Sunday, June 9, 2019

key tronic corp. Keyboard 065-01149- on Entrex Data/Scope

Now that we can finally see more close up what the internal workings of an Entrex Data/Scope keyboard look like, we can see the manufacture and at least one of the model numbers:



And then the stamped 003 after that.  Not sure how significant that is, but since it's stamped and the other numbers are etched directly into the board, it seems like those last 3 digits can change easily, where the previous digits are the true model number "set in stone" for this board.

Let's see what insights the experts over on have on this...

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Entrex Data/Scope in Atari 400 800 XL XE catalog - ZiMAG

I came across this advertisement for ZiMAG magnetic media (clearly quite vintage early 80s) at 

And on PAGE 10 (or 11, depending on if you count the front cover as page 1), we clearly see an Entrex Data/Scope!  What's that doing in there?  Well...let's take a closer look...
Firstly, the chassis cover is painted this very nice dark charcoal color, which matches the advertisement colors very nicely.  I've never seen one in charcoal before, only white and off-white (or yellowed with age).  I've seen red, but then again, it could be for exactly the same "display only" reason that I suspect here.  Here's why I say this:

It sure looks like the blue and white keys have been all painted black, and that a few red and black keys have been moved around a bit.  (Note that only a few black keys show the white lettering, but most are just plain black).  
For example, the HELP! key should be on the top of the right (atop the right vertical row), but instead, it is on the extreme left middle of the main key group, which should be a red RESET key instead of the black HELP! key.
It sure looks to me like this keyboard has been modified for the aesthetics of the advertisement, rather than functionality.  Still, VERY nice job...from first glance, it is quite an attractive piece in this context.

What I'm more interested in, is the code on the screen.  Looks like standard line basic to me...was it really displayed on this Entrex, or superimposed there? It appears a bit too close to the top edge to be on a CRT, and they were all black & white screens, displaying only 480 characters (12 rows of 40), which is WAY larger letters than what se see here... BUT, who knows?

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Entrex Data/Scopes (Keystations) spotted in Germany

We JUST found TWO Entrex Data Scopes on from March & April GERMANY!
And they SOLD!  And we missed them...  

Haben Sie eine dieser Data/Scope Keystations gekauft?  Bitte kontaktieren Sie uns, wenn Sie es getan haben!
Did you buy one of these Data/Scope Keystations?  Please contact us if you did!

March 5, 2018   222852550966
 (archived by me)
(original auction, now removed, was at )


April 28, 2018    222930393667 (archived by me)

(original auction, now removed, was at )

On first guess, one might think that these two auctions are one single Keystation, listed twice.  However, while each of them are remarkably similar, a closer inspection of the labels and serial numbers indicate that they are, indeed, two distinctly separate Keystations.

So, how did we miss these?  I guess we failed to learn how to set up eBay alerts in GERMANY...that's only, NOT reported on!

Auction 222852550966 (serial # 220123)