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    Default Hello, hello. Allow me to introduce myself,

    My name is, Ian. 10 points to whoever knows the song I referenced!
    Anyway, I am new to the forum, but not to the hobby. I received my first computer in 2005 for Christmas when I was about 7. My father built it for me using spare parts he had lying around.
    I still have it today! It's runs a Celeron at about a GHz and upgraded from 512 to about 1152MB of RAM. I have swapped HDDs many times to keep the her running. I currently own a Tandy CoCo 2 with 64k, A Thinkpad 380ED running OS/2 Warp 3, I am building a MiniMax8085, and some S-100 kit boards are coming in the mail for to spend some time on making a Z80 CP/M machine. I enjoy watching the Computer Chronicles, LGR, 8-Bit Guy, Nostalgia Nerd, Retro Man Cave, and Dan Wood. I am also a General Class Ham Radio Operator and have quite the radio collection going I am active often around the digital segments of the bands. I have a twitter I tend to post to @KD2IXL. My latest acquisition has been an IBM 4707 Monitor, a 9 inch CRT from 1988 designed for the IBM Wheelwriter, It has a VGA connector and can handle resolutions up to 640X480. It monochrome and adorable, I want to use it to make a terminal! I am currently in college for networking and IT. I know Java, BASIC, and Bash scripting. I use linux, though my main driver computer is a Lenovo Yoga 700. I also have a couple HP 9000 workstations. The 712/16 doesn't POST. I can't My 715/64 doesn't have an HIL keyboard, it works, just can't use it.
    -Ian Litchfield KD2IXL

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    Welcome! If you dig around these forums, you'll find lots of cool little projects to build, like the RetroBrew PC 5150 Clone board, VGA cards, Adlib Clones, and the like. I'm also a General Ticket, K1FQA, and while I'm about twice your age, it's great to see younger folks getting into the hobby!
    Current Vintage Equipment:
    IBM Thinkpad 390, IBM Aptiva A12, IBM PS/2 Model 25-004. Compaq Contura 4/25C.
    Asus P5A-B Socket 7 Box, Tandy 1000RLX-HD "B" & 1200-2FD, VIC20, Zenith ZFL-181-93, Packard Bell 300SX.
    Looking for: 286 Laptop, 386 Laptop, C64. Packard Bell Legend 20CD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KD2IXL View Post
    My name is, Ian. 10 points to whoever knows the song I referenced!
    It can't be, Sympathy for the Devil, because that begins:

    Please allow me to introduce myself...

    Si it must be, Eminem's Hello.
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    Welcome. I enjoy the early HP PA-RISC systems (mostly because my first job out of college was on one), but yes, HP-HIL devices are getting pretty thin on the ground.
    I use my C128 because I am an ornery, stubborn, retro grouch. -- Bob Masse
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    Hi Ian,

    You might consider experiementing with RTTY, SSTV or "digital" morse encoding/decoding using vintage computers and vintage software - kind of a cross over thing that gets really interesting, really quickly. HAM radio integration with computers basically goes all the way back to the first days of practical home computers.

    Mike Willegal

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stone View Post
    It can't be, Sympathy for the Devil, because that begins:

    Please allow me to introduce myself...

    Si it must be, Eminem's Hello.
    That's why I almost thought it might be Mick Jagger, because I wouldn't (want to ) know the first thing about Mr Mathers.

    But on topic I couldn't agree more with KC1CKV. Don't let anyone convince you that you have to have a Windows laptop and a TS2000 to do digital modes.

    Something I've always wanted to do,but don't have time, is build a PSK-31 modem that could be used with sub-7MHz computers, waterfall and all, just to prove it could be done.

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    Welcome! You never know which direction you end up. I have a project "in the freezer" to use a Commodore 64 to translate Morse Code from a short wave receiver. I also have a project on hold to capture weather-fax from another receiver. Right now I'm tied up with my Coco III system. Lots of work: little time!
    Rick Ethridge

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    Thanks for all the kind words, I had no clue I'd find other Hams on VCF. I have used quite a bit of JT65, I am going to participate in some RTTY contests next year. My ham hobby is a bit on the back burner because of school though. I just acquired a DEC VT320 from my networking professor, it's been sitting in the closet for 30 years can't wait to get that working, I tried using a modern Debian based distro to test it. I can input using "cat < /dev/ttyS0" and output with "echo test > /dev/ttyS0" I can login with it, but it freezes at the user prompt can't figure out why, it kinda works in VT52 mode but not in VT100? I also got the 712/60 working, it was a bad ram card. So I switched it with one from the 715, I want to throw NeXT on it, but I seemed to have misplaced the cable for my SCSI drive during my move. I also found out I have the right keyboard for the 715, I am missing the 10 pin adapter. I also forgot to mention that I am a bit of a ThinkPad enthusiast, still need a 701c though.
    Ian KD2IXL


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