^ I ^ENTHUSIASTS
Wellington Atari Computer Enthusiasts
Herewith the third newsletter for 1985. Apologies for a rather
scruffy note from the Secretary are tendered! a More "nornal" version
was prepared hut a clerical error of Major proportions caused the
wiping of the relevant disk-file. So. this is prepared in haste.
NEXT MEETING! NEXT MEETING! NEXT MEETING!
Our next Meeting will begin at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 10 April <but
see Chris Caudwell's note on "Bug Busting"). Once again, it will be
held at the "LOAVES and FISHES" in MOLESWORTH St (just behind the
Anglican Cathedral) in central Wellington. At this Meeting. two new
tapes will be available for nenbers. In addition to the usual
"general" tape, the first "educational" tape of 1985, which has been
prepared by Jenny ChisholM and soms others will be distributed. Both
will be well worthwhile. The third WACE disk will also be
available.Tentatively entitled "Blasts fron the Past", this disk is 3
conpilation of the best progrsMMes of WAGE'S 1983 tapes. Ron Pyne
will, this tiMe. denonstrate and take orders for his device which
allows non-Atari taoedecks to happily work with Atari coMputers.
CoMMercial software will again be displayed, and their will be plenty
of tine for nenbers to "walk 3nd talk".
LAST MEETING-THE AGM
The AGM. I'm told, lasted 7-8 Minutes. In that tine. the
President's report and the Accounts for 198^ were discussed and agreed
to and a new CoMMittee elected. The full coMMittee list will be
published next tiMe (the lost first draft had it all beautifully set
out), but the naMes of Most inoediete interest to Menbers are as
President- Michael Munro (ph Wn 793363)
Secretary- Desoond Rowe (ph Wn 736716)
Out of town Representative- Neil Upton (ph Wn 356505J Address- 15
Mercury Way. Whitby. Wellington)
Programme Librarian— Dennis Dawson (ph Wn 731176! Address 2/205 Cecil
Book Librarian- Felix BettelheiM (ph Wn 759711! Address 207 Gler.More
Tape Sales- Rogan Maxwell (ph WN 660867).
These are now due, having been set
AGM. PayMents should be by cheque, Made
0 Box 16011, Wellington. Alternatively,
3 t $20.00 per faMily by the
out to WACE 3 nd forwarded to P
Menbers can pay at our next
Fis was meritioned at the last club meeting we Plan to try
a different approach to meetings this- year
We will add a special trouble shootin9 section
before the usual club meetings. The bug bustin9 session
will now start at 7.00. and the main meet in-3 will start at
7.45. If you have a Problem with either software or
hardware come aIon9 to the next meetin9 at 7.00.
On the other hand if you fancy the_ challenge_ of
solving someone else-'s Problems or you want to learn from
other People's mistakes then you. should come at 7.60 as
There is a catch. The committee can only Provide one
computer and that won't be enough to make the whole thin9
work. THEREFORE if you have a Problem you want fixed
Please brin9 your computer and T.V. if Possible.
The type of Problems I envisage we mi9ht tackle are,
BASIC language instruction
ASSEMBLER cartrid9e instruction
instruction in other languages
typed in Pro9rams which don't 90
Printer interface trouble-
club tapes which won't load
dud disc Problems
tidying uP home grown progr ams
NLxnon KL Problems- - —-——
instruction in running Programs
There won't be enough
debugging so you will need
you want looked at so that
to work on.
time to do very much
to bring a. copy of any
someone else can take
A c a u. t i o n a r y n o t e.
DC HOT EVEN THINK OF TRYING TO COPY COMMERCIAL
SOFTWARE AT THE MEETING.
The reasons for this are obvious. The committee is
concerned to avoid any copyright infringements which could
hurt us all. In addition the club needs the assistance of
the refai1ers and wi11 have nothing to do with Pirating
which hurts the software sellers.. Plea.se do not coring
Pirated software to meetings.
The Plan at this stage is
session replace the BASIC language-
year. If you. wish to start learning
either Purchase a "do it yourself"
borrow one from the- club and get started,
can assist with book Purchase and the
excellent range of books you can borrow. You
have this earlier
classes we held last
BASIC.. I suggest you
instruction book or
J e n n y C h i s o 1 m
Tub has an
can use this
pre-meetin9 session to 9et help arid meet others with the
This session can also be used by disc users to obtain
copies of Public domain discs from the club library.You
must brio 9 your own computer and drive Plus Preferably a
suPPla of Pre-format ted discs. < You will be able to bu.y
discs as usual>. You can then make a copy of a club disc
by Payin 9 the club librarian $3.00.
Don’t be concerned that three-quarters of an hour is
not Ions enouSh. If experience shows that we need more
11 me we can continue' on lon'Per quietly without dis-turoi n9
the Presentations underway uP the front.
The sale of club tapes is one of our chief sources of income.
It enables us to keep membership fees down and an excellant
suply of public domain software and writen material available
It has always been, and still is our policy to supply MACE
TAPES with at least one usable program on a CIO cassete. To
ensure this at least four are on each tape, for the price of
one.(sometimes there have been 12 programs for the price of
one!! and a C30 cassette).
With Atari's intr-oduction of the £00/600XL series computers
we now have members with these machines and the 400/800.
Memories (RAM) range from 16K to 64K and the operating system
used on the new XL's is slightly different to the others.
This means some software will not run .without a translater
program, usually only available on disk.(It's in our
library). Other software will require more than 1SK to run.
Because of all these variables we can not guarantee that all
programs on MACE TAPES will run on your machine. It is now
physically impossible to ckeck every program against all the
If you have a problem, bring it up PUBLICALLY at the next
meeting and someone may have the answer for you.
Before returning a suspect Tape, should you think you have
one, check it out on a friends machine first. Most "dud"
tapes prove to be OK on test and we can't make up next months
tape if we are still checking last months.
Me look forward to providing some great software for your
enjoyment in the comming months.
If any of the following are not familiar to you ask for help
at the next meeting:— CL0AD; ENTER"C; LIST"C; CSAVEj BOOT
LOAD; DISABLE BASIC:
After purchasing an ATARI computer on special at a very reasonable price I was
reluctant to spend an additional $160 on a special tape recorder when I knew I
had several ordinary cassette recorders belonging to the kids and the stereo
cassette deck at home already.
With the help of a few club members I was pointed to an article in an electronics
magazine which showed how to make an 'interface' and then use an ordinary tape-
recorder to 'load' and 'save' information through the ATARI computer.
In the first instance I was interested in why the Atari needed an interface
when some other computers like Spectrum and ZX81 did not. I found that some
computers have these built in to their circuit boards while others like Atari
don't but they are needed in all cases. -
What the interface does in fact is simply convert the two tone 'noises' that
contain the coded information into either +5 volts or 0 volt signals. Simple?
Yes: Cheap? Yes: There is now an IC (Intergrated circuit) to do the job which
only costs $15.00. A few resisters and capacitors are needed as well but the
cost should not exceed $30.00 as long as the interface is built into your
If you do not wish to build it in then you will have the additional cost of an
ATARI type 13 pin plug.
Like to know more and see a demo of the interface? Be at the next monthly meeting
of the ATARI Club.
Three shops were* at the tine of writing* running bargains on
Atari products* First* Microshop* of Featherston St** are closing one
of their two shops and has* therfore* stocks they want to be rid of*
Secondly* HMV-Vanvi* of Cuba Mall* have recently started stocking
Atari and have some interesting deals going* especially for newcomers
to the Atari* Finally* Einstein Scientific* of Willis St** has a
number of deals goingJ the best thing is to get in and see them* in
particular* Felix Bettelheim, who works there.
That'll do. See you at the April 10 meeting*
<Your ill- organised Secretary