ORGANISATION . . .
    SECRET LOCATION . . . . BENEATH FILM STUDIO


    ...is the first thing I would have an I/O Selectric type out
    (From one of the coolest TV shows of my childhood, UFO)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sGZWHbyXKs
    S I D
    ALIEN INTRUDER DETECTOR . . .
    MAINTAINING SCAN FOR UFO'S


    lol that does look like a cool series! It also seems much more fun than

    RAM SIZE?
    WANT SIN COS?

    OK

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    Default Siemens PT-80

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Siemens-PT-8...sAAOSwZQRYabgg


    OH TO HAVE 250$ extra right now!!!! Look at this beauty!!! It's in my state as well...not exactly close but holy crap I would totally scoop this up if I had the chance....

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1944GPW View Post
    (From one of the coolest TV shows of my childhood, UFO)
    That's hilarious. What was up with the purple hair on the women stationed on the moon base?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cruff View Post
    That's hilarious. What was up with the purple hair on the women stationed on the moon base?
    They also have detachable sleeves and leggings! I'm watching it right now on youtube . I don't know why though...Moon stuff? Let's just go with moon stuff.

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    Back on topic though, 1944GPW, thank you so much for that list of resources... very much a definitive list of resources to get someone from selectric to I/O selectric. It seems like I/O selectrics are available off and on, but quite expensive even before you consider shipping. The best bet for finding one is probably locally/semi-locally. I see teletypes appear from time to time in craigslist. I checked out the greenkeys forums, and didn't see any buy/sell activity going on. I remember, once, I was at an E-waste facility, and I saw 2 of these being carried off to the scrap bin. They were Adler brand. I didn't know what they were at the time, and thought they were just massive typewriters. In retrospect they were probably some kind of DECwriter clone judging by their size. I would have bought them from them but I had literally no money that month extra on account of having gotten a commodore PET and a bunch of 64 peripherals. I was kicking myself because I'm sure they would have parted with them for 20$ or so.

    I wish I had enough to grab that teletype though. That would be the ultimate teletype machine. Never seen one before now either.

    [I just went to admire it, and not surprisingly, its already gone lol. It was a Siemens PT-80, in case the sold listing is deleted for future readers of this thread. I think I have a new dream machine to chase when things get back to normal for me.]

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