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Re: Re: Now: Mnemonic and icon wanted - WasRe:Doppler'sFirst name?

A transroc, now that brings back memories, My best friend was into the model
rocketry and had one. One time the parachute didn't open and it hit the
ground shooting straight down ( of course it hit in the middle of a street
on the pavement) I remember ordering a new board and some other parts and
rebuilding it. I still may have it somewhere in my pile of old parts. Before
that came out, he had a four foot, two stage Saturn 5, that I modified an
old CB walkie talkie.  We had a mike glued in the bottom by the engines ( I
think it took 5) and when it separated, I had an am radio in the top stage.
Got the engines firing and then at separation had the radio come on and you
could tell the spin rate as it descended on the parachutes. Had an old
stereo reel to reel portable that we recorded all ground activity on one
track and the received audio from the rocket on the other.
Those were some fond memories of my youth.

73s de Chris N2YQP
----- Original Message -----
From: "Margaret Leber" <maggie@voicenet.com>
To: "Mike Murphree" <mike@tropo.org>
Cc: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Wednesday, August 14, 2002 5:39 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Re: Now: Mnemonic and icon wanted - Was
Re:Doppler'sFirst name?

> cbuttsch@slonet.org wrote:
>  > Would you believe Margaret, I still have my Altair kit in the garage?
> Sure. I still have an Altair-compatible TDL Xitan (Z80, 16K) in my
> basement. A damn fine machine for its day, with a software suite that
> gave Altair a run for their money.
> Mike Murphree wrote:
>  > Even with Google, I wasn't able to find any connections between the
>  > Estes Transroc and MITS...
> A little further digging reveals that the kit Estes sold as the Transroc
> was a kit version of Richard Fox's "Foxmitter" and "Foxmitter II"
> designs, published in Model Rocktery magazine in 1969-70. I may still
> have them around somewhere too. :-)  These devices all transmitted on CB
> frequencies.
> > ...even then Microsoft had problems with their bloatware ways <grin>:
> Let's bear in mind that Gates and Allen didn't actually build Altair
> BASIC on an Altair. They didn't even *have* an Altair. All they had was
> an emulator they'd written that ran on a DEC machine. When they pitched
> BASIC to Roberts, it was the first time anybody had tried to run the
> code on an actual Altair.
> I think we can forgive them for needing more than a few hundred bytes to
> build a BASIC interpreter. Of course, the 8K BASIC had GOSUB and DEF
> (and CONTINUE) as well as string functions. And 16K BASIC (you could get
> away with 12) had formatted PRINT and diskette I/O.
>   73 de Maggie K3XS
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