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A Trip Down Memory Lane – Telnet into Ham Radio BBS

If you are of a certain age you will remember logging into BBS (Bulletin Board Systems) through dial-up modems.  During part of the of early BBS period I was stationed, in school or working overseas, so I would both do local BBS logins and carefully watching my pennies make quick connections from wherever I happened to be.

For a longtime I dragged around a Columbia VP Portable computer which I had hot-rodded with a better processor, loaded with memory including expansion “high” memory, and added storage.  I had a huge stepdown transformer to tame the usual local 250vac-230-vac down to what the Columbia VP could work with.  Old Computers has a page about this early “luggable” portable:   https://www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?st=1&c=889  

Columbia VP vintage 1983 – picture from eBay

My graduate thesis was done on this machine, with stacks of 5-1/4 floppys because you **never** depended on the hard disk without a backup or two.

But when I wasn’t working on school or business work, I would look at various BBS for anything I could learn.

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