Here’s a complete printset of the Venus Ibox, from 1984. It includes Ibox block diagrams, module and MCA block diagrams, and schematics for the MCAs and modules.

I’d bet my bottom dollar that there were ECOs after this version. But this hardware ran VAX/VMS and oodles of software.

Most of the page tops are faded. 75% of it is due to fading in the originals, and 25% is due to less-than-meticulous copying by FedEx.

Venus Ibox 1984-08-18


A follow-up on our undertaking of cutting the cord and using an OTA antenna…

Prodded by friends, we decided to have a roof antenna installed. Some channels weren’t coming in reliably with our in-the-closet setup, and some channels (notably KING5) didn’t come in at all.

It’s not easy finding an OTA antenna installation company. Many companies advertise satellite antennas without any mention of terrestrial antennas.

I went with Home Satellite.

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