[vcf-midatlantic] Your First Modem? (was: Help me remember my first modem)
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On Tue, Dec 28, 2021, 10:05 PM Ethan O'Toole via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> Multitech Multimodem 224E on Tandy 1000sx.
> I'm not sure if finding BBS systems helped me in life or hurt me tho :-)
> Still good friends with people I met on those things 30+ years ago.
> - Ethan
> On Tue, 28 Dec 2021, W2HX via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> > What was your first modem? Mine was a kit from Micromint in Long Island.
> It was around 1980 or so (I was about 13). My dad drove me to Cedarhurst,
> LI (I lived in Merrick, LI) to the Micromint sales office and bought this
> kit. It was an acoustic coupler, 300 baud kit, with an enclosure, a PCB and
> a bag of parts. I had low expectations that it would work when assembled. I
> spent a few days assembling and soldering everything. I think the time was
> around Christmas and my new brother-in-law was over. He was a post-grad at
> university of Texas at Austin and had a computer account (don't recall the
> computer). It was time to test it. Me, my brother-in-law and my father were
> all standing around my TRS-80 Model III and this newly built modem, trying
> to call into the computer system at UT Austin. In those days, long distance
> calls were expensive. We must have dialed that computer 20 times while
> attempting to adjust the pots and make it work, unsure if it would ever
> work. I can't imagine what t
> he bill was.
> > I was adjusting one of the pots and then, like a miracle, there it was
> "WELCOME TO THE UT AUSTIN COMPUTING CENTER" I can't swear that is exactly
> what it said but you get the idea. We all jumped for joy. The darn thing
> worked as advertised. Great experience and that modem served me well for
> several years until I upgraded to a Micromint 1200 baud "direct connect"
> modem before I went to college.
> > 73 Eugene W2HX
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> > From: vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic-bounces at lists.vcfed.org> On
> Behalf Of Neil Cherry via vcf-midatlantic
> > Sent: Friday, December 24, 2021 10:29 PM
> > To: vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org>
> > Cc: Neil Cherry <ncherry at linuxha.com>
> > Subject: Re: [vcf-midatlantic] Help me remember my first modem
> > On 12/24/21 9:22 PM, John Heritage via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> >> I'm trying to find a picture of my first modem online, and can't seem
> >> to find one..
> >> I remember my first modem (I was ~ 7 years old or ~ 1983-1984 when we
> >> first got it, but had it for years later) being a 300 baud "Bell"
> >> modem. I
> >> *believe* it had an acoustic coupler, but it *might but I do not
> >> remember needing to use it to initiate connections to BBSes at the
> >> time. I'm not sure if there were hybrid modems where they still had
> >> an acoustic coupler, but also supported auto dial of some kind.
> >> My memory also tells me it was a black modem, rectangular (metal?)
> >> exterior. I think the modem might have said "Bell Labs" rather than
> >> just Bell on the front. I'm also 95% sure that the modem ..
> disappeared ..
> >> from Bell thanks to a family member who worked there/at AT&T (and also
> >> was an Atari 800 owner like us). We attached this modem (and later
> >> modems) to an Atari 850 interface, so it had a standard serial
> >> Lastly, I'm certain it was *not* a Bell 103 modem - which would have
> >> been positively ancient by the early 80s, but some other design from
> >> Bell. Or at least not an original appearance one..
> > I recall the Bell 300 modem (non-acoustic coupled). It had a AT&T Bell
> logo on the front. So either Commsphere or Dataphone, probably Dataphone. I
> think it had 103 on the front. Black plastic front, rest of it was metal
> and an external 48v DC power brick, 2 screws on the brick. I can't recall
> if the modem had screws or was hard wired. I do recall a DB25, male I think.
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