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12-19-2017, 09:25 PM
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HP 67/97 Special Message Cards, videos of...
I have had occasion/inspiration to get an HP-97 card reader operational again.

I used RTV on the card drive motor "clutch."
It was fairly easy to do, I hope it is an appropriate fix.
But that darn ribbon cable is falling to pieces!!!!

In honor of this success and to check out the read portion of the drive, I have made some videos of output from some old cards I have in my collection. You can view them at:

https://youtu.be/_jXGb-CR1Tg Living Words
https://youtu.be/JMuMz623ub4 HP Poem
https://youtu.be/0z8UiZz2Bm0 HP Commercial
https://youtu.be/3FN5eCvkoPM Coca Cola
https://youtu.be/libGuLCyikY HP Seasons Greetings 1976/77

And to check out the write portion of my drive, let me know if you would like copies of these cards. But it may take me a while, I haven't located my stack of blank cards recently.

There is probably something about these cards in the journals of the day (I have not looked for this), so I have no idea how they were made.

In my collection also, I have a lot of "Word Cards" which I think used to do something... but I can't make them do anything on the 97. Perhaps they were for 67 only? But that seems unlikely. I will try the 67 later anyway.

I also do not remember where I obtained these cards from, so if one of you sent them to me many years ago -- THANK YOU!
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12-20-2017, 01:09 AM
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Gene, does this look familiar?
HP-67/97 Words/Phrases Magnetic Cards found
Message #1 Posted by Gene on 31 Jan 2002, 7:56 a.m.
Hi. These were all the rage back in 1976-1978. Using NNNs, PPC members were able to synthesize many crazy words and phrases that would show up on the calculator. They are described in the PPC Journal. Problem has always been that to create them required things like "phase I interrupt switches" unless someone had already done that and recorded them to magnetic card. WARNING, however, never never print any of these if they are displayed on an HP-97, unless you never want to print again.

Well, I was going through my big stack of HP-67 cards I got from an estate sale and noticed I have about 8-10 cards with goodies like this on them.

I have: 6 cards of words and phrases, 1 card with an HP Poem about the retirement of the HP-35/45/55/65, 2 cards that are a running "commercial" for the HP-67/97 in the display, and 2 cards for keyboard generated words/phrases

I'd like to make these available to the community, but really don't want to be copying cards for months. :-)

I'd like to ask for 5 volunteers who would be willing to make copies (after I send them copies) when people request them. So, if you want to be a HP-67/97 card copier and want copies of these cards, email me. I will ask for 10 blank cards on which I will record these goodies and mail them back to you. Include enough postage to get them back (can't be more than a normal US stamp).

I'd also like to see if there's a way we can continue to let people here at the museum know about these...they are really cool.

And, finally, does anyone else here have a collection of some of these?

http://www.rskey.org/gene/hpgene

New location of my "HPGENE" webpage...


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12-20-2017, 01:42 AM
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RE: HP 67/97 Special Message Cards, videos of...
In fact, is that My handwriting on the cards? :-)

Thanks for the videos... these are great.
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12-20-2017, 01:25 PM (This post was last modified: 12-20-2017 01:52 PM by DanM.)
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RE: HP 67/97 Special Message Cards, videos of...
Gene, thanks for distributing out those cards way back then!

Now I remember a little bit about how I got them, thanks again!

There are my checking-cards for if my card reading function works, they are fun to use.

Do you know if the "Word Cards" do their thing on the HP-97? I still can't get them to show anything.

If anybody would like copies, let me know... and then I can test out my card writing function. I don't have enough blank cards with me know to copy out any sets, but I have a large quantity of them at home somewhere.

May 2018 be a good year, all year!
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