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EEVblog #1130 - Mailbag Monday
« on: October 09, 2018, 10:34:19 am »
More Mailbag Monday



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A-TEK AT-601 PC ISA Bus Design Breadboarding Tool
Gigatron TTL computer update
https://gigatron.io/
VintageTek museum XY demo board
https://www.ebay.com/str/vintagetek
1970's Casio CQ-1 Calculator
Zofz PCB Gerber Viewer
https://www.zofzpcb.com/
 

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Re: EEVblog #1130 - Mailbag Monday
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2018, 11:01:31 am »
I was just messing with one of those tek boards and some other oscilloscope art stuff last night.
 

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Re: EEVblog #1130 - Mailbag Monday
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2018, 11:02:50 am »
8:30
Use [Arrows] to select
Press [A] to start program


"Do I have to read the instructions"

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One smart cookie, better make that two for good measure.
 
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Re: EEVblog #1130 - Mailbag Monday
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2018, 11:47:43 am »
8:30
Use [Arrows] to select
Press [A] to start program

"Do I have to read the instructions"
 :palm:

They are the same instructions as for the original ROM that used the Nintendo controller thing, so I kinda just subconsciously ignored them assuming that the keyboard version worked more sensibly.
 

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Re: EEVblog #1130 - Mailbag Monday
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2018, 12:06:58 pm »
The programmer* also didn't see that line for months.
https://github.com/kervinck/gigatron-rom/issues/38

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Re: EEVblog #1130 - Mailbag Monday
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2018, 01:36:32 pm »
Great Mailbag episode...  :)

i would expect that the 244 on the ISA card was probably fried and replaced by a user rather than being mismatched from the factory.  I've certainly blown up my share of 244 and 245 chips.   :-[

Does the CQ-1 power up at all?  It shouldn't be terribly difficult to diagnose basically what is wrong.   ;)
 

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Re: EEVblog #1130 - Mailbag Monday
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2018, 02:26:33 pm »
 Hey Dave, just noticed this particually on this video

The audio in your video is below the Youtube Reference level by 4.9db     Youtube does weird things with normalisaton and stuff, ( you can google this topic ).

You might want to run a loudness meter in your audio, before you push it up to Youtube, to get it up to about  -22 LUFS
On a quest to find increasingly complicated ways to blink things
 

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Re: EEVblog #1130 - Mailbag Monday
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2018, 06:13:09 pm »
Nice video  :)
Another demo of the Tektronix logo board by w2aew:
 

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Re: EEVblog #1130 - Mailbag Monday
« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2018, 12:54:40 am »
Tandy were selling their Radio Shack branded version of that Casio alarm/calculator back in the day.  I remember working in their store in Westfield Parramatta when they came in.  They were the ants pants.


 

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Re: EEVblog #1130 - Mailbag Monday
« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2018, 02:51:26 am »
Still have my Casio CQ-1 (from 1977 in my case), it stopped working some years ago (the display and one or more switches I think). It's actually not strictly a "4 banger", it can compute with date and time (like number of days between dates). Ok, not super useful but everyone got to know their age in days.
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Re: EEVblog #1130 - Mailbag Monday
« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2018, 04:01:17 am »
That's a knife!
 

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Re: EEVblog #1130 - Mailbag Monday
« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2018, 09:29:29 am »
I built a circuit back in the day to display the polarization of an RF signal in real-time on an oscilloscope, similar to this Tek device but not quite so fancy. I only drew a polarization ellipse on-screen, and used the z-axis to make the trace look like a dashed line for counter-clockwise polarization (solid was clockwise). I’m surprised the Tek device doesn’t use the z-axis to “pick up the pen”, so to speak, while tracing out the sketch. Without z-axis modulation, it’s like drawing something on an etch-a-sketch.
 

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Re: EEVblog #1130 - Mailbag Monday
« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2018, 10:02:49 pm »
It seems Dave missed one special feature of the Vintagetek XY demo board: play tennis on the CRO!
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With no jumpers, the board alternates between the logo and the Wizard, a few seconds each. The images are displaced slightly periodically to reduce the possibility of screen burn-in. To draw only the Logo, connect the pad marked “L” to ground. To draw only the Wizard, connect the pad marked “W” to ground. To play tennis, connect two pots to +5 and ground, with wipers to the P1 and P2 pads and ground both W and L pads. The mode is determined at power-on. Thereafter, any changes to the W and L pads have no effect. The pots should be linear-taper and between 1K and 10K.

 


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