Hi Peter, it was written "Lunar Landing" on the paper tape. It was punched in White Sands, NM at the US govt secret facility. There are also 2 small black tapes which state "medic" and "abc". Ill attach another pic.PeterO wrote: ↑Tue Dec 24, 2019 3:21 pmLooking at the provided pictures I don't believe the tape contains human readable text. It looks more like a programme tape of some sort. My experience is with 5 hole tapes, but human readable tapes (such as programme source code) have a higher density of holes.
mayhem69, do you have any idea what the tape contains ?
HI Chris, what is "black helicopter material"? Are you saying this is a game? I suppose the best way to read this tape is from taking pictures? But how do i interpret and do this? Are you nearby in southeast Pa? Would you be willing to help with some cash? We just need to know what was punched.cjketle wrote: ↑Tue Dec 24, 2019 4:57 pmThat looks very like Honeywell series 16 tapes (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honeywell_316). IIRC (and it was a *long* time ago) medic was a debugger program and the tape illustration looks like the '5-5-6' binary format used to punch out on an ASR33 without printing anything. If you are looking for black helicopter material you might be disappointed, I suspect Lunar Lander is an early game
Paper tape should be readable with a home made contraption - it is nothing special, though as others have remarked the quickest way is probably to photograph/scan it and decode it from the images - unless you can find a tape reader from somewhere.
I highly doubt its on a restricted list or conspiracy material. If anyone can help or want to take on this project let me know. I can pay with paypal.rpdom wrote: ↑Wed Dec 25, 2019 12:21 pm"Black helicopter" is "Secret government operations" conspiracy material.
I'll assume the content of those tapes is not in any restricted lists.
Images of the tapes may be possible to decode as long as the format can be recognised but it will take some time. Location isn't important for that as pysical access to the tapes will not be needed.
Perhaps explaining why you want the tape decoded, and what usefulness that will have, might encourage people to help out.
I think cjketle has already got an idea on how to decode/use the characters.hippy wrote: ↑Wed Dec 25, 2019 1:37 pmPerhaps explaining why you want the tape decoded, and what usefulness that will have, might encourage people to help out.
It seems to me, from what little I decoded, that you are going to end up with some 7,000 decimal/binary values which are going to be of little use.
Chris, can you do this for me?cjketle wrote: ↑Tue Dec 24, 2019 5:17 pmOK, a bit more supposition. It looks like you have what was called a 'Self Loading System Tape' that loads a program into address '1000, the usual start address. 60 feet of tape will be about 30 x 12 x 10, about 3.5K words. In other words a 3K ish word program - ie not really enough to do very much. Suspect it is a bit of a Friday afternoon response to the moon landings.
To relate it to the Pi, SimH (which will run well on any Pi) has a Series 16 simulator.