There’s always plenty of test equipment for sale at the swapfest, much of it comes from HP and Tektronix. This time, a power supply with the Agilent name made an appearance. Agilent split off from HP in 1999. That seems too recent for an Agilent product to appear here, but it did. Don’t expect to see any Keysight-branded equipment here for at least another 15 years.
Page 1 Audio equipment from reel-to-reel tape recorders to racks of equalizers.
Page 2: Components from connectors to vacuum tubes
Page 3: Computers and networking gear
Page 4: Radios, some older than your grandparents
Page 5: Test equipment, including something brand new by swapfest standards
Page 6: Hand tools and unidentified objects
Page 7: What I bought
Retro Computer Enthusiast says
Great peek inside the MIT Swap and not being within 500 miles makes it a bit hard to make it.
I would like to make a comment about the caption that you have on the old TSR-80 computer. Sure it’s only $100 but “…Good luck finding software to run on it.” There are hundreds of retro computer enthusiasts online. The one thing that drives most of us is the preservation of systems and software for these retro computers. Search twitter for #retroComputing or #retroGaming since most of the time the things we want to preserve are the games from our youth.
In the TSR-80 niche you can find nearly every piece of software ever published for the machine at The *HUMONGOUS* TSR-80 Software Archives http://cpmarchives.classiccmp.org/trs80.php Another great resource for retro software is Archive.org which depending on what system you’re looking for has just about everything.
Also the item on page 6 which you ask “what is this thing anyway?” is a tacking iron for foam core mounting. You can see new ones here (google image search) https://bit.ly/3uhlL38 Anyone who’s worked at a print shop with a vacuum mounter will know what this is. I have the burns to prove it too!
Martin Rowe says
Thanks for pointing out the large repository of TRS-80 software. I should have known better.
Burns? I have one on my left arm from a wave-solder machine. I worked in a printed-circuit factory after school. I was 17 at the time.
Martin Rowe says
My biggest purchase from one of these MIT swapfests was a roofing tool used to remove slates. I use it in the winter to chop ice. It helps prevent ice dams.
Morse code is still alive and strong on the amateur bands. A lot of QRP (low power) folks use it because an extremely low power transmitters and simple receivers can establish worldwide communications. There is a company that makes a transceiver that sends machine generated code and can decode the code from other similar radios. Kind of like using Morse code for test messages. Take a look at https://morsecode.world/keys.html or similar sites and you’ll find a lot of interesting tidbits about old keys, keyers and the latest new stuff that’s available.