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Volume 3 Number 4
Information and Chairmen — TreaSury Note$
A welcome to our New Members
Input/Output — by Abed Kahale
From The Chairman's Disk — by Donald Lambert
From the Editor
PC Power Supply for your QL— by Al Feng
QXL Totes — by Al Feng
Daisy Be Good V — by David Lassov
Annoucing the IKI — by Jack Dohany
50 Something — Editor
ZQA! 1995 Index
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The Timex/ Sinclair NorthAmerican User Groups Newsletter
Here is the list of T/SNUG Chairmen
and how to contact them. We wish to
support the following SIGs:- ZX-80/81,
TS-1000, SPECTRUM, TS-2068, TC-
2068, Z88 and QL. If you have any
questions about any of these fine
machines, contact the:
Donald S. Lambert (ISTUG)
Tape & JLO PD Library
D. G. Smith
R 415 Stone St.
Johnstown, PA 15906
Dave Bennett (HATSUG)
329 Walton St . Rear
Lemoyne, PA 17045
ZX-81 PD Tape Library
2136 Churchill Downs Cir.
Orlando, FL 32825
Rod Gowen (CCATS)
14784 S. Quail Grove Cir.
Oregon City, OR 97045
503 655-7484 FAX 503 655-41 16
Rod Humphreys (VSUG)
10984 Collins PI.
Delta, BC V4C 7E6 Canada
QL PD Library
John Donaldson (CATUG)
835 Foxwood Cir.
Geneva, IL 60134-1631
BBS — GATOR
Bob Swoger (CATUG)
Streawood, IL 60107-1647
708 837-7957 Woric 708 576-8068
LarKen PD Library
Abed Kahale (CATUG)
3343 S. Flat Rock Ct.
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635-6874
ZXir QLive Alive!
Is the newsletter of
T/SNUG, the Timex/Sinclair
North American User Groups,
providing news and software
support to the T/S community
m a VOiurne of four newslet-
ters per year; beginning with the
Spring (March) issue.
T/SNUG's main goal is
to keep our Magazine,
our vendors and our
repair service alive for
the benefit of T/S users.
These valuable services shall
have free advertising space in this
user supported Newsletter so that
they can see that we are still active
out here. We must support their
seivices whenever possible.
Another T/SNUG goal is to
unearth titles of all known Public
Domain and commercial software
available for all TimeVSindair
machines, building a library and
providing lists of that software
showing both the source and the
If you have solved a prob-
lem or you have a problem in
one of your software or hard-
ware, please share it with the
rest of us.
<As of January 16, 1996, we
have a balance of $1078.26
fou can keep T/SNUG
alive by an annual con-
tribution of $12 for one
volume made payable to Abed
Kahale. Send check to: -
3343 S FLAT ROCK CT
SIERRA VISTA AZ 85635
end in your articles by tape or disk
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AUBURN IN 46706-3010
Phone 219 925-1372
Or by hardcopy or modem (300-14.4)
to: Abed Kahale.
We have a 24 hour BBS and encourage
you to exchange mail and contribute to the
Upload Section. Use it and have fun! I (8N1
Call 708 632-5558
and Register using your first name, last name
and phone number along with a password
you won't forget, and Write It Down! Do not
try to do anything else this first time because
all the board options will be locked-out.
When you call-in the next time, you will
have Level 5 security and be able to enjoy full
user privileges. The BBS has smaller sections
called conferences. Select "J" for "Join a
Conference" to see the different user groups.
Select "TIMEX" to get into the Sinclair
Section. The mail you then read will only be
from other TIMEX Sinclair users but all SIGs
share the same bulletins. Use extension .ART
for articles, .ADS for ads and .NWS for news
For help, contact the S YSOP by leaving
a message, mail, e-mail or phone. Bob
Swoger SYSOP — ==GATOR==~
Back Newsletter copies are
available for $0.78 each
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2£X — © 1
Dear Sinclair friends!
In the INTERNET news group comp.sys. Sinclair, I
found the information, that you are running a SINCLAIR-
TIMEX user group.
I am a member of the German ZX-TEAM, the last.
ZX81 user group in Germany, founded first in 1991 ! ! ! We
have about 73 members and we edit a bimonthly magazine,
the ZX-TEAM-MAGAZIN, 25 issues until today . Our ac-
tive members are almost (mostly) hardware orientated.
Some of our developments are:
Floppy disk interface (two different solutions)
Stepper motor control for robotics
Memory as much as you like, up to one megabyte
Colour-module from LAMBDA adapted to ZX81
and a lot of smaller projects
Some of our members are
working to develop a hard
disk drive and LCD-screen.
I would like to hear about your doings, do you edit a
magazine? Please send information about your work.
Perhaps we could share information
I enclose a (reduced copy) of our ZX-TEAM
MAGAZIN. It is in German of course, so you will be able
to see what we are doing. The original issue is twice as big
(AS) and has 28 pages. Our Dutch member Martin van der
Zwan intends to publish translations in his
INTERNATIONAL ZX81 MAGAZINE.
I also enclose 2 IRC (International Response Cou-
pon) for your answer (I hope it will be enough).
Thank you very much for reading my letter. I look
forward to hearing from you.
yours sinclairly 25.09.95
PS: please excuse my bad English, I had to reactivate it
for my ZX81 activities 25 years after leaving school.
Amateurradio: DK4BF @ PK0MAVJNDS.DEU.EU
Thank you for informing us of your ZX-Team.
We both can profit by exchanging magazines.
Please send us your next copy perhaps un-
reduced. May be one of our members would trans-
late your articles so that we can share information.
Just a note to THANK YOU for your 8/22/95 letter
and HELP! I do appreciate both. If s sure a comfort to
know that when one gets "hung-up" there's someone out
there to help!
For the record I had gone the FDD power supply
route some time ago and I replaced the original p.s. with
one furnished by RMG, However, the balance of the info
got me out of the bind and everything is "up & operating"
again. (My Grandson is lost without his 2068 disk drive
which I can understand).
So - THANKS AGAIN, ABED!
I have just found out about your Magize throue a
Company that sells Sinclair periferals. I would like some
information about your Magize sent to my home. I would
also like to reseave information on how much your back
issues would cost to pershes and such.
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I owen a Sinclair ZX81 and a Sinclair QL. I am more
interested in the ZX81 though. Please send me all the in-
formation possable. Thank you,
1871 N GLADES DR APT 3
NORTH MIAMI BEACH FL 33162
SptemMi^tfei Ij^g^ag es BBS;
This is to announce the opening of Systems-Oriented
Language Bulletin Board System. SOL BBS is unique, in
its use of the Timex-Sinclair model 2068 as a platform for
data communications. When have you EVER seen a
complete BBS, run on a 2068 ?? Well, here it is, and it's
only a telephone call away ! f
As you might expect, the need for prompt response
within the constraints of 37000 bytes of FREE memory has
led to a few compromises. But you should be rather com-
fortable with the system. SOL BBS features a 64 charac-
ter-per-line messaging system along with toe-tagging, if
the SYSOP be absent. Otherwise, MaxCom has a fully
functional TALK mode for on-line conversations between
SYSOP and callers.
The original software, from Ottawa- Hull Timex
/Sinclair BBS, has been broken out into three versions of
Larry Kenny's MaxCom.
First, TERMax serves as strictly terminal software,
which performs some housekeeping duties. Using an out-
standing Autodialer to call somebody in TERMINAL
mode, the user can SEND and Receive Files or just type in
TALK mode The individual message bases can all be
squeezed, using TERMax. Communication parameters are
all selectable here; the Clock can be set or reset here; and
the Capture Buffer is opened or closed here along with
sending text files. Arbitrary text files are VIEWed at the
- message menu.
For remote operation of the BBS, the NONrelocatable
code for setting the clock conflicts with TALK mode. So,
the version of MaxCom for unattended use tags all calls
with timeON, Elapsed times, and Message Entry Times .
For attended use, MaxCom implements a full-
featured TALK mode.
So; please give us a call and see what the 2068 has
for the gay 90's. Oh yes, and PLEASE leave the SYSOP a
520 884-7667 (Voice)
520 882-0388 (Data)
I'm in the current stages of setting up a new Sinclair
board down here in Florida, and I would like to get some
feedback as to what kind of tilings do you want it to have.
Message base topics, types of files, ect. Please e-mail me
your comments. Thank's
Well, my Sinclair BBS is now in operation. If s run-
ning of a IBM clone, and using tnbbs for the BBS program.
If s running on a 28.8 baud modem, 24 houers 7 days a
week.. I am suporting all the Sinclair machines. Thease are
my file eareas.
ZX81 uulitys, ZX81 games, ZX81 applications. ZX81
educational, ZX81 suport text ZX81 mis. and the same
catigorys for all the other machines, the 2068, Spectrum,
QL, and the Z88. 1 sofar only have a few for the ZX81 and
10 megs of games for the Spectrum I downloaded from the
Internet and some for the Q.L. I need to find somthing for
the Z88 and the 2068. like it sayed its up and running...
right now, I sofar have 210Meg h.d. but I'm also including
some IBM sturlTater so I am going to have to buy a 1 gig
h.d. for the board.
Happy new year! I !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ! and hope to see
you on my board some day ! Jose
Oh! ! sorry I forgot to tell you the info., if s called The
Sinclair Computer Connection BBS
Sysop: Jose Moreno < — (me)
Hope see you all online soon! ! ! ! !
I got your names and addresses off a site in Europe
and wondered if maybe you might be able to help me. Fm
looking for a schematic of the 2068 or at the very least a
pinout of the edge connectors. I found one for the Spec-
trum but I'm guessing that they are dissimilar and would
hate to smoke something based on faulty knowledge. If
any of you can help I would be forever grateful! Thanx,
email@example.com or KPosey7382@aol.com
I can supply you with the schematic as you request. I
own the tecnical manual. I will need a mailing address. The
BBS is 708-576-8068 TSgroups are ChicagoAreaTimexUs-
ersGroup @ Tmiex/SmclairNorthAmericaUserGroups Tnx,
— ==GATOR==— CENG108@email.mot.com or
Hey thanks! My mailing address is:
3800 Auburn Ch. Rd
Garner NC, 27529
You're a lifesaver!
To: Timothy C. @afam Swenson at CYM
Subject: Re: Sinclair
Hello again Mr Swenson,
You asked for more details about the ZX81
program I have written. I'm not sure what sort of
details you mean. All I can think of is a descrip-
tion of the requirements and format of the pro-
gram and a general description. If IVe missed out
anything send me another message.
The program is "Masada Class". It
requires 16k of RAM and so far is only on tape
although any way of transferring it to disk would
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be appreciated. The program is a game consisting
1 ) Intro , movie, background story, Masacia launch scene.
2) Stages 1 to 6 - Defend earth city from invaders.
-Blast off and cross the asteroid belt.
-Peruse alien cruiser.
-Attack alien galaxy
-Destroy alien cruiser.
-Attack alien home-world.
3) End movie, alien threat ended, earth saved and a sequel
If someone wants a copy I would
be happy to send it to them. $5 to
cover postage and the tape would be
appreciated. My address is listed on
the signature. It might be easier to
transfer the program to disk and put it
on one of the bulletin boards so any-
one interested can just download a
copy. If somebody could send me a
method of transferring ZX8 1 programs
to disk I could e-mail the disk version
back and save a lot of messing around.
I hope that covers everything. If the worst
comes to the worst, I could just mail a tape ver-
sion to someone who could do the transferal to
disk format. After all the spare time it took to
program it, a little extra time and expense is no
big deal. I look forward to hearing from any in-
terested parties. Cheers
simeon. dwyer@stonebow. otago. ac.nz
1 ABBOTS HILL RD
DUNEDIN NEW ZEALAND
ph (03) 4882268
How about it Ed Snow — ZX-81
Hi. I'm hoping somebody has a schematic, books,
and/or possibly even a working Sinclair, ZX30 or Mi-
cro Comp AcroACE computer. Any help is greatly
73's Justin NOZZA@NOOBM. #NCKS. KS.USA.NOAM
JUSTIN L CLARK
RT 1 BOX 76A
WILSEY, KS 66873
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FROM THE CHAIRMAN'S DISK 9
Those using our beloved computers are slowly
dwindling away There are a few that have gotten into the
fold but not nearly as many as in the past, But a lot of us
are diehards that enjoy the learning, the using of our
decidedly limited computers. I. for one, do not want to get
a major upgrade into a computer that has ail those fancy
attachments and bookshelf after bookshelf of manuals to
use the software. Who needs all that complexity? Not I.
I noted that Bob in the last issue addressed the
subject of disk speed checker. Well, I guess I will have to
get it out again and give it yet another try. It is such a short
program in BASIC but! then if you do not know
programming then you are lost. I did get it to work with
the Oliger/LarKen marriage
but it will not work with the
pure LarKen system.
According to the Late Bill
Pedersen it has something to
do with the OUT command.
I went to the Dayton
ComputerFest but it was not
user friendly to anyone except
the MSDOS and the MAC
and only then to the faster
machines. The single biggest
items were the CD-ROMs. I
saw very few disk drives that
would work on the T/S 2068
and of those few they were in
It is Time
workings so far as I could tell, am O. K. But when I went
from central air to using heat the furnace blower suddenly
was stuck on while the power was applied to the furnace.
In fiddling with the controls I managed to loose the pilot
light and I could not got it to relight. I finally went two
houses away where a man - that worked for the company
that installed the furnaces in this area (and they still are
building houses in the area) lived and asked him to check
what I was doing wrong. In the process he observed that a
circuit board on the furnace had apparently went bad but
he got the furnace to relight. However, he discovered that
the heat exchanger had holes in it and had to be replaced.
He did seal the holes temporarily so that we could have
heat while we waited for parts or
a new furnace. An estimate of
parts gave a figure that was quite
high a sizable fraction of the cost
of a new furnace and then the
furnace still could develop
another problem. So we put in a
new furnace. NOTE! we did not
have any noticeable health
problems from carbon
monoxide but then the furnace
was only ran a few times a day.
So on October 31st the new one
was installed. Our furnace did
cost more money than a normal
furnace since it is an inverted
the "I don't know if they will work" category I did buy a
few. And I will have to admit I still have not tested them.
There were few venders with used disks and one was
offering used 3.5 disks (720K) at a very low price. I bought
a tray of them for $8.00 (later an actual count was 144) so I
am set for that size for quite a while. In fact I am not yet
using that size.
Since we were shuffled of to one side we (T/SNUG)
did got a table and SMUG got two tables and that was the
entire extent of the T/Sers at the ComputerFest and we
were not in our usual spot since that was the food venders
eating area (and the only place to smoke) and it was full of
heavy smoke. I saw a lot of my old friends but not like in
Will I go to Dayton again? I do not know, right now I
am not sure. I might go for one day, that is drive down
Friday and FEST and return late Saturday. It will depend
on who might be there next year. Is it worth the gas,
motel, meals and the time'? Only time will tells.
But enough of the sob story. Look at the positive and
what lays ahead Jack Dohany is still programming and
maybe more new and wonderful things will come from
him. And there are others that might have something to
contribute. There are still those that have just discovered
that there is a T/S group and are amazed.
At our house we went through a sort of emergency.
It could possibly have lead to a tragedy. Our furnace was
furnace, that is, it is manufactured for a house with a slab
floor. The air enters the top of the furnace and proceeds
downward to be heated and exits into and under the
poured concrete flooring through the air ducts there. The
furnace, of course, makes noise more so than the old one
but it works and is safe.
I took a break from this and copied a cartridge to
disks, Flight Simulator. I haven't looked to see if this was
on cassette but I presume that it was. I wanted to send it to
Bob Swoger and he uses the LarKen LKDOS so how did I
SAVE it to disks I used the NMI push button save. But
with the LarKen there is dock board so that is out. What I
did was pull the LarKen dock board - turned off power of
course - and with only the Oliger working on my
Oliger/LarKen disk system I had the cartridge installed and
powered up and there it was on the screen. I then pressed
the Oliger NMI SAVE and the disk drive sang a sang and I
pressed a number key and there it was on disk. I then
powered down and pulled the cartridge and replaced the
LarKen dock board and I then powered up and LOADed
from disk and then I turned off the Oliger and used the
NMI push-button to SAVE to a LarKen disk and after that
I changed the name to the LarKen normal naming from the
NMI-S1.CM to fltsim.Bl so there it is. I had tried to break
the program after SAVEing but it wipes out.
I have a bunch of cassettes for the T/S 2068 that I will
try to get onto disk. To do so I will have to do the
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DIRectories an paper so that I can compare the programs
with other similar programs. If they in fact are the I will
only SAVE one to disk. With the Oliger SAFE disks the
directory also gives the number of bytes in a program, So if
the programs from different sources have the same number
of bytes I can assume that they are the same. That is a long
term project for me to do.
I had wrote to Nuts and Volts magazine with a
question about what size wire to use for the power cable
between the power supply and the disk drives with a 5 foot
runs I got all kinds of answers and most are in line with
what I finally figured from wire tables and the resistance of
wire, It looks like #16 gauge wire should be adequate. So I
guess that project has no excuse to not go forward.
Currently I am using a pair of 67.5 watt power supplies
(IBM) to operate four full height disk drive. I have four half
height drivers to use some day, I will reserve them for
when these drives die or I get more ambition to make a
new drive case.
And as soon as I get the interface and the docs from
Frank Davis I will be trying to use portable disk drives on
my Z88. The drives are TANDY and are obsolete and I
asked the local Radio Shack store to play telephone tag to
locate me a pair. One came from California and the other
from Washington state. I bought the Z88 from Frank at the
ComputerFest and have only tested it to see if it worked.
When the drive interface arrives I will give it a road test of
some sort. The drives use 4 AA batteries for power and
have a capacity of 200K. What am I going to use it on? I
don*t know at the moment. Since I have a parallel printer
cable for the Z88 I can print out without UPLOADing to
the T/S 2068. Of course I should get a serial port built so
that I can upload it to the T/S 2068.
With regards to the plea for help from Fred Henn on
the Amdek disk drive case and drives. I so happen to have
the Amdek manual which is about the drive case and
power supply plus the disk drives themselves. I have no
use for it so if I was supplied the postage (it weighs almost
a pound and half) I could mail it to Fred Henn. If Fred's
address was in the newsletter I would have wrote him
And now with the colder weather here, yesterday the
sun shone and the snow came down, but not at the same
time. So now that outside walking is out of the question, I
have started using the freadmill. Trouble is I cannot really
know how far I have gone since I have to take the
machine's word for it, 30 minutes and it said I went 1.75
miles. It is boring even I watch/listen to CNN. I will have
to get into it with 30 minutes every day or at least several
times a week.. This is called body maintenance and
regardless it is boring.
I will go to the Allen County HamFest this corning
Saturday (November 18th) to see what there is for me in
the computer line. I have only one item to look for and
that is a 6 VDC power supply to use for the portable disk
drive for the Z88. BUT! I will be looking since I do not
know what I will see or find.
I was given an Apple IIC computer that does not
work. It just produces a herring bone pattern on the
monitor and I was told by someone else that is an
indication that the video circuit is bad. However, the green
screen monitor will work with the T/S 2068. I opened up
the computer and the disk drive does not look like a
standard drive. So maybe that is out for use on the T/S
1 will now turn this over to the rest of the gang. 0/0
ZXir QLrve Alive!
From the Editor
Better Late Than Never
Due to my relocation after 30 years in the Chicago area
to Arizona thingsgot a little mixed up, some material for the
Newsletter was miss-routed but I finally received it the first
week of January — Happy New Year to you all.
It was quite an experience, I have/had collected a huge
amount of items over the years — / might need it some day.
But when it came to moving some 1800 miles at 450 a
pound, it was time to get rid of most of it and I did that with
tears in my eyes. A whole roomful of electronic equipment,
parts, test mstruments, vacuum tubes, _ ± .
motorsrtransformers, you name it. I saved
a little though.. CATUG members were
first invited to help themselves and the
rest went by the bye.
Now that I have been in Sierra
Vista for two months, I wonder why I
didn't make that move earlier. The
weather is beautiful and the air is fresh
and clean. The temperature has been
between 59 - 78° at high noon and
down to 29 - 45° in the wee hours of
the morning. It rained once QA tT ) and
snowed once (1 l A") at night but it
melted by 10 AM About 98% of my
neighbors are or were in the service
(retirees), excuse me,m the military, at Fort Huachuca, the
electronic testing grounds. Very nice, friendly and helpful
people. The town was established in 1956, everyone is from
somewhere else. I see the snow capped Miller's Peak,
9400ft. from my window. Here is a letter that I mailed to
friends and relations two weeks after my arrival; so if you are
interested, read on.
It was a long trip, 1864 miles in 4 days; we had to be
here before the moving van arrives otherwise, I would have
been charged for storage and unloading. We left two days
after the movers on Nov. 9, to clean house and put junk out
for garbage. The hardest part on us and the fully loaded car
was between Oklahoma City and Albuquerque, NM. It was
all steep hills and dales, about a 100, some of them about 500
ft. up and then 500 ft. down with very strong constant buck-
ing head wind. I let the car coast down as fast as it wanted
and then up the hill when it shifted down gears and slowed
down to 60 at the top. We arrived after 3 PM, Nov. 15, got
the keys and went home to find no electricity and no gas (no
heat). I called but couldn't get anyone to do anything before
5 PM. Got candles, put a blanket under and one over and
slept on the floor. We brought with us blankets, pillows, suit
cases, kitchen utensils, computer, towels, tool box and a cat.
Mad and full with vigor, the next day I was on the
phone again. I had to go first to City Hall to get EfiUSTFD, pay
deposits for sewer and garbage and get a Certificate of
Ownership without which I wouldn't get any services from
others. Called the gas company and was told that they will
install the meter in 6 days. No way Charlie. I went there,
asked for the big boss and talked to her. ^This afternoon 1 ';
she said, after I uttered the magic words; "... we even don 't
have hot water to take a bath". The electric company will
connect me sometime in the afternoon, they had put a notice
on the door 2 days before we arrived that they will turn off
the power if I don't get in touch with them. The gas man
couldn't turn the gas on because the hot water heater was
not connected and had no shut off valve installed. The gas
range man could not set up the range without electricity.
Back to the electric company — / want it
now! The furnace guy could not set up
the furnace without gas and electricity.
That was finally done the next day.
Luckily it was in the 40' s at night and
the house did not get too cold.
The moving van arrived at noon
and finished unloading by 5 PM. Now
to the unpacking, searching, unpacking
and where does it or should it go?
Where did I last see that?
Everything in the house is made
to comply with the energy saving laws
here. The furnace is high efficiency,
the tasteless odorless water has flow
controls on all faucets even the toilet
has a controlled flush, holding the lever down gives a longer
flush otherwise it is just a spurt. Outside lights work from
light sensors to turn on 40-watt bulbs even the street lights
have 300 watts sodium bulbs instead of 500. Well insulated
house, storm windows and all, just like Chicago.
The weather is beautiful, 67 to 78° at noon and starts
cooling down after sunset to 39° - 49° at night with a con-
tinuous gentle breeze. Windows are open all day except
when a backhoe is working next door. The humidity has
been between 26 and 34%. We feel great but tire easily as
we have not got accustomed to the 4600 ft. elevation. No
clouds in the blue blue sky except one day when a runaway
cloud presented us with a few rain drops. The car gets hot in
the sun, A/C during the day and heater at night. The only
negative is the yard; I tried to dig to plant; it is like digging in
concrete. Not only hard red clay but with lots of stones and
rocks thrown in for good measure. It is virgin desert soil
never touched by man, no organic matter, no top soil. Water
just sits on top of dry soil for hours. A stick of dynamite may
be needed to make a hole for every shade tree I plan to plant.
People here live at a slow pace and nothing seems to be
urgent except probably going to a fire. The only newspaper
is delivered at 3 PM and I get the mail at 1 PM. All the peo-
ple we talked to are very friendly and all are from somewhere
else. The postwoman told me she was from Macomb, IL.
"Arizona is the place to live"; she said, so did the man at Ace
Hardware and the guy across the street who is from
Monomenee, Wis. The four neighbors in our court work at
the Fort; there is a couple of retirees down the street but
most of them are in the military and would like to retire here.
Everyone of them offered us help and one of them invited us
for Thanksgiving. Nov. 30, 1 995
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PC Power Supply for your QL
Some FIXes to the QL's power supply or additions
to make the QL motherboard more stable are best
described as KLUGEs. Since enough time had transpired
between when I thought I knew how to read a schematic to
the present time when I know I do NOT know how to read
one (remember when a schematic was glued to the inside
of transistor radios?), and because it seems that I have
always lived in places where "odd" electronic components
are not readily available over-the-counter, none of the
Muges were viable for me. My trouble shooting has
degenerated to replacing suspected "defective" part; and,
my repairs are limited to what can be ascertained with a
Volt-Ohm-Meter (VOM) and fixed with a soldering iron.
Nonetheless, I managed to come up with a Four Line
wiring scheme which allows you to utilize virtually any PC
power supply with your QL motherboard.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
My Four Line [ +5 GND -12 +12 ] wiring scheme
allows for proper power to the SERial ports and
microdnves and all (?) attachments to the 64-pin DIN edge
connector. In addition to a working QL, to implement this
"project" you will need:any PC-type power supply
male & female 4-pin connector
l"length"ofREDwire for +5
1 "length" of BLACK wire for GND
1 "length" of BLUE wire for -12
1 "length" of YELLOW wire for +12
soldering iron (preferably, 15 watts)
snips (fingernail clippers are "okay"!)
I recommend "lengths" of about 12" (or, more) of
As they say [this is a disclaimer], you attempt the
described modification at your own risk and neither I nor
ZQA! can take responsibility for muffs. The skill level
you will need is modest, but you do need to have some
previous soldering experience since the space may seem
limited if you are not used to soldering on electronic
boards. If you don't know how to solder, or your idea of
soldering is with a torch on copper pipe, then either don't.,
do this, or find someone who can use a pencil pointed
Since all soldering is done to the bottom of the
motherboard, at some point, you will need a Philips head
screwdriver to open the QL case and remove the
motherboard. Again, if you have trepidation, then DONT
Look at the diagrams. All four diagrams are
representative views of the back edge of a QL
motherboard. For clarity, the majority of the diagrams
have been rendered simply as lines, with the relevant
portion a closer representation. The enlarged darkened dot
is the suggested point on the motherboard to solder the
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particular colored wire.
Do not begin this project until you have compared
the bottom of the motherboard with the diagrams and have
a good sense of what is represented.
WHY I DID IT
The first time my QL went dead I was obviously
perplexed. Several months of use had familiarized me with
the fact that the position of the QL's case behind the
microdrives would always get warm when running, and
mine was stone cold. After deciding to void the very
limited warranty, I opened the case and confirmed that the
7805 voltage regulator to which the heat sink was attached
was dead by replacing it with a new one and having my QL
come back to life.
Time passed, and after replacing the 7805 for the
umpteenth time, I knew I had to come up with an
alternative power supply. It seemed that all the "standard"
power supplies which were available provided three
voltages (+12 +5 -12). Because the output for QL power
supply is AC, the QL Service Manual that I bought was of
little assistance to me. Time for the VOM.
WHAT I DID
Obviously, I felt that I needed to come up with a
simple Four Line wiring
scheme which only
depended on the available
voltages from a standard
Beginning at the point
that I knew the best, I
soldered a RED wire (+5
volts) to the trace that the
7805 voltage regulator
output was connected. Use
the flux to tip the ends of
the four wires before
( +6 volts)
attaching them to the
motherboard - that is, strip
about a quarter-inch from the
ends of the wire, dip them in
flux, add heat them from the
soldering iron, then apply a light
coat of solder. Snip ends so that
about 1/16" of wire remains
exposed before soldering to the
I did consult the QL
Service Manual to confirm that-
the middle pin on the power
Black wire (Ground)
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connector socket was the ground, and soldered a BLACK
wire to it. This is a tight space, and perhaps other points on
the motherboard could be used.
Using the QL Users Guide and a VOM I found the
pin closest the QL's power connector socket which
corresponded to the +12 volt pin on the 64-pin expansion
connector and soldered a
YELLOW wire to it.
Since this was not the
input pin on the power
connector, I later
decided to also feed +12
volts to that pin to
provide (stepped down)
voltage for the
whatever else does not
use "standard" voltages
(after all, the QL's
circuitry was designed to
deal with +15 volts,
wasntit?). Do you need
to add the additional^
jumper? I really don't ^_ — _»
know. I can say that whether or not my logic was correct,
the microdrives seem to operate as before (whatever that
Wiring the -12 volt line was a bit perplexing to me.
The first time, I soldered the BLUE wire onto the output
pin of the small transistor (like triode(?)) which generates
the -12 volts from the AC input This was (is!) a very tight
space, and I don't think I did a clean soldering job since
operation of the Serial ports seemed problematic.
soldered a BLUE
wire (-12 volts) to
the largest """"""L
near the 64-pin
to the long trace
nearest to the back
edge of the
behind the Serial
ports (see diagram)
SOME OF THE CHOICES I MADE
I happened to use the "standard" 4-pin Molex
connector that is commonly used for disk drives since that
was what 1 had.
The wire color sequence I used is: RED - BLACK -
BLUE - YELLOW. Note that the wire colors "match"
except for the -12 volt line,
This may be (is probably!) a bad choice if you" are
color blind (I am not); but, I presume that if you were to
mistakenly plug your QL motherboard into a "standard" 4-
The Serial ports work with this
pin Molex that there would be no harm since the -12
VOLT line would simply be "looking at" a GROUND line.
However, if you plug in a modified power supply line to a
drive, you might have a problem with the -12 Volts
(minimal as it is) being where a GROUND line should be!
I really dont know.
To minimize confusion, I Braided the four lines
attached to the QL motherboard and the Molex plug;
and also, I Braided the power supply lines its Molex
To further ensure visual differentiation, I Twisted
the "regular" power supply output lines which supply
power the drives.
Regardless, match the sequence (voltage and
color) of the lines from the power supply with those of
used on the motherboard. If the power supply you are
using does not have leads, then solder matching
colored wires to the appropriate terminals (i.e., RED to
+5, BLACK to Ground^ and so on) and BRAID.
Although the wire COLOR and Voltage output
seems to have been standardized to what I have
described, dont make that presumption if you are not
using a "new" power supply & case. For example,
older Leading Edge power supplies used a proprietary
color scheme; so, don't presume anything. If-or-when in
doubt, check with a VOM, or have a friend who knows
how to use a VOM check your power supply's output. If
you don't know what a VOM is, or how to use one, ask
someone in your users group.
If you feel you have successfully wired your QL's
motherboard, and attached the power supply's output lines
to a matching socket, then before you re-attach the various
accessories to your re-wired QL motherboard you should
test the motherboard with only a monitor attached just in
case you have muffed the wiring. If your bare QL works,
then it should work with all its accessories attached, too.
WHY EVERY QL USER SHOULD CONSIDER THIS
It should be noted for those who have read this far
and do not think that it is necessarily worth the effort of
avoiding their standard, QL power supply that there is a
probable cause and effect that I will suggest which makes
it paramount for anyone still using the standard keyboard
"matrix (old or new) to consider the modification.
— Some time ago, I had concluded that one of the
reasons that the QL's keyboard matrices fail is not
necessarily because SRL was trying to save a hay-penny,
but because of the proximity of the matrix tails to the heat
sink (where the matrices tend to fail). That is, simply, that
the material is prematurely aged by the heat.
Having said that, the caveat is that handling a fragile
(i.e., "old") matrix might make it fail; so, this is best done
with caution unless you are already in the process of
installing a new matrix.
Okay, so you're up to the project. You can wire your
QL before you have a specific power supply in hand.
You should note that, there are a lot of "salvage"
power supplies available. I've tried doing this with a lot of
really strange stuff (i.e., I "wasted" a lot of money on odd-
ball power supplie s while trying to save m ^qy) nan
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Elliott has successfully wired a COLECO power supply to
Dan's UPDATE! article came too late for me, but just
as well since the wiring he described employed a multitude
of lines coming from a modified COLECO power supply
to some cryptically described "pins" on the QL
motherboard. WelL at some point, I actually got a chance
to lay my baby-blues on Dan's handiwork. HMMMmmm.. I
learned that my confusion in following Dan's article was a
result of trying to use the QL Service Manual as a guide
rather than just scanning an actual motherboard. I also
learned what Roy Barber (QUANTA) had meant when he
once remarked about engineers tending to use only one
color of wire!
The lesson: Do yourself a favor and use different
colored wire for different voltage values.
Multi-stranded, colored wire is available from auto
supply stores or can often be found in the automotive
section of some national hardware stores. Desperation
forced me to use some Blue Krylon for my -12 volt line -
The QPIane is a fold-over type backplane with three
buffered connectors; and, my recollection is that the
original QPIane, or a close cousin, was available several
years ago without the AT compatible power connectors.
Learning that the QPIane now comes with P8 & P9 power
connectors which correspond to an AT-type power supply
finally peaked my curiosity enough that I bought one even
though I probably won't use one until I manage to find a
"used" (under $250), Super Gold Card.
The QPIane may not be the answer for everyone who
wants to use a PC -type power supply. While a Super Gold
Card does not need to be modified to take advantage of the
QPlane's power connectors, modifications are necessary
when used in tandem with either a Trump or standard Gold
Card disk interface. Call me crazy, but in a worse case
scenario I would rather have to replace a QL motherboard
than a disk interface.
Another QPIane observation I want to make for those
who are not familiar with IBM compatible PC hardware is
that PC & AT power supplies (to my knowledge) are not
wired the same. I "forget" what the precise difference is,
but after physically modifying my sister's first generation
IBM PC case to accept an AT motherboard, the
motherboard didn't work when I plugged the power supply
into it! The problem was apparently in the power
connector output lines being sequenced differently than
that of an AT power supply. Since I didn't have any
reference material with me to put the power lines in the
proper sequence, I re-installed the original PC motherboard
back into the case (and, of course it worked); and yes, the
AT motherboard did work when it was plugged back into
an AT power supply.
I cannot say that your QL equipment will
successfully survive having
a QPIane plugged into a "regular" PC power supply.
When in doubt, check line voltages.
DO IT YOURSELF FOLD-OVER
Part of the downside of the QPIane is the additional
cost created by the "extra" two connectors which you
probably won't need. The extra connectors are a throw-
back to when some expansion cards did not have Thru-
Ports. Of course, the alternative to "store-bought" is to
make one yourself.
Over a half dozen years ago, after much trial-and-
error ("griashing of teeth" is probably a better description),
I can say that a fold-over type board should be relatively
easy to cobble up; but, it requires acquiring the necessary
parts (connectors, perf board, tinned wire, solder, soldering
iron); and, knowing the easiest way to fabricate it.
Initially, I tried the "original" Foldover board (Adman
Services) which failed miserably (for me) for a couple of
reasons ~ the primary being my tardiness in ordering (my
issues of QUANTA came about a month after they
apparently were received in the UK), thus receiving the last
one (literally) on the shelf which unfortunately had some
broken traces that necessitated hand wiring some of the
connections. HEW. Apparently, during soldering at least
one other trace must have broken (they were very, VERY
thin), or I had an undetectable solder splash. Regardless, I
just could never get it to work despite extensive continuity
Okay, so I pulled the connectors, and decided to hand
wire a "clean" piece of perforated board (Radio Shack).
WelL I made the mistake of following the lead set by the
single-sided, printed circuit of the Foldover board, and tried
to hand wire the 64 (x2) pins on the same side. Let me just
say that using insulated, wire-wrap wire it got very
crowded in a hurry. In the end, my "first" home-made
fold-over board didn't work either; but, I keep it around as
a reminder of what not to do.
In a flash of this-is-really-obvious-in-retrospect, I
determined that the key to successfully hand wiring and
soldering a fold-over board is to use both sides of the perf
board. Really. Double-sided soldering can be done with
the end result being physically quite stable.
So, all you need to do is to take the first connector
and straighten the "lower" row of pins (or, bend the
"upper" row) so they can be inserted into an appropriately
spaced piece of perforated board. If you do the same for
the otheT connector, you will find that if properly
bent/straightened and inserted into the perf board, the bent
pins will be pointed toward one another on one side of the
perf board and the straight rows will be accessible on the
other. I allowed for nine "rows" between connectors. The
QPlane's first connector appears to be similarly spaced.
Of course, you want to ensure that the DIN
connectors are snug to the perf board before soldering. I
decided to use tinned wire for the connecting wire since its
slightly heavier gauge is less fragile than the wire- wrap you
can get from your local Radio Shack (of course, you can
use insulated wire wrap if you prefer). If you follow my
suggestion of double-sided soldering, you simply need to
solder a connecting wire between each pin of one
connector with the one that lines up with a pin on the other
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If you have made your fold-over board with tinned
wire (as I have), I recommend that you "paint" the outer,
exposed wires to provide some insulation.
Since 64-pin DIN connectors are rare in North
America, if you want to try to cobble up a fold-over board,
you might consider salvaging a matched pair of DIN
connectors from a QL memory expansion which has a
Thru-Port since these boards are periodically available for a
very small amount (try Mechanical Affinity). Removal of
the DIN connectors from the circuit board is best done
with either a razor saw or a Dremel-type tool (of course,
you will want to cut as close to the board as possible).
YOU CAN DO IT
I have an internally expanded (512K) QL
[motherboard modified by Nazir Pashtoon] with the
described Four Line wiring configuration. Because the
5 1 2K QL is in the standard QL case, I have left the 7805
voltage regulator in place so that I can power it using either
a PC power supply OR a QL power supply ~ there have
been no perceived conflicts.
My "primary" QL (with an unmodified Gold Card)
has been wired to a Speny PC case (100 watt PS) for years.
Before I bought either the Sperry case or the Gold Card,
the "same" motherboard was installed in an AT case (230
watt - excessive for the hardware configuration) and the
original connector attached to the QL motherboard was a
salvaged pin set that I recall plugging only into P8 from the
My QL's motherboard is held in place within the
Sperry case with two screws whose posts were inserted in
a 3/4" thick piece of pine cut to fit the bottom of the case;
and, the edges of the QL motherboard "rest" above the
wooden platform on 1/8" thick strips of perforated
hardboard that happened to be handy.
A home-made ribbon cable extension connected a
keyboard which used the original QL matrix until I bought
a Falkenberg keyboard interface a couple of years ago. The
new, DI-REN keyboard interface (available from
Mechanical Affinity) would be my first choice, now.
If you have questions, contact me:
914 RIO VISTA CIR SW
ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87105
I would like to think that the foregoing is useful
information for many people within the QL community;
and, I have to apologize for the delay in getting it into print.
Prior to the inception of ZQA!, I believe I put out a
general query regarding interest in an article on putting a
QL in a standard PC case; but, the only response I got was
from Peter Hale (then editor of NESQLUG's newsletter).
The problem with NESQLUG's newsletter was my
perception that the article would necessarily need to be
broken up (i.e., re-written) into episodic installments due to
its length. So, for various reasons, I never got around to re-
writing (nor, sending) a version of the original draft. My
Shortly thereafter, I spent my "lost year" in the
hinterlands of New Mexico. My QL was packed away for
the majority of my sojourn. Time passed, and the article
was pretty much forgotten.
Eventually, I must have interpreted a written
comment by Tom Robbins that he was having power
supply problems; and so, I re-drafted my original article,
drew up a diagram, and sent it to him since he co-authors
"QXL in Command" (in IQLR). I requested that Tom
advise me if he could not follow it; otherwise, if he had no
problems to send it off to Bob Dyl (IQLR's
editor/publisher). That was November 1994. WelLInever
heard back from Tom, so I can only presume that he didn't
have a problem with following the instructions in the
While I could only presume that the article was sent
to Bob Dyl, I eventually re-sent the article in April along
with three others directly to IQLR. The US Postal service
did NOT return my envelope, so I can only presume that
IQLR received the articles. Well, that certainly makes Bob
Dyl's lament about the lack of articles a few months ago
ring hollow, doesn't it?
Of course, in theory, it is the perogative of any editor
to exclude information from their publications, particularly
if the writers are being paid for their articles; but, it seems
obstructionist to the better interest of the Sinclair
(particularly, QL) community to omit an article such as this
one unless the information was found to be grossly
Well, perhaps Bob Dyl has a "vision" of how the QL
community should directed. Perhaps he thinks that
information which "competes" with commercial products
should be suppressed. Perhaps he thinks that only articles
written by his by his friends should be included. Or, is it
Perhaps you bought a QPlane and are satisfied with
the idea of cutting and soldering on your Gold Card.
Perhaps you have urilimited funds that don't infringe on
any portion of your household budget so that you would
prefer to buy one of the over-the-counter QL-in-a-box
packages instead of saving some money. Perhaps you
consider yourself simply a regular person to whom the way
of the world can be dictated by those who would like to be
thought of as the cognoscenti.
Regardless, I know that I would be miffed if I had
been looking for this information on wiring a QL
motherboard to a PC power supply, and later found out it
was excluded from print because of some unwritten,
quixotic editorial policy.
And, that is the real pity because IQLR has
apparently provided an excellent forum to a geographically
diverse number of QL users. It seems that most of the
articles are informative - even if many tend to hawk
particular products - since they are usually written by end-
users. Still, this episode begs the question: How many
other articles and how much other information has been
excluded for reasons that one can only speculate upon?
IQLR's editorial policy is ambiguous at best (I
remember once reading the proclamation that every article
submitted had been printed just about a year before the
lament that there was a dearth of articles) and has certainly
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become provocative at worst.
You have "one side" of the story about the history of
this article. If you want more information [i.e., the "other
side" (if there is one)], put your queries in the proper
(and/or, telephonic) forums. Discuss this with other
members in your users group, hi particular, you owe it to
yourself to get explanations and answers if you are an
I don't tele-communicate since I try to spend most of
my time in the Upper Paleolithic and early Holocene -- in
other words, I can only shout what I know from the house
tops and hope that someone else hears what needs to be
said; and hopefully, those of you out there who do care
about the direction of the QL community make it a
consensus - rather than an individual ~ decision.
If I did tele-communicate, then I wouid be posting
this information about Bob Dyl's exclusionary policy on
QBox and the appropriate site(s) on the INTERNET.
Perhaps some of you out there will do so. The Sinclair
community needs to hear from all voices about all its
facets. What I know is that sometimes the emperor isn't
wearing any clothes; and, someone has to point it out.
AND COMPUTING, TO YOU ...
by fit Itng
Neither Santa nor the postman brought me a new copy
of SMSQ for Christmas; and so, I'm still plugging away
with the same version of SMSQ (v2.57) that I received
during the Summer. That should not be considered bad;
but obviously, the same limitations exist as before with the
video display being less than 80% of the "available" VGA
display and the TURBO compiler still not fully compatible
It may be noted that Jochen Merz's SMSQ/E always
appears to be a version release ahead of the "standard"
SMSQ that is provided to QXL users; so, SMSQ users may
eventually have the keyword DISPSIZE available to the
QXL with a future upgrade. Whether DISP_SIZE will
remedy my complaint about the QXL's diminished display
A PORTABLE QXL
Although the QL itself is relatively light (about 3
pounds), after you add a monitor and other sundries, it
generally becomes quite cumbersome to transport. For
many QL users, a (trans-)portable QL has been high on the
wish list - perhaps, the "holy grail" of QL hardware.
The fact that the QXL uses a PC as its host means that
if one can find an AT-class portable with an ISA expansion
slot then one should be able to have a portable QXL as
Laptop PCs with ISA slots are a rare breed because
they arrived just prior to the advent of the stripped-down,
sub-ten pound notebook class of computer with which
they briefly coexisted. Most of the laptop-class of portables
with the ISA slots were very high end as one may note by
the Gas Plasma displays which many had. The contrast
provided by Gas Plasma displays was superior to that of
the pre- VGA LCD screens of the time.
The CARDSTAR 486 and the PCIII 4X CD [PC
Portable Manufacturer, Inc.] are two contemporary laptops
with ISA expansion slots. The former does not appear to
be available, but the latter still is (price varies depending on
screen, processor, memory, etc.; starting at about $1800).
The former had a monochrome VGA display, while the
latter is available with either monochrome or color (passive
or active). I am not sure what the keyboard layout is for
the CARDSTAR; but, I can report that the PCIIFs non-
ASCII layout looks awkward.
The following list of older laptops and portables are
PCs which should be usable with a QXL card; but, what
should be may not be. The COMPAQ Portable III and the
DataWorld PortaComp III have "lunchbox" configurations.
The information is believed to be accurate; but, actual
specifications may be better-or-worse than I have
COMPAQ Portable III 16 BIT (2 - Full length)
EPSON LT286e 1 6 BIT (1 - Three-quarter length)
EPSON LT386SX 1 6 BIT (1 - Three-quarter length)
MYODA LT5200 16 BIT (2 - Full length)
TANDON LT 386SX 16 BIT (1 - Full)
DataWorld Data LP/320 16 or 8 BIT (1 - Half length)
DataWorld Portacomp III 16 or 8 BIT (2 - Half length)
DELL 316LT 8 BIT (1 - HALF length)
DELL 320LT 8 BIT (1 - Half length)
TOSHIBA T3100e 8 BIT (1 - Half length)
TOSHIBA T3200SX 8 BIT (1 - Full, 1 - half length)
The original generation of laptops with ISA expansion
slots appear to weigh between 14.5 and 18 pounds. If you
are ordering by mail/phone then ask about all of the specs;
particularly, you should confirm whether the slots are 16
BIT or 8 BIT. Do not confuse the TOSHIBA T3100SX (for
example) with the TOSHIBA T3100e or T3200SX.
I recently had the opportunity to try my QXL card in a
refurbished EPSON LT286e. The EPSON is probably a
compromise between the best and the worst from which
one might choose. From what I am able to glean, the
EPSON may be the only ISA-portable with a 286
processor and EGA output ("three" shades of "grey").
With the exception of the two, contemporary laptops, the
rest appear to use an 80386 (generally SX) with VGA
output (generally 16 shades of "grey").
I should note, before getting too tar along, that I
returned the EPSON I had bought because the screen's
back-lighting did not always come on. I had been
promised a "new" replacement screen, and waited three
weeks for it before calling to find that it had never been
sent! Consequently, I am still waiting for a "credit memo"
from the vendor - until then, I will reserve the name of the
My first impression of the EPSON LT286e was that it
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not only felt heavy, it was heavy. The outer case looked as
though it had seen much better days. The EPSON'S
640x480 LCD display (11") can be considered an adequate
(not measured) QXL display ~ the screen was supposed to
be "clean"; but I've seen better. While the display in
"inverse" mode appeared cleaner, recollection is that it only
provided two shades; and, this could result in critical drop-
out as RED is translated to BLACK, etc.
Because there appear to be only "three" shades of
GREY (I think there are actually "four" shades), whatever
was RED on your QL is GREY on the EPSON'S
monochrome, LCD screen and whatever was GREEN on
your QL is translated as WHITE - or, invisible! I think
BLUE is translated as a paler grey. If you are familiar with
SKYGLOBE, I will mention that the EPSON ran the
program (configured for a VGA monitor) without any
The EPSON has an external MDA/CGA/EGA hookup
plus an external keyboard port. The 40 meg. hard-drive is
removable, and I would suspect that almost any 2.5" or
3.5" IDE drive could be substituted if you wanted a larger
The keyboard felt crisp and looked "new"; but, the
layout of the non- ASCII keys is a bit odd (but, I think the
layout of the original AT keyboards is odd, too; so, you
have to be the judge of what is acceptable for you).
The AC/DC transformer plugs onto the back of the
humongous battery pack which must weight four-to-rive
pounds. Since I did not receive a manual, I can only
suppose that the transformer can be attached directly to the
computer. I'm not sure how long it takes to charge the
battery, but I am sure that based on the battery technology
available that each charge only "lasts" for about two hours.
Details are hopefully available from EPSON.
The EPSON LT286e could be a lot worse; and, it is
certainly very usable as is. There are limitations, and
whether or not those limitations would preclude your using
it as the host for your QXL depend on your own
sensibilities. Because aging eyesight is forcing me to prefer
a "good" (easy to view) screen, I don't recommend the
EPSON LT286e; but, the EPSON LT386SX may (should?)
have a VGA screen with at least 16 shades of grey; and,
this "upgrade" would be worth looking for.
The bottom line is that despite the fact that the EPSON
LT286e worked with the QXL card, if it weren't for the
flaky screen, I might still have it; but, all things considered,
I guess I'm still looking for a portable ISA host for my
AND COMPUTING, TO YOU ...
DAISY BE 600V - V
by David Lassov
Look HERE, you guys ! ! We hear, that some of you have
DAISY software, but are not following along in these
presentations, which are designed, to get you to use this stuff,
or, at least, TO TRY IT ! !
DAISY is more flexible than MSCRIPT, and it leaves nice
margins at the bottom of the page, which T AS WORD doesn't
do.W So, get out your disc, named Daisy #1, and do an
AUTOSTART. A tune plays, and Bill Jones' banner comes on-
screen with an invitation to "PRESS A KEY...". At this point,
we always press "3", because what follows becomes so
automatic and easy to remember.
The MAIN thing to remember is, that we are now
describing (in an initial fashion, which can always be revised by
recourse to Format Menu, as discussed last time,) the print
parameters to use, upon print-out of our masterpiece, or other
document. So, we press "3", or something, then "2" for our dot
We are using an AERCO CP I, and a punch of "1" tells this
to the software. The dip switches are set to wait for software-
generated line feeds, and we punch "y" in response to the next
We like both margins justified, and answer the next
question in the affirmative. The first line of all our paragraphs is
indented by 5 spaces.
The software stores up all the above formatting
information and sends it out the printeT port (127.?) to the
printer. Thus, the software tests for printer-ready, before
sending it out. So, from the outset, "PRINTER MUST BE ON".,
connected, and ready to go.
After sending out the information to the printer initializing
Daisy, the main menu, Function Menu, comes on-screen. We
summarize all the foregoing, by saying LOAD Daisy and punch
The first four articles in this series have discussed the first
three entries of the Function Menu. Hence, this, the fifth article,
discusses the Data Status Menu, as that which happens, when
you punch "4" at the Function Menu.
WelL if you punch "4" now, you get the description of the
occupancy status of several strings in an empty, or thus far
unused, software. That's all right, and we can tell a lot about this
interesting Data Status Menu and about the Daisy software,
itself, as distributed by Frank Davis.
For example, the column on the left indicates, that a$
contains exactly 1 character, a blank right now. There are a lot
of empty strings, right now, but fS contains a string of 85
characters: "I would appreciate whatever information or
suggested references that you can provide."
These strings can all be used for temporary storage of
printable information, which can be inserted many times in the
composition of a printable document. Thus, we want to be able
to keep track of the availability of various strings.
H$ and 1$ are both string arrays, which combine to contain
the printable document. Thus is listed the number of paragraphs
and the number of characters in both H$ and 1$ FREE=19887
indicates a free RAM of almost 20000 bytes for that many more
characters in the document When we are through reading this
menu's information, we can get back to the Function Menu, by
Performing a BREAK, while this menu is on the screen,
traps us into answering the question, whether we desire to
CLEAR variables and LOAD a complete, new set of variable
values. If NO, then we return to the Function Menu with
nothing changed. If SO, then we are asked for the number,
from 0 to 4, of a data disc, containing sets of variable files. The
data disc is catalogued, and files with extension .C2 are listed.
Variable files have a five-digit number for the name, and these
five digits plus the extension indicate which variable file is to be
LOADed in, thereby completely reinitializing Daisy.
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Incidentally, the five digit number gives the length in bytes of
the particular variable file, by saving the variable file.
Also shown on the Data Status Menu is whether MAIL
DATA is on board (YES or NO), which can be used for MAIL
MERGE, while printing the document. In addition to the many
strings, listed for data storage, k$, p$, and v$ can be so used.
Lastly, "3579" denotes the BASIC line number to GO TO,
in order to get the Data Status Menu on the screen..
Please, refer to the following article for the behavior of the
Data Status Menu, in the case of lots of data on-board.
Otherwise, we'll pick up next time with discussion of the
all-important Data Management Menu, for employing LKDOS in
the management of scarce memory resources.
All right, you guys. Now, that we have hacked our way
through that stuff in Bill Jones' Daisy, as distributed by Frank
Davis, sit back and relax, as we regale you with tales of our new
and improved version of Daisy, which we have broken out into
four separate versions, for the purpose of SPEED, SPEED, and
First, we load the RAMDISK with all the menus, some of
which have been compressed. Then, we LOAD the
AUTOSTART file on drive #0 for the MAIN MENU and punch
"2" for Input-Edit.
Up comes the Function Menu, as the dock port switches in
as a branch. By the way, the value of TURBO is shown as "1".
We punch "4" for the Data Status Menu and get an empty
version, as before, since nothing is LOADed. The only real
difference is, that we have managed to scrape together a FREE
of 20495, which allows us to process documents of almost
another screenful of information.
So, we hit ENTER and get the Function Menu back on the
screen immediately. Now, we hit "1" for "Input-Edit" and the
QUICKIE MENU comes on immediately. We key-in "<" to Load
Dbase, follow with "1" (for H or I data base), since we have no
desire to LOAD another variable file, although that is another
way to go, should we already have a set of variables, set up with
the document information, we have in mind. Thus, we hit "1",
and input a DATA disc on drive #3. Next, the disc is
catalogued, and the question is asked, whether we want to load
H$, 1$, or Both.
Since we want to load up for demonstration purposes, we
indicate "Both". Next, a BEEP sounds with a request for file
number, to be LOADed. We ENTER "400" and drive #3 grinds
away, as files "400. AS" and "401. A$ are LOADed into string
arrays h$ and i$, respectively. The QUICKIE MENU comes
back on-screen quickly. From here, we get the Function Menu
on-screen immediately, by hitting "4."
Let's look at the Data Status Menu, by hitting "4" at the
Function Menu. It branches right in, and indicates all strings
empty, except for a length of 1 for u$. u$ contains a blank
character. Contmuing, we see 7 paragraphs in an H$ of length
4928 and 3 paragraphs in an 1$ of length 2112. Apparently, all
the paragraphs are of length 704, containing an exact screenful
of information. And, Oh Yes, FREE RAM has been reduced to
Now, let's go back to the MAIN MENU, AUTOSTART in
drive #0. Punch up ManlAd by hitting "0." Then, after the httle
song and our Daisy banner comes up, we charge on to the
Function Menu, by initializing Daisy with 3,2,l,y,y,y. Note
Turbo=3. A punch of "4" shows Data Status Menu, where
everything is empty, but FREE is already reduced to a
dangerously low value of 6984. For. Daisy manipulates a lot of
strings, and such data processing uses FREE RAM only. Which
is a very good reason for avoiding string operations as much as
Next, let's go back to the MAIN MENU on drive #0 and
punch up PO+MM, by hitting "1." After the httle tune, we get
the Function Menu, by hitting 3, 2, l,y, y, and y in succession.
Note Turbo=2. The Data Status Menu is unchanged, except for
FREE=15863, enough for print-out and mail-merge file).
Lastly, let's hit "3" at the Main Menu and bring the
Function Menu right up. Note Tubo=0. Pressing "4" gives an
immediate Data Status Menu, which shows a FREE = 28199.
Next issue, we're going to have a lot of fun, describing
how the LOAD Menu and SAVE Menu combine to conserve
memory (the DELETE Menu).
What: QHJ Freeware is a freeware/shareware distribution service for the North American QL
users. It is not designed to compete with European freeware distributors.
Why: It has recently dawned on me that there are no freeware distributors in North America.
Due to currency exchange rates, buying freeware from Europe can be a daunting and a costly
How: All Freeware packages are available as ZIP files. Check the list of files available, add
up the total bytes, determine how many disks it would take, send the disks plus return
postage. Return postage should be the same as sending the disks to me.
The List: Send a SASE, e-mail, or check my web pages. The Addresses for ail of this:
Huber Heights, OH 45424-4225
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ANNOUNCING: IKI (IbM Keyboard I
eyboard interface for 1000/2068) by Jack Dohany
IVe been using my IKI and an IBM keyboard with
my 2068 for seven years, and I love it. I've been wondering
how to share the IKI with the Timex community, and have
finally decided just to do it, however I can.
The IKI was designed in 1987 by a friend who has
since retired from the Timex scene and now wishes to
remain anonymous. I have his permission to publicize
and/or reproduce his design however I wish. We owe him
a debt of gratitude, I do not intend to profit from his
design, but only to share it freely. I ask only payment for
time/materials expended in the sharing process.
WHAT IT WORKS ON
The IKI can be used with the ZX80, ZK81, T/S 1000,
T/S 1500, Spectrum and T/S 2068 computers, It is
compatible with all interfaces for those computers, It
cannot be used with the QL or Z88,
WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE
The IKI works with any IBM XT-compatible
keyboard. The keyboard must have an XT/AT selector
switch. The IKI won't work with "auto-sensing" keyboards
which decide for themselves whether the computer is an
XT or AT type
WHY USE AN IBM KEYBOARD? It just feels good,
that's why. And if you wear it out, you can replace it.
HOW TO USE THE IKI
Just plug it in, and type away. You do not need to
load any software. The IKI works with virtually all
software: MSCRIPT, TASWORD etc. etc. There are a few
Spectrum games with which the IKI cannot be used: those
which require the simultaneous pressing of two or more
letter or number keys,
IBM SHIFT key serves as our CAPS-SHIFT,
IBM ALT key serves as our SYMBOL- SHIFT,'
IBM CTRL key series as CAPS-SHIFT + SYMBOL-
IBM ESC key serves as BREAK (Caps-shift + space)
IBM numeric keypad series as a numeric keypad only,
The IBM function keys 1 to 10 serve as shifted 1 to 0.
Therefore if s best to use an IBM keyboard which has its
function keys above the numeric keys, rather than grouped
on the left side,
THE FLY IN THE OINTMENT
The IKI works admirably with word processors and
other application software. It can be a pain in the keester to
use when writing or editing BASIC programs, since the
Sinclair keywords do not appear on the IBM keyboard.
There are four possible solutions:
1 . Use the native keyboard for BASIC editing, or
2. Use a chart or list showing keys and keywords, or
3. Memorize such a chart, or
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4. Use my KEYWORD V2.0 program which lets you type
in keywords letter by letter,
Solution 4 is the one I usually use when editing BASIC.
HOW TO GET AN IKI
Ah. now we come to the hard part: sharing it, I see
three possible schemes:
1 . Build one for you, or
2. You build your own with my help, or
3. We as a group make a PC board, or have one made,
SCHEME ONE is not economically feasible. It
would cost you about $240! That's because it takes about
20 hours to hand-wire an IKI board. If you're willing to
pay that much, IH be happy to build you an IKI if and
when I find the time. If you have more time than money,
and construction skills, you might prefer Scheme Two.
SCHEME TWO possibilities:
1 . Send me a self-address stamped envelope. IH send you
the IKI schematic and EPROM contents. You will have to
buy all hardware (about $30) and program your own
EPROM. This info could also be published in any
magazine or newsletter that wishes to devote numerous
pages to it,
SASE is NOT NEEDED for items 2 to 4
2. For $10 IH send you the items listed above, plus
complete construction details, and a pre-programmed
3. For $40 111 send you the items listed above, plus all
needed parts EXCEPT the rear-connector finger board
which I am unable to obtain, (If you know of a source for
finger boards, please let me know!)
4. KEYWORD V6.0 is in the public domain. A disk
containing it would cost $5,
SCHEME THREE: Let me know how you can help,
with time, skill or money, in the production of an IKI PC
board. If enough people are interested, it may be possible
to produce an IKI PC board. Self-addressed stamped
October 30, 1995
The version of KEYWORD that you have is probably
a very early one, and as you suspect, it was probably
improperly SAVEd. The latest version is not fussy about
when it gets SAVEd. and is in all ways much better than
the original, Will there be a V7.0? Well, probably... if and
when I think of any improvements.
The only real problem with KEYWORD V6.0 (and all
earlier versions) is that if s not compatible with BASIC
programs which use non-relocatable machine-code-in a
REM statement, Right now I can't think of any solution to
that problem other than modifying such BASIC-programs,
or rather, the code in their REM statements.
YouH note that no EPROM or schematics of the IKI
are enclosed. That s because, since the article was written, I
have come uo with some ideas for imorovements to the
IKI design, and I want to try those out before (more or
less) finalizing the design.
YouH note that no EPROM or schematics of the IKI
are enclosed, That s because, since the article was written, I
have come up with some ideas for improvements to the
IKI design, and I want to try those out before (more or
less) finalizing the design.
You WILL get the IKI EPROM and documentation
as soon as I'm sure that they are as good as they can be, for
I have great plans for the future. I have finally (after
years of effort) succeeded in modifying my DEVPAC
assembler and disassembler so that they can cope with
LARGE machine-code programs. It is now possible, for
the first time ever, to re-source, rewrite and re-assemble
LARGE machine-code programs, such as MSCRIPT, the
LarKen DOS, and the 2068-And Spectrum ROMs. I will
now be able to do things that I have only dreamed of being
able to do. Great tilings are coming, In the fullness of time,
and yes, Tim ex/ Sine lair still lives!
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Redwood City, CA 94061
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We were born before Television, penicillin,
polio shots, plastic cards, frozen foods, Xerox,
contact lenses, Frisbees and the pill. We were before
tape decks, panty hose, printers, word processors and
guys wearing earrings.
We witnessed RADAR, split atoms, laser
beams, artificial hearts, FM radios, ball point pens,
dishwashers, cloth dryers, electric blankets, air
cloths and man
walking on the moon.
We got married
first and then lived
wasn't it? Closets
were for cloths and
not for coming out off.
Bunnies were small
rabbits and not buxom
girls, rabbits were not
Designer Jeans were
scheming girls named
Jean and meaningful
getting along with our
We thought fast food was what we ate during
lent, and outer space was the back of the Riviera
We were before househusbands, gay rights,
computer dating, dual careers, and computer
marriages. Before day-care centers, group therapy
wellness and nursing homes.
For us, time sharing meant togetherness not
computers or condominiums. A chip meant a piece of
wood or off the old block, hardware was at the
general store and software wasn't even a word in the
Made in Japan meant junk, making out referred
to how we did on the exam. Cool and hot were senses
and not a state of mind.
Pizza, McDonald's, gyros, yogurt and instant
coffee were unheard of.
We hit the scene when
there were 5 & 100 stores,
where we bought things for a
nickel or a dime. For a nickel
IV we rode a street car, made a
phone call, bought a Pepsi or
enough stamps to mail a letter
and two Postcards. We could
buy a Chevy coup for $600,
but who could afford one? A
pity too, with gas at 11^ a
Cigarette smoking was
fashionable, grass was
mowed, coke was a cold
drink and pot was something
we cooked in. Rock music
was a grandma's lullaby and
aids were helpers in the principal's office.
We were certainly not before the difference
between the sexes was discovered, but we were surely
before the sex change. We were the last generation
that was so dumb as to think that a woman needed a
husband and not a test tube to have a babv.
tiAnt a life.'
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If you are a LarKen LK-DOS owner and would like to run
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handling The installation instructions are in your LarKen manual.
We shall not be responsible for your install job. AERCO owners
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So you like to fly, the 747 Flight Simulator for SPECTRUM by
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Supplied on LarKen SSDD or DSDD LarKen disk for $10 which
goes to Derek now working at Motorola with Bob.
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13) Synchro-Sette subscription tape: September 1983 no docs
15) Synchro-Sette subscription tape: November 1983 no docs.
16) Ator ABC Gator (Timex) 16K RAM no docs
17) Backgammon (Timex) 16K RAM no docs
18) Bat Cage (Timex) 2K RAM docs
19) Bigflap Attack (Timex) 16K RAM no docs
20 & 21) Capitalization Master (Timex) 16K RAM Docs
22) Challenger I (Timex) 2K RAM docs
23 & 24) Checkbook Manager (Timex) 16K RAM Docs
26) Critical Path Analysis (Timex) 16K RAM docs
27) Cube Game (Timex). 16K RAM docs
29) Flight Simulator (Timex) docs
31) & 32) Fortress Of Zorlac (Timex) 16K RAM i ntationo
33 & 34) Frogger (Timex) 16K RAM docs
36) Grimm's Fairy Trails (Timex) 16K RAM docs
38) Home Asset Manager (Timex) 16K RAM docs
39 & 40) Inventory Control (Timex) 16K RAM docs
42) Language Usage (Timex) 16K RAM docs
45) Manufacturing Control (Timex) 16K RAM docs
48) Mixed Game Bag 1 (Timex) 16K RAM docs
49 & 50) Mixed Game Bag 2 (Timex) 2K RAM docs
52) Mixed Game Bag 3 (Timex) 2K RAM docs
53 & 54) Money Analyzer I (Timex) 2K RAM docs
57) Organizer (VU-FILE) (Timex) 16K RAM docs
59) Power Pack 1 (Timex) 2K RAM docs
60) Presidents (Timex) 16K RAM docs
61) Puzzler (Timex) 16K RAM docs
62) RAM Runner (Timex) 16K RAM docs
63) Stamp Collector (Timex) 16K RAM docs
65 & 66) Stock Option Analyzer (Timex) 16K RAM docs
67) Super Math (Timex) 16K RAM docs
68 & 69) Supermaze (Timex) 16K RAM docs
70) Superdoodles (Timex) 16K RAM docs
71) Trap (Timex) 16K RAM docs
72) Trident (Timex) 16K RAM docs
73 & 74 & 75) VU-CALC (Timex) 16K RAM docs
76 & 77 & 78) Pac Rabbit (IPS) 16K RAM docs.
79) Biorhythms and Day Of Week (Softsync) 16K RAM docs
for biorhythms only
80) Delphic Toolkit (Thomas B Woods) 16K RAM no docs
81) Escape From Shazzar! (software) 16K RAM docs
82) Joystick Games For 2K RAM 6 (Zebra Systems) docs
84) HOT Z-l 1 (Ray Kingsley) 16K and 64K RAM docs
85) Inca Curse (Arctic Computing) 16K docs.
86) Key and "U"TILiTY (Russell Electronics) 16K RAM docs
87) LarKen Disk Urilities-ZX81 (Public Domain) no docs
88) Mad Dog Tank Blaster (Thorn Woods) L6K RAM no docs.
89) Mars Rescue (data-assette) 16K RAM no docs
90 & 91 & 92) Master-Scribe 1.0, 1.1, 1..2 (Mike Hawks) 64K
93) Monarch! (Software) 16K RAM no docs
94 & 95 & 96) Monster Maze 3D (New Generation Soft) 16K RAM docs
97) Nowotnik Puzzle (Software) 16K RAM no docs
98) Printer Driver, Universal (Fred Nachbauar) docs
99) Programmers Toolkit (Softsync) 16K docs
1 00) Quest For Holy Grail & Elusive Mr. Big (Softsync) 16K RAM docs
101) Sort (Thomas B Woods) IK RAM no docs
103) RAMpager (Calliope Software) 16K RAM no docs
104 & 105) Supertape (JRC Software) docs
107) Tool Kit and COPY-CAT (Unknown) docs.
108) Zombies and Mount Mayhem (data-assette) no docs
109) ZX Assembler (Bus-Byte) docs
1 10) ZX Forth ( Forth Dimension) no docs
111) ZXLRB (Russell Electronics) docs
1 12 & 1 13 & 1 14 ) Adventure C (Softsync) 16K no docs
] 15 & 1 1 6 ) Alien Invasion (Softsync) 16K no docs
1 17 & 1 18 ) Artist Games Tape 2 (Melbourne House) 16K docs
1 19 & 120 ) Catacombs Games Tape 3 (Melb House) 16K docs
121 & 122 ) Championship Chess (SoftSync) 16K Docs
123) Datam aster (Timeworks) 16K part one of docs missing
124) Disassembler "DAI " Follow directions on screen
125) Financial Manager & Record Keeper (Softsync) 16K docs
126 & 127) Flight Simulator (Timex) 16K docs
128) Graphics Kit (Softsync) 16K docs
129) HOT-Z II 16K and 64K no docs
130) HOT-Z II 16K only no docs
131) Machiine Code Test Tool 16K no docs
132) Master Scribe Set Of 5 Cassettes no docs
133) Memotext Cassette (7 Cassettes) Version By Fred
Nachbaur with help files docs
134) "MTERM" Communication Program no docs
135 & 136 & 137) Night Gunner (Softsync) 16K docs.
138) Pilot (Mindware) 16K docs
139 & 140) PRO/FILE (Thomas B Woods) 16K no docs
141 & 142) Pyramid Games Tape 2 (Melbourne House) 16K no Docs
143) Quest For Holy Grail & Elusive Mr. Big (Softsync) 16K docs
144) Screen Kit I (Mindware) 16K docs
145) Shark's Treasure (Softsync) 16K sealed never opened
146) Space Commando (Softsync) 16K sealed never opened
147 & 148) Starfighter Games Tape 2 (Melbourne House) 16K
149) Super Chess (Softsymc) 16K sealed never been opened
150) TS Destroyer & Space Raid (Softsync) 2K sealed
151) ZXAS Machine Code Assembler docs
152) ZX Assembler no docs
153) ZXLRB (G Russell) no docs
154) ZTEXT (Mindware) 16K docs
155) Unknown Programs Sent From Australia no docs
DONALD S. LAMBERT
1301 KIBLINGER PL
AUBURN IN 46706-3010
FOR SALE: Fine deal for someone within driving distance
of Gettysberg. All of the following to the first person to show
up with $350 cash and cart it away. Firm.
2 2050 Modems
2 2040 Printers
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2 Color Monitors
1 B/W Monitor
Many, many magazines and books with the bulk of them
going back to the early 80' s.
2 spectrum Emulators and other Chips.
100's of programs including many in their original boxes.
You will not be disappointed. We need the space. And
we are in the Gettysburg telephone directory and live 8 miles
southwest of Gettysburg.
121 FRANKLIN ST
FAIRFIELD PA 1 7320
TVS Related Equipment For Sale
GROUP I (Jack Maher"s equipment):
1) Sinclair QL Computer system (original package like new).
2) T/S 2068 Computer in original factory box (never used).
3) T/S 1500 Computer system (original package like new).
4) ZX8I Computer system (like new).
5) 3 T/S 2040 Printers (original packages like new),
6) 38 Rolls printer paper for T/S 2040 printer.
7) Switching power supply (18, 12, & 5vdc) no disk drive
connectors and the wattage is not known.
GROUP 2 (my equipment):
8) 2 T/S 2068 Computers (never used complete in original boxes).
9) T/S 1000 Computer (never been used in original box).
10) SANYO DM-2112 Monochrome monitor (used) will
work with the T/S 2068 computer.
11) Thomson 4120 Color monitor (used but like new) will
work with the T/S 2068 computer.
12) IBM 5151 Monochrome monitor (used) has IBM
connector so probably is for that computer only.
13) T/S 2040 Printer (used) complete with p/s and docs.
14) LarKen disk drive system (never used) for T/S 2068.
15) Westridge modem with power supply
16) Timex 3" disks (used) including one identified as:
CP/M vers. 2.2 & monitor emulator (never used and
includes docs. Timex user's guide to CP/M and Digital
Research CP/M operation system command summary).
1 7) Oliger EPROM programmer system (never used)
includes supporting documentation and EPROM
programmer board assembled by supplier.
Make offer including shipping costs:
FRED J HENN
230 N FRENCH RD
AMHERST NY 14228-2033
13 Year Collection of T/S Computers
1 - ZX81 W/external keyboard and PS, (working condition but
no case for kybd)
2 - T/S-000's both upgraded w/comp. video, and 16K RAM
built in (docs Incl.)
one has 32K RAM (16Kx2) and one has 64K RAM (16Kx4)
designed for battery backed operation. Includes two PS,
manuals and one Load Aid.
5 - T/S- 1500s Including four manuals, four PS , three 16K
1 - L/N with all cables in original box.
1 - Mounted in full size kybd, enclosure with comp. video and
1 - With composite video.
1 - With full size kybd, but no enclosure.
1 - with bad kybd. membrane.
1 - PC8300 (T/S-1000/1500 clone) includes PS but no case or
manual. This unit has been modified for full 32K user RAM
built in and will load and run any std. T/S-1000/1500
program. Sound can then be added as this unit has full
sound capabilities. Programs SAVEd on this machine will
not LOAD into TS machines, they must be typed in. (in
working condition but no keyboard, but with comp. video)
(All units in working condition except as noted because of
missing parts. Also all T/S machines comp. video outputs work
into most TV with AUX. or monitor input or into VCR video
input).CAUTION--Check all comp. video outputs before using
- writer not responsible for damage to user TV/monitor or
Included Are The Following Software On Cassette:
Original T/S titles; Chess Frogger, The Gambler, Mixed
Game Bag 1 and 2, Power Pack 1, States and Capitals , Super
Math, The Loan/Mortgage Amortizer, Critical Path Analysis,
Inventory Control and Biorhythms.
Original R. A. Jelen titles; (authored by writer)
NUMBERS Allows 1 2, or 3 players and solving from 3 to 9
digit numbers using the guessed no. of digits=R and the digits
in proper sequence=S mode of play ordering and scoring.
SCRAMBLE - Uses word variable list and scrambles in large
letters to screen, up to 3 players(6 or 9 in teams) with score
PHRASEQUEST- 3 players with play control and scoring
similar "Wheel of Fortune", but keeps track of used letters.
Tic-Tac-Toe - Large graphic display, for 1 player against the
comp. or 2 players against each other.
HANGMAN - Standard favorite kids game with large graphic
display and keeps track of used letters.
VIDEO - Keeps track of video library or cassettes, CD's, books
etc. Easy menu driven data entry up to 32 chars., and prints to
PART - Keeps track of large no. of items, prints to 2040
FILE - Home inventory control, keeps track of household
goods such as TVs, VCRs, with cursor control data entry,
MONEY - Interest compounding program.
CALCULATOR - Turn computer into an adding machine.
PRINT - Plot print program - input letters and watch them print
large to screen.
All above looking for a good home. $75 plus $20 shipping,
ground US only. Large box 45#. It is ALL or NOTHING
R. A. Jelen
11443 Island Rd.
Grafton, Ohio 44044
or call (216)748-3830 if you have any questions.
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Edition 1 £4.00 Or all 3 editions for £10
Edition 2 £4.00
Edition 3 £4.00 Plus an extra FREE disk
called EXTREME (Issue 0)
The Edition Trilogy of disks are packed full with loads of
good, addictive and playable games, demos plus
amazing utilities and if bought with Extreme, you'll also
enjoy many scarce and some never released programs!
Single Extreme issue costs only £1 .75
So don't delay — - Post today
We are looking for contributors who are willing to send
us exclusive programs to be featured in future issues of
Extreme. We can't promise you any payment (yet) but
we will send you a free copy of every issue of Extreme
that your program appears in.
We want to act as an outlet where we can put new Sam
Coupe owners in touch with other Sam owners and
Spectrum software on tape
We are now selling NEW Elite utilities: Notepad
1.0 (WP), Prowriter (Notepad 2.1), Dirman
(51 2K only) £4.99
Please send your money orders and contributions to:
16 MONTGOMERY AVE
BEITH AYRSHIRE KA1 5 1 EL
Compuserve — TimexSIG
Wednesday Nights <S> 10 PM EST. (GO CLUB]
Jack Dohany (Developer - 2068)
627 VERA AVE
REDWOOD CITY CA 94061
John McMicael (Developer - Graphics)
1710 PALMER DR
LARAMIE WY 82070
Bill Ferebee (TS-1 000/2068)
749 HILL ST 9
PARKERSBURG WV 26104
PO BOX 3991
NEWPORT Rl 02840-0987
Bill Russell (QL)
RR1 BOX 539
CENTER HALL PA 16828
TEJ Computer Products
2405 GLENDALE BLVD STE208
LOS ANGLES CA 90039
24 Hr. Order line: 213 669-1418
SHARP'S COMPUTER CENTER
7244 MECHANICSVILLE TPKE
MECHANICSVILLE VA 23111
804 730-9697 FAX 804 746-1978
SUNSET ELECTRONICS (TS-1 000/2068)
2254 TARAVAL ST
SAN FRANCISCO CA 94116
Send them a LS ASE and ask for information about
their current products and/or services.
The only known, privately produced Sinclair computer magazine that covers ALL of
the Sinclair computers. We are now starting our 8 th year of publication ! ! !
We are a large quarterly magazine that is produced on Sinclair computers. We cover
the QL, Z88, TS-2068, Spectrum and the ZX-81 . Minimum issue size is 50 pages, and does
include ads from Sinclair dealers. The subscription is $20 in US$ in North America; £18
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MEXICO IN 46958 USA
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Now is the time! Send us 12 #9 or #10 (legal size) self-
addressed-self-stamped envelopes and we win send you a pack
of information and list of items for sale once a month — for
More Items That Would Like To Find A New
Home! Read This!
1 PC to QL Monitor adapter (use QL monitor on PC) Like your QL
Vision monitor? Want to use it on your PC? This adapter w/ps will
allow you to do that with any CG A output. $40
1 TS-2068 In Wooden Case w/Large KB/Reset/More $55 pp.
1 DMP 430 15" Dot Matrix printer (Good Shape) $75 pp.
For Above Items Please Use Reference # DSU1190
1 BSR 1200 BAUD External Modem Like New! $25 pp.
1 TANDY CoCo Package $35 pp.
1 Composite Monochrome 12" Monitor $40 pp.
1 TS-2068 w/monitor cable for RGB $65 pp.
1 LarKen DOS disk package: 2 FH drives in case w/PS, LarKen
controller and cart, cables $150 pp.
For Above Items Please Use Reference # REGU0591
1 TS- 1000 In KRADLE Keyboard w/added RAM $90
A real Collector's Item!
1 Melbourne House Software Pack 8 Pieces $25
1 SOFTSYNC Software Pack, 9 Pieces $25
1 Software Farms HI REZ Software Pack, 3 Pieces $20
All 3 Titles For The 1000
1 TIMEX Software Pack, 3 Pieces $ 10
1 Magazine/Book Pack 3 Books/21 Mags $25
For Above Items Please Use Reference # FRSU0792
1 MIRACLE QL Printer Interface $35
1 QL Technical Guide $10
2 AERCO FD 68 Disk Interface w/256K RAM $100 ea
1 COLECO Power Supply For Use With FD 68 $5
1RITEMAN 9 Pin Dot Matrix Printer $115
Includes: Tractor/Roll Feed w/8 Ribbons Graphics Compatible
For Above Items Please Use Reference # RDSU0393
1 Timex Sinclair 1000/ZX81 Users Manual $2.50
1 The Timex Personal Computer Made Simple $2.50
1 Mastering Your TS1000 Personal Computer $2.50
LIPINSKI'S Software Buyefs Guide To TS Products and Services
In Loose Leaf Binder $10 pp.
For Above Items Use Reference # HCU0793
CNSN 3 Last Updated: September 16, 1995
Here Are A Few Great Items For You Collectors!
1 TS 1000 16K RAM, Manual p/s, MTNOT adaptor $25
1 Memopak 64K $27.50
1 Digital dual disk drive w p/s/fan/case/2 drives 40 tr. SS/DD
5.25"(Aerco FD/ZX) w/Aerco Centronics interface w/docs. Bill Boss
DOS on disk for the TS1000. This requires the MINOT adaptor.
PRO/File on disk, 6 Disks with many programs. $225
1 TS2040 Printer in original box $20
1 Memotext Module $20
1 Memotext on disk by F, Nachbauer $20
1 Memocalc Module $20
1 Memotech HRG Module Never used w/book below Graphics A to
Z Bingham explains HRG $30
2 ea. Prog. Tool Kit/Graphics Softsync $4ea.
1 Krakit/ 2 Frogger $4
2 ea. Budgeter/States & Caps $ 1 ea.
1 Algebra 1 $3
1 Carpooler $1
1 ea. Strategy Football/Puzzler/Graphic Golf Crosswd $2 ea
1 ea. Organizer/Home Asset mgr $2 ea.
AB Of The Above For Only $4.50 flncludes Shipping)
1 Memotech Centronics interface
1 Cable for above
1 Advanced budget mgr. Softsync
1 Execu Soft 7 software prgms for the small business:
1 Customer Credit 1 General Ledger
1 Execu Diary 1 Address and Phone File
1 Accounts Payable 1 Accounts Receivable
1 Inventory 3 Blank Cassettes/data
All in plastic binder $30
For above unit use reference #HCU0793
Last updated: October 12, 1995
And Here Are More Collectables
1 TS1000 P/S, 16K RAM 2040 printer FileSixty Keyboard $50
The following are $1 Each
1 Home Asset Manager 1 Home Improvement Planner
1 IRA Analyzer 1 Nowotick Puzzler 1 The Gambler
1 Stock Market Tech Analysis I 1 Stamp Collector
1 Computer Coach 1 Grimms Fairy Trails
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1 The Cube Game i Chess 1 Stock Market Game
1 VU-Calc 1 Coupon Manager 1 Conversational Spanish
1 Checkbook Manager 1 The Gambler
1 The Starter 1 Money Analyzer I 1 Money Analyzer II
I PRO/File 1000
1 Ten Good Games (Savage Software)
1 Trader Jack (Savage Software)
All Of The Above Items Can Be Yours For Only $95
For Above Unit Please Use Reference # HCU0793
8 TS 1000 Computer Paks with p/s, man., cables, 10 s/w $28 ea pp
3 TS1000 Computer with external keyboard, cable, printer and 10
1 TS 1000 computer w/extra PC board and p/w $ 15 pp
1 TS1000 computer w/p/s, man. cables and 10 s/w $25 pp
1 TS2068 Manual $5 pp
54 Assorted TS Magazines $20 pp
For these Items Use Reference # JDU0795
CNSN 12 Last Updated: September 10, 1995
Here Are Some Items Just In!
1 TS-1000 Complete Original Box $17.50
1 TS-1000 In Suntronics KD 81 Keyboard Direct Video Output
Cables and Manual $45
1 PC8300 (TS-1000 Clone) Not Working, No P/S $10
6 TS 1016 16K RAM Packs ALL FOR $12 Or each $4.50
1 TS-1000 ROM Demo PC Board $12.50
1 ZDubber Tape Filter/Copier For TS 1000 $10
1 MEMOTECH HRG (High Res. Graphics) Pac $22.50
1 William Stuart Systems Speech Recognition/Sound Board
Interface (Not Working) $15
2 TS-1000 Power Supplies Both For $10 $5.50 ea
1 Molded Plastic Briefcase For TS-1000 Package Holds
TSlOOO/Power Supply/Cables/TV Switch/RAM Pack/Manual and
Cassette Tapes $17.50
1 TS-2068 Complete In Original Box Includes: Crazybugs
Cartridge/States & Capt. Cart $55
General TS Hardware:
2 TS 2040 Printers with power supplies $40 or $22.50 ea
1 TS 2040 Printer With No Power Supply $ 10
1 AERCO Centronics printer interface w/software $40
1 WINKY Board II Tape Filter $8
1 Dual 5.25" Disk Drive Package w/Case and Power Works With
Both LarKen 1000 and 2068 1/Fs $95
1 TANDON TM 100 4 5.25" Full HT 720K Drive $ 15
For Above Items Please Use Reference # TWIJII94
CNSN 13 Last Updated: October 14, 1995
All items on this page and page CNSN- 16 go as one package!
All for only $250 Postpaid?
1 TS 2068 Computer (Manual power supply, cables) Power
supply; 13v fully regulated $50
1 Suncom TAC-2 Joystick $10
1 Commodore 1702 Color Montior $90
1 Mitsubishi 3.5" SSDD (400K, 80 Track) in case with power
supply and cables. 1 Larken 2068 Disk Drive Interface W/v.L3
1 Aerco CP-68 Parallel printer interface $35
Hybiscus Ensemble (Bill Jones)
Pixel Print Plus (S. Lemke)
Omnibus V 3.039 (B.MitcheU)
Menu Master (Executive Workshop)
ScreenDesign (Arrow Software)
Aerco Printer Drivers (Aerco)
Hurd LKDOS Utilities (R.Hurd)
ProFile +5 (R.Fisher)
Larken Utility Disk (LarKen)
Chambers Utilities (G. Chambers)
LKDOS System Disk (LarKen)
Novelsoft Suite (Tirriachine/The Worx/ZXpert/Artworx)
Logicall V 5.0 (B. Swoger)
Super drivers (J. Dohany)
Pix-FX V 1. 1 (M. Di Rienzo)
16 Point Font Pak/Mega Fonts II (S. Lemke)
Pixel Sketch (S. Lemke)
Many more titles from various sources, all with original docs.
Personal Home Finance (Timex) $5
Books: All for only $35 pp
2068 Technical Manual (Time Designs)
T/S 2068 Basics & Beyond (S. Aker)
The TS 2068 Explored (T. Hartnell)
The Working TS 2068 (D. Lawrence)
TS 2088 Intermediate/ Advanced Guide (J. Mazur)
Note: All hardware and software come with docs.
Please use reference 0 JSU0395
CNSN 15 Last Updated: October 12, 1995
1 TS-2068 Computer w/power supply & cables. $55 pp
1 TS 2040 Printer w/p/s, 11 Rolls 2040 printer paper. $35 pp
1 GE Compu-Mate recorder w/power supply. $17.50 pp
1 Suncom TAC-2 Joystick. $10 pp
1 32K Non- Volatile RAM Cartridge (T. Woods) $40 pp
1 ProFile Cartridge (T. Woods) $15 pp
15 Blank cassette tapes $10 pp
Flight Simulator (Timex), Casino I (Timex)
Pix-FX V 1. 1 (M. Di Rienzo), Font Library I (Mountaineer), TechDraw Jr.
v 1.3 (Zebra), Personal Home Finance (Timex), States & Capitals
(Timex), ProFile 2068 (T. Woods), Vu-File (Timex), Vu-Calc (Timex),
Vu-3D (Timex), ProFile +5 (R. Fischer), Timex Software Tape, Pixel
Sketch (S. Lemke), Quadra Chart (Timex), Icon Library/Icon Utility (S.
Lemke), Icon Manager/Designer (S. Lemke), MegaFonts/16 Point Font
Designer (S. Lemke), Basic Toolkit (J. Kilday), The Tracer (S&K s/w),
Kruncher 2068 (S&K s/w), Cassette Header Reader (G. Russell),
Tasword II (Tasman)
The Timex Sinclair 2068 (R. Valentine), Inside the Timex
Sinclair 2000 Computer (J. Naylor/D. Rogers), TS-2068
Reference Guide (G. Held), , Timex Sinclair Beginner/
Intermediate Guide (P. Blechman), , Crea.tive Games for the
TS-2068 (R. MaunderX The Best Of The Plotter (CCATS)
Note: Documentation is included for all items except the 2068.
Please use reference JSU0395
CNSN 16 Last Updated: October 12, 1995
INPUT/OUTPUT - Carlos Delhez, Robert Gilbert, Larry Crawford, Rod Gowen, Fred Henri,
Greg Bridgewater, SNUG News, William Krossner.
Windows by Shade
QL Hacker's Journal
Z88 - My Memory Surprise
Z88- Power to You
Computus Interruputs 2
TS Bulletin & BASIC N-L
Daisy Be Good II
INPUT/OUTPUT - Les CottrelL Tim Swenson, Robert Gilbert, Francine SMar, Harry Miller,
David Lassov, Joan Kealy, Wire guage, Bill Cable, Gilliam Parrish, Ferdinand Gunther, Carl
Jones, David Lassov.
CAI/ESF Stringy Floppy
A Word to the Wise
Memories Mean a Lot
QXL Notes - Sequel
Lil'Amp Rides Again
The Musical PC8300
QLuMSi -Recent Changes
Daisy Be Good III
Waging in the TSRoom
QL Hacker's Journal
INPUT/OUTPUT - Editor, Robert Hartung, Paul Robinson, Alvin Albrecht, William Harmer,
Donald Lambert, M. Binstock, Fred Henn, Martin van der Zwan, Leo Moll, Jack Dohany.
Towers of Hanoi
Digitizing & Sythesizing the 2068 Sound
Daisy Be Good IV
QL Hacker's Journal
Some Are QXL Notes
Windows by Shade 3
INPUT/OUTPUT - ZX-TEAM Peter Liebert-Adelt, Fred Henn, Jose Moreno, David Lassov,
Kirnmy Posey, Simeon Dwyer, Justin Clark, Les Cottrell, ZX81 LCD Screen.
Better Late than Never
PC Power Supply for your QL
Daisy Be Good V
IBM Keyboard Interface for 1000/2068
Back copies are for 780 each, Postpaid from :
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SIERRA VISTA AZ 85635-6874
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