A straight forward I/O device for LiNC80 with switches and LEDs. Also enables you to see output from the Small Computer Monitor self-test which is very handy. Excellent documentation, nice quality board, easy assembly and worked first time! Highly recommended add-on for Z80 tinkering.
The kit was very good, all parts present and working. This was my second use of a soldering iron in 15+ years so a bit scary. I practised on Geoff's VT100 kit. The gold plated pads on that were wonderful but I got Jon's kit running today. One chip socket appears a little loose but it still works. Had cause to contact Jon re the CF card and he was very responsive and helpful so I think that help is available if need be. So now to play around and when mail starts being delivered from China will be able to move to the CF card and CP/M.
Feb. 17, 2020
Fast shipping, excellent quality pc circuit boards
I built my LiNC80 SBC over a weekend. I only needed three long sessions with a soldering iron and one session to install the chips and jumpers. Much to my delight, the LiNC80 worked correctly first time. So far, I've only been looking at what the onboard ROM can do. There's so much to learn, using a very capable SBC. I'm looking forward to adding an IDE CF card and getting CP/M running. Wow!
I received my LiNC80 SBC1 kit a short time ago. Yesterday, after having located a suitable timeslot, I compleded the construction. I enjoyed this puzzle, which took something like 5 hours. The guide, that comes along with the kit, is easy to follow. Give yourself the time to enjoy assembling it. It's not about getting from point "A" to point "B" in the shortest possible time, rather a walk through teckniques that are still more rare in our parts of the world. In my next free time slot, I'll wire the SBC1 to my computer and power up the SBC1. So I've still got the famous "Hello World" ahead of me :-) I'm also looking forward to do some experiments with the CTC and IDE interface. It's going to be a fun autuum :-)
This is one of the best Z80 based kits out there, and I have quite a few (having a weakness for anything Z80 or 6502 based). Fabulous documentation and back story too. Don't hesitate, get, build, learn and enjoy.