A favorite activity at the show returns this year – Learn to Solder!
So, you feel inspired by all of the vintage 8-bit computers on display at the Vintage Computer Festival Southeast? Why not get yourself your very own 8-bit computer kit from the concessions stand, and build your own like 1975? We have an assortment of 8-bit computer kits that range from Random Blinky boards to full functioning wrist watches. Kits range from $5-$25.
Each of our kits contain a modern 8-bit Atmel processor and are pre-programmed in BASIC for their various function. BASIC reprogramming kits are also available for $10 that include the software and USB programmer that allow you to re-purpose your kit for whatever purpose you dream up!
The list of kits includes:
- Flashy Blinky $5
- Simon Memory Game $10
- POV Ruler $15
- MOOD Medallion $15
- Programmable Musical Organ $20
- Digital Abacus with Algebraic and RPN Input Modes $20
- We are also working on designs for a 3d printed case for the Digital Abacus…
- Not So Smart Watch $25
We will have a dozen soldering irons hot and ready for you to use. There will be knowledgeable staff ready and willing to help you learn to solder, improve your skills (or even de-solder). We charge nothing for this service. We can also help some with dead vintage computers. We may ask you to come back to one of our monthly meetings if it’s a complicated vintage computer repair.
We also have a few left over 1802 COSMAC Membership Card and Spare Time Gizmos Elf 2000 kits if you are interested. These are intermediate kits and will take some time to build – so get to the show early. When they’re gone, they’re gone.
- COSMAC 1802 Membership Card $50 (Rev E. RAM or ROM version)
- Spare Time Gizmos Elk 2K $300 (2 HEX Displays with power supply)