A couple of months back, there was a news item on BBC about TNMOC (The National Museum of Computing) requesting help in fixing their Beebs.
They have ~80 Beebs, and use 12 of these Beebs at any one time to run "Classroom of the 80s" sessions with bus loads of school children each year.
I got in touch with them at the time, suggesting we Stardotters could help. Since then, there has been a bit of confusion and sporadic contact. It would seem the main issue was a TNMOC member leaving - who happened to be the one that put out the request and was fielding the numerous calls for help.
I'm conscious this is fairly short notice; this is the date that TNMOC have chosen, so please don't shoot the messenger
Date/Time: This is a one day event on Sunday 13th September 2015, 10AM-6PM
Address: The National Museum of Computing - Block H, Bletchley Park. Sherwood Drive. Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 6EB GB
If you would like to attend, you must register at this website...: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fix-a-be ... 20?aff=es2
Also, if you're going: per previous suggestions, please post here if you're going AND list the kit you will be bringing and the skills you have around repairing Beebs. Thanks
Code: Select all
- There are 20 places. - The event is open to anyone who is able to help repair Beeb hardware (so this is not exclusively a Stardot event). - Any one attending the event will need to bring their own kit. - The event, and all the Beebs that need attention, will be in the Acorn room. - I understand some of these Beebs are in a really poor state and only suitable for spare parts. - There are also disk drives and monitors which aren't working which we could take a look at if we want. - TNMOC already have some common spares - capacitors for power supplies, and "common ICs". I've requested details for what these common ICs are. - If you think there are some parts worth ordering, let me know on this thread ASAP, and TNMOC can order them. - TNMOC are OK for us to "play" with the Acorn kit in the Acorn room. I'm not sure how far that offer extends; I guess so long as we're careful we should be fine - We can see the rest of TNMOC at no charge [I don't think this offer extends to the Bletchley Park museum, which is a separate entity]
TENTATIVE *I've taken the liberty of listing those who posted on the old date poll thread..jbnbeeb (Jason) Kit: soldering iron. Skills: minimal! Will likely be of most help in simple diagnosis/testing
tricky (Richard). Kit: Soldering iron, gun, basic tools. Skills: soldering, basic skills such as re-capping power supplies
flaxcottage (John). Kit: Solder kit, Desoldering kit, tools, oscilloscope, service manuals, caps, fuses, BBC Master with datacentre, laptop, scanner. Skills: basic
danielj (Daniel) Kit: Soldering iron, oscilloscope, datacentre, 3.5" drives, eprom programmer. A crumpled up ball of tin-foil on a wooden spoon. Skills: experienced/competent re electronics
flibble (Peter) Kit: Soldering iron, RPC. Skills: basic
jamesclephanecameron Kit: Soldering iron
1024MAK (Mark) Kit: soldering iron, a multimeter and some hand tools Skills: competent electronics skills
dp11 (?) Kit: ? Skills : ?