10/11/09: Versatile Serial Pak for the CoCo and Dragon by Roger, | Category: Hot CoCo Stuff, OS-9, Peripherals, Pictures, Projects | Comments are closed

Versatile Serial Pak for the CoCo and Dragon

Versatile Serial Pak for the CoCo and Dragon

All compatible with the 16K CoCoNet EPROM (enhanced Disk BASIC)

Many variations of a base “serial pak” model can be customized on demand, or ordered by a formal name. You can have the serial port header facing inside the case or outside the case, a Tandy Communications ROM or the CoCoNet ROM, a bluetooth module or a MicroSD memory module, and other customizations on request.

By mixing and matching these components, you can turn a lot of neat or serious ideas into reality.

Formal Product Pak Style Retrofit Module Addresses Available
Deluxe Wireless RS-232 Pak Internal header, pak case,
Tandy Telecomm ROM & CoCoNet ROM included
A7’s EB301 bluetooth module $FF68 – $FF6B
Not available until ‘A7’ resumes sales of their EB301 bluetooth module.
TTL Serial Pak Internal or external header, pak case, Tandy Telecomm ROM or CoCoNet ROM None $FF68 – $FF6B
2GB MicroSD Drive Pak (aka Plug and Play Pak) Thousands of floppy disks and hard drive images possible in a little game-pak sized cartridge. 128mb-2gig MicroSD module $FF6C – $FF6F
USB Serial Pak uSB-CE5 USB to Serial Adaptor $FF68 or $FF6C Soon

One device that can plug directly into the 2×6 header is A7’s EB301 bluetooth module.  In fact, in a Deluxe Wireless Pak, the header and module are mounted inside the case. The other device to arrive soon is the 2 GIG memory module which will be used as a simultaneous Disk BASIC and OS-9 drive system.

All pak models use the 6551 ACIA to communicate with either a bluetooth radio module or 2 GIG MicroSD drive module. The image below shows an external style serial pak with an EB301 module plugged in.  A regular Wireless Pak would have this module inside the case.


The photos suggest that this is a SparkFun EB301 when it’s actually a product of the A7 corporation.


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