The C64

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  1. AB2YC

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    The Commodore C64 has been reborn; Look HERE for details.

    It's basically an emulator running on a small SBC with a Keyboard in a C64 case.
    it outputs HDMI Video and will accept USB flash drives for storage.

    While not as versatile as the original for the typical price of $129.99 it's a fun retro computer.

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  2. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Cool! The C64 was my first really meaningful computer (prior to that I had a Texas Instruments TI4 and a Timex Sinclair, but they were largely useless compared to the C64). Ended up with 3 C64 units and 3 monitors, with 6 1541 drives.... woo hoo!!

    I wish I had photos from those days

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  3. AB2YC

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    Here are some good videos with some info about it.

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  4. K6CLS

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    What, no Radio Shack computers for you?
  5. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Later! I had a killer Model III rig as a later addition to my "computer lab" - it even had the internal 5 MB hard drive!

  6. N8VIL

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    The old C64. Had a lot of fun with that paired with my MFJ-1278 data controller. A lot of packet with it. It must have been around early 90's. I still have all of it on a shelf somewhere.
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  7. K6CLS

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    Wow, 5MB is more than anyone could type in a lifetime!

    Recently I sent a bare 32kB Model III out to circulate among the old computer guys.

    C64 certainly won for longevity and huge variety of programs. I never had one, was Apple ][ and z80 at that time. But I'm tempted to get one of the retro C64s. Just for fun.
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  8. K2CD

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    I had an AEA Pakratt PK-64. Used it for RTTY and VHF Packet around 1992 until I don't remember when. Listened to a lot of SITOR on the commercial bands, too. I can't for the life of me remember what I did with it. PCs took over my shack and I guess I either tossed it or gave it to someone cutting their teeth on packet. Great stuff.
  9. WD4IGX

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    I still have mine. Worked last time I hooked it all up. :)
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  10. W5UAA

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    @W7UUU - first PC I got my hands on was a Timex Sinclair too! I remember running out of memory on that within a couple of days. 4K, if I remember correctly? I borrowed it from a friend and gave it back and quickly bought a Vic20. Within a year, I bought the Guinness book of world's records #1 PC sold - the Commodore 64. I did APRS on it, I did some of the earlier file transfer protocols over VHF on it to and from a BBS someone else had up in the area. I wrote the club news letter on it for about a year. I learned the 6502 machine language instruction set on it. And, of course, traded pirated games.

    I don't know what I'd do with this C64. It has USB ports? It has an HDMI port? It doesn't come with a wall wart power supply? I *know* it doesn't come with an Intel 6502 in it. Can't find what's actually in it. If a friend buys one, I'd like to play around on it for about 5 minutes and think, "oh yeah, that's right." And then get back to my 10th gen I7.
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