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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Schoolsky Apple-1 computer and IPhone 10 sale on the same day.

The first  Apple product (Apple1 computer) and the newest (iPhone 10) went on sale the same day.  Charitybuzz auction of the rare Schoolsky Apple1 computer started September 12th and Tim Cook - Apple CEO announced the Iphone 10 the same day.

The Schoolsky Apple1 Computer has been announced to be at auction for a few weeks prior to start of the online auction with a peek at the Schoolsky Apple1 and all the documentation. The tag line "Take a byte of Apple Computer history with this rare vintage computer from 1976" creating a big response and a lot of buzz about the auction.

Schoolsky Apple1 Computer
 Charitybuzz auction,

Full Schoolsky Apple1 auction information "Click"

Information about the Schoolsky Apple1 computer and all the documentation "CLICK"


Apple iPhone 10
The new iPhone X launch announced by Tim Cook was tribute to  Apple founder Steve Jobs.  Jobs is credited with  growing the Apple company from a business selling the first 200 Apple1 computers built in his home to being the largest company in the world.  The Apple1 computer was designed by Steve Wozniak the Apple cofounder.

The new iPhone launch was also a history making event on the new Apple  'spaceship' campus in Cupertino, California. The event was held in the  "Steve Jobs Theater". The first facility to open on the $5 billion campus.


"By David Larsen"    This is an exciting day for the old and new Apple products. Glad to be a part of the first Apple product sale " The Schoolsky Apple1 computer"

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Charitybuzz auction of my Schoolsky Apple-1 computer

The auction started September 12th.

I have moved my entire Bugbook Historical Microcomputer collection (All 30 tons) to the "Computer Museum of America" (CMOA) in Roswell, Georgia. I did keep 2 of my original Apple-1 computers and 2 went with the collection to the CMOA.

Schoolsky Apple-1 computer

Continuing my effort to down size after 79 years I am selling my Schoolsky Apple-1 computer. Charitybuzz is doing the auction for me and they have been a delight to work with.  You can see the start of the auction by clicking Charitybuzz   

Win Heagy has made the computer fully operational and Corey Cohen did the evaluation of the Schoolsky Apple-1 computer.

Part of the proceeds from the sale will go to our "Foundation for Amateur International Radio Service" (FAIRS) N4USA to help continue our international good will work using Amateur Radio.  I have been and amateur radio operator (KK4WW) for more than 63 years. I am also one of the directors of FAIRS.

I am continuing my interest in historical microcomputers as a board member of the "Computer Museum of America". Take a look here at the future "Computer Museum of America".

Apple-1 Schoolsky computer

Documentation that is part of the sale of the "Schoolsky Apple-1 computer"
Click photos to enlarge
Original letter ( 12/1/94)to me
 from Adam Schoolsky

1. Original letter ( 12/1/94)to me from Adam Schoolsky with signature. Adam was the first owner and I am the second owner. I also have the envelope with the letter.

 Envelope from
Adam Schoolsky 1994

2. Envelope from Adam Schoolsky 1994.

Original hand written
 letter from Adam Schoolsky

2. Original hand written letter from Adam Schoolsky with signature to me about getting the literature and Apple-1 ready for shipping to me.

3. #58 on the Willegal Apple-1 registry. Mike Willegal for many years has been keeping track of all the known Apple-1 computers. All four of the ones I owned are on the registry and the Schoolsky computer is  listed.

Original Apple-1
14 page operation manual

3. Original Apple-1 14 page operation manual - mint condition.

One Page from the
 Apple-1 Operations Manual
One Page from the Apple-1 Operations Manual.

When you enlarge this drawing look at the names on the lower right. R. Wayne  was a 10% owner in the first Apple partnership. He became concerned when the group wanted to borrow $50,000 to build the first 50 Apple-1  computers and sold his interest in the company for about $750. He was an owner for less then 2 weeks. Ron Wayne Wikipedia

A mint edition of the cassette interface manual is also included -you can see this the evaluation of the "Schoolsky Apple-1 computer" by Corey Cohen.

Original Apple-1 computer
 advertising slick front

4. Front side of original Apple-1 computer advertising slick - 2 sided mint condition. Adam acquired this while helping Steve Wozniak during the first few months of the Apple Company start up. Adam would have been employee #6 if he had accepted the job offer to work   full time at Apple.

Original Apple-1 computer
 advertising slick back

Back side of original Apple-1 computer advertising slick

This is shows a note from Adam on the outside of the clear envelope containing the Apple-1 ad slick.

Woz written on the Apple-1 box cover

I have the original white box that all the Apple-1 computers were packaged in. This box has the name Woz  ( The name Steve Wozinak uses) written on it.

Woz written on the Apple-1 box cover

Closer look at Woz written on the Apple-1 box cover.

Apple's very first computers stacked
 in boxes in Steve Jobs' bedroom
 from the very earlies

Apple-1 computers stacked in boxes in Steve Jobs' bedroom from the very earliest Apple-1 computers. This photo shows the boxes used for the Apple-1 computers and is the same as the box I have.  Adam Schoolsky sent me the Apple -1 computer in this box and said it was an original. The writing on the box also is a good indication of an original box.

 An original 40 page program listing from the first West Coast Computer Faire in California.  The Apple Computer Company was selling the Apple-1 computer and introducing the Apple-2 computer at this faire. Adam Schoolsky was also at this show helping the owners Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs.

This is also the Faire where Wozniak and Adam Schoolsky did the Wozniak joke/spoof of putting out a brochure of a computer that was better than all the competition but did  not exist. This spoof computer was called the "Zaltair" and now this is referred to as the "Zaltair Story".

See PDF view of this entire West Coast Computer Faire program. This PDF is from my copy of the program.

Back cover of the original 40 page program listing from the first West Coast Computer Faire in California.

Front of Zaltair computer
hoax brochure
Wozniak is a like to pull pranks on people and at 1977 Computer Fair he had Adam Schoolsky help with what is known as the Zaltair prank. The prank worked this way -- a nice 2 sided brochure of a none existence computer ( Zaltair) was made up by Woz and Adam & 10,000 were printed. The Zaltair Computer had a better price and specifications then all the current microcomputers on the market. This caused a big commotion at the Faire and it was done in secret so no one new who had created the brochure.  It was years later that Wozniak told Steve Jobs that he and Adam did the Zaltair hoax. This is a copy not an original brochure.

back of Zaltair computer
hoax brochure

Back of Zaltair brochure.

I have a lot of detail about the story of the Zaltair hoax in my blog.

original copy of the
 very first Silicon Gulch Gazette
An original of the very first Silicon Gulch Gazette - volume 0 number 1. The Silicon Gulch Gazette was published to promote the West Coast Computer Faire. It is interesting that the label was  hand written with Adam Schoolskys mailing address.

This very first issue is very rare. Jim Warren published the Silcon Gulch Gazette and founded the West Coast Computer Faire. Mr. Warren is still living.

insert inviting people to be
speakers or exhibitors
at the First West Coast Computer Faire

This first edition also has a loose leaf insert inviting people to be speakers or exhibitors at the First West Coast Computer Faire.

Silicon Gulch Gazette
Volume 4 number 2 

An original of the Silicon Gulch Gazette Volume 4 number 2 addressed to Adam Schoolsky.

Silicon Gulch Gazette
 Volume 3 number 3

An original of the Silicon Gulch Gazette Volume 3 number 3 addressed to Adam Schoolsky.

"The First Apple" book by Bob Luther. I have this listed because Bob interviewed Adam Schoolsky and Adam discussed the sale of this Apple-1 computer to me. This is some of the documentation of my purchase

Also an interview with me and I also discussed the purchase of this computer.

The pages and text of these interview are listed below.

Page 250 from Bob Luthers book
 "The First Apple-1"

Page 250 from Bob Luther's book "The First Apple-1"

This is about me discussing the purchase of Adam Schoolskys Apple-1 computer.

Adam Schoolsky had
the opportunity to be
 the sixth Apple employee

Page 256 from Bob Luther's book "The First Apple-1"

Adam Schoolsky had the opportunity to be the sixth Apple employee.

Adam Schoolsky discusses
 the sale of this Apple-1 computer

Page 266 from Bob Luther's book "The First Apple-1"

Adam Schoolsky discusses  the sale of this Apple-1 computer to David Larsen.

LR Jobs, Ron Wayne & Wozniak drawing
original Ron Wayne signature
Ron Wayne - An original signature. Wayne was one of the three original founders of Apple Computer Business.  The business was started on April 1, 1976 and Wayne had 10 %, Steve Jobs 45 % and Steve Wozniak 45%. Only 12 days later the business needed to borrow money and Wayne did not want to be responsible for possible debt and sold out his interest for $800.

 Wayne designed the original Apple logo, wrote the Apple-1 computer manual and drew the Appe-1 schematic diagrams.

Very few people know the Apple business started with 3 people.

Wayne also did the drawing to the left of Steve Jobs, Ron Wayne and Steve Wozniak. The signature is original however the drawing is a photo copy of the original.

Bob Luther author of the book "the First Apple" had contact with Wayne several years ago and made the arrangements for this drawing with the original  signature of Ron Wayne. I obtained this from Bob Luther this year. 

Front of 2 page brochure that advertised both the Apple-1
and the Apple-2 computer. This is an original brochure not a copy.

This is an original brochure and most likely the only one made that promoted both the Apple-1 and Apple-2 computer.  This is the front/back side. The Apple-1 was on the market for a very short time and when plans for the Apple-2 computer materialized marketing of the Apple-1 ended.  To promote the Apple-2 computer na offer was made for Apple-1 computer owners to get a very generous trade in allowance for there Apple-1 computer.

Inside 2 pages of  brochure that advertised both the Apple-1
and the Apple-2 computer. This is an original brochure not a copy.

This is the inside two pages of the brochure above and the words preliminary are written very lightly on the background of the brochure. It could be that this brochure was only used at the first "West Coast Computer Faire" in 1977. This was the first time marketing the Apple-2 computer.

Steve Wozniak's book 2006 "iWoz"
Steve Wozniak's book 2006 "iWoz" .  Wozniak talks about the Apple-1 computer however I want to show how he worked with Adam Schoolsky in the very early days of the Apple Company.

The Apple-1 computer that I purchased from Adam Schoolsky is a result Adam being a friend and working with Steve Wozniak at the First West Coast Computer Faire in 1977. One of there projects was the Zaltair computer hoax that Wozniak and Schoolsky pulled off at this faire. The excerpt  of the Zaltair story is in the next two slides.

Page 202 from the
 iWoz book shown above

Page 202 from the iWoz book shown above.

Wozniak talks about being at the first West Coast Computer Faire in 1977 and wanting to so put out some fake news or computer hoax. He also talks about how he and Adam Schoolsky printed 8000 copies then secretly distributed them.

Page 202 from the iWoz
book shown above


Page 202 from the iWoz book shown above.

Steve tells how he decided to make the fake computer brochure with various computer comparisons with the fake Zaltair computer.

He then dedicated the brochure to the Altair computer made by Ed Roberts. Of course Ed Roberts was highly upset with this fake brochure.  Who and how this hoax was done was kept secret for several years.  Several years latter Wozniak did tell his partner Steve Jobs that he and Adam did the Zaltair hoax.

Press stories showing up on the internet about the auction of the Schoolsky computer.
"By David Larsen" KK4WW microcomputer collector and historian.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

N4USA operating at Chantilly Farm Campground

                       Amateur Radio operators you can enjoy a family vacation & operate 
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               N4USA at Chantilly Farm & Campground
                                                Floyd County Virginia

Hi check out the sale of my schoolsky Apple-1 computer - part of the proceeds will help fund "The Foundation for Amateur International Radio Service" (FAIRS) and N4USA.

Chantilly Farm and Campground in Floyd, Virginia just a few minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway (MP150). Ham Radio operators are encouraged  to operate at the campground.

My blog readers know me as a historical microcomputer collector/historian and developer of the Bugbook Historical Computer Museum collection. I also own this beautiful  200 acre Chantilly Farm in Floyd County, Virginia and operate N4USA.
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N4USA is located in our Farm Office
and 3 element beam is on tower
Chantilly Campground is Ham friendly with Amateur Radio Station N4USA in our Campground office. You can hook up to existing antenna in campground and there are many locations with trees or other structures making it very easy to put up an antenna at a good height most anywhere on our 200 acres.  WiFi is available from most locations on the farm. It is a delight to operate from Chantilly Farm using your own call or N4USA. 
The radio background noise is extremely low as we are in a rural area with no industrial noise and very few close neighbors. QRP operators love this location.  Photo album of N4USA

David KK4WW at N4USA
David KK4WW Curator of N4USA and owner of  Chantilly Campground has been a ham operator for 63 years and makes this comment  "this is the best radio location I have ever operated from". We are in Floyd County, Virginia the Heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Ham operators love our 2500 foot  mountain top location for making  DX contacts.  VHF/UHF operators have incredable signals up and down the East Coast.
Our camping guest can chose full service with water, 30/50 amp power & septic, RV camping or tent camping on our 200 acres.  Some primitive tent locations have AC power. We are open all year "Weather permitting"

Campers at the farm
Camping in RV spaces 16, 17, 18 or 19 you can hook your radio up to an existing G5RV antenna and incredible HF signal from our mountian top location. Campground is open all year weather permitting - call (540-808-4984) to check conditions in the winter. See photos lower in this blog post.
operate directly from your RV. You will have an

Check out our camping facilities here "CLICK"

Annual Bluegrass and BBQ Festival
Memorial Day Weekend at Chantilly.
Floyd County, VA has many other interesting events and activities that the whole family can enjoy. The area is known for its many musicians and artist. Every week there are numerous music events within the county.  A number of art galleries and studios are open 12 months of the year. Other activities include hiking, Blue Ridge Parkway is the 42 mile Eastern boundary and the Virginias Crooked Road Music trail goes through the heart of Floyd County.  Riverstone Organic farm is less the 2 miles from our campground. You may want to visit Chantilly Farm  during ar festival weekend with  music or other events at our farm. Check out this list of activities in the Floyd area  visit Floyd Virginia .
mountain biking, Blue water canoeing & kayaking, visiting organic farms and much more. The

Here are a few more incredible activities your family may enjoy at Chantilly Campground.

1. Dark Sky ! If you like to look at the night sky we have a very dark sky.  We are out in the country with a few near by farms. When the lights at Chantilly are on the dark sky view is great, however we can turn off the outdoor lights at the farm for you by request. We are not an official Dark Sky location, however the view is incredible from our mountain top location of 2500 feet in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Some visitors have said "This as good as it gets anywhere".

2. Forest Bathing ! We have many acres of forest available for the relexing and healing or just enjoy the solitude and wonders of nature. Our forest is mostly a mix of  Eastern hardwoods with a few pine trees mixed in. There must be at least 20 varities of hardwoods and many varities of wild mushrooms. You can just hike the trails or go into the wild natural forest. Science has proven the benifit of Forest Bathing and it is also refered to as Forest Therapy. Take a look at the science here "CLICK" .

3. Outdoor recreation! Large open grassy fields (view here "click") are just waiting for you to take advantage of outdoor sports activities.  We have small disk golf area ready to play. Bring your own outdoor games and enjoy the huge open fields.

4. Blue Water kayaking or rafting!  The Little River is only 13 miles from the campground. You can rent a kayak from us or better yet, contact On The Water  for full service river activities (great photos of river actiities on this web site). Take your QRP rig and operate Maritime Mobile from your canoe or kayak.

QSO N4USA with K1KOC from N4USA Chantilly Farm Campground 12-21-16

We also had OQS with W4UDC Tom however the conditions deteriorated.

Check out these videos  of Chantilly Farm - a view from the sky by drone  "CLICK"   and a view from the ground "CLICK"

More N4USA info on Twitter Facebook Website
More KK4WW info on Blog

About N4USA
Amateur Radio station N4USA is part of the "Foundation for Amateur International Radio Service"  (FAIRS) -- a non profit foundation with the mission statement of "International Good Will Through Amateur Radio" . The LCF Group has been directing the activities for FAIRS for 24 years with projects in many countries. The "LCF Group" consist of myself David Larsen KK4WW, Gaynell Larsen KK4WWW & Dee Wallace KG4VMI.

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Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum
Gaynell KK4WWW op at N4USA 

Here is Gaynell Larsen KK4WWW operating as N4USA. David Larsen KK4WW, and Dee Wallace KG4VMI are owner operators of Chantilly Campground and welcome visiting hams to operate the station at our campground office as N4USA.  Visitors are welcome to set up their own station here at Chantilly and operate with their own call as well.

Gaynell and David Larsen and Dee Wallace are also the Directors of "The Foundation for Amateur International Radio Service" (FAIRS).  FAIRS mission is "International Goodwill though Amateur Radio". The FAIRS Foundation has had projects in many countries during the past 25 years. Information at

Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum
Clement J73CPL operating N4USA @ Chantilly

N4USA amateur radio station is located about 6 miles from the the town of Floyd VA  at Chantilly Farm. The operation from the farm is excellent with no industrial noise and on a mountain ridge at 2600 feet in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Here is Clement Pierre Luis our friend from Dominica operating N4USA.

Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum
N4USA antenna at Chantilly Farm

The beam antenna at N4USA Chantilly is on a 35 foot crank up tower and works very good. A G5RV is used for other hf bands and several UHF/VHF antennas & transceivers are part of the station. We have many tall trees making it easy to put up wire antennas for field day or camping style operation.  Here is an Ariel video of our 200 acres.

That is Dave KK4WW  cranking up the beam.

Check out these videos of Chantilly Farm - a view from the Drone "CLICK"   and a view from the ground "CLICK"

Bugbook Historical Microcomputer museum
N4USA QSL card 

This is our large 8 x 11 QSL card for confirming contact during special events.

Bugbook Historical Microcomputer museum
N4USA QSL card backside

The back of QSL enlarge to read about our the FAIRS foundation was started in 1992.

Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum
lr Dave Larsen KK4WW ,Vlad Goncharsky U5WF

FAIRS was formed as an Amateur Radio nonprofit in 1992 after a trip to the Soviet Union in October of 1990. The 11 FAIRS founders realized that a group of amateur radio hams had no recognition or ability to function at high government levels & applied for the nonprofit charter. Dave KK4WW shown here with Vlad Goncharsky (RT) U5WF. Vald was FAIRS member #3 and a very good friend until his death several years ago.  FAIRS members made about 20 visits to the former Soviet Country Ukraine from 1990 to 2007.  Amateur radio projects are still on going by FAIRS in Ukraine by Victor Goncharsky US5WE.

I was fortunate to  have funds to take a professional film maker on one of our Ukraine/Russia visits in 1992. Jerry Scheeler (Film Maker from Virginia Tech) and our group carried 400lbs of video equipment  (An Iphone would do the job today) on this trip of 4 weeks.  Jerry made a wonderful documentarty of that trip and you can see it here "FAIRS in the former Soviet Union" CLICK

A few samples of  N4USA FAIRS projects at home and International.

Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum
Boy Scout JOTA at N4USA Chantilly Farm

Cub Scouts & Boy Scouts operating Scout Jamboree on the Air from N4USA at Chantilly. The local Floyd Amateur Radio Society W4FCV and the Amateur Radio Club from Virginia Tech K4KDJ assisted this 2014 JOTA.

Here is a short video clip from the JOTA CLICK

Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum
Floyd County High School Radio Club N4FCH
FAIRS assisting the Floyd Amateur Radio Society with the club station at the Floyd County High School N4FCH.

Dee Wallace KG4VMI (FAIRS teaching some radio skills- center is Tom King W4VZH (W4FCV club) directing the club day at the High School. Chris Walters on the right is one of the club members.

The Floyd County Amateur Radio Society members have installed a very nice hf  UHF & Vhf station at the school. The antennas are on the roof of the school and it is a nice location to operate from with good signals.

Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum
Bioche Dominica 

FAIRS operates from the Caribbean Island of Dominica as J79USA. Various grants of funds and equipment have been made to the amateur operators of Dominica during the past 18 years.

Here is a fish of gratitude for donating a computer to a fishing village project. We ate the fish and it was very good with the Caribbean spices. Yum Yum.

Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum
Joseph J73JT Dominica

This is J73JT Joseph on the East Coast of Dominica (Castle Bruce) one many hams FAIRS assisted with equipment to enable the Island to have backup Emergency Radio Communication.

Video of Joseph in Castle Bruce , Dominica 

Here is newest J73JT Video 2/20/15 "CLICK"

Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum
FAIRS Banner

The FAIRS banner with logo. We use this at many functions and Ham Radio Fests -- FAIRS has had a commercial booth at the Dayton Hamvention for more than 25 years, When you visit the Hamvention come by and say HI - we are usually at space 412 near ARRL.


Update October 8, 2015 - FAIRS one of our entities listed below has been active in helping the people in Dominica with funds and supplies to recover from the September 4th storm Erika (See Story here). More than 30 lives were lost and 600 homes destroyed and the cost to recover is estimated at  1/2 the annual GDP. Any assistance readers would like to donate  for this recovery effort will be appreciated. Here is link for secure donation Pay Pal   . Thank you, David Larsen, FAIRS Director & Computer museum curator.

David Larsen
FAIRS is an Amateur RadiolMembership group and we would like to have you and other hams that like and believe in the work of FAIRS to be members. You can sign up on this page at the FAIRS websiteJoin N4USA every Sunday, Tuseday & Thursdays on 14,318.5Mhz at 1200z for radio schedule with our Caribbean and South American Ham friends.