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Re: IPS and Amateur Satellite Software



OK, now you all have me thinking back to working for STC in Colorado where
we had an HP machine that ran in some form of Basic with a tape drive that
looked like a music cassette on steroids and had 8K of memory and we had the
extra plug in board with an additional 8K.  WOW we thought we were in hog
heaven!  Printer was some sort of DEC 9 wheel printer.  Used it to play a
game on breaks that was called Moon Shot in which you would choose a powder
charge for your cannon and a trajectory towards the moon and shoot at it.
You never knew where the gravity was coming from or the perspective until
that first shot.  Lots of fun.  Cut my teeth on an old Timex Sinclair with
16K at first and added the aftermarket 64K adapter cart and a tape drive
later.  Wrote a functional RTTY program for it and used it for about 3
years.  What fun but a lot of work for what you got out of it.  Time marches
on.  Now when I look at this thing in front of me, I remember when my first
hard drive was double full sized, set outside the case and had less memory
than my video card does now!  Are we sure this is progress?  I think my
machine was more trouble free back then. ;>}
    Thanks for the memories...

Mike Baker  K7DD
k7dd@earthlink.net
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gunther Meisse" <gjmouse@neo.rr.com>
To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Sunday, April 08, 2001 9:44 AM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] IPS and Amateur Satellite Software


> Awwww, Paper tape. It went well with the new DEC printer that could print
35
> get it 35 cps. We were in pig heaven....
> See ya,
> G. Meisse
> W8GSM
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Doug Faunt N6TQS +1-510-655-8604" <faunt@panix.com>
> To: <gjmouse@neo.rr.com>
> Sent: Sunday, April 08, 2001 9:38 AM
> Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] IPS and Amateur Satellite Software
>
>
> > We ran Focal on our PDP-8S, loaded by the paper tape reader on the
> > ASR-33.
> >
> > Yeah, we do, but I've run across four references to 1401s or 7040's in
> > the past two weeks.
> >
> > 73, doug
> >
> >    Reply-To: "Gunther Meisse" <gjmouse@neo.rr.com>
> >    From: "Gunther Meisse" <gjmouse@neo.rr.com>
> >    Date: Sun, 8 Apr 2001 08:44:19 -0400
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> >
> >    Hay, How about Dibol-8 on a DEC PDP-8m with 8k of ram. We went all
out
> and
> >    added an additional 4k. The max size a program was 32k. Did a lot of
> >    chaining in those days.
> >    Well, we sound like a bunch of old men in the park on a summer day.
> >    73
> >    Gunther Meisse
> >    W8GSM
> >
> >    ----- Original Message -----
> >    From: "Doug Faunt N6TQS +1-510-655-8604" <faunt@panix.com>
> >    To: <rdwelch@swbell.net>
> >    Cc: <gregory.beat@home.com>; <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
> >    Sent: Sunday, April 08, 2001 2:06 AM
> >    Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] IPS and Amateur Satellite Software
> >
> >
> >    >    Date: Sun, 08 Apr 2001 03:51:06 +0000
> >    >    From: Roy Welch <rdwelch@swbell.net>
> >    >
> >    >    Anyone ever hear of Autocoder Assembly language on an IBM 1401?
> No
> >    CRT, no
> >    >    keyboard, and only tape or punched card input!  A four foot
square
> box
> >    with
> >    >    8k core RAM expandable to 16k.  No multiply feature unless you
> paid $4k
> >    >    more.  Otherwise you wrote your own add and shift stuff to
> multiply.
> >    My
> >    >    first experience was in 1963 with this thing.  We wrote 200k
> programs
> >    with
> >    >    tape overlay routines and extended memory out onto tape.  Some
> fun!
> >    >
> >    >    Gregory Beat wrote:
> >    >    >
> >    >    > No, I still slash my zeroes, (and not the "ohs" which is
another
> >    story)
> >    >    > great for the ham radio calls, but gets strange stares from
our
> Java
> >    >    > programmers   :-)
> >    >    >
> >    >
> >    >
> >    > Heh, I wrote SPS programs, with overlays that were read in through
> the
> >    > card reader, because I was using all four 7330 drives for data.
> >    >
> >    > I also wrote code on the 7040, and we could put a 1401 on channel A
> >    > of the 7040 and use the 1403 to replace the console typewriter.
> >    > It made WatFor jobs run a LOT faster.
> >    >
> >    > Usually we used the 1401 to make SYSIN tapes offline.
> >    >
> >    > 73, doug
> >    >
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