VCF SE 9.0 — Hands On Activities

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-$30.

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 $15 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
  • Simon Memory Game
  • POV Ruler
  • MOOD Medallion
  • Programmable Musical Organ
  • Digital Abacus with Algebraic and RPN Input Modes

We will have a few 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.