Society of Eight-Bit Heathkit Computerists


There are a number of people who remember the days in the late '70s and early '80s when personal computers were just becoming available The IBM PC and clones were not in widespread use. Heathkit of Benton Harbor, Michigan had long been a recoginzed provider of electronic devices and kits. Heathkit produced a personal computer based on the Intel 8080 CPU. It later introduced the H88 and H89 All-In-One computers, one with mass storage on audio cassette and the other with a 5 1/4" floppy disk drive.

Aside from the well designed and fun to use nature of these devices, their survivablility is impressive. There are professional and hobby computer fans alike who have gotten together to work with and to memorialize the great '80s vintage machines and accompanying software, manuals and schematics. Even the operating system is in the public domain.

The Society of Eigh-Bit Heathkit Computerists - SEBHC - uses a group on Google Groups by the same name to keep in touch, share stories and help each other with restoration and modification projects. A few members of the group spend a portion of their time and effort in setting up an online repository of hardware, software, and manual descriptions and even digital copies or many printed items as an aid to the goal of memorializing as much as possible those early days of Heathkit computers.

Check out SEBHC for hundreds if not thousands of topics supporting this goal.