RM Italy RL-203

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RM Italy produces nice RF amplifiers. Some of them are for the CB “Export” market and produce a lot of watts for a few bucks. The official ham radio amplifiers are much more expensive. They cover the common ham HF frequencies between 3 and 30 MHz. The CB ones focus on around 27 Mhz of course. For RL-203, I read that it is possible to modify such a cheap amp to use it on complete HF range.

Yaesu FP-301 Power Supply

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This is a power supply from the 80ies or even older. It contains a linear regulated power supply and a speaker. It offers 13.5 volts DC at 25 Ampere. Weight is about 10 KG, and this weight comes mostly from the big transformer. There is plenty of space inside the casing. We can see the transformer. two large 10.000 µF capacitors, the speaker on the right. 4 regulator transistors are with their heatsink at the left.

Checking a defective memory module with QBone

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This post describe my effort to fix a broken M8044 PDP11 RAM module. For tracing down the bug, I’ve used QBone. I own a defective M8044 RAM board. This board came as part of my OBA-11 PDP11. It was obviously checked by DEC, found to be broken and has a red defective badge. Setting up test bed I’ve created a testbed, consisting of: QBone An unused backplane H9278-A with 8 slots The device under test, the M8044 As power supply, I took a 5V/4Ampere power supply from my parts bin +12V (used by M8044) supply comes from a lab power supply First test with QBone: Check if board responses to bus requests QBone has its tests and many features in a single executable.

QBone

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What is QBone? QBone is a fascinating project by Jörg Hoppe. It is based on a PDP QBus module that can be inserted into any QBus backplane. It implements all features required by the QBus, so this module looks like any other QBus module from the PDP11 perspective. The module integrates a BeagleBone Board (BBB). This is an ARM-based modern computer, like Raspberry PI. The biggest advantage of BBB over Raspi is: that the board contains two separate I/O processors called PRU (Programmable Realtime Unit).

DEC VAX 4000 Boards

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My DEC VAX 4000 boards All boards seem to come from a VAX 4000-300 machine. See http://gunkies.org/wiki/VAX_4000_series ebay seller text DEC VAX 4000-300 Boards CPU KA670 L4000 in Module Plastic Case (99-08536) 2x MS670-CA L4001-CA und 1x64MB Clearpoint Memory KA670 CPU board 22 Bit QBus board. CPU clocked with 143 Mhz. CPU chip is called REX-520 There is a FPU on board called CD523. Built-in Ethernet and 2xDSSI (disk) controllers

DEC PDP11 Rebuild

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This document contains information I have gathered when trying to bring some DEC PDP11 boards together to have a “working” system. Summary of boards I have collected some boards in the last years. CPU boards: M8186 LSI-11/23 CPU (C Revision, so capable of 22 bit addressing) RAM boards: M8044 MSV11-DD 32K RAM, 18Bit M8067 512KB RAM, 22 Bit Serial boards: M8028 DLV-11F serial board M3104 serial board Multi Purpose Boards:

DEC Digital OBA11-MF

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DEC Digital OBA11-MF bought in poor condition from ebay. It has no case, has some physical damage. Sold of course as defective. All together this seems to be a kind of “embedded” PDP 11/03 with only a bare minimum of boards and no intention for extending it later on. Maybe used as a control unit in some chemical plant or whatever. here someone has a picture of another device like this.

PDP 11 parts

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I own some old PDP11 parts. I try to complete these to have a minimal set of cards to boot the PDP11. This is seen as a long term task and may last several years… Activity was started in February 2017. In January 2021, I have spent 91+161+3*90 = 522€ on that madness, without any results so far :-) . In 2022, I could buy a basic PDP unit, without case and in bad condition.

Lötstation ZD-917

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Einfache Löt- und Entlötstation. Gekauft vor ungefähr 10 Jahren. Funktioniert sehr gut. 03/2022 wurde der Lötkolben nicht mehr warm. Vermutlich Heizelement defekt. Das Gerät zeigt direkt nach dem Einschalten kurz “u01” an, evtl. eine Firmwarenummer. Am Lötkolben-Stecker sind 4 Kontakte, zwei für den Thermofühler (rund 2,4MOhm bei 25°C) und zwei für das Heizelement. Ich messe am defekten Kolben 2,2 Ohm. Meine Vermutung ist, dass das Element einen inneren Kurzschluß hat. Es handelt sich um einen 24 Volt / 60 Watt Lötkolben.

Teardown of a Multimedia Color Monitor TM-7003A 7 Inch

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This monitor is from automotive area. On the case, we find the name Multimedia Color Monitor TM-7003A. I saw that this display was sold under many different names and brands. Panel: Hannstar 721q310c35-a0, 7 Zoll, 480x234, mit Touchscreen 26 pin. Not a parallel RGB input display. This display has three pins for R,G,B analogue input and several inputs for horizontal and vertical syncronization. I would say this is something like old VGA data.