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VCF East 4.0 - Exhibition

The Vintage Computer Festival wants you to display the pride of your collection at VCF East 4.0. 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.

















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Registered Exhibits

Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists
MARCH (Wall, NJ, United States)
MARCH, the host of VCF East 4.0, will exhibit various highlights of the club-owned collection and will distribute literature about our museum and user group. On display (subject to change) will be an Altair 8800, EAI TR-20, Kaypro II, SWTPC 6800, various DEC PDP-11 and Vax gear, and Univac parts.

Digital Equipment Corp. PDP-8/I
David Gesswein (Bethesda, MD, United States)
PDP-8/I Computer and peripherals.

Apple ][ -- Gutless Wonder
Liam Busey (Annapolis, MD, United States)
Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Apple ][

A demo of the original Apple ][ on its 30th anniversary. This exhibit will include an overview of how the computer works, a comparison to its contemporaries, and a variety of software and peripheral demonstrations.

TRS 80 Model 1 30th Anniversary
Bill Degnan (Landenberg, PA, United States)
Featured systems will include a TRS 80 Model 1 with external Exatron Stringy Floppy, and a California Technology International 1108-A with built-in Exatron stringy Floppy drive.

Grandfather of all Computers 6502
Hans Franke (Munich, Bavaria, Germany)
This display will present some of the earliest available information about the 6502 CPU and the first KIM-1 Computer. See what the first developers had to work with.

Vintage Sounds
Bill Sudbrink (Silver Spring, MD, United States)
Various techniques for sound and music generation will be demonstrated on microcomputers of the mid to late 1970s. Demonstration systems will include a Processor Technology Sol-20, an IMSAI 8800 and an Ohio Scientific Challenger.

Kim-1 and Friends
Jack Rubin (Wilmette, IL, United States)
This exhibit will feature a KIM-1 and a variety of peripherals, vintage and contemporary. "Friends" will include a SCELBI, Altair 680b, and others.

IBM 129 Card Data Recorder
Mike Loewen (State College, PA, United States)
Before there were terminals...there were keypunches. This exhibit will briefly cover the post-WWII IBM keypunch machines, culminating with detailed information on the model 129. The centerpiece will be a working 129, on which visitors can punch souvenir cards. The exhibit will also include manuals, a spare card cage and accessories.

Sony SMC-70
Andy Meyer (Clark, NJ, United States)
Introduced in 1982, the Sony SMC-70 was arguably the first microcomputer to use Sony's 3.5 inch microfloppy diskette drive. The system features a Z80A CPU @ 4 MHz, 64 KB RAM, dual 3.5" floppy drives (268 KB each), a unique expansion card bus and CP/M operating system. Its target market was broadcast video and computer-assisted instruction (CAI). The exhibit will also include several expansion cards, such as a solid-state disk drive, as well as other peripherals and software packages.

TR-20 Analog Computer
Nicholas Lordi (Manasquan, NJ, United States)
The EAI TR-20 Analog Computer is representative of the most widely used type of computer for solving engineering and other technical problems in the 1960's. The programming and operation of the TR-20 will be demonstrated. Examples of applications will be available.

The Atari Museum
Curt Vendel (Carmel, NY, United States)
An exhibit detailing various technologies and products developed by Atari's Home Computer Division in the late 70s through the 80s

The Apollo Guidance Computer
Frank OBrien (West Windsor, NJ, United States)
Created in the 1960s when most computers filled an entire room, the Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) was small, required little power, and included capabilities that are advanced by even today’s standards. Attendees will get the opportunity to examine an early AGC and its components, and to review the source code. A hardware and software emulator, running actual flight software (Apollo 13 and 14) will be used to demonstrate the display and keyboard user interface.

Micro-KIM the KIM-1 Clone
Vince Briel (San Diego, CA, United States)
Briel Computers will be debuting its latest product the Micro-KIM in celebration of Commodore 30th. The Micro-KIM is a new low cost kit that is a clone of the KIM-1 created by Chuck Peddle as a development board for the 6502. An original KIM-1 will be on display to compare the Micro-KIM against. At only 5X6" the Micro-KIM is 1/4 the size of the original KIM-1. This will be a hands-on demonstration and you are encouraged to try it out.

PETs of Commodore
Bryan Pope (Stratford, New Jersey, United States)
This will be a display of the main PETs (and disk drives) released by Commodore including their original PET 2001 with chiclet keyboard.

The Corestore
Mike Ross (Mamaroneck, NY, United States)
A range of IBM minicomputers, plus additional items to be determined.

Early Computers
Michael Pearson (West Chester, PA, United States)
Many of the earliest personal computers were designed for educational/training purposes. This exhibit displays a diverse selection of early analog and digital educational computers. It includes analog computers such as the EAI TR-10 (1959) and the AMF 665/D (1970) along with digital computers such as the EPA MICRO-68 (1977), the NRI Model 832 (1971) and the OSI 300 Trainer (1976).

Early Computers II
Michael Pearson (West Chester, PA, United States)
If you want to learn about early, early computers... look to the 1800s. Two pioneers of computing were Charles Babbage and Herman Hollerith. Included in this exhibit are contemporary articles published about Babbage's Difference Engine (1834) and an original printout from his Difference Engine #2 that reside in the London Science Museum. Hollerith, whose company went on to become IBM, is represented by a model of his Electric Tabulating System (1892) and by Hollerith's personal copy of the first article he ever published about his Tabulating System (1889).

Heathkit H89
Stephen Goulart (Wall Township, NJ, United States)
Heathkit H89 computer with various Heath Co. kit construction manuals, educational study materials and software.

Kaypro, Where Art Thou?
Andy Molloy (Syracuse, NY, United States)
This exhibit will feature a working Kaypro II and Kaypro 2, along with a history of the company's rise and fall. These were early CP/M portable computers with built-in 9" green monitors and cool blue and gray aluminum cases.

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