DSI NC 2400 papertape reader and punch. Click image for larger view.
DSI NC 2400 papertape reader and punch. Front panel settings/lights:High, REM/CTL, FULL, LINE - On.(Note PU NCH also on) Click image for larger view.
RealTerm with Windows 10.
I have a Trip Lite USB to serial portal on COM5. The cable I had been using was the cause of my issues. I could send CTRL+Q to initiate a tape read but inbound the data was not coming through (why is prob discernible but not my concern at the moment). Using a null modem adapter with serial connection straight through cable.
RealTerm is very easy to use, here are the only changes I needed to make to the defaults. Display tab "display as" binary. all else as is/defaultPort tab 2400 baud (my reader's jumpered to this). Data bits N/8/1. DTR/DSR checked. Capture tab - check "capture as hex"
When I don't check "7 data bits" I get the same data but the extra 8th bit is captured from the tape. For my purposes I may need to leave this unchecked to ensure I am getting everything on the tape. Although I understand Teletype tapes and HEX listings, grabbing virgin tapes of unknown origin is a different science.