From: Marko Mäkelä <>
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:09:51 +0300
Message-ID: <20140424060951.GB4064@x220>
Hi Ruud,

>I found a card that converts ??? to centronics. The text on it:
>VIC-20 IF BOARD by the firm FICOM, made in Finland.

Strange. FICOM nowadays is a union of ICT companies, acting as the 
counterpart of the labor union. The member companies are listed here:

Theoretically, it could be the same organization. Most of the members 
listed above are only selling services or importing foreign hardware, 
but Teleste is producing hardware, and it must have been an established 
brand (mainly for audio equipment in public buildings) already in the 

>The input is a 9-pins male D-connector. It isn't RS-232, some of it 
>pins lead directly to a 8255 and the outputs of a 7405 OC-buffer.
>Familiar to anyone?

Nope. I have not seen much Finnish hardware for the CBM. I would have 
expected any hardware to be produced by PCI-Data Oy (PET-Commodore Inc.) 
in Vaasa. They went bankrupt already in the late 1980s or early 1990s.  
One source is saying 1991. The official database at 
does not go back that far.


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