SBC6120 (a build-it-yourself PDP-8 clone) grammer checked

Roy J. Tellason rtellason at
Wed Jun 14 00:32:46 CDT 2006

On Wednesday 14 June 2006 12:24 am, Chuck Guzis wrote:
> On 6/13/2006 at 8:22 PM Roy J. Tellason wrote:
> >That was the way I learned how to build things as well,  only we started
> >with a hunk of blank sheet metal and ended up with a 5-tube radio.  :-)
> In my case, it was a piece of 3/4" thick pine board.  If you didn't have
> surface-mount sockets, you mounted the under-chassis type with spacers so
> the lugs cleared the board for soldering.  Back then, nice straight wires
> taking right angle bends was a sign of careful construction.  My father did
> likewise in his day, only his wires weren't insulated and tended to be
> around 14 AWG instead of my 18 AWG DCC wire.
> Those were the days of real "breadboards".

Yes indeed,  I've built a few things like that.  Very short hunks of dowel at 
the corners for "feet" so that screw heads wouldn't be dragging,  and 
fahnstock (sp?) clips for the connections "off-board".  :-)

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