Why I left 6502.org, the disappointing OberonStation

I left 6502.org, the site devoted to the 6502, because  the owners/moderators (Mike Naberezny and Garth Wilson) allowed a commercial advertisement, completely 6502 off-topic, for the OberonStation. I regret that I bought the Oberonstation following this advert.
The questionable product, OberonStation is advertised, but is not to be critically discussed on their forum. After finding out about my experiences as documented in this blog, which I did not publish on 6502.org though, Mike asked me to ‘Please take your discussion off the forum’ instead of removing the advertisement.  So I did leave and took most of my recent topics off and I left!
See here the email discussion that led me to try to delete my account, and why I started removing my topics as I thought was ordered to do…

Here the OberonStation story, an ugly tale.

Victor Yurkovsky a.k.a. Enso, developed an FPGA based board, called OberonStation, in cooperation with Paul Reed, which is supposed to run Project Oberon.
It does work, but in a very mediocre and unreliable way. And Victor gives no warranty or  aftersales service nor  a real refund for this poorly designed and badly manufactured product.

oberon station damaged

This is the product I received: see the damaged connector in the left top.

My advice: do not buy it and work with the excellent and free emulators!  Read More

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6502 Microprocessor Kit

Found this website on a search for parts, its a 65sc02 kit much like the Microprofessor 1

http://www.kswichit.com/6502/6502.html. Well documented!

Kits are for sale on ebay.

The author, Wichit Sirichote, has designed a whole range of these kits for Z80, 8080, 6802 etc.

Worth a look.

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KIM Kenner, later 6502 Kenner and at last uPKENNER updated!

kimkenner42Here you will find the collection of publications by the KIM Gebruikersclub, called the KIM Kenner, later 6502 Kenner and at last uPKENNER.

Note that the PDF’s here are in black and white, right order and orientation, from corrected images, without irrelevant pages such as memberlist and non-6502 ads, missing pages added, lower quality rescanned and doubles removed. Contents added by hand!

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KIM-1 rev B ceramic CPU, ASCII display, ASCII keyboard, Brutech 4K RAM

20160317_143332_HDRA recent acquisition delivered me a system, in excellent visual condition with

  • KIM-1 rev B ceramic white CPU and 6530, grey 6530
  • ASCII display
  • ASCII keyboard
  • Brutech 4K RAM

Now the KIM-1 has no secrets for me, this is a beautiful example with these withe IC’s
The Brutech 4K RAM card just fits on the expansion connector, I have seen these cards  before in the 70ties!

The ASCII display card, about the same size as the KIM-1 is unknown to me, the only information is ASCII Display TTY compatible v.s. 13 .
No documentation  but some properties can be deducted from the IC’s on the board. It is without doubt a  simple TYTY replacement serial ASCII display terminal.
There is a video output on the bottom right,  serial input/output on the left connector and on the left connector one can attach a ASCII parallel keyboard (see below, it is in the package). Read More