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Jan 31, 2023

NEC TREK PC-6001, Part II

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Welcome to Floppy Days #122 for January, 2023.  And I’m your host, Randy Kindig.

We are currently covering the very productive year for home computers of 1982.  As regular listeners will know, we’ve been covering the ZX Spectrum and the myriad of information about that machine.  While we still have more information to cover, such as emulation, Web sites, and a lot more, we are currently taking a tiny step back to pick up coverage of a machine that I recently acquired and wanted to talk about, but which came out in very late 1981.  That machine is the Nippon Electric Company (NEC) PC-6001 and its US variation, the PC-6001A, or NEC-TREK.  It actually was released in November, 1981 in Japan.  Thus, you can see that this is really a very tiny detour to go back and pick up this machine.  It’s one I didn’t know about, honestly, and when I acquired a very clean, boxed version in the Great Barn Find of 2022, not only did I decide to keep the machine but also to cover it on Floppy Days.  I hope you can forgive me this minor detour off the path of covering the machines in the approx. order they were released.  I think you’ll find this machine interesting, as I did, and enjoy hearing about it.

This is the second episode of a 2-part arc on this machine, due to the amount of material we were able to pull together and length of time it took to go through it.  Last episode we covered history and tech specs (as well as a brief interview with my co-host), and this month we will cover the remaining usual topics.

With me this month again to provide the co-hosting duties will be Carlos Camacho.  Carlos lived in Japan for a while and has a great perspective on this line of computers, as well as a lot of experience and knowledge around Japanese computers in general, which I think you’ll find interesting.  The research he did on the PC-6000 line a few years ago was a tremendous help in pulling together information for this show.  At the end of the day, if you have an interest in acquiring anything for this platform, you’ll need the information that Carlos provides on how to navigate the Japanese vintage computer market.  I know I learned a ton from Carlos.

Very soon we’ll return to ZX Spectrum coverage.

As usual, I will also talk a bit about a few new acquisitions (beyond the barn find) that have come my way.  In addition, I’ll briefly tell you about upcoming shows of which I’m aware and share any feedback I’ve gotten.

I hope you enjoy the show!

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