software via radio

From: Jules Richardson <>
Date: Sun Oct 24 10:09:22 2004

Was it this list where people were recently talking about receiving
software via the radio?

Apparently the UK service was called Basicode - I'm just slogging my way
through a pile of documentation donated to the museum to sort out the
useful stuff and stumbled across an apology letter from the BBC. Seems
they'd moved transmission from Radio 1 VHF to Radio 1 MW and they didn't
exactly tell people in advance :-)

The letter's dated 18th October 1984. Seems that the data was
transmitted as part of a radio programme called 'chip shop'.

Now, I'm certain I remember seeing a manual about Basicode; I just left
it in the pile at the museum that I'm yet to look through as it had
'basic' in the title and so didn't look immediately interesting :-) It
was with a Dragon 32 machine (which also came with a lot of software),
but whether any special hardware was needed I don't know.

No practical use for anything these days of course, but an interesting
snippet of computing history :-)


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