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Would you believe Margaret, I still have my Altair kit in the garage?
Cliff K7RR

Margaret Leber wrote:
> 
> Mike Murphree wrote:
>  > On Sunday 11 August 2002 05:05 pm, Dan Schultz wrote:
>  >>Those of you who flew Estes model rockets as kids will no doubt remember
>  >>the "Apogee" model from the old Estes catalog...
>  > I think that I still have one of their rocket telemetry transmitters
>  > somewhere.  As I recall, it would send a beacon, telemetry, or
>  > microphone audio.  Kit quality was pretty good, comparable to
>  > a Heathkit...
> 
> I wouldn't be at all surprised to learn that the supplier of those kits
> was an outfit called Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems. I
> remeber their ads in "Model Rocketry" magazine.
> 
> After the telemetry transmitter market was conquered (or saturated, take
> your pick), they branched out into other kits, including calculators and
> watches.
> 
> And then the editor of Popular Electronics talked them into making what
> they called a "micro-computer kit", which was apparently a small digital
> computer in kit form, to be sold to hobbists. Imagine that, a computer
> to use at home. How impractical. Can you believe the onwer of MITS got a
> $65,000 loan from a bank to fund this project?  He actually convinced
> them he might sell a few *hundred* of these things.
> 
> They called the kit the "Altair 8080"...
> 
>    73 de Maggie K3XS
> 
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