[vcf-midatlantic] VCF East 2020 Kit Available!

systems_glitch systems.glitch at gmail.com
Wed Oct 7 21:05:44 EDT 2020

Kelly, your order didn't quite make it onto today's shipping list but will
go out tomorrow! Everyone who ordered before 1200 Eastern time got theirs
shipped out today.

Hopefully we'll never have to do a virtual workshop again, but if we do, I
think I probably need to aim to start shipping kits a month out, even if it
means some folks put them together beforehand.


On Wed, Oct 7, 2020 at 3:29 PM Kelly Leavitt <kelly at catcorner.org> wrote:

> Just ordered mine. Probably won't get it on time, but it looks like fun.
> Great job Jonathan.
> Kelly
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> *Subject:* [vcf-midatlantic] VCF East 2020 Kit Available!
> Tindie listing:
> https://www.tindie.com/products/glitchwrks/glitch-works-r6501qr6511q-single-board-computer/
> forums thread:
> http://www.vcfed.org/forum/showthread.php?73828-ANNOUNCE-VCF-East-2020-Kit-Rockwell-R6501Q-Single-Board-Computer
> Nothing like getting something done right before the due date, eh? Work has
> been crazy and, fortunately or unfortunately, due to a possible coronavirus
> exposure we self-quarantined for the last two weeks and I was able to
> finally wrap up the user manual and assembly guide for the 2020 VCF East
> workshop kit!
> This year's kit was intended to fit in with the overall 6502 theme of VCF
> East 2020; however, I didn't want to do a 6502 SBC since there's a lot of
> good ones already available, and I felt like we needed something more
> unique. I happened to have some Rockwell R6501Q "single-chip microcomputer"
> processors, which are a 6502 core with some changes in a funky "QUIP-64"
> package -- if the plastic Motorla 68000 is the "Texas cockroach," this is
> the chip package version of a house centipede :)
> The R6501Q is 6502 core but adds a few instructions, and has I/O and
> control registers in zero page. Stack also lives in zero page. This
> provides a little bit of a challenge in porting existing 6502 code. The
> EEPROMs included in the parts kit are loaded with the Enhanced Woz monitor,
> Steve Wozniak's 6502 monitor from the Apple 1 days. We're working on ports
> of EhBASIC and Tiny BASIC as well. They're not done yet -- EhBASIC is going
> to be a much larger project, but Tiny BASIC is very nearly done and should
> be available for testing this week. Both can be loaded in over the serial
> port without reprogramming the EEPROM.
> Anyway, check out the Tindie listing for more information, links to source
> code, and a link to the PDF manual (which has schematics, of course). We're
> going to try and livestream something during Virtual VCF East this weekend.
> Thanks,
> Jonathan

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