The 6659A is running on no more than 10 kilobytes of code, stored in 5 pcs 2716 EPROMs. These were programmed in 1984 – just about 30 years ago. Just in time to capture a copy. Well, not just of their exteriors.
Their contents –
-also contained are the data of the 4 frequency correction EPROMs.
Looking through the board, a very intriguing part: a DAC72C-CSB-I
It is a 16 bit DAC, 30 ppm INL, 7 ppm/K gain drift. Merely, a resistance ladder, with a build-in 6.3 V reference. Still going for about 40-50 USD each! Very impressive case, for 1984 vintage, and still working just fine, to the current day.
While silicon chips last, rubber is subject to aging – in particular, the 4 rubber stand-offs that were holding the fan. Removal was no easy task – they were glued in with some Loctite, but eventually, I could remove them, and they were replaced by regular screws – not too much vibration anyway.