Sup'r Mod

From: Kip Crosby <>
Date: Sun Nov 2 19:24:42 1997

At 17:59 11/1/97 -0800, you wrote:
>I am not an expert but there were RF modulators (the thing you use to
>connect a computer to a TV) for the Apple, from my historical research
>Apple could not get FCC certification for an RF adapter for the ][s so
>they did not sell any but routed customers to their supplier. I think
>the product name was SupRMod or SupRMod ][ or something like that....

If you want to be Captain-Nitpickily accurate, it was called Sup'r Mod, and
the supplier's name was Marty Spergel -- the guy who first made himself
famous at the Homebrew Computer Club by GIVING away an Intel 8080 chip.

It wasn't that "Apple could not get FCC certification for an RF adapter,"
but that they knew darn well they didn't want to, because it would have
slowed things up, cost a lot, and maybe forced design changes. Independent
certification for a third-party RF modulator was much easier and cheaper.
So the ]['s went out with advice to the customer that they did NOT meet FCC
spec, and that if interference was encountered, it was the customer's
responsibility to interpolate a proper device. I suspect Apple actually
subsidized the certification of the Sup'r Mod, and everything after that
was gravy -- Apple got off the FCC hook, the ][ stayed cheap to build, and
Marty sold a g'zillion Sup'r Mods and got modulatedly rich.

Kip Crosby
Computer History Association of California
Received on Sun Nov 02 1997 - 19:24:42 GMT

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