Calcomp 1039 plotter docs?

Erik Baigar erik at
Mon Oct 12 13:30:55 CDT 2015

Hi Simon,

just came accross, what might be helpful for you: I found
some pages with my spare 906 controller (unfortunatley not
working), listing the functions of the DIP switches. I scanned
them and you find them on my server in the specials section:

    Good luck,


On Mon, 5 Oct 2015, Erik Baigar wrote:

> Hi Simon,
> thanks for your email. I took the pictures on the weekend and loaded
> them onto my server - curious, whether you have got the same setup:
>> than that pictured in the user guide. I took some more picts of the pcb's 
>> in the machine. I will post them on our site later today.
> Great, I will check for your pictures and compare... I have got
> engineering drawings (i.e. schematics) only for the power supply,
> the logic board (sequencer) and the pen driver. Unfortunately the
> schematics for the OPC (online plotter controller?) are missing,
> i.e. exactly for the interesting PCB with the CPU there are no
> schematics at the moment  :-(
>> was loose inside the machine, and it seems ours is wired for current loop, 
>> looking at the settings decal on the inside of the backplate. How is yours 
>> wired?
> That looks very crowded as you can see and I do not know whether
> this is representative. I guess mine was used in some form of
> daisy chain setup but at least the levels are RS232. Yes - I have
> been able to plot data on my plotter, but the PCI/906 language
> the OPC uses is quite strange and the RS232 is not that easy as it
> is using hardware handshake and checks for all signals (RTS/CTS
> and DSR/DTR) I think.
>> I had to put away the calcomp for the time being as we had a fair 
>> yesterday.
> Yes, that is quite a heavy machine. Mine is stored at my parent's
> basement, so I only have access to the plotter and the documentation
> once a month...
> Best regards,
>   Erik.
>> On 03-10-15 20:18, Erik Baigar wrote:
>>> Hi Simon, Hello to the group,
>>> this weekend I went digging for the Calcomp 1038/1039 manual and
>>> if your plotter looks like this...
>>> ...I may have what you need. Drop me a note and I will try to
>>> scan the schematics next week and load them onto my web
>>> page. Did you make any progress with the plotter already?
>>>     Best regards,
>>>         Erik.
>>> P.S. My plotter is a 1038 which has been upgraded with the
>>> PCI/906 interface but it only has got a single pen holder. Does
>>> your plotter have got three colors?
>>> On Mon, 21 Sep 2015, Erik Baigar wrote:
>>>> Hi All,
>>>> the 1039 is an interesting plotter I have got a 1038/1039 as well:
>>>> There are two
>>>> big
>>>> PCBs inside - one is for the low level functions (essentally driving
>>>> the servos
>>>> and
>>>> drawing lines using TTL implemented Bresenham) the second one contains
>>>> the
>>>> computer (68xx based) which is handling the communication.
>>>> So for simply moving the pens with the arrow buttons, the computer PCB
>>>> may not
>>>> be
>>>> necessary. Have you tried this?
>>>> The computer PCB controls the LEDs and blinking may well indicate a
>>>> problem on
>>>> the computer PCB - I thinke I have got a set of documentation. But
>>>> unfortunately
>>>> it is
>>>> stored away, but surely I can do a search within the next four weeks
>>>> if there is
>>>> real interest. I even read out the bipolar PROMs of the processor card
>>>> for
>>>> safety
>>>> some years ago...
>>>>    Erik, erik at
>>>>> tony duell <ard at> hat am 20. September 2015 um 20:02
>>>>> geschrieben:
>>>>>> Hi All,
>>>>>> we have a 1039 in our space with the user guide, but without any
>>>>>> service
>>>>>> docs. Our specimen does not react to buttons except the reset and test
>>>>>> buttons. the four statusleds light up on a reset and after a second the
>>>>>> center two leds start blinking in sequence. paper and pens are
>>>>>> loaded as
>>>>>> per the user guide.
>>>>> Silly question... It doesn't happen to use 2114 RAMs does it? If so,
>>>>> check
>>>>> and/or
>>>>> replace them. I've foudn such RAM in printers/plotters from many
>>>>> manufacturers
>>>>> and perhaps 90%+ of electronic problems are caused by them.
>>>>> -tony
>> -- 
>> Met vriendelijke Groet,
>> Simon Claessen

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