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3-8 inch Shugart Comp. 
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VOL1 NO 3 

Published by Time Designs Magazine EGtT Ces s: Commer. rales. cee. es 2 
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Editor: Tim Woods 
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Contributors in this issue: 
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Bill Johnson 

Tim Woods 

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"Time. flies", everyoue says. 

I think they are absolutely right! 
Here we are, with issue number 3, 
and all of our staff at~Time Desicns 
can breathe one big unison sigh. 

It 's- another big issue... snd ont to 
you our readers on time. (I under- 
stand that a few of our friendly 
"Competitor" magazines are drastic- 
ally behind their deadlines now... 
some two to three months!?!) We 
will continue to be prompt as we 
possibly can, in getting an issue 
out 40 you every two. montns.._jast 
as we originally promised. 

Speaking of the other Timex/ 
Sinclair publications {one that. isn't 
late), I personally spoke with the 
Editor of "Syncware News" recently. 
He is none other than Thomas Bent 
of Columbia, Maryland. I incorrectly 
stated in issue number two that Tom 
Woods was the editor, when actually 
Mr. Woods is the publisher. With 
that behind, I would like to. say 
that Tom Bent is doing a good job 
with a magazine that caters to 
"electronic and technical applica- 
tions of-TS- Computers", with lots 
of info on. the 2581 for. 212 ae 


you ZX/TS fans (also some 2068 stuff). 


I want to thank all of our 
readers who sent letters and com- 
ments to us over the past few months. 
I tried to answer most of them per- 
sonally (except for just recently 
when we were all busy cutting and 
pasting together the magazine...I 
will eventually get to them all). 
From the sound of the correspondence 
that we have received, I would say 
that we are on the right track! You 
told us that Time Designs is the type 
of magazine that you want to have 
for your Timex/Sinclair. For just a 
few comments...I want to explain why 
your magazine comes to you packed in 
a Manila envelope. You might ask, 
"isn't that a little expensive?" 
(some readers did ask). Let me say 
this. It is worth every penney. Our 





Cditone Corner 


"actual cost per envelope is less than 


4¢. Many times, I have received a 
favorite magazine in the mail, when 
to my dismay, the cover was mutilated. 
I just don't trust the postal service. 
As long as we can afford it, you will 
receive your magazine in "perfect" 
condition. ..as-itresh as if st. jas 
rolled off the=press . 
Sometimes in past issues, we 
mentioned an upcoming feature that 
will appear in the next issue. Gen- 


erally,at the time they are being writ- 


ten or are still on the drawing board. 
We mention them, to give you an idea 
of what to expect from the next issue. 
We have not always provided. However, 
the features that we did include in 
their place were pretty nice..We try 
to atleast include the majority of 
the ones we mentioned. If you are 
looking for a particular one, have 
patience...it is eventually coming. 
We will try not to make "empty prom- 
Lses =. 

Finally; please check out> our 
expanded "Shopping Mart" section for 
this issue. There are a lot of great 
products and services for your micro, 
and at very fair prices too. With our 
present situation, our only means of 
obtaining quality merchandise for our 
TS Computers is by mail order (unless 
you are fortunate enough: to ‘live close 
to one of our celebrated vendors). 
Mail order shopping is not that bad 
at ait. It's very convenient, and 
most of our advertisers ship within 
24 hours. Think of our "Shopping Mart" 
section as a "shop-at-home experience", 
Please write to our advertisers for 
their catalogs, and when writing for 
info or making a purchase, please 
mention that you heard about it from 
Time Designs Magazine. I would really 
appreciate that very much. 

Things are really looking up! 
Until next time...keep on computing 
the "Sinclair way". 


Tim Woods/Editor 


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AERCO FD-68 DISK DRIVE INTERFACE 


The new Aerco FD-68 Disk Drive 
Interface system is available now. 
It is priced at $199 (interface alone), 
and will allow the user to select any 
Shugart drive, or:even less expensive 
ones...single or double-sided density, 
3 to 8 inch models, for their TS 2068 
Computer. Aerco also has available a 
compatible drive for $99 (optional 
double drive cabinent with 5 amp power 
pack is also $99). The FD-68 interface 
sports 64k RAM and 8k ROM onboard with 
bank-switching, and a RGB monitor out- 
put. The system will control up to four 
drives. In about a month, Aerco will be 
supporting their disk system with CP/M 
Software; the 2.2, which is the Kaypro/ 
Osborne version. For further details or 
ordering ino, contact Aerco, Box 18093, 
Austin, TX, 78760, or phone (512) 451- 
5874. 


Time Designs Magazine is currently 
making arrangements to do complete 
first-hand reviews of most of the mass 
storage devices that are mentioned in 
this issue. Watch for them in the 
future! 


A & J MODEL 2000 STRINGY FLOPPY 


A & J Micro Drive, 1050 "I" East 
Duane Ave., Sunnyvale, CA, 94086, has 
recently released their Model 2000 
Stringy Floppy System for the TS 2068. 
The Micro Drive unit and interface con- 
nect to the computer via and 18 inch 
bable. The drives use a very small con- 
tinuous loop tape cartridge called a 
"Micro Wafer". The wafers are available 
in varying lengths from 10 feet to 62 
feet, with the 62' storing up to 85k 
and reportedly loadable in 73 seconds. 
The Micro Drive uses familiar SAVE and 
LOAD commands, along with a flag symbol 
"@", and a file number corresponding to 
the order of programs on the wafer. 
Power for the unit is taken directly 
from the TS 2068s rear port (no extra 
transformer to clutter your work area). 
Housed in a compact and sturdy case, the 
Micro Drive System also has the cap- 
ability of a Centronics-type interface, 
with an optional EPROM and cable. The 
Model 2000 Stringy Floppy is priced 
at $199.50 plus $6.50 for shipping. This 
includes the interface, one drive, the 
users manual, 5 Micro Wafers, and a 
wafer organizer. A second drive can be 
purchased for a reduced price. The Model 
2000 is also available from several 
other TS Vendors. 


RAMEX OFFERS MILLENNIA K DISK 
INTERF ACE / PACKAGE 


Ramex International, is 
marketing a disk drive operating 
system for the Timex/Sinclair 2068 
called SP-DOS, which is reported 
to outperform comperable units 
from Commodore, Apple, and IBM. 

The SP-DOS system is contained in 
the Millennia K disk interface 

with it's optional drive #1. Ramex 
claims that it loads 32k per sec- 
ond, stores up to 820k per disk, 

and occupies only 4k RAM. It uses 
all of the Timex cassette and micro- 
drive commands, and other drives may 
be substituted for (or used with) 
drive #1. 

Scott Duncan, of Ramex, told 
Time Designs Magazine that (in re- 
gard to other available drive systems 
for the Timex), "it has two times the 
storage capacity, and two times the 
transfer rate...and it supports up 
to four drives." He also told us 
that, “we support sequential file 
access with the Millennia K. You 
can have an 800k unsegmented file. 
(The interface) is manufactured in 
Frazier, Michigan. it was originally 
designed to run on the Spectrum, 
and that model is receiving rave 
reviews right now in England." 

Scott mentioned that the soft- 
ware supplied with the Millenia K 
interface is on a quad-density disk. 
"Drive number one in the package 
deal is presently an MPI," he told 
us. As to availability? "Millenia K 
is available right now, although all 
of our first production has been sold 
out. We should have more stock in 
two weeks," Duncan reported. 

The Millennia K interface alone 
is priced at $200. The package which 
includes interface, drive #1, case, 
P/S, and cables...sells for $450 
(plus $5 for shipping and handling). 
for the time present, orders are on 


a first come, first served basis. 
Ramex is also supporting the in- 
terface with profession disk soft- 
ware including: Tasword II, Master- 
file, Omnicalc II, and some pro- 
gramming languages. 

Ramex International, Ltd., 
48945 Van Dyke Road, Utica, Michigan, 
48087. Phone (313) 463-1795, or for 
credit card orders, use (313) 731- 
2163. 


TELECOMMUNICATIONS 


Barry Carter, PO Box 614, Warren, 
Michigan, 48090, is offering a 30 
page manual for the Westridge MTERM II 
Software. It is entitled "T/S Smart 
Terminal Telecommunications". The 
manual is priced at $5.00. 


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Anchor Automation, the manufac- 
turer of the Westridge 2050 Modem, and 
the MTERM II Software, have an addendum 
to their MTERM II Manual. You can get 
a copy by calling (818) 997-7758, and 
requesting the up-date. 

Mountaineer Software, 115 N 7th 
Ave., Paden City, WV, 26159, has 
several goodies for T/S Telecommun- 
ications. Either they are already 
available, or are presently in the works. 
This includes: "“Letteriter/Bufferiter", 
a utility program to be used in con- 
junction with MTERM II, also a ver- 
sion of MTERM II for the TS 1000, and 
a small-scale BBBS program for T/S 
computers. 

Glen D.(Dave) Clifford reported 
that there are two very active Timex- 
related BBS in the Los Angeles area. 
They are the "Average Remote Bulletin 
Board System" (213) 325-0213, and "The 
Unknown BBS" (213) 329-4603. He also 
reported that there are six other BBS 
in L.A. that have interesting items 
for Timex Users. 


ZX81 


In Britain, die hard ZX81 fans 
are displeased with the declining 
support they are receiving for their 
machines. For months now, hardware 
and software has been slowly disappear- 
ing from store shelves, as retailers 
complain of poor sales. Although the 
ZX81 is in for some rough times, there 
is still plenty of support and info 
in print. This includes a multitude of 
books, and at least five magazines that 
devote some space each month. 

One bright spot is a company that 
has recently released two high-res 
graphics arcade games for the ZX81... 
Software Farm, 155 Whitwladies Road, 
Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2RF, England. 

The screen displays are nearly identical 
to similar games for the ZX Spectrum. 
"Forty Niner", Software Farm's first 
high-res program has been very success- 
ful, followed by the latest release 
“Rocket Man", a platform-style game. 
There are also additional hi-res pro- 
grams forth-coming in the months ahead, 
including an alien-zapping game called 
"Z-Xtricator". These new high-resolu- 
tion titles are the result of some 
pretty fancy programming techniques. 

We may be seeing more of this type of 
program in the future. Some Vendors 
have begun stocking the Software Farm 
line here in the U.S. for the TS 1000. 


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KNIGHTED COMPUTERS OBTAIN QUICKSILVA 
SOFTWARE RIGHTS 


In our last issue, we reported 
that Quicksilva, Inc. of San Antonio, 
Texas, the British software vendor, 
was going to sell their licensing 
rights for their TS 2068 programs. 
Well, the deal has been struck with 
Knighted Computers of Fulton, New 
York, who has not only acquired the 
licensing rights for the eight pre- 
viously marketed Quicksilva programs 
for the TS 2068, but also 13 additional 
titles never before released in the U.S. 
for this computer. 

Ray Payne, of Knighted Computers, 
told Time Designs Magazine, that the 
new titles included: Trader, Lazer Zone, 
Snowman, Aquaplane, Velnor's Lair, 
Gridrunner (like Centepede), Trax, 
Ghostown, Island, Lost, Star Fire, 
Robber, and Quetzalcotal (which Ray 
says is a fantastic game). He also 
told us that these programs aren't 
just copies of Spectrum programs... 
but genuine TS 2068 versions, with 
several of them featuring joystick 
control (like Aquaplane). You also 
won't need a Spectrum Emulator to run 
them. 

Meanwhile, Quicksilva will con- 
tinue to offer their programs for the 
48k ZX Spectrum. Either direct from 
them, or from a dealer. For information 
on the TS 2068 programs, write to: 
Knighted Computers, 707 Highland St., 
Fulton, NY, 13069. 


NEW BUYERS GUIDE FROM D. LIPINSKI S/W 


"D. Lipinski Software Buyers Guide 
To Sinclair-Timex Products And Services" 
is available now. The guide contains 
over 800 software titles, 100 book 
titles, 100 hardware items and num- 
erous services including publication 
lists for all Sinclair and Timex Com- 
puters. Over 1000 possible suppliers 
were invited to supply descriptions 
of their products or services. The 
first 120 suppliers to answer are in- 
cluded in the initial release, and 
others are expected to be in the up- 
date (no additional charge for the 
first update). The guide is set ina 
three ring hard binder with an index. 
Price: $20.00 ppd. in U.S. and Canada. 


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MISC. 


Ace Software, 2 East Oak Ave., 
Moorestown, NJ, 08057, has two finan- 
cial programs: "Payoff" and "Payout", 
for the TS 1000/1500 and also for the 
TS 2068. The programs are $14.95 each 
(on cassette with instructions). Specify 
which computer when ordering. 

Pleasantrees Programming, PO Box 
2034, Mesa, AZ, 85204, has a new catalog 
packed with new items for the TS 2068, 
including software, floppy drives and 
interface. Write for your free copy, by 
sending a legal size S.A.S.E. Pleasan- 
trees has a program that can be merged 
with JRC Software's "Compass Compiler/ 
Assembler" (reviewed in Jan/Feb issue 
of T.D.M.). It is entitled "Complement", 
and adds some new commands and functions 
to "Compass". Both programs are offered 
together as a package for $27.95. 

Macshak Software, 73-312 Ironwood 
St., Palm Desert, CA, 92260, has re- 
leased two new programs for the TS 2068 
on cassette. They are "Casino Keno", 
the ticket casino game, and “Investcalc", 
a personal finance management program. 
Price: $19.95 each (plus $2.00 postage 
and handling). 

A National T/S Users Club? That is 
what T.S. Services, PO Box 15214, Red 
Bank, TN, 37415-0214, is offering with 
their "National T.S. Users Network". 

For $30 a year, you will receive a 
monthly newsletter, a guidebook of T/S 
products with occaisonal updates, and 
10% discount on products (software, 
books and supplies) ordered from T.S. 
Services. Ideal for T/S Users who do 
not have access to an established user 
group. 

Executive Workshop, 7420 SE Wood- 
stock, Portland, OR, 97206, is having 
a contest. From now until Jan 1, 1986, 
for each copy of their "Straits Of Hor- 
muz" game that is sold, $1.00 will go 
into a pot. The highest verified score 
achieved by Jan 1, 1986 will get the 
whole pot. In case of a tie, the award 
will go to the earliest entry. "Straits 


Of Hormuz" is priced at $19.95 (on 
cassette), for the TS 2068. It is a 
“thinking” type game (reviewed in the 


Jan/Feb issue of T.D.M.). Get your copy 
from the address above, and get scoring! 

Doug Dewey of “Enter Lengua", 206 
James St., Carrboro, NC, 27510, has 
just completed the designing of a Tas- 
man compatible RGB/SOUND IN/OUT In- 
terface board. Along with the RGB out- 
put, you can also access all of the 
tone generator outputs and route them 
to an external amplifier. Write to Doug 
for prices and availability. 


Zebra Systems Inc., 78-06 Jamaica 
Ave., Woodhaven, NY, 11421, are offer- 
ing a Graphics Tablet for the TS 2068. 
It is a complete package including the 
tablet (manufactured by, Koala), inter- 
face and cassette software. The system 
is priced at $119.95 plus $3.00 for 
shipping. Included is a 32 page owners [ 
manual and a 90-day limited warranty. 

Jerryco Inc., 601 Linden Place, 
Evanston, Illinois, 60202, is selling 
off the back-stock of TI 994/A complete 
keyboard assemblies for $5.75 each. 

Some TS applications may be possible. 
Write for availability. 

Timex of Portugal has released a 
disk drive system for the Sinclair Spec- 
trum. The system is called "FDD" and 
uses the small 3" size disks. It also 
includes two RS232 ports, is capable 
of using a memory card and running 
CP/M Software...with its own Z80 
processor on board. Right now, the 
Timex (yes, the infamous computer/wrist 
watch company that we all know so very 
well) system is available in England 
for approx. 255. We have spoken to a 
Timex|Sinclair Vendor here in the States, 
that is currently negotiating a possible 
exclusive distribution here in the U.S. 

(with an interface for the TS 2068). 
More details later. 

For additional news on Spectrum/ 
2068 items, please see our "Spectrum- 
wares" section in this issue. 


LATE BREAKING NEWS 


Thomas B. Woods’ manual for the 
Pro/File 2068 is here! And what a 
manual it is! (Over a year in the 
making.) Great job Tom, very nice 
appearance, information-packed, with 
143 pages. The Pro/File 2068 data 
organizer software and manual is 
available for $29.95 from PO Box 64, 
Jefferson, NH, 03583. Time Designs 
Magazine will have a complete review 
of the program and manual in the May/ 
June 85 issue. 


Mary Reinman of Sinclair Re- ) 
search (U.S. Operations), Boston, 
MA, reported that a decision has 
been made not to bring the Spec- 
trum Plus to the U.S. Also, no ; 
word yet on the QL...it was hinted 
that there possibly could be some 
substantial news of it, by our 
next issue. We will see. 





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WHAT WILL THE 


Dave Higginbottom is no or- 
dinary 35 year old Southern Cal- 
ifornia body shop owner. Early 
last year, he took on an enormous 
challenge...to try and buy the 
computer manufacturing and market- 
ing rights from Timex. A personal 
project that has been both time 
consuming and financially draining. 

The Higginbottom story has 
been circulating around for some 
time now in the Timex/Sinclair 
Users circles, and printed in just 
about every newsletter. It has 
given TS Users (especially 2068 
owners) a remote sense of hope for 
the future. When I talked to Dave 
on the phone recently, he told me, 
"when I first proposed my plan, I 
had hoped to keep the interest in 
TS Computers alive (after the Timex 
announcement)...and if this turns 
out to be the only result, I'1l 
feel that it's been worth it." 

High level business dealings 
are in no way a new setting for 
Dave Higginbottom. A few years ago, 
he and a couple associates formed 
Magnum Industries, for the purpose 
of developing and marketing an 
original electric car design. Dave, 
dressed in a three-piece suit, 
aggressively tried to sell the idea 


to financers and potential customers. 


This same fervor, is still very 


evident today, in the Timex dealings. 


As a devoted father, Dave 
Higginbottom bought his first com- 
puter with his family in mind. It 
was a Timex Sinclair 1000 that he 
found for $35 at a local department 
store. After some reluctance about 
the machines usefulness, and some 
self-experimentation, he eventually 
came to the conclusion that, "I 
liked it!" Later, when the first 
TS 2068 reached the market, he went 
out and bought one of those also. 
Some ideas began clicking in his 
mind, and soon he had worked up 
some plans of selling a system 
package featuring the 2068 as the 
basis of it. This was almost an 
extension of the old Magnum In- 
dustries days. This is also where 
Dave came into contact with the 
less-than-optimum marketing struc- 
ture of the Timex Computer Corp. 
Like the time he tried to obtain 
some computers from the Timex sales 
rep., and found that the same conm- 
puter was available for much less 
from a local discount store. He had 
just lined up a deal with an or- 
ganization in Los Angeles, to buy 


MEETS 


DAVE HIGGINBOTTOM 


END .RESHET = BEA? 


by Tim Woods 


quite a few of the TS 2068 systems, 
when the bad news from Timex was 
aired. He then had to go back to 

his customers and tell then, "you 
know those computers that you really 
liked? Well, they just quit making 
them." 

Then it began. Mostly out of 
curiosity. Dave called up Timex, 
and asked them, "who was going to 
take over the marketing rights to 
their computers?" They replied, 

"no one." Dave then told them that 
he was interested in obtaining the 
rights. Timex responded by asking, 
"are you sure you want to do that 
Dave?" At this point, he was sure. 
From here, he went on to form a 
small legal corporation called 
Trinity Magnum. He contacted some 
57 Timex/Sinclair third-party 
vendors that had stuck it out, 

and asked for a pledge in support 
of his proposal. He devised a very 
detailed plan on how he would sell 
the computers. Then he went back 
to Timex with his Research and in- 
formation. 

I asked Dave in our phone 
conversation, if at any time, Timex 
appeared to be sorry for departing 
from the computer market? (I guess 
half-heartedly hoping to hear that 
they were tearfully repentant.) 
Dave told me, "yes and no. There 
was one (un-named) person that told 


me...that if I had only brought my 
information on support and marketing 
plans to them a couple of weeks be- 
fore the announcement, they probably 
would have reconsidered...but they 
had also lost a few dollars over 
their computers." 

Perhaps the most interesting 
part of the Higginbottom story, is 
the flair in which Dave will approach 
the market with his computers, when 
and if he does finalize a deal with 
Timex. You probably thought what 
Timex had planned for the TS 2068 
was appealing. But wait until you 
hear what Dave Higginbottom has in 
store. 

First, a network of franchise- 
Style, owner-operated retail outlets, 
would be established called "Little 
Computer Stores." Each store owner 
would have certain voting priv- 
ileges in Trinity Magnum, and would 
in fact be a form of a partnership. 
Dave told me that he currently has 
100 individuals that want "Little 
Computer Stores." 

Then the Timex/Sinclair 2068 
would be re-named the TimeStar 2068. 
"The TimeStar would be our companies 


over-all generic computer," Dave 
said. "Actually, there will be four 
different models, all based on the 
2068." One of the other models would 
be an entry level business computer 
called the "'TimePro." It is proposed 
to have a professional keyboard with 
a total of 96 keys, including 15 
function keys. "A semi-colon would 
be where it is supposed to be," re- 
ported Dave. The TimePro, along with 
all four models will use the ex- 
tended Sinclair Basic that is very 
familiar to TS 2068 Users, and the 
one-touch keyword entry system. 

Along with the TimeStar computer 
line, each "Little Computer Store" 
would feature a variety of hardware 
and software support. "What would 
you think of 2,000 to 3,000 software 
titles in each store?" Dave asked. 
He went on to tell me that each 
store would be specially liscensed 
to procure the software, and re- 
produce it in the store, on several 
different formats, including disk, 
cassette, waffer, or ROM cartridge. 
This would greatly reduce the cost 
of maintaining a large volume of 
stock on hand. Also sophisticated 
programming languages like Forth, 
C, and Pascal would be offered on 
ROM pack Cartridges. CP/M Software 
is also slated for a cartridge. 

Dave also asked me, “how 
would you like to be able to run 
all of Commodore's software on the 
TimeStar?...It's possible with an 
interface and using Commodore's 
disk drive and disk software. There 
is a company right now that has 
an interface that allows you to do 
this with the 2068.'' He also added, 
"most people are afraid to buy a 
computer because it might become 
obsolete. With what we are proposing 
for the TimeStar...it will be known 
as the timeless little computer." 

At the last report, Dave told 
me that negotiations with Timex 
were still "hot." There was a ten- 
tative closing date of December 31, 
but that has been extended somewhat. 
The obvious obstacle for Dave Higgin- 
bottom, is coming up with the capital, 
and that amounts to nearly 22 million! 
This includes the possible acqui- 
sition of a floppy disk drive con- 
pany in California, along with it's 
Singapore manufacturing facility. 

Dave has a lending group going 
over the financing at present, and 
has prepared a 200 page document 
detailing his plans to support his 
loan request. He has gathered to- 
gether an entourage of personnel to 
assist him with the project. "I've 
brought together some of the best 
experts in all the areas (lawyers, 
programmers, engineers, marketing 
specialists, ect.),'" Dave told me. 

I asked Dave, if anyone has 
ever called him "mad"? He replied 
by saying, "crazy is probably the 


better word. I get used to that... 
I will say this though. No one has 
ever been able to spend more than 
ten minutes with me (discussing 

the proposals)...and shoot my ideas 





down. I'm not afraid of pot shots." 
And Dave is right. I must confess, 
that I had previously had some pre- 
determined skepticism, but after 
spending well over and hour on the 
phone with him, listening to all 
the details...he soon had even me 
believing. I guess it must be Dave's 
enthusiasm and sincerety. I could 
tell that he has related his ideas 
perhaps several hundred times. It 
would take several more magazine 
pages to mention everything that 

he told me about his dealings with 
Timex. 

Finally I asked Dave, what he 
would like to see occur in the next 
few weeks ahead? He replied by say- 
ing, "I want to get my loan!" We 
at Time Designs Magazine hope you 
do so Dave. But whatever the end 
result may be, we wish you the best 
of luck. We also have to say "thank 
you" for sticking up for all the 
dedicated Timex/Sinclair enthusiasts 


out there. 


micro muse 





FORE AND NEXT 


by: P. Bingham 


“Personal Computers?" It seemed far-fetched. 
We viewed in awe technology's stretch. 
ENTER THE DEALERS: (with mottos iced) 
“Computing Power...but at a price.” 


Our british uncle balked and said, 
"Z-X-eighty for you instead." 

Computers by mail? "They must be hexed!" 
Qur Z-X-eighty-one was next. 


Like hot cakes running low on syrup, 
Timex climbed up in the stirrups. 
“We'll sell two million, maybe more!" 
1000s sold in every store. 


The market bucked, the market kicked. 
"After this licking will Timex tick?" © 
And can the Spectrum reach the gate? 
Is it?...It is!...*the Sixty-eight.” 


Sales were brisk, though still in hiding. 
(Timex continued right on sliding. ) 

TI's door-slam made us swallow. 

“Where might we be left to wallow?" 


Tomorrow brought unwelcome news: 
"You've just contracted the Timex Blues. 
Syne is sunk, the rumors riz, 

I wonder where the info is?" 


Amid the flurry ensigns rise.... 

"We're not alone; we've still some ties!* 
Unsheived 'sixty-eights were humming. 
Software titles were slowly coming. 


Along came someone who made a "switch" 
and saved yet more from being ditched. 
Wizard disciples of uncle Clive's 

unveiled the latest: REAL-LIVE-DRIVES! 


Indeed not dead, not even dying, 

our proud crowd keeps skyward flying. 
And shepherd Clive asks of his sheep, 
“Are you now ready for Quantum Leap?" 


(Thanks to Paul Bingham of Pleasantrees 
Programming for sharing one of his many 
talents with us.) 














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Ist ANNUAL NORTH AMERICAN 
TIMEX / SINCLAIR USERS GROUP DIRECTORY 








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Welcome to our First Annual T/S Users Group Directory. We know that we probably 
have not inluded every group that does exist...but we did try. While compiling 
the list, we double checked to see that the groups mentioned are still around. 
If you do not see your group in our listing...don't feel bad, just send us the 
information, and we will print it in a future issue as an up-date. Hope this 
listing will help bring some new users in contact with your group. 


ARIZONA 


Sinclair Users Group of Phoenix 
821 W. Marshall Ave. 

Phoenix, AZ. 85013 

contact: Moosa Marfia 


CALIFORNIA 


Bakersfield Timex Users Group 
2617 Anza St. 

Bakersfield, CA. 93305-3109 
contact: Don Stewart 


East Bay 280 User Group 
654 40th Street 
Richmond, CA. 94805 
contact: Joel Brody 


Peninsula Users Group 

263 Gateway No. 107 
Pacifica, CA. 94044 
contact: George Mockridge 


Silicon Valley Sinclair/Timex 
Users Group 

P.O. Box 4133 

Santa Clara, CA. 95054- 0133 
contact: Rita Carr 


San Diego Timex/Sinclair 
Users Group 

809 Oaklawn Ave. 

Chula Vista, CA. 92011 
contact: George Luhrs 


Sacramento Timex/Sinclair 
Users Group 

3655 Sunset Blvd. #42 
Rocklin, CA. 95677 


South Bay Computer Club 
2316 Walnut Ave. 

Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 
contact: John W. Peterson 


West Los Angeles ZX81 Users Group 


P.O. Box 34545 
Los Angeles, CA 90034 
contact: Dr. George Kuby 


Timex ZX80 Users Group 
1624 Loughborough 
Merced , CA 95340 


ZX81/TS 1000 Users 
P.O. Box 2411 
Vista, CA 92083 


COLORADO 


Timex/Sinclair Users Group 
Mile High Chapter 

914 S. Victor Way 

Aurora, CO. 80012 
contact: Jeff Brothers 


CONNECTICUT 


New Haven Sinclair Study Group 
16 Lewis St. 

New Haven, CT 06501 
contact: Chris Baldwin 


Sinclair/Timex Users Group 
1070 S. Colony Rd. 
Wallingford, CT 06492 
contact: Carol Doyle 


FLORIDA 


Gainesville Timex Users Group 
c/o 3708 Newberry Rd. 
Gainesville, FL. 32607 
contact: Joe Williamson 


Tampa And Suncoast Bay Area 


Microcomputer Users Group, Inc. 


P.O. Box 644 
Safety Harbor, FL Son F2 
contact: Mel Nathanson 


Sinclair/Timex Southeast 
Region Club 

869 Levitt Parkway 
Rockledge, FL $2955 
contact: Ralph Coletti 


North East Florida 
Timex/Sinclair Users Group 
1707 King St. 
Jacksonville, FL 32204 
contact: John Duhn 


South Florida ZX Users Group 
P.O. Box 057381 
West Palm Beach, FL 33405 


ZX Timex Group 
950 Cynthia Dr. 
Titusville, FL 32780 


GEORGIA 


Timex User Group of 
Marietta, Georgia 

3105 Mary Dr. N.E. 
Marietta, GA 30066 
contact: Hubert Crowell 


ILLINOIS 


Circle Chess Timex User Group 
Box 63 

Des Plamies, IL 60017 
contact: A.F. Stanonis 


7 


Sinclair Users Network 
2170 Oak Brook Circle 
Palatine, IL 60067 

contact: Diana Wright 


ZX80 Starter Kit User's Group 
6000 Puffer Rd. 
Downers Grove, IL 60516 


KENTUCKY 


Portsmouth Timex/Sinclair 
Users Group 

HC 63 Box 650 

Greenup, KY 4144 
contact: John Marion 


MARYLAND 


Capitol Area Timex/Sinclair 
Users Group 

P.@. Box.725 

Bladensburg, MD 20710 
contact: Jules Gesang 


Westinghouse ZX80/1 
Users Club 

Mail Stop 3525 
Westinghouse 

P.O; Boxet524 
Baltimore, MD 21203 
contact: Jack Fogarty 


MASSACHUSETTS 


Timex/Sinclair Users Group 

of the Boston Cumputer Society 
One Center Plaza 

Boston, Ma 02108 

contact: Sue Mahoney 


Boston Area Timex/Sinclair 
Users Group 


4 ox Road 
Billerica, MA 01820 
contact: Rick Heiser 


Mitre Bedford Timex/Sinclair 
Computer Club 

Mitre Corp. 

John Kemeny 

Bedford, MA 01730 





MISSOURI 


Kansas City Timex/Sinclair 
Users Group 

4701 N.W. Linden Road 
Kansas City, MO 

contact: Carl Mutch 


Joplin Sinclair Users Group 
P.O: -Boxe222 24 
Joplin, MO 64803 


NEBRASKA 


Sinclair Users Network 
4903 Walder 

Lincoln, NE 68504 
contact: Patrick Murphy 


NEVADA 


Timex/Sinclair User Group 
Of Las Vegas 

2405 Howard Dr. 

Las Vegas, NV 89104 


NEW JERSEY 


Morris County Timex Users Group 
6 Forest Ct. 

Morris Plains, NF 07950 
contact: Larry Spencer 


NEW MEXICO 


Timex/Sinclair Amateur Radio 
Users Group 
2025 O'Donnell Dr. 


Las Cruces, NM 88003 
contact: Alex Burr 
NEW YORK 


ZX Users Group of New York 
Box 560 Wall St. 

New York, NY 10065 
contact: George Coronado 


Long Island Sinclair/Timex Group 
P.O. Box 438 

Centerport, NY 11721-0438 
contact: Paul Donnelly 


Sinclair Computer Users Society 
P.O. Box 523 

Owego, NY 13827 

Contact: Gary Ennis 


NORTH CAROLINA 


Triangle Sinclar Users Group 
206 James Street 

Carrboro, NC 27510 
contact: Doug Dewey 


Timex Users Group 
Rt. 3 Box 64E 
Robinsville, NC 28771 








OHIO 


Dayton Micro-Computer Assocciation 
2629 Ridge Ave. 
Dayton, OH 45414 


Timex Portsmouth, 
Ohio.Region Timex/Sinclair 
Users Group 

2002 Summit St. 
Portsmouth, OH 45662 


Timex/Sinclair Users Group 
of Cincinnati 

11 Funston Ln. 

Cincinnati, OH 45218 
contact: Rick Jhonson 


OKLAHOMA 


Timex/Sinclair Users Group 
P.O. Box 372 

Oologh, OK 74053 
contact: Bill Casebeer 


OREGON 


Clackamas County Area 
Timex/Sinclair Users Group 
1419 4 7th Street 

Oregon City, OR. 97045 
contact: Rod Gowen 


Portland Area Timex/Sinclair 
Users Group 

6854 N.E. Multnomah 
Portland, Ore. 97213 
contact: Kevin Fowler 


PENNSYLVANIA 


Central Penn. Timex/Sinclair 
Users Group 

RD 1, Box 539 

Centre Hall, PA 16828 
contact: Bill Russell 


RHODE ISLAND 


Ocean State Timex/Sinclair 
User Group 

1S Kidburn Ct? 

Newport, RI 02840 
contact: Bob Dyl 


TENNESSEE 


Timex Users Group 
1501-B Comptan Ave. 
Nashville, TN 37212 


TEXAS 


Ft. Worth Timex/Sinclair 
Users Group 

The Haystack Apartments. #406 
8300 Calmont 

Ft. Worth, Tx 76116 
contact: Tim Ward 


Dallas Timex User Group 
2624 E. Park Blvd. 
Plano, TX 78074 
contact: Julie Barrett 


Houston - West 
Timex/Sinclair Users Group 
13327 Rain Lily Lane 
Houston, TX 77083 
contact: David C. Bonner 


San Antonio. Timex/Sinclair r 
User Group 

414 W. Elsmere , 

San Antonio, TX 78212 

contact: Jim Houston 


Abilene Timex/Sinclair User Group 
609 E.N. 18th 


Abilene, TX 79601 
contact: Chris Nystrom 
VIRGINIA 


Hampton Roads Timex/Sinclair 
Users Group 

146 Hawthorne Dr. 

Newport News, VA 23602 
contact: Jim Langston 


Roanoke Area Timex Users Group 
P.O. Box 1165 

Roanoke, VA 24011 

contact: Richard McGlothlin 


SLUG 

Route 1, Box 21 

Glade Hill, VA 24092 
contact: Gary S. Preston II 


WASHINGTON 


Seattle Area Timex User Group 
Apt. 350 

3501-88 Ave S.E. 

Mercer Island, WA 98040 
contact: Jim Hood 


WISCONSIN 


SMUG 

P.O. Box 101 

Butler, WI 53007 

contact: Judith Frohboese 


CANADA 


Timex/Sinclair Users Group 
of Vancouver 

#108-1205 Johnson St. 
Coquitlam, B.C. 

Canada V3B 6E6 

contact: John Brohman 


Victoria Sync Association 

942 Cloverdale Ave 

Victoria, B.C. id 
Canada V8X 2T6 


Toronto Timex/Sinclair 
Users Club 

P.O. Box 7274, Station A 
Toronto, Ontario 

Canada MSW 1X9 


Vimont Laval Users 
125 DePiemont 2 
Vimont Laval 

Canada H7M 1B7 


ZX81 User Club 

95 Wayne Ave 
Scarborough, Ontario 
Canada MIR 1Y6 





FOR THE TIMEX/SINCLAIR 2068 
Entering a 


By Dennis Jurries 


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This subroutine will allow the 
user to enter up to 277 characters 
into machine code and recover them 
at will. The routine consists of 


four parts. The first part is the 
machine code loader program. 


RUN the above program then 
DELETE it. The second part consists 
of six lines that allow the text you 
input into machine code, to be re- 
covered. 









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The third part of the routine 
allows the user to put text into 
machine code. Once the user puts 
the text in and tests it, then this 
part may be deleted. 


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The above is set up to print 
on the 24th line. Several different 
messages can be run if you add a line, 
45 CLS. If you wish to print text 
from the top of the page, then POKE 
55502,2. To change back to the 24th 
line, POKE 55502,0. 

The following is the OP CODE 
for the machine code routine, that 
was entered in part one above. This 
is the fourth part of the subroutine. 









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To save the machine code routine, 
type SAVE "mssg" CODE 55224,350. 


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Many of you have discovered 
the ZX81 Computer does not have 
the DATA and READ commands in its 
vocabulary. These commands are the 
backbone of BASIC programming. You 
may have been unable to enter many 
programs written for other con- 
puters since you did not have the 
power of DATA and READ. The fol- 
lowing only applies to the TS 
1000, TS 1500 and Sine leis 7482; 
The TS 2068 uses the DATA-and 
READ commands. 

First, let's define the con- 
mands: 

DATA- The DATA statement is 

a piace te-store Vaives.. 

Each value is seperated by 

a comma. The values entered 

into a DATA statement can be 

alphanumeric in nature. 


READ- The READ statement in- 

puts the values from the 

DATA statements, into var- 

iables defined in the pro- 

gram. 

Ax “Gxamplé of -the use -of 
these commands follows: 


mart FCS) 

16 FUR 1=1 T0 5 
24 READ Aol os 

38 HEAT 1 

44 DATH 1.2.3,.4.5 
146 FOUR 1l=1 JU 3 
116 PRIWT Ae lo 
126 HEXT | 


The above program would feed 
the values of the DATA statements 
to the variable A(I). After run- 
ning this program, the values of 
AC lL): would-tre-4 52, 34 -=andS: 

So how can the DATA/READ 
routine be used on your TS? 

The easiest way to explain 
is with an example. The program 
that follows will accomplish the 
same as the program above. 

















DATA/ READ 


on a TS 1000 OOO 


by Bill Johnson 


1@ LET AS="1,2,3.4,5," 
28 DIM ACS) 
a LET x= 

LET Y=1 

FOR 1=1 10 LEN Ag 

IF AS Lo="." THEN LET xex+1 
IF HCL 0="." HEN LET AC#2= 
$0 TO L-1) 

IF AS. 1 0="." THEN LET ‘f=l+1 
HEXT 1 

FOR l=1 10 = 
PRINT Alo 
NEXT I 


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The lines 160 te: 120: sinply 
show you the results, they are 
not needed. We will now go line 
by line. 

LINE 10: Acts like a DATA 
statement. You store your values 
here. It is important to end this 
statement with a"," or the last 
value will not be input. 

EINE 20 to 40: These iines 
set various variables. 

EENE 50s TRi1s Tiné sets. a 
loop the length of A$. In this 
case. thetrienetnh’ is: 10% 

LINE 60 “to 80: These» lines 
ali ask the: question; ‘is >the 
next item in A$ a",", The comma 
is used to seperate each value. 
If a comma is found, line 60 
increments xX by... X45 160-75 
set The“value-Gr a, ene Tetter oF 
the variable beings read, 

LINE: 70: Stores’ the valve into the 
variable A. Line 80 increménts Y, 
which is the starting place for 
the next value. 

As you can see the above 
program accomplishes the same as 
the DATA/READ commands. The above 
routine can also be: used to read 
in ALPHA values, as follows: 


10 


This program works the same 


16 LET H$="H- BULLE," way aS our previous program. One 
ras) biM BS.) limitation is that you can not 
36 LET A= use the "," character in your 
413 1 S:) Seer see values, or the program will con- 
36 FOR [=1 TU LEN HS sider this a stop point. 
60 IF Hse Lost,” THEN LE} “e441 The above routines can be 
_ 6 IF M$. [os 2" THEN LEI bein. used to read values for various 
ae ue ee a irr Pen eer ar variables at the same time. For 
‘, been 2 ea 

sae example, you may have a DATA 


c FEW Statement :.274,4,P .o56,4%;.),,9,6. 
106 FOR I=1 0 9 You can read the values by conm- 
116 PRINT BS. 1) bining the methods used above. 

126 NEAT 1 I will leave this for you to do. 


Bikk Johnson 4& the presrdent of WMI DATA SYSTEMS, 4 Butterfly Dr., Hauppauge, 
NY, 11788. He also writes (and publishes) the Quarters newsletter, and also 
writes f£0r Computer Trader Magazine. 


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3. LET <= Bill Gunter of Sacramento, CA shares 
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9 CLS 


this issue. It is a program which will 
10 PRINT “AMOUNT? "5 compare the costs of home loans. If the 
29 INPUT A user enters them AMOUNT of the loan, 

30 PRINT A the number of YEARS for the loan, the 
40 PRINT “YEARS? "3 INTEREST rate on the loan and the number 
SO INPUT Y of pay PERIODS per year (usually 12), 
60 PRINT ¥Y the computer will furnish the monthly 
70 PRINT “INTEREST? "; payment and the total cost of the loan 
gO INPUT I over the entire period of the loan. Two 
90 PRINT 1 such calculations can be displayed on 
100 PRINT "PERIODS? "3 one screen which makes it easy to com- 
1i0 INPUT PER pare loans in terms of varying time 

12C PRINT PER periods, ect. Users should know that 
130 LET I=I/PER/100 the "A' symbol in line 150 is the sym- 


140 "ET N=PER#Y bol shifted "'H" on the keyboard. 
150 LET P=AKRITECLI+ID SN/ (CL +T) *N-21) 


160 PRINT "MONTHLY PAYMENT="3 INT (LOO¥F+.5)/10¢ 
165 LET T= INT (1008P4+.5) 7/199 

170 PRINT 

{175 PRINT "TOTAL COST OF LOAN="3T*¥Y*PER 

180 LET 2=Z+1 

195 PRINT 

200 PRINT "3EBREBEHBHHHHEHHHEHBEHHHHHHHHHHEE " 

205 IF 2=2.THEN GO TO 230 

210 PRINT 

220 GO TO 10 

230 PRINT AT 20,5;"PRESS "3; FLASH 13 "C"3 FLASH 03" TO CONTINUE" 
240 IF INKEYS ="C"* OR INKEY® ="c" THEN GO TO S$ 
250 GO TO 240 


After using "Firstloader" 
for>quite-some-time,—1 felt. that 
there was nothing that could be 
improved upon in programs that 
convert TS 1000 programs to the 
TS 2068. I was mistaken. In using 
"Firstloader", I found that my 
computer/recorder combination 
was one of those that required 
a load filter to work. With this 
"Basload" program I did not need 
a -boad, £1 ter. 

The program consists of a 
BASIC portion, and: of course, <a 
Machine Code portion. The load- 
ing lines are more distinctive 
in the "Basload" program, and 
the acceptable volume settings 
are a little more broad. This 
program is supposed to also be 
able to convert variable data 
along with the BASIC program 
from the TS.1000to> the. TS: 2068. 
However, I had no program of that 
kind. to test 1t on, so 1 can not 
verify this. One item bothered 
me somewhat about this program. 
The BASIC portion of the program 
is over-written when a program 
is converted. This makes it a 
little awkward to save the con- 
verted program (press NEW and 
Start converting another program), 
but not impossible. 

This is probably the best 
program on the market to convert 
your BASIC TS 1000 programs. 

"Basload" sells for $19.95, 
and is available directly from 
the author: Walter;Ea Styles ~ PO 
Box 325> Chestet,- VA, 238351, “or 
also from Ramex International, 
Sharp's, and Curry Computer. 


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Here is a listing: 


1. Program Name Reader 16. Logo 

2. Loading Tip 17, Parn 

3. Flash 18. 68 Lines 

4. Bonus 19. Flower 

5S. Wind 20. Etchsketch 
6. 3D Plane 21. Speed Lander 
7... SelfLast 22. Dodge 

8. Character Set Bandana 23. Keygame 

9. 1K Text 24. Touch Type 
10. Tape Unlocker 2352 Statrstics 
11. Standard MC Loader 26. Slope 

12. Beep and Phraser 27. FN ‘Plot 

13 (Ery Dhas 28. Niche 

14. Just For Fun 29. Super FN Plot 


15.. Sines 30. Extension To Basic 


BASLOAD 


by Dennis Jurries 


SUPERTAPE 


by Tom Judd 





In the last issue, I took 
a look at JRC Software's "Great 
Game And Graphics Show" for the 
TS 2068, a collection of short 
programs exploring several as- 
pects of that machine. In front 
of me now, is a similar program 
called the "Supertape". for the 
TS 1000/1500 or ZX81. The big 
difference here is that the "Su- 
pertape's" individual selections 
must be loaded in seperately, 
one at a time...sometimes a ted- 
ious task. I remember back to 
my BASIC computing course, when 
the instructor warned against 
putting too many programs on one 
tape, "because it is difficult 
to locate individual programs, 
and the possibility of losing 
data on tape due to accidental 
erasure". Oh well, with best 
intentions in mind, JRC put 45 
short programs all on the "Super- 
tape'(1) 

There is so much here, that 
it would take a book to describe 
it. ail..><in fact; JRC could take 
a hint by this, and offer the 
"Supertape'" with some real doc- 
umentation, instead of a long 
strip of 2040 printer paper. 

(How about a nice booklet.) 

You get utilities like the 
assembler and text editors, math- 
matical programs like the ploters 
and statistics, games like Dodge 
and Dragon's Death, and lots of 
graphics routines, including 
"Osciliscope". This was -my ulIti- 
mate favorite. In fact, I have 
never seen any animated graphics 
sequence on the TS 1000 quite like 
that one before. 


A couple of suggestions. 
Read all of the REM statements 
in the program listings before 
you RUN the programs. They con- 
tain some helpful explanations. 
Also, almost every program can 
be sent to the printer, and in- 
dividual screens can be copied... 
useful with the graphics programs. 
In closing, I would recon- 
mend this program not only for 
the fine value (you really get 
your money's worth), but the 
author of "Supertape", John Coffey 
is a very good programmer, and 
I learned quite a bit of tech- 
nique by taking the programs 
apart. Good humor abounds, and 
the variety is plentiful. 


Multiple Programs in Memory 
Printer High Res 
Magazine 1 

Magazine 2 

Cubic Maze 

Dragon's Death 
Osciliscope 

16K Tape Utility 
16K Assembler 

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Did you know that the new 
ZX Spectrum Plus (the 48K Spec- 
trum dressed in QL clothes), is 
being sold now, in the United 
States? But not. from Sinclair. 
It is available from a new com- 
pany called "The English Micro 
Connection", 15 Kilburn Court, 
Newport, Rhode Island, 02840, 
for $159.95. EMC (short for 
English Micro Connection), also 
carries many other items, in- 
cluding hardware and software 
for the Spectrum compatible 
Timex/Sinclair 2068. They are 
the exclusive U.S. distributors 
for Hi-Soft, Ultimate, Beyond, 
and Microvitec RGB Color Mon- 
itors; and have been appointed 
North American sales agents for 
Computers of Wigmore Street, 
London. EMC has a brand new 32 
page catalog out, that is ab- 
solutely free...yours for the 
asking. Their prices are some 
of the lowest we have seen for 
imported English computer mer- 
chandise. If you are trying to 
hunt down a pair of Sinclair 
Microdrives, and an Interface 
One, EMC has them in stock! 


Another company that is 


new for the U.S., is Damco En- 
terprises, 6j/-Bradiley Ct. Fatl 
River, MA, 02720. They are the 
exclusive American distributors 
of the Rotronics Wafadrive, the 
hot-selling English stringy flop- 
py system. Damco has made ar- 
rangements for Rotronics to man- 
ufacture a special adapter for 
the TS 2068 in tandem with an 
OMNI-EMU for the cartridge dock. 
What would you pay for a dual 
Wafadrive system and interface, 
an onboard RS232 Interface, and 
a Centronics Interface, plus 
free word processor software, 

48 page manual, and a Spectrum 
Emulator? All of this in one 
package for the almost unheard- 
of-price of $229.95. If you al- 
ready own an OMNI-EMU, the price 
is even lower. Damco strongly 
recommends that other adapters 
and interfaces for the TS 2068 
should not be used, since this 
would void the Rotronics service 
warranty. 

Gerry Russel of Russell Elec- 
tronics, RD 1 Box 539, Centre Halil, 
PA, 16828, reported that they have 
released a new improved version of 
the popular "Romswitch". It is 
said to be practically 100% Spec- 
trum Software compatible. It works 
with all of the programs that Rus- 
sell Electronics previously had 
found to be "un-loadable". They 
also have available an up-date for 





older models of the '"Romswitch" 
called a "Romfix". The improve- 
ments center around the principal 
of placing small resistors on the 
data lines. This allows the "in- 
terrupt-driven" Spectrum Software 
to run on the 2068. 

"Enter Lengua" (Doug Dewey), 
has available a "MDA", or Micro- 
drive Adapter for the TS 2068. The 
MDA makes the rear edge connector 
of the 2068 pin-for-pin compatible 
with all Spectrum peripherals. When 
used in conjuntion with the new 
OMNI-EMU, the user is able to op- 
erate the Sinclair Microdrives. For 
further information and prices, 
write to: 206 James St., Carrboro, 
NC, 27510. 

E. McGhee, suite 150, 10127- 
121 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, Can- 
ada, is offering a free 16 page 
Spectrum Software catalog. Mr. Mc- 
Ghee recently dropped us a line, 
and told us, "...we believe that 
we have run more Spectrum Software 
Cassettes than any other group in 
North America, over 60 titles, but 
we only carry those titles rated 
9 by Sinclair User". The free 
catalog is complete with descrip- 
tions of each title. Write for your 


copy. 


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GUIDELINES FOR ORDERING FROM OVER-SEAS 


Quite a few of you are or- 


dering items direct from England 


for your Timex/Sinclair. Those 


alluring advertisements in all of 
the full-color British computer 


Magazines are just too much! We 


don't blame you one bit...and are 
What with 

the British Pound down to its bare 
bones (equivalent American Dollar 


even guilty ourselves. 


value was $1.04 on February 26, 
1985), 
of money. It is also sort of an 
adventure to order and receive 


something from a "foreign" country. 


We have done a little research 
(mostly personal experience), 


one could save quite a bit 


and 
have come up with a few guidelines 


1. The first problem one may 
encounter is the currency exchange. 
The best solution for this problem 


is to order with you VISA or MASTER 


CHARGE credit cards (the same as 
ACCESS and BARKLEY CARD in Great 
Britain respectively). The currency 
exchange is conducted automatically 
by the card companies when using 
this method. Since the rate-of-ex- 
change is constantly changing, or- 
dering by check or money order is 
risky business. Only the larger 
full-service banks can provide you 
with a check for pound currency. 
They usually draw on an account 
that they have in England. Like we 


on ordering from over-seas. It is 
really not all that complicated, 
and is somewhat fun. There have 
been several:reports from T/S Users 
here in the States, of a two-week 
turn-around time, when the items 
arrived in the mail! 


have said...your best bet is a 
credit card, providing it is accep- 
table with the particular vendor 
you are going to deal with. 





2. Make sure you find out 
how much: you will need for shipping 


and handling (and any other tax,ect. 


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If you deal with a vendor that is 
accustomed to foreign orders, they 
can provide you with this infor- 
mation. 


3. When writing to request 
information, or ordering, be very 
careful to print clearly. Use only 
proper sentences, and no slang. 
That way, they will know exactly 
what you are saying or requesting. 
Remember that some of their words 
are spelled a little different, 
for “imstanter “catalogue”, “colour", 
and "programme" (instead of catalog, 
color, and program). Also, it is 
important to remember that most of 
the Sinclair vendors have never 
heard of a Timex/Sinclair 2068, 
or a Spectrum Emulator. So always 
use the 48k ZX Spectrum as your 
reference. One particular software 
vendor that is aware of the Timex 
line of computers is: Software 
Supermarket, 87 Howards Lane, 

jh London, England, SW15 6NU. They 
have a nice selection of software, 
and do a large American export 
business. 


THE Z—LINK INTERFACE ......a synopsis 





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Simply put, the Z-Link In- 
terface Card is a "plug-on" de- 
vice that re-configures the 
peripheral I/O port connector 
pin-calls of the Timex/Sinclair 
2068, to match that of the Sin- 
clair ZX Spectrum Microcomputer, 
and thus making the TS 2068 
"HARDWARE COMPATIBLE" with Spec- 
trum peripherals. 

The Z-Link makes available 
to the peripheral, all required 
address and data lines, as well 
as “hand-shaking" and "house- 
keeping" control lines required 
by the Z-80 CPU. The Z-Link also 
supplies the two additional supply 
voltages (+12v and +9v), via two 
type LM-78 series 3 terminal 
regulators. 

The regulators are filtered 
with temperature-stable tantallum 
Capacitors to guard against noise 
and "self-oscillation" (an in- 
herent problem that is "overlooked" 
by many commercial designers), 
until the system is switched-on. 
As with all digital systems, the 
secret to successful circuit op- 
eration is good connections, a 
common ground return, liberal 
distribution of by-pass capacitors, 
and a '"'quiet'' power supply! 

That describes the Z-Link 
Interface Card. NOW, you are 
wondering what it's uses are. I 
could say that it will "RUN ANY- 
THING" (but that would be both 
un-fair and inaccurate in my book). 
I will however describe the systems 
and peripherals that I HAVE and 
DO USE...AND USE EVERY DAY! 

But first, I want to say 
something about "EMULATORS", and 
clear the air about these devices. 
Without getting too deep into the 
subject itself (it would take the 
entire magazine), it is here that 
I will say that YOU NEED ONE to 
use Z-Link...but which one? 

There are two basic "types", 


the first is known as "The Spec- 14 





by Dave Clifford 





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trum Emulator" or EMU-1, brought 
to life by Doug Dewey (The Tri- 
angle T/S Users Group), and con- 
sists of a 128k EPROM that is 
mounted on a p.c. card that is 
fitted into the TS 2068's Command 
Cartridge Port. The second is 
known by the trade name: "The ROM- 
SWITCH" (editor note-see review 

in Jan/Feb 85 issue of T.D.M.). 
This one consists of an actual 
Spectrum ROM, mounted on a p.c. 
card with a second socket for 
placing the TS 2068's "home ROM", 
then the entire assembly is fitted 
inside the 2068 (plugged into the 
"home ROM" socket). 

The DIFFERENCE between the 
two is the ROMSWITCH is manually 
switched-in, and becomes the 2068's 
sole "operating system"...some 
control keys and built-in hardware 
become "transparent", because the 
Spectrum ROM does not contain the 
"instructions" for their support 
(i.e. SOUND, FREE, STICK, and the 
cartridge port). 

The type EMU-1 and EMU-2 
however "sits" in the cartridge 
port and is "BOOTED" into play by 
the 2068's home-ROM. But what 
really makes the difference is 
that the 2068's "SHADOW-ROM'" is 
brought on-line as well. It is this 
SHADOW-ROM that contains the in- 
structions, that enables the TS 
2068 to "commucicate" with the 
"smart" peripherals like the In- 
terface-1 and Microdrives, or:the 
Rotronics Wafadrives, with the 
"help" of the EMU-1 acting as an 
"interpreter"...and thus "EMULATES 
a Spectrum". 

And now the peripherals!!! 

With space being at a premiun, 
I will discuss the operation of 
two of the "most popular" systems 
that seem to have the majority of 
users "baffled", the ZX-Microdrives 
and the Rotronics Wafadrives. 

I have had the Sinclair ZX 
Interface-1 and two ZX Microdrives 





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ON-LINE since October '84, and 

have used the system extensively. 

I do all of my word processing with 
Tasword-II installed on Microdrive 
Cartridges, and have just installed 
Masterfile...(FANTASTIC!). But the 
drives themselves are only PART of 
the systém.¢The-Sinclair Interface- 
1 also has an RS-232 interface, as 
well as a unique L.A.N. (Local Area 
Network) for "networking" up to 

64 Spectrums (or 2068's), that are 
also fitted with the Interface-1l. 
(There are five. usérs “here. “in the 
South Bay TS User's Group thatare 
presently running the Interface-1 
and Microdrives, and sometime when 
we can all get together, I would 
like to try a game of HUNTER-KILLER 
on the L.A.N.) 

The second system that I have 
just received from the United King- 
dom, is the Wafadrives. This is a 
"twin" drive system custom manu- 
factured by BSR (the well-known 
audio people) for a company called 
ROTRONICS. I have had this system 
on-line for the past two weeks and 
it is a VERY user-friendly sytem. 
When brought "on-line" it sports 
it's own operating system, and has 
commands VERY similar to CP/M. In 
fact, Rotronics refers to the op- 
erating system as "W.0.S." (as 
opposed to CP/M's DOS). On top of 
having two 128k drives, the Ro- 
tronics Wafadrive also has an RS- 
232 AND a Centronics Interface 
BUILT-IN!!! I even use the West- 
ridge 2050 Modem with the Wafa- 
drives! (Yes, the 2050 Modem is 
plug-compatible with the Sinclair 
Spectrum. Even MTERM II runs on the 
Spectrum. However, when you go back 
to *BAS IC, you,wiliscecrash. This .is 
due to MTERM's call for BASIC. 
Machine Code hackers...get out your 
"HOT-Z" or "DISA-Z" and go to work!) 

The above systems are operated 
with the Z-Link Interface and the 
EMU-1 (or EMU-2), as supplied by 
Doug Dewey. 

WHAT'S NEXT??? I am WAITING 
for one of two interfaces from the 
U.K., that support STANDARD 5% 
floppies. Gaze through a copy of 
ZX COMPUTING sometime and let your 


imagination "FLY". (The prices will 
amaze you too!) I just wish that 
Mother England had and equivalent 
to U.P.S. Blue Label...(at the same 
time, I'm glad she does not!) 


The Z-Link is priced at $49.95 
and is available from: TEJ COMPUTER 
PRODUCTS, 859 North Virgil Ave. 
Los Angeles, CA, 90029. 


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THE OMNI-EMU 


by Tim Woods 





The OMNI-EMU is the very lat- 
est version of Spectrum Emulator 
or "Chameleon" designed by Doug 
Dewey (Triangle Sinclair Users 
Group). It is sold through Doug's 
company "Enter Lengua", and now 
by several different Timex/Sinclair 
vendors. The OMNI-EMU replaces 
the previous EMU-1 (the EMU-2 is 
still available). What is the 
difference?=— First. off alia ar27 128 
Hitachi EPROM, that is presently 
the only means of operating the 
Sinclair Microdrives and the Ro- 
tronic's Wafadrive is a new feature. 
The Emulator board itself has been 
designed to be very versatile...a 
DIPswitch (mounted on the board) 
can access the four 16K blocks of 
memory for specific application 
purposes. The supplied EPROM can 
be swapped with other LROS (language 
ROM Oriented Software), the board 
can act as a cartridge (AROS) 


or a ROM board. Some jumpers may 
be required depending upon the 
particular use. Actually the 


documentation for these advanced 
applications of the OMNI board are 
still currently being written. 

The OMNI-EMU as supplied, will 
allow the T/S 2068 user to run 
"almost'' every piece of software 
available for the English 48K ZX 
Spectrum. It had been originally 
thought that the "chameleon" device 
would not run as many titles as a 
direct issue 3 Spectrum ROM replace- 
ment of the 2068's "home ROM". 

This however, is not really true. 

In fact some software said to be 
un-loadable will run on the emulator. 
There are still a couple titles that 
won't load or run, like "Chequered 
Flag (PS ION},:-Tooikit. (Hi Soft), 
Valhalla, and few others. The Reason? 
"Interrupt-driven" programming 
techniques appear to be the culprit, 
and the common source of problems 


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The OMNI-EMU, like it's 
predecessor the EMU-1, slips into 
the Command Cartridge port on the 
TS 2068. Our sample fit very se- 
curely with no insertion problems. 
The door to the cartridge port is 
able to close, with the Emulator 
tucked safely inside. At a first 
glance the OMNI appears to be a 
very quality board...compact, gold 
plated edge-connector fingers and 
plated through holes. I under- 
stand that each new Emulator is 
thouroughly tested before it is 
shipped. Plus there is a two 
year warranty! The only problen 
that we forsee, is possible mis- 
handling by the user. Be extremely 
careful when handling the bare 
board, that the foil traces and 
semi-conductors aren't touched 
(static discharge). Always make 
sure the power is off when you 
insert the board, and also when 
it is removed...when you want to 
return your 2068 back to its nor- 
mal operating mode. 

We put our OMNI-EMU through 
the paces, by test-loading 12 of 
our Spectrum programs. All 12 
were a successful load! Absolutely 
no problems. When the OMNI is 
first switched on, it is inter- 
esting to point out that the 2068 
first switches to it's normal mode 
for an, instant;-then checks to see 
what is in the cartridge port... 
when the Spectrum mode is initiated 
(Sinclair copyright notice alone). 

We strongly feel that the 
OMNI-EMU is a good way to go for 
Spectrum: conversion... Firstsof ald; 
the user will not have to tamper 
with their computer (as is the case 
with "Romswitch" or direct Sinclair 
ROM replacement). Secondly, this 
is the only method of "booting" 
Sinclair Microdrives or Rotronics 
Wafadrives. Then coupled with 
the new price of $50.00, it is 
an excellent choice that should 


be considered. 





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SPECTRUM SOFTWARE 
WHITE LIGHTNING 


by Michael Carver 


“White Lightning is a high level 
graphics development system for the 
Spectrum 48k." (This program canbe 
used with the TS 2068, with Russell's 
ROMSWITCH or other Spectrum ROM add- 
ons.) 

You want to create some exciting 
arcade game, but have realized the 
limitations of speed in BASIC, or 
have encountered the need for a 
mastery of machine code you know is 
still months away. Maybe you have a 
short movie running through your head 
that you would like to produce. Then 
White Lightning is for you. 

White lightning comes in a 
library case with two cassettes (4 
seperate programs), one manual (131 
pages, and a “cheat sheet" which con- 
tains a sample Lunar Lander game, 
and useful subroutines. Two of the 
programs are demonstrations of the 
possibilities using White Lightning. 
One is about 20 minutes of 16 differ- 
ent animated programs. The other dis- 
plays 167 arcade sprites included 
with the software; (i.e. Asteroids, 
Pac-Man, Defender, Frogger, Donkey 
Kong, and many more). The other 
cassette contains the Sprite De- 
velopment Package and White Lightning 
proper. 


SPRITE DEVELOPMENT PACKAGE 

A sprite is a defined picture 
or graphic element which is stored 
in memory to be called up and put 
onto the screen when needed. The 
sprite is placed whole on the screen, 
not plotted or drawn. Some computers 
limit the size or amount of sprites 
that can be developed. The Commodore 
64 allows only eight sprites per pro- 
gram. The TI/99 allows 32 sprites, 
but they can only be 8 pixels by 8. 
With White Lightning, one can have 
255 sprites of any size (within 


memory limitations). They can even 
be larger than the screen. 

Sprites are generated using the 
Sprite Development Package (SDP) by 
defining each 8x8 pixels grid to be 
incorporated into the sprite. One 
plots out each pixel to be set, 
paper and ink colors and other attri- 
bute assignments (see fig. 1). These 
grids are then pieced together like 
tile on the larger screen to the right, 
making up the sprite. The completed 
sprite is then given a number and 
stored in memory. Within the SDP, the 
largest sprite possible is 15x15 
characters, but these can be joined 
later in White Lightning to create 
large sprites. 


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SPD allows one to rotate a sprite 
90 degrees, invert the colors, mirror 
the sprite, even put a sprite inside 
another sprite. Also included is an 
arcade sprite library (the 167 sprites 
shown in the demo tape). After the 
sprites have been defined, they are 
stored on tape to be loaded into 
White Lightning for manipulation. 


WHITE LIGHTNING 

BASIC is limited in flexibility 
and speed. Machine Code is fast and 
compact, yet it is difficult to learn 
and master. Development of Machine 
Code programs is tedious and is easy 
to crash. Also a working knowledge 
of the computer's mechanics is re- 
quired. Enter White Lightning! 

White Lightning (WL) incorporates 
a standard Fig-Forth language and has 
speed very close to Machine Code. 
Forth is a simple high level language 
that is fast and expandable. Forth 
is an easy language to learn. If you 
already know BASIC, you will pick up 
Forth quickly and within a few hours 


should be able to write simple programs. 


One of the useful features of Forth 
is that it grows as one programs. 
If a routine or manipulation is 
needed but does not exist. you take 
parts of Forth and create a new com- 
mand or routine, which then becomes 
part of Forth. In this manner, Forth 
expands to meet your computing needs. 
Forth code is easier to read, edit, 
and is harder to crash than Machine 
Code. 

Added onto the Forth language 
in WL, is IDEAL (Interrupt Driven 
Extendable Animation Language), with 
over 100 words or commands. This is 
the heart and the beauty of WL. One 
can actually have two programs run- 
ning at the same time using IDEAL. 
WL also includes access to many of the 
Spectrum commands via Forth (i.e. COPY, 
AT, BORDER, DRAW, CIRCLE, SCREEN$, 
POINT, TAB, ect.). It is also possible 
to access the joystick ports, and the 
sound generator chip on the TS 2068 
through the use of IN and OUT, and the 
BEEP command via BLEEP. 


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To make the skeleton move right one 
step, the following FORTH definition 
is ‘used: 

STEP 1260L +! 
SPN ! PUTBLS -; 
In English: Sprite 1 is on the screen 
and Sprite 2 is placed on the screen 
1 column to the left and over Sprite 
1. Sprite 2 is then placed on the 
screen directly over Sprite: 1. 


2-SPN ! PUTBLS-1 


Complete control of sprites and 


game or animation programs is pro- 
vided with WL. Sprites can be en- 
Targed, scrolled pixel by pixel (with 
or without wrap...vertically or hor- 
izontally). Collision between sprites 
can be detected for use in games. 
One sprite can be printed behind or 
in front of another, or combined to 
make a new sprite. Windows can be de- 
fined on the screen or inside sprites, 
giving greater control over the be- 
havior of the sprites. An example in 
one of their demonstrations, is of a 
television sprite with various dif- 
ferent sprites animated inside it. 
Using WL, one can freely mix BASIC, 
Machine Code and White Lightning, 
passing control easily from one pro- 
gram to the other. (See example 1 for 
a simple program to animate two sprites.) 
Upon first reading the manual, I 
was overwhelmed by all of the new 
languages and commands needed to use 
this package. After a quick look 
through the manual, I sat down at the 
computer with the manual and found the 


task far less intimaidating than first 
thought. Each part of the manual is 
filled with step by step examples to 


be tried out on the computer. 


approach is to be applauded, as it 
makes learning the ropes less of a 
challenge, and more of a discovery and 


about the manual. First, there is no 
index, though the table of contents is 
helpful. It is sometimes hard to read 
the manual without excellent lighting 
as the print is small, and printed 
black on a dark green background to 
prevent photocopies and piracy. 

White Lightning is certainly a 
good buy. Not only does one get the 
sprite generator program and the 
ability to animate sprites and design 
arcade games, but there is also the 
Forth language, which can be used on 
its own. If you create a masterpiece, 
you can sell your program without ob- 
taining special permission, or paying 
for royalty rights. Oasis Software, 
the company that publishes WL, is 
offering to market the "very best". 

You can obtain White Lightning 
from Software Supermarket for # 14.95 
plus £1.50 shipping and handling. Their 
address is 87 Howard's Lane, London, 
SW15 6NU, England. Or you may cal] 
their 24 hour answering service at 
001-789-8546. They accept VISA or MASTER- 
CARD. They usually ship within one 
to two weeks. If any of your friends 
own Commodore 64's...White Lightning 
is also available for £19.95 cassette, 
or £29.95 disk. With the pound down to 
all time low, now is a good time to 
order from Britain. 


This 


adventure. The Forth language's major 


commands are shown by example, but for 
a better understanding of the language, 
there are many excellent tutorials 


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available and these are listed in the 
manual. I have two minor complaints 


Michael Carver is the present Chairman of the Portland 
Area Timex/Sinclair Users Group in Oregon. He writes 
for the groups newsletter, and has interests in MC 
programming and graphics for the TS 2068. 


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From the fantasy worlds of Tolkien 
and C.S. Lewis, comes a similar "epic" 
adventure in the form of a Spectrum game 
program called "The Lords Of Midnight". 
The story background is typical...the 
struggles between good and evil. In this 
case, Luxor the Moonprince and his son 
Morkin battle the realm of Doomdark and 
the ice-fear. There are actually two sep- 
erate ways to play the game. 

The most fascinating aspect of ''The 
Lords Of Midnight", is the elaborate 
graphics system. There are 32,000 scenes 
in all! The players ability to spot cer- 
tain landmarks on the horizon, will help 
in deciding the outcome. The graphics 
are very nicely done. With horses, wolves, 
armies, and an intricately detailed land- 
scape...the programmers deserve a good 
deal of praise. Most of the scenes have 
small parts of other scenes to construct 
what is on the screen. By operating the 
keyboard, you actually "move" forward 
through the "Land Of Midnight", and the 
scenery in the distance appears to get 
closer (any number of directions can be 
chosen). 

Another nice attraction of this pro- 
gram is the packaging. It is supplied with 
a "library-style" case, a very compre- 
hensive 29 page manual, and a plastic key- 
board overlay. I thought I would take 
this time, to point out to you novice 
Spectrum fans, that all keyboard over- 
lays designed for the ZX Spectrum, also 
fit the Timex/Sinclair 2068 perfectly. 


THE LORDS OF MIDNIGHT 


by Tim Woods 


Getting back to the users manual, it is 
very explanatory and detailed (actually 
it is more like a small paperback book), 
and even includes a background story with 
five chapters called the "Midnight Chron- 
Lobes". 

Some other features worthy of men- 
tion include: the facilities to SAVE a 
game in progress to tape, and each gra- 
phics scene can be sent to the printer 
(including the 2040), to give you a run- 
ning account of your quest. 

"The Lords Of Midnight" is a very 
playable game, and even somewhat habit 
forming. It is slightly different than 
an "'all-text" adventure game. In fact the 
text itself is very sparse. No standard 
adventure commands or jargon is needed, 
since most of the games control commands 
are one-button funtions (featured in a 
few on-screen menus) on the keyboard. 

If you do not have a copy of this game 
program, and it sounds in the least bit 
interesting to you...I would suggest that 

you go out and obtain one. "The Lords 
Of Midnight" is hard to beat by any stan- 
dard. 

It also might be interesting to 
point out that this adventure game is 
actually part of a trilogy. Part two of 
the trilogy is already out on the market, 
and it is called 'Doomdark's Revenge", 
and is reported to have 48,000 entirely 
new scenes. Later this year, part three 
which is entitled "Eye Of The Moon", will 
be released. 

Our copy of ''The Lords Of Midnight" 
was obtained from: E. McGhee, Suite 150, 
10127-121 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 
TSN 3X1. 


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Magazine: E. McGhee is offering "The 
Lords Of Midnight" at a special price 

of $23.50 for you. The price includes 
shipping and handling. Also, an issue 35 
Spectrum ROM chip (plus chip puller tool 
and detailed instructions for the TS 2068 
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Do you like an arcade game that is 
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Like I said earlier, this game is easy to 
play. It uses only the cursor arrow buttons, 
and the ''0'' for the FIRE button. It would 
be nice to have a joystick to play, and 
there are provisions for a British joystick 
interface, but unfortunately, I do not own 
one. 

Even though the controls are simple 
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(I obtained my copy from Software Super- 
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the ROMSWITCH board where the Timex ROM was removed. The second 
step Is to mount the magnetic slide switch to the computer case. 
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program is up and running. : 


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; Yj ¢ Omnicalc Il (Spreadsheet) 
new operating system 


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SP-DOS. : i ty : j ¢ Disk Pascal « “C’” Language Compiler 
The SP-DOS system allows you to 
use all the Timex cassette commands 
such as: «Save Load" «Save Data” ” 
« Load Data’ "* Save Screens * * Load Screen$ *” 
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Drives that may be used include 
Qume, Tandon, MPI, Teac, Shugart etc. 
Drive #1 is double sided, Quad density, 160 tracks. Drives 
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Fast aoving graphics aake this gaee truly § 
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The next in the series jira 
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$99995 


How much would you expect to pay 
for a dual 128K fast access storage 
system for your Timex 2068 that 
included Centronics and RS232 
interfaces, Spectrum software and 
buss emulation, and free word 
processing software as standard? 
Chances are it’s a lot more than $229.95. 

But this is what will buy you the incredible 


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you already own an Omni-Emu Chameleon the 


price is even less!) 


* The Omni/Emu cartridge is required to operate the Wafadrive 
system. The Wafadrive will not operate by just changing the 
ROM to the Spectrum ROM or by using the ROM switch. 


A fast reliable dual- 
drive storage system 








Integrated System 


The Wafadrive is a 
complete system which 


contains the micro interface, 


two 128K drives, RS232 and 
Centronics ports, all in one 
attractively-styled, compact 
unit. There is a minimum of 
connecting leads and no extra 
boxes to clutter the desk top. 
Like the majority of profes- 
sional systems, the units are 
dual drive. This offers the opti- 
mum balance between 
system flexibility and cost. 
Built-in serial and parallel 
interfaces allow the direct 
connection of just about any 
popular printer. 


Fast and Reliable 


The Wafadrive achieves 
very fast loading and saving, 
but not at the expense of 
reliability. Extensive research 
and the use of high grade 
materials ensure that the 
Wafadrive will give years of 
dependable operation. Data 
integrity is on a par with 
floppy disk. The fully inter- 


changeable wafers are avail- 
able in three sizes-128K, 64K 
and 16K. Low capacity 
wafers give faster access. 
They are therefore most 
suitable for program develop- 
ment applications. The high 
capacity wafers are suitable 
for more general data storage. 
Loading rate is approximately 
2K per second-almost twice 
as fast as similar products. 


Software 


Armed with the com- 


____DAMCO/ROTRONICS Watadrive Timex 2068 


| ___ 16K wafer 
___64K wafer 

| ____ 128K wafer 

}- __Heathrow/Nightflitell(48K: Hewson) 
___ Space Wars/Seiddab Attack/Luna 

ee Attack (48K: Hewson) 

E- __ Bear Bovwver/Wong’s Loopy Laundry! 
World Cup (48K: Artic) 

| _ _Starbike (48K: Softek) 

j The Artist-graphic utility 
(48K:Softek) 

: __ ZAP machine code development 

package (48K:Hewson) 

| RS232 cable 

| Centronics (parallel) cable 

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POSTAGE: $5.00 for Wafadrives 
$1 per order for software & cables 
(no postage charge for software 
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MA residents add 5% sales tax_ 


prehensive user manual, 
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There is also a rapidly 
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enable the programmer and 
games player to exploit the 
Wafadrive system to the full. 


Spectrum Emulation 


The Wafadrive includes 
the Omni/Emu Cartridge. 
This enables the Timex 2068 
to run thousands of Spectrum 


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Payment can be made in the form of money order, check, VISA, or 
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programs. The rear edge 
connection is compatible 
with Spectrum Hardware as 
well as allowing use of the 
2040 printer. 

Wafadrive for the Timex 
2068 and the 16/48K Spectrum 
are available now. Versions 
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ters are under development. 

Send a 20 cent stamp for 
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BUILD UP A LIBRARY OF MACHINE. 
LANGUAGE SUBROUTINES s 


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UPTO 8K NONVOLATILE RAM SB fi 


USE HM6116LF CMOS RAM . 
OR 2716/2732 EPROM 


COMPATIBLE WITH 
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ae plus $1.95 shipping and handling 
m READ THE REVIEWS: ~~ 


What a super product!...conceived and executed very nicely...and with quality components. 
(SYNTAX QUARTERLY Winter 82) 


8K Nonvolatile memory is a gem! It has so many possible uses...! recommend this board most heartily. 
(OKLAHOMA S.U.G. Newsletter 1/3) 


We found the documentation to be far superior to that (of) most hardware we've received. 
(S.U.N. Newsletter Nov/Dec 82) 


For versatility this is even better than an EPROM...ranks quite high on the list of “must-haves”... 
(SYNC Magazine Mar/Apr 83) 


Provides the user with instant software...an extremely versatile memory extension... 
(Z-WEST June 83) 


INTRODUCTION 


This memory board is designed to fill the transparent 8K block 
of memory (from 8K to 16K) in a ZX81-16K system. This area of 
memory is an ideal place to store, either permanently or tem- 
porarily, machine language routines or data which are to be 
used by the BASIC system. 


Sample utilities are included with the kit. 


The use of HM6116LP 2K CMOS RAM memory IC’s with their 
own reserve power supply means that routines stored in the 
RAM are nonvolatile — the RAM retains its memory even 
when the ZX81 is switched off or reset. Moreover, being RAM, 
the routines you store in the memory are easily modified. The 
lithium cell supplied with the board will maintain sufficient 
reserve power for almost ten years. 


ASSEMBLY 

Complete step-by-step instructions in a 20 page manual 
make assembly of the board easy. The kit (pictured above) is 
complete with a silkscreened solder-masked printed circuit 
board, all capacitors, resistors, transistors, sockets, connec- 
tors, integrated circuits, and the lithium cell. The board is sup- 
plied with one 2K CMOS 6116LP-3 RAM — it will accomodate 
three more for a total of 8K. 


Complete kit with one 2K 6116LP-3.............. $32.95 
Additional three 6116LP-3.................... $15.00 
Bare Beni 4ietudl. | i i ee ev See $13.05 
eke EPROM ee COW ss er i kis $22.95 
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Assembled & tested with 8K... 0... ee. $65.95 
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