63: I have my Bachelor’s in Ham


January 2018

Ah…winter – we want you gone.

The cold gets so tiring, that we are left with not much to do other than muse on pork and pork-related products.  Instead of waxing on about bacon, it’s really time to get back to projects, restoring some games and spending Brent’s money on absolutely everything in sight.  Although the weather isn’t cooperating, we aren’t letting that stop us from another great show and 3.5 hours talking shop on arcade and pinball.  This month, we gear up for the Louisville Arcade Expo and Jeremy Fleitz sits in with us as we learn what to expect from the 2018 version of the show.  We talk fixing Pole Positions – and the FPGA multiboard status, swapping William’s power supplies for modern replacements, Vectrex games, whole-house surge protection and everything under the sun regarding Total Nuclear Annihilation. All up, a pretty dyslexic, but totally fun show!

Oh yeah – Brent wants an Iron Maiden.  Come on Stern!!

Here’s how the timings for the show break down:

* Segment 1 – 00:00 – 01:29 – Monthly updates
* Segment 2 – 01:29 – 02:31 – Jeremy Fleitz and Louisville Arcade Expo 2018
* Segment 3 – 02:31 – 03:19 -Spend Brent’s Money, News and Feedback
* Segment 4 – 03:20 – Outtakes!

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Episode 63 - Show Links

Here's a 'one-stop' shop for all the items we mentioned in this month's episode!
TopicCategoryMore InformationNotes
The Pinball WorkshopYoutube ChannelRan by listener Adam Curry
Vectrex - Big BlueHomebrew GamesVector Republic website

Vector Republic Facebook page
Sky Skipper ProjectRestoration
Sky Skipper Project - UK Reveal Details

Alex's UK Reveal weekend recap and thoughts -

Watch the UK reveal in its entirety - thanks to Retro Dave!
Latest updates on the project!

Please check it out, and subscribe to the newsletter for updates!

Total Nuclear AnnihilationGameTNA Blog @ Scott Danesi's website
Gameroom Power solutionsGameroomEliminator E-107 8-rocker 15A power strip

15-Amp load-rated, most widely-used in DJ equipment setups.
Whole-House surge suppressionGameroomSchneider Electric HEPD-80

Intermatic SmartGuard with replaceable modules
Purchase the HEPD-80 @ Amazon

Purchase the Intermatic SmartGuard @ Lowes
Williams Power Supply AdapterRestorationFastens in the same place as the original, maintains the coin door power (lights and lockouts), plus it uses a Happ power pro that delivers 20A at 5V with , -12V, 12V, and -5V.

Adapter Board - bare

Switching power supply attached

$70 - Purchase @ Paradise Arcade

CMOS high score tables getting corrupted on power off due to voltage dropping way too quickly? Seems to be a common problem in Williams games when switching off the linear power supply. KLOV suggest swapping the CMOS for NVRAM to solve that problem.
Tron & Satan's Hollow monitor bezel transition bracketRestoration$30; will be powdercoated
Info thread @ KLOV
Konami 2-way switcher adapterAdd-onFeatures:
Only one game board powered at a time.
3ft ribbon and power cables included.
5V, 12V, -5V switch via relay.
-5V can be removed for 1 or both games by removing jumpers. Some Konami games go haywire if you provide them with -5V.
No goofy remote. Switch games by pressing P1Start+P2Start simultaneously for 1.5seconds. Or remove the onboard jumpers and connect to 1 or 2 buttons of your choice to switch games.

Info thread @ KLOV

Installation Instructions available for download
Total Nuclear Annihilation Soundtrack released on cassetteAdd-on
Total Nuclear Annihilation accessory power splitterAdd-onOrder @ Pinball Life
Pole Position FPGA updateRestorationOneCircuit Facebook Page
ColorDMD for The Lost World:Jurassic ParkAdd-on PartsColorDMD for Jurassic Park

LCD version is $423; LED version is $369
Stern Vault AC/DC Luci EditionGame


4 thoughts on “63: I have my Bachelor’s in Ham

  • January 31, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Sorry guys, Alex and I used an actual cassette deck for sound effects on an early 10p podcast. Make sure it doesn’t chew up your Iron Maiden tape!

    • February 19, 2018 at 2:33 pm

      DANGIT. That means you beat us to the punch this time!!

      I’ll double-check with Brent, but I’m betting he has his entire Iron Maiden collection in triplicate just to protect against such issues. 🙂

  • January 31, 2018 at 10:11 am

    The Konami switcher would be better if it played 4 games, but if you’re going to join Time Pilot & Time Pilot 84 you’re going to need 2 buttons on your panel. Same with scramble etc. I have Time Pilot and Scramble in the same cab with a jamma switcher & 2x Konami 36 adapters. Cheaper than this piece of hardware too.

    • February 19, 2018 at 2:33 pm

      Indeed Vic – it would be far more appealing if it had the 4-game option.
      I will look up the Konami 36 adapters – I wasn’t aware of them. Are they single-source or fairly-easily obtained?



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