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Hektor 2

Not much is known about this UK single board computer, also called PT-502. It was available only on loan to Open University students. The purpose was to teach electronic and computer engineers students how to conceive and build a microprocessor based system. The system was delivered with a peripheral board and a complete course enabling students to experiment both software and hardware problems.

More info needed about Model 2 and Model 1 (PT-501) systems

Kerry J. Morris reports:
Oh yes, I remember it well..... (H)ome (E)lectronic (K)it compu(TOR) (!) or something similar.
I used one myself, as a part of my OU (Open University) studies c. 1986, for the course 'TM222 - The Digital Computer'. I think they must have originally been developed around 1981.
A bit clunky, I recall, but a great way of learning about microprocessor-based systems. In fact, I continued to use the HEKTOR user manual as a convenient and well written 8085 assembly language reference for about 10 years afterwards!
I seem to remember that a few years ago, when the OU revised the courses which used HEKTOR, and wanted to replace the (by then) ageing technology, they gave students the opportunity to buy a HEKTOR system for a minimal sum (but I can't recall exactly how much).
Since they were only for use with a few specialised OU courses, and were loaned to the students for the duration of the course, they are probably a bit of a rarity (at least compared to some systems), with perhaps no more than a few thousand ever made?


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Hi keira hope-thompson (london), I am interested in this kit. And The OU- Working with Hektor brochures (parts:6,7,8). How can I contact you?

          
Wednesday 17th October 2012
Artur K(London) (London/UK)

This was the first computer I ever saw - my dad did the OU course, and as a young kid, I had time to play a little on it. If I remember correctly, it had a POKE sequence you could type in that caused the computer to play "The Entertainer".
Sadly, my life never really improved from this point, and for my sins, I''m a software developer now...

          
Wednesday 8th August 2012
Jim Patterson

Used one of these when I did the OU course T222 in 1990. I failed to buy it at the end of the course largely because once I''d turned it on and played with it, I found I was using a CP/M machine and MASM assembler to write the course work, and just copied the final code to this machine to check it worked. (Don''t tell the OU!)

          
Friday 13rd July 2012
Neil Barnes (UK)
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NAME  Hektor 2
MANUFACTURER  Open University, UK
TYPE  Home Computer
ORIGIN  United Kingdom
YEAR  ? 1981
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  8085 Assembler, monitor
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke 60 keys
CPU  8085
SPEED  3.024 MHz (using a 6.048 MHz crystal)
RAM  4 KB
ROM  8 KB
TEXT MODES  16 lines of 64 characters
GRAPHIC MODES  Character graphics only
COLOrsc  Monochrome
SOUND  Simple tone facility, played through TV speaker
SIZE / WEIGHT  30.5(W) x 26(D) cm. (mother board only)
I/O PORTS  TV/RF output, composite video, cassette port, 40-pin interface for external peripheral board
OS  Proprietary, including monitor, editor and 8085 assembler
POWER SUPPLY  External PSU
PERIPHERALS  Expansion board
PRICE  Unknown, available only on loan to Open University students





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