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  Archiving Papertapes Using DSI NC 2400 by Bill Degnan - 07/20/2020 01:27
DCI NC 2400 papertape reader and punch
DSI NC 2400 papertape reader and punch. Click image for larger view.


DCI NC 2400 papertape reader and punch front panel lights
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.
Find a Trip Lite USB to serial cable if straight through serial connection not possible to your PC.  Originally, 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). 

Use a null modem adapter.

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.

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