Forgotten PC History

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Sat Aug 9 00:12:30 CDT 2008

On 9 Aug 2008 at 0:39, Roy J. Tellason wrote:

> I remember a couple or three hobby kits of one sort or another that were RTL 
> in cans.  They came with a board but I'm not remembering the orientation of 
> the board holes at this point,  might've been DIP but we're talking 30+ years 
> ago so I'm not sure.  I do remember that I had to bend the leads,  
> though.  :-)

I remember the Moto mWRTL experimenter's pack.  Cans, but no boards--
and a fair number of analog suggested applications.  RTL was kind of 
neat that way--it could swing both ways.  If you wanted to make a 
microphone mixer using a 4-input NAND gate, you could without much 
trouble at all.  Probably getting close to 40 years, no?


> > That's the way I did my first IC boards--single-sided PCB, laid out
> > with tape and etched.  Hooked the pads together with No. 26 magnet
> > wire.
> >
> > I didn't know any better, but it worked.
> I guess that's what counts,  eh?
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