Hamvention Haul!

May 17th through 19th, 2019 was Hamvention, one of the largest gathering of amateur (ham) radio enthusiasts. My favorite part is the flea market and this year was the first time in 3 or 4 years I spotted a Coco. Here is what it looked like on the table 

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Missing keys just a coco with a label and some other items sitting on it. I take a closer look at and and the fellow behind the table tells me he is watching the items for his friend. Not being that interested in a beat up Coco 1 with missing keys for $50, I said I may come back later. At that moment the owner shows up and says he has a whole bin of stuff that goes with it. I take a closer look at the coco and see what I now know is a composite mod and a relocated reset switch mod.

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After gladly handing over the $50 I took the bin over to a friend’s flea market spot nearby and set the items out on an empty table and took a picture of it all

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Needless to say what a  great deal for  $50! What a great find I am very happy to have it and plan to give it a good home.

I went through the bin and did a brief walk around the flea market during CoCoTALK! #108  here is the video.

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More details and pics to come as time permits.

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Cocofest 2019!

The 28th Annual “Last” Chicago CoCoFEST! was held  May 4 & 5, 2019 in Lombard, IL

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This was my second Chicago CocoFEST. I had a wonderful time, it was great seeing everybody again. I’m thankful I didn’t get stuck in the elevator.

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Eric, Grant and I took a pic ouside the venue for the old Rainbowfest on friday before the show.

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Post setup dinner at Fire and Wine

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Touch the Heron! You might want some sanitizer after that 🙂

Below is some of the live streaming I did for Cocotalk saturday evening around the 24 minute mark I touch the Heron!

CoCoTALK! CoCoFEST! weekend, Sat Evn – live
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The Fest (click to enlarge)

After the fest dinner at Fuddruckers

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and before I left for home a selfie

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I’m looking forward to next year…the 40th anniversary of the CoCo!

Tandy Assembly 2018

Tandy Assembly was November 10th and 11th 2018. I had a wonderful time, it was great to see everyone.

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The buffet for vendors during setup

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My finds at a local used game store after the show

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My booth again

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Grant and Richard goofing off in front of  Dinowars

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Selfie with Stewart Cheifet keynote speaker from the  Computer Chronicles

My shaky live stream of the keynote.

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Temple of Rom RGB Workaround

I discovered if you press clear after Temple of Rom starts it switches to PMODE 3. I wrote a short basic program that switches the palettes to make it look more like the tv artifact graphics colors. Download the disk image here.

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A quick video of the workaround in action

A quick videos of the alternate color modes you can get with the clear, shift and enter keys before the “patch”.