Erik's Home-page, V20200606
- Interesting Links
- Several Addresses
- Personal Data
- Manual for Holography experiment:
Versuch II, Holografie" (1993, pdf, German language).
- Diploma (M.Sc.) thesis (1995, pdf, German) or
Introduction and Conclusion only
(html, German language).
"Zeitaufgeloeste Untersuchungen zur
Rueckstreuung von Modellsystemen"
- PhD thesis: Femtosecond
Transfer and Wavepackets" (2003, pdf, 10MB, German language).
- Info on replacing the Russian 04KN009
micro circuit by a small PCB (electronics, 26MB!).
- Restoration of a
airborne computer from the 1970ties -
The Elliott 900
- Personal logbook starting in 2004 on activities related to vintage computers
accident I became maintainer of the
legacy of the once famous
computers (up to MSE14 and 1666).
- Inertial Navigation, invented during the cold war, also deserves its
being preserved ->
FIN1010 and FIN1012.
- A short
entirely electromechanical air data computer
from Nimrod (The
- Freeware in tardist format for SGI/IRIX64
version 6.5 and later.
- Special Service...
- Datenschutz & Impressum...
6.6.2020: Update of the
page completed, covering the successful restoration of a very old
4.6.2020: Update to the ADI42 in
the Logbook after a
blog entry on
hackaday.com led to massive klicks to the
15.5.2020: Update of Logbook
completed with adequate information on the restoration of a
Computer and links to my documentary videos on the
Nimrod AirData and
15.9.2019: Started a major update of the TimeLine section to include
the efforts of the last 2 years.
1.5.2018: Removed some older data and
updated/revised Impressum (DSGVO-EU).
12.6.2017: Added section on future use of the C1-122 oscilloscope
as x-y-display to the 04КН009 page.
11.6.2017: Released poster
shown on the
in Munich (sorry, German only).
10.6.2017: Fixed typos, complete update of the logbook 2015-2017
and the PEC/Elliott page.
5.6.2017:Major update to the PEC-Page: 902ME, historic context.
TimeLine 2015-2017 work in progress.
30.04.2016: Upon request added EAGLE data of the
HF-PCBs to the C1-122 and 04KN009
page. Addition of original and own, new firmware for the Vaisala SPT11A
paper tape reader to the services
The most important reason for generating one's own (private) home-page
in my opinion is to allow others to look up my address:
The most effective way to contact me is to use
Nearly every day I check for SMS:
My address for snail mail in the west of Munich is:
Gotzmannstrasse, 5, 1.Og,
48°09'30.82"N, 11°24'42.62"E, 570m above sea level
On Weekends I am sometimes in Marktoberdorf (100km from Munich in the beautiful Allgäu):
47°46'09.47"N, 10°36'38.13"E, 824m above sea level
During the day I am working in the spectrocopy group of the
development division of Thorlabs GmbH:
Dr. Erik Baigar
Scientific Lead Sectroscopy Systems
48.275085°N, 11.471347°E, 540m above sea level
And here some out-of-date
Another nice feature of a private home-page is that you can have bookmarks
of pages you often use available on the net. So here are my bookmarks:
- Search the WWW using Google, formerly DEC's Altavista searchengine, the green
Ecosia or the non-tracking DuckDuckGo.
- At eBay there are always a lot of interesting
auctions which can e.g. searched for vintage avionics
and there is a German offspring of eBay, too.
- LEO offers a lot of software and quite acceptable German-English or German-French dictionaries.
- For a survey of films in Munich's cinemas click here,
movies shown in Kaufbeuren's Corona are listed here and for info what's tonight on television look
- The Musikhochschule Muenchen often offers excellent performances of old and "new classical music.
- Using public transport in Germany can be planed by using the electronic enquiry desk of the Bahn AG.
- The local public transport in Munich, the MVV and his help-desk are not so bad as many people say.
- Some nice ASCII-ART is always allowed - in today's perfect and
megabyte consuming world they bring a nice diversification.
- A nice point to start a search for many nice topics about electronics - e.g. Sam Goldwasser's FAQs.
- A nice collection of links can be found on the HF-Pages.
- Following pages deal with HF: Look at SOMIS' for practical (ham radio) issues.
- Looking for data-sheets try the following links:
The famous Chipdir,
Semiconductor Data-sheets, the
Data-sheet catalog, the
and AllDataSheet. But in my
opinion, the best database currently is
datasheets360 since it offers
direct access to many pdf files, works with all browsers, is not bloated
with Ads and it lists lots of vintage parts, too!
- Agilent (HP) has some
of the manuals and schematics of their cool test equipment online now.
- Some nice projects (some related to vintage computing) can be found on
SparetimeGizmos or if you want to
build a spectrum analyzer, look here.
- LRZ-München, Munichs top Computer facility.
- A useful whois-Database for several debugging purposes or a domain checker and a
MAC lookup tool.
- SGI made very nice MIPS based computers running IRIX. For older OSes (5.3), the tgcware is very handsome.
- Manly PC-Computer hardware projects can be found here - useful e.g. for getting pin-outs!
- FAQs regarding UNIX systems (SUN, SGI, HP,...) untun 2013 have been available on Pimpin' Networks!
- PvMegaPOV is an extension to the multi-platform render program povray.
- Some interesting reading about minimalistic languages, e.g. the TinyBASIC.
- Vintage computers are a nice topic since they show how ingenious designs and ideas set the bases
for today's horrible colored and bad M$ software: PDP8, Bitsaver-Archive,
performance database, a online and freely accessible Cray
and last but not least ClassicComp Archive (Transputers, Helios and much more).
- Software development for older processors in assembler (e.g. 8051) and other architectures is much easier in
using the know how from the WWW: Programmer's heaven. A very nice
cross assembler for Z80, Cosmac, 6502 and many others is the asxxxx (nowadays this is part of the
- Nekochan is a great knowledge base for SGI machines!
- UNIX offers many powerful tools, but you might want to look into these manuals on how to use
them: SED, regular expressions
- The karate Dojo 1.MKC has it's own home-page as well as
the new Dojo of Shihan Lowinger in Haldenwang
and the German karate association.
Nice movies (mpeg) of the Kata practiced in the Shotokan style can be seen online.
- Weather-forecasts and satellite images are available from the Klimarechenzentrum.
Actual information on the weather and the possibility of avalanches in Switzerland
and for Germany are available online.
- The home-page of one of Germany's best info stations, the Deutsche Welle is available here.
- In the alps near my homeland there is a nice school for climbing mountains.
They have nice mountain guides and maps as well.
- Climbing guides are available in the Edition Filidor.
Scientific (and hobby scientific ;-) ) Links:
- Patents are an important factor -do online searches in the US patent office or even better via UK's intellectual property office.
- One of the worst aberration of science was the invention of nuclear warfare.
- Look at the hobby-Scientific-page and a nice mailing list regarding Tesla coils lies on the WWW, too.
- Other interesting links concerning physics:
- Publications in OSA-Journals
- The Weizmann Institute
provides links to valuable atomic physics
- A how-to on building an Inexpensive X-ray Machine was published by the
Scientific American in the sixties.
- Several Databases might be useful. Check out web-elements,
mat-web. And if you have a spectroscope, the a database of the
visible spectral lines is a must.
- Lasers are interesting toys and building one at home is not that difficult. Look here for HOWTO's.
Companies, mainly electronics:
Links to home-pages of other people I know (not only via cyber space):
- LABX and Capovani are pages dealing with used optical components and lab equipment.
- Several commercial and non-commercial sites are offering cross-references and chip lists, e.g. Linear Technology and Maxim.
- A German computer discounter offering affordable hardware: Alternate.
- Used SGI-Hardware can be bought from SGIDEPOT.
- All types of test equipment and some very exotic parts are available at Rainer Foertig,
Warbird relics and of course at Helmut Singer
- Bürklin (Fast and reliable - parts available for many years)
- Conrad (Recommended for consumer products)
- DigiKey (Lot of exotic parts and tools)
- ELV (Started as electronics magazine - now has good shop of kits and advanced hobbyists products)
- Fairview (RF,Microwave - seems to have complete offering, have not done business with them)
- Farnell (Components, Tools, broad offering but will not ship to end users - see HBE shop)
- HBE-Shop (Same offering as Farnell - will ship to end-users)
- Infratron (EMC but also piezo and mechanical stuff and thermal management)
- Jantsch (The great local electronics shop I grew up with)
- Laird (Antennas, Communication, EMC and shielding materials)
- Mini-Circuits (RF,Microwave - The standard supplier for all RF components)
- Mouser (Components - huge offering and ships to end users world wide)
- Reichelt (Components etc. with offerings similar to Conrad but often cheaper)
- RS (Components, Tools - will sell to end users)
- Strixner+Holzinger (The supplier for vintage and the most exotic components)
- Synergy (RF,Microwave - all types of components like Mixers, Amps, Filters,...)
- Thora (EMC and related mechanics)
- Trenz Electronic (Variety of FPGA-Boards)
- Würth (PCBs, passive components - famous for inductive parts)
- Pia Frommknecht opened her business as dentist on the beginning of 2004.
- Thomas Hamm, who started his own business in autumn 1999.
12.10.2015: Documentation of
for the Calcomp OPC906/907 plotter controller added.
5.10.2015: Added pictures of my Calcomp 1038/1039's
to the special services section.
1.7.2015: Uploaded FIN/RPMD-Explorer video to
youtube. High res
version to come later.
22.6.2015: Minor fixes to PEC page's format and added new electronics companies to links.
21.6.2015: Major update to the avionics projects
material on the
HDDsim for Rolm and
the nicely running setup around the Tornado's
inertial navigation suite and much more.
Dead links removed.
12.4.2015: Addition of a minor improved version of the dpa-43 cross assembler, targeting
the PDP8 and DG Nova computers, to the IRIX freeware-section.
Solaris(SPARC) and Windows(XP,7) binaries are located in the newly opened
public domain ftp directory.
26.4.2014: Major addition of information (1.5 years passed!) to the logbook and the
PEC section in preparation
for the upcoming VCFe 15.0 (poster
25.9.2012: Documented work on vintage Tornado avionics, the Mega haul
of Rolm 1602 systems and the progress on the PEC-BlinkenLights (PEC-OMP) in
computing and avionics logbook.
17.4.2012: Another release of the IRIX-Simh including a Rolm 1602 emulator with boot capability.
25.3.2012: Bugfix in the simh-binary for
IRIX ("BOOT CPU" code for Nova/Rolm1602).
26.1.2012: Update of the
PEC page adding a "wanted
items"section (and XLS
23.6.2011: Update of my personal
information; addition of the many achievements (e.g.
PEC-Sound) of the last months to the
vintage computing logbook, not only
explaining the pictures added to
the gallery of the
page but also showing newly acquired parts ;-).
2.6.2011: Version 1.3 of the
Elliott Simulator released. Doku on FH7Z.8-GearBox
added to specials.
12.2.2011: PEC: New version 1.2 of the
Simulator for 18 bit Elliott
machines released. Tornado Engine Computer donated to the
Deutsches Museum in Munich.
12.12.2010: PEC: Added latest achievements to the
Time-Line - included is
a short video of
the PEC BlinkenLights in action and an outlook to the Waveform Generator 1.
17.11.2010: Uploaded a technical note with schematic of the Ferranti
14.09.2010: Linked in a new page on an electronics/test equipment project related to
30.05.2010: Update to PEC-Page: Documentation of UK-Trip and latest progress with the setup.
30.01.2010: Added first blinkenlights related information and pictures of the
newly acquired waveform generator from the early versions of Tornado to Time-Line.
13.12.2009: Latest achievements added to the Time-Line and new pictures on the gallery.
5.7.2009: Checked all pages for dead links and removed them; added diary to the PEC-page.
6.6.2009: Added new pictures on PEC page - plotter is running
under control of PEC now. Pictures sorted chronologically. Removed some outdated links.
31.3.2009: Added IRIX software, repaired counters, minor changes in links and update to
17.6.2008: Now ALL (even the custom ones) chips in the PEC are identified, thus there
is an updated version of the Reference-Page with pin-outs.
23.2.2008:Added page offering some freeware I compiled for the
SGI/IRIX platform for download.
19.1.2008:Update of my information page
on the vintage military computer restoration project: New information
including all secrets prayed out of the box so far.
New: The unit is a 12/12 from Elliott.
15.6.2008: Added additional Foxhunter picture, both now available in better resolution. Uploaded
new documents about 12/12 and 902 (no comments yet).
8.6.2008:Added technical information
on all chips, used on the unit together with date code statistics.
4.5.2008:Added document with pictures and information on all
PCBs of the unit.
29.4.2008:Added Emulator for the vintage Elliott 903 series to the
of my vintage military computer restoration project. Additional new information:
Experts believe that the box was used on the early radar of the Tornado aircraft.
5.8.2006: Marriage with Pia Frommknecht.
This article is compiled by Erik Baigar,
50° 58' 35''N, 7° 1' 9''E, 302m) in spacetime
and has a uptime of days.