Status of Altair 8800 4th batch?

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Re: Status of Altair 8800 4th batch?

Postby vbriel » Oct Tue 01, 2013 7:08 am

Check your email, hold your breath, cause the panels are in production. I'm going to make the board changes this week to add the serial port option and source some cables and connectors. After that it's just waiting for the panels to be made.
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Re: Status of Altair 8800 4th batch?

Postby reubanks » Oct Tue 01, 2013 11:42 am

I'm turning blue in anticipation! (Or is it from holding my breath...) :D
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Re: Status of Altair 8800 4th batch?

Postby tranter » Oct Tue 01, 2013 11:49 am

Vince, can you clarify: will this new batch have the serial port included or will it just have the ability to install the serial port option at a later date with an extra add-on board?
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Re: Status of Altair 8800 4th batch?

Postby vbriel » Oct Tue 01, 2013 12:18 pm

Sorry, it will be included. You will have the choice of using one or the other.
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Re: Status of Altair 8800 4th batch?

Postby tranter » Oct Mon 28, 2013 2:56 pm

Vince, any update on the next batch of systems? Last I heard was that the panels were in production as of Sept 30th.
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Re: Status of Altair 8800 4th batch?

Postby vbriel » Oct Tue 29, 2013 5:39 pm

I haven't heard from them yet, but shouldn't be too long now. I have an update I need to email the people who preordered as it applies only to those who have preordered so expect an email in the next day or two.
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Re: Status of Altair 8800 4th batch?

Postby fpittel » Jan Wed 15, 2014 4:43 pm

I admit I've lost track of how the 4th batch is going but is there any word on when we might expect them to ship? Not trying to tie anyone down to a ship date. 8) I'm just wondering about how much longer it will be.
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Re: Status of Altair 8800 4th batch?

Postby vbriel » Jan Sun 19, 2014 1:12 pm

They're shipping now. Assembled orders take a little longer as I can only build 1 a day. But the wait is well worth it! The new front panels have the brushed aluminum space built in with a new logo at the bottom. I'll try and post pictures next week. The pre-ordered who have waited forever get a free serial port that allows you to disable the onboard and use a terminal. I used mine last week with a ADM-5 and it was fun to play with it like that.

After all the pre-orders are out I will offer a few rear panels with the DB-9 cutout and a serial port board with the DB-9 cable. Watch what cable you use, I ran into an issue and it was simply the fact that I had a null-modem cable instead of the straight through cable in use.
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Re: Status of Altair 8800 4th batch?

Postby reubanks » Jan Mon 20, 2014 2:44 pm

Very cool. I'll unpack the soldering station...

Will we be getting tracking numbers on the pre-ordered kits, or should we just chill out by the front door.

Thanks for everything! WOO HOO!
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Re: Status of Altair 8800 4th batch?

Postby vbriel » Jan Tue 21, 2014 9:57 am

As each order ships, you are suppose to get a tracking number. I've had issues with the shipping so I'm using USPS directly right now and have to manually enter everything so it takes longer, but I'm entering email address from the order and notices are going to those email addresses on the orders.
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Re: Status of Altair 8800 4th batch?

Postby reubanks » Jan Sat 25, 2014 12:44 pm

My kit arrived last night. I hope to start building it this evening.

The new design for the front panel looks really nice!

Thanks Vince!
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Re: Status of Altair 8800 4th batch?

Postby Frotz661 » Jan Sun 26, 2014 6:03 pm

Nice! I've been wondering what was going on with this project. I guess any day now I should have a kit in my hands.

Can you say anything about making a cassette interface?
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Re: Status of Altair 8800 4th batch?

Postby TomPhobos » Jan Mon 27, 2014 9:11 am

The new front panels sounds great, can't wait to see photos of them :)
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Re: Status of Altair 8800 4th batch?

Postby maskddingo » Jan Mon 27, 2014 6:16 pm

Just got mine today, but won't have time to start on it until tomorrow.

The front panel looks really cool.

Can't wait to see it in action.

Just a few feet of solder between then and now!
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Re: Status of Altair 8800 4th batch?

Postby c48113 » Mar Tue 04, 2014 8:05 pm

Any idea how long before the rest of the Altair orders ship?
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