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VCF East 3.0 - Exhibition

The Vintage Computer Festival wants you to display the pride of your collection at VCF East 3.0.  Every collector has a machine or two in their collection that is in exceptional condition, or is extremely rare, or has a good story behind it, etc.  Or perhaps you're a programmer and have written a great simulator of some grand old machine.  Or maybe you've built a wonderful re-creation of a significant machine of the past.  Now's your chance to show it off to other hobbyists!

Not only is this your chance to show off the pride of your collection, but your exhibit could also win the coveted Best of Show award! First, Second and Third place prizes will be awarded with a ribbon based on the votes your exhibit garners from VCF attendees.

To review the rules and regulations of the exhibit, click here.

VCF East 3.0 has room for 20 exhibitors, with each exhibitor booth measuring 8x8. The VCF will provide each exhibitor with one table (measuring approximately 2'x6') and electrical power. Due to the exhibit layout, four of the booths have extra space available, and one of those has a closing door for extra security. To request one of those spaces, please note this when you register.

All exhibit booths at VCF East have been allocated. If you would like to register as an alternate exhibitor, please send e-mail to

















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Registered VCF East 3.0 Exhibits

MARCH Welcome Booth (Open/Other)
MARCH volunteers (Wall, NJ, United States)
Here you'll find representatives of MARCH -- the Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists -- which is the club hosting VCF East 3.0. Learn all about our club, our plans to build a computer museum, and how you can get involved.

Early Educational Computers (Home-brew, Kit, or Educational Computer)
Michael Pearson (West Chester, PA, United States)
Some of the earliest personal computers were designed for
educational/training purposes. This exhibit displays a diverse collection of analog and digital educational computers from the 1960s and 1970s. It includes analog computers such as the Heath EC-1 (1960) and the AMF 665/D (1970) along with digital computers such as the very rare Comspace CT-650 (1969), the National Radio Institute 832 (1971), and the OSI 300 Trainer (1976).

Altair32 Emulator (Re-creation, Emulation, or Contemporary Enhancement)
Rich Cini (Syosset, NY, United States)
The Altair32 Emulator project is an emulation of the MITS Altair 8800 personal computer from 1975. The Altair32 includes several “integrated” peripherals including an audio cassette deck, paper tape reader, floppy disk system, line printer, and Cromemco Dazzler video board. It also includes a Z80 CPU option in addition to the standard 8080. Several disk and tape images are included as are several BASIC programs. This project began in 2000 after the author resurrected a dormant emulation project started by a former Microsoft employee. Various people have contributed to the project in the last five years and have provided key development help. Also, displayed for the first time at VCFe, there will be available for purchase in the near future a full-sized replica Altair 8800 front panel. The Altair32 Front Panel extends and enhances the emulation experience as it enables the user to interact with the emulator as one would have with an original Altair. It is anticipated that several kit options will be offered, from bare PC boards to a partially completed kit (with common parts available separately or sourced by the purchaser).

Commodore B Series Computer Lab (Microcomputer)
Bill Degnan (Landenberg, PA, United States)
Commodore's aborted line of business computers will be featured in this exhibit. B-Series systems scheduled include the P500, B500, B520, B128, B700, and CBM 256-80. Also featured will be a rare 8088 processor "BX" prototype capable of running CP/M and MS DOS 1.25.

PDP-8s (Mini, Multi-User, or Larger Computer)
David Gesswein (Bethesda, MD, United States)
PDP-8 System and related stuff. (Please check back later for details.)

Vintage Computer Documentaries (Open/Other)
Jason Scott (Waltham, MA, United States)
Jason is the director of the recent "BBS: The Documentary" series and is currently making a film about text adventure games.

Briel Computers AltairPC (Re-creation, Emulation, or Contemporary Enhancement)
Vince Briel (North Ridgeville, Ohio, United States)
The latest and greatest from Briel Computers: an Altair replica kit which function as a front panel for your modern PC! (If you can't wait for VCF, then visit

Early portable computers (Open/Other)
Evan Koblentz (Springfield, NJ, United States)
This exhibit will showcase a variety of early portable / laptop computers. There will be representative "luggable" systems (such as from Compaq, IBM, Kaypro, and Osborne) along with laptops (such as Gavilan, Grid, Tandy, and Sharp.) Also on display will be an IBM Simon (first smartphone) and some "Hand Held Computers" (such as Panasonic/Quasar and Sharp/Tandy.)

TRS-80 timeline (Microcomputer)
Kelly Leavitt (Wantage, NJ, United States)
Here you'll find a timeline of computers introduced and produced by Tandy/Radio Shack up to the early years of the PC-compatible lines. Running representative examples of each machine class will be included (e.g. one from the I/III/IV line, one from the II/12/16/6000 line, one from the CoCo line, and one from the portable line).

The Apollo Guidance Computer (Open/Other)
Frank O'Brien (West Windsor, NJ, United States)
Perhaps the single spacecraft component that assured the success of the Apollo lunar missions was the guidance computer. Created in the 1960s when most computers filled an entire room, the Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) was small, low power, and included capabilities that are advanced by today's standards. The Infoage Science and Learning Center has acquired an early AGC as part of its History of Computing Technologies collection. We will be discussing the computer's hardware and software architecture, interfaces, and how designers overcame limitations. Additionally, we will cover the user interface and operations required for a flight from the Earth to the Moon. Attendees will get the opportunity to examine the AGC and components, and to review its source code.

Atari 8-bit and 16-bit computers (Microcomputer)
Andy Meyer (Clark, NJ, United States)
This display will feature an Atari 800XL (circa 1983) with a 1.6GB hard drive, and an Atari 520ST (circa 1985) with assorted peripherals and software.

The Corestore (Mini, Multi-User, or Larger Computer)
Mike Ross (Mamaroneck, NY, United States)
I will show a collection of functional IBM midrange equipment (System/32, /34, /36, and /38), and probably also am IBM 1800, along with a Thinking Machines CM200. And possibly, just possibly, a KL10.

KIM-1 and friends (Microcomputer)
Jack Rubin (Wilmette, IL, United States)
KIM-1 6502 single board computers and associated accessories from MOS, MTU, Foresight, etc. (Please check back later for details.)

The Warpstock OS/2 Museum (Microcomputer)
Mark Dodel (Stroudsburg, PA, United States)
Put together originally for last year's Warpstock OS/2 convention in Hershey, Pennsylvania, this is a small collection of original IBM microcomputers with an emphasis on PS/2s running vintage versions of IBM's OS/2 operating system. Examples run from a PS/2 Model 50Z running OS/2 1.0 (circa 1987) to the prize of the collection, an IBM Power Series PC model 830 with the rarely seen OS/2 PowerPC Edition on it. Though IBM released this in 1995/96 it was never generally available and could only be ordered from IBM if you knew the part number. OS/2 PowerPC was based on the Mach microkernel and was derived in part from IBM's collaboration with Apple in a joint short lived project named Taligent which was to create a new object oriented operating system for Motorola CPU based systems with multiple OS personalities. IBM just recently destroyed their entire stock of this PowerPC product and will end all non-contracted support for their Intel based OS/2 operating system as of the end of 2006.

Canon Cat - What the Mac Might Have Been (Open/Other)
Andrew Molloy (Syracuse, NY, United States)
Exhibit of a working Canon Cat and printer. Also includes the SwyftCard, a 'Cat on a Card' for the Apple II.

The Mothership Exhibit - Vintage Apple Computers (Microcomputer)
Jim O'Brien (Quakertown, Pa., United States)
Examples from The Mothership Collection, including the Apple II, Apple III, Apple Lisa, the first Mac 128k among others. The Mothership Website at is the Premier Apple Lisa and Early Macintosh Archive and the World's Largest Apple Advertising and Brochure Gallery Since 1999!

The Old World Meets the New (Open/Other)
Mike Loewen (State College, PA, United States)
Connecting older systems and peripherals to modern hardware.

Apple IIGS and Apple IIe mounting shared file space from a Linux server running Netatalk. Kaypro 10 and TRS-80 Model 4P connected to the Linux server via terminal server for login and file transfer. 9-track tape drive connected to Linux server via SCSI.

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