[time-nuts] Questions about Austron 5000 Loran C receiver
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Sun Mar 4 00:54:57 UTC 2012
Ahhh... The days of toggling the boot loader in with the front panel switches. So much fin.
On Mar 3, 2012, at 7:45 PM, Jim Lux <jimlux at earthlink.net> wrote:
> On 3/3/12 4:13 PM, Azelio Boriani wrote:
>> Geez, I have read and I don't think it is possible to replicate the CALOC
>> PDP-8/E software nor it is useful to use the Austron 5000 Loran receiver,
>> my understanding is that it was used to control and steer the system. It
>> seems they were in use until the year 2000! Maybe that using MATLAB it is
>> possible to exploit the Austron 5000 functionality nowadays, provided that,
>> someway, the 12bit samples from the Austron are transferred to the PC.
>> Anyway to start with, at least the receiver connectors pinout is
> There are PDP8 emulators out there. Not to mention actual microcontrollers that implement the PDP8 instruction set (aside from the no-doubt out of production Intersil part).
> And a fair number of FPGA implementations in your choice of language.
> While it might not be as scenic as that nice plastic see through housing with all those discrete DTL circuit cards in the original straight 8. I used a 8/i way back in the early 70s and I was bummed that it was just a single box in the rack.
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