software via radio

From: ed sharpe <>
Date: Sun Oct 24 14:07:44 2004

I think A good write up of this needs to exist.
if someone would care to write it up and provide some graphics and pictures
and advertisements please sent to and I will find a place
for it on the web site... it is indeed unique...

Thanks Ed Sharpe archivist for SMECC

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Fred N. van Kempen" <>
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Sent: Sunday, October 24, 2004 11:53 AM
Subject: Re: software via radio

> Jules,
>> Was it this list where people were recently talking about receiving
>> software via the radio?
> Yeah.
>> 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 :-)
> That service existed in Holland, too, at around the same time. They
> used simple FSK modulation to send out files.. the programme presenter
> would babble for a bit, then say "OK folks, time for the <C64> fans to
> hit their RECORD button... counting down 10... 1 <beeeepsqueeeeek>"
> Of course, they'd send out several programs for several kinds of puters,
> I remember the Commodore ones, the Philips systems (Philips actually did
> invent this), some MSX stuff, and programs for the COMX-35. I remember,
> because I had both C64 and the COMX, and Basicode was pretty much the
> only source of software for that system :(
>> 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.
> I am quite sure Kees Stravers (kees.stravers atsign has
> all the info you need.. he worked with that a lot.
> Fred
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