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TSS NEWSNOTES 

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Vo 1 1-5 Feburary 1985 

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Published on a monthly basis for the members o-f the National TS 
Users’ Network by T.S. Services P.0. Box 15214, Red Bank, TN. 
37415-0214. Tel* (615)-877-6328. Paid for by membership dues. 

See last page for ordering instructions. 

Editor in Chief:Don Barnard and a nation-wide staff of writers. 


INDEX: In todays issue we have: 

Pages 


What About Timestar?. .. 1-2 

Editors Notes. 2-3 

MTerm Patch For AERCO I/F and Printer. .. 4 

Users’ Groups Listings. 5-8 

Lookout A 6c J Here comes Wafadrive.... 9-10 

A 6c J String Floppy Adendum. .. 11 

Personnel Accountant Quick Fix. 11 

Advertising Rates For TSS Newnotes. 12 

Time Design Magazine. 13 

Timex Convension?. 14 

Smuggler’s Cove. 14 

Membership Form. 15 

Ordering Instructions. 16 


WHAT ABOUT TIMESTAR? 

Some of you may have noticed the lead story in November 84 
edition of Syntax, mailed out a few weeks ago, titled "Is 
Timestar a Darkstar?". 

Many of our readers do not know what is Timestar or have heard 
about Trinity Magnum Corporation (TMC). We had hoped to have a 
story to run this month about TMC but it didn’t develop enough 
to be printed even though we held up publishing till the 15th of 
March for it. In its’ place we are going over the background of 
TMC and what they hope to accomplish. 

In late Feburary 1984, soon after Timex Computer Corporation 
< TCC) announced their withdrawl from the home computer market, 
TMC started researching the small third party companies that 
Here still supporting Timex-Sinclair Products. About 57 
companies agreed with Dave Higginbottom that the Timex Sinclair 
Line of computers was too good to let die and they said they 
would be interested in seeing what Dave could do about it. 

From them till August Dave worked and reworked his business 
plans until they ready for submittion to TCC. TCC liked the plan 
and signed a letter of intent with Dave to sell the rights of 
their models to TMC. 

In December 1983 TMC became a legal Corporation in the state 
California. The Board of Directors appointed Dave Higginbottom 
as Chief Excetive Officer with full control of the Corporation. 

(Coi’t on pup 2) 
















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What is TimeStar? (can’t) 


A California based inventrnent banker, Wall Street Futures, has 
agreed to locate funding that would be required to startup 
operations and back a acquisition program of a major disk drive 
company, a major hard disk company, a printer mfg., several 
small software companies and the TS 2068 and TS 1500 rights from 
TCC. By the end of Feburary 1984 the two disk companies has 
signed a agreement in principle with TMC. 

Dave’s plans are to setup a franchise-style chain of 
dealerships called "Little Computers Stores" with the owners 
having limited partnerships in TMC. The stores would not only 
feature the Sinclair BASIC compatable models but would also 
carry over 2000 software titles of compatable programs. The 
stores would also be a focal point for user’s groups and just 
plain old-fashion help for the Timex, Sinclair, Timestar, or 
Timepro owners. 


The store would feature 4 new models called Timestar and 
Timepro. Timestar is a 128K home version of the TS 2068 with an 
improved keyboard. Timepro is a Business version with 512K of 
memory, and a new keyboard, already in production, with 96 keys 
in a IBM PC like case. Included is a 16 key pad with numeric 
functions, 8 special functions keys for cursor control, delete, 
and edit plus 15 programmable functions keys. It will use 
Sinclair One-touch BASIC, but can be reprogrammed in CPM, Forth, 
C and Pascel via ROM cartridges. The Operation systems for most 
major brands of home computers, on Cartridges would enable 
‘ irnestar and Timepro to run their software programs. 

I asked Dave how soon we could expect to see all this 
available. His reply was 60 to 90 days after the completion of 
the acquisition program. 

The next step for Dave is to get the loan needed to get things 
rolling. He is hard at work with Wall Street Futures who is 
talking to several interested venture capital lenders. 

He indicated to me the signs are good that TMC will suceed in 
the near future and we at TSS wish him luck. 

EDITORS NOTES: 


First TSS would like to say we are sorry for the delay in 
getting the newsletter out this month. As we stated in the lead 
story we were waiting for a major press release from Trinity 
Magnum. They on the other hand were not ready to release it. 


Several new products appeared this month. First the Wafadrive 
from DAMCE/Rotronics is featured on pages 10-11. Also Z-Link an 
TS 2068/Spectrum Buss interface from T.E.J. Computers in Los 
Angeles and other major dealers. A great new book for all the 
Timex Sinclair line on interfacing projects to your computer 
titled -Powerfull Projects With Your Timex Sinclair" by Jim 
Stephens is available from TSS for *12.95 plus *2.00 shipping. 

(Con’t ob pagt 3) 








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EDITORS NOTES (Con’t) 

This book, written for the beginner, includes instructions to 
controlling a number of electrical applications like appliances, 
Weather Stations, Robotics, and feedback projects. It even 
explains the use of the IN and OUT commands on the TS 2068, a 
feature which has puzzled many users. Author Jim Stephens has 
promised to do some articles for TSS Newsnotes in the future. 


Another new product on the market is D. Lip inski Softwares’ 
Buyers Guide to Sinclair - Timex Products Bi Services for $20.00. 
This fine source of product information is like our TS Users’ 
Guidebook except it is sequenced by dealer and ours is by 
product. The Buyers Guide is available from D. Lipinski Software 
2737 Susquehanna Road, Rosy In, PA 19001 USA. 


Available to Professional Programmers is the new QL technical 
Guide. This Guide describes methods of doing machine code 
programs on the QL. It is available from Sinclair Research Ltd. 
50 Staniford St. Suite #800, Boston, MA. 02114 for $20.00 per 
copy. The QL Technical Manual is designed be used with a 68008 
assembly language technical reference. 


We at TSS are somewhat disappointed at the response from our 
readers. To assist you TSS has started using Readers Service 
Cards (RSC) in this issue. These simple to use card allows you 
to vote for the best article each month, get more information of 
products from dealers and answer the questions TSS sometime need 
answered to contine the type of support you need. The RS Card, 
which should be between pages 2 and 3, is self-addressed and 
only requires you fill out the blocks on the back, the return 
address on the front and add a $.14 stamp to mail. As you read 
through the articles you will note the articles to vote for have 
a RSC and number after the title. Ads have a number at the end 
of their display. By circle the number on the card you can vote 
for the best article each month or get more information from the 
dealers who handle that product. You too can get in the fun by 
submitting your favorate orginal program or article to TSS. We 
have a nice gift for the best one each month. Votes must be 
postmarked by the 10th of the April to count. 


We as TSS ask for your patience as we have just mover to a 
bigger office. Some of your orders may be delayed because of 
this move. The TS 2068/Spectrum Users’ Guidebook that so many of 
you have on backorder will be available soom. For members with 
Plan A or C shipment is automatic so keep us informed of any 
change of address with the membership form on the last two pages 
of this newsletter. We are sending a Free sample of the 
newsletter if you are not a member to keep the address current 
until the Guidebook is available. The Guidebook will be shipped 
in sections as each major grouping is completed to all due-out 
orders and automatic distribution. Some members have been 
sending an extra $5.00 for the Guidebook. This is not necessary 
unless you want both the TS 1000/1500/2X80/81 version and the TS 
2068/Spectrum version. TSS ask that you hold off on sending 
orders for the TS1000/1500/2X80/81 version of the guidebook 
until it is announced as ready in this newsletter. 

No room for the QL column this month so see you next month. 









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TSS NEWSNOTES 1-3 PAGE # A 

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M/TERM PATCH FOR AERCO I/F tc PRINTER RSC 4 

This program form SINCUS and Dave Schoenwetter will allow you to 
print to a -full size printer -from your TS 2068, TS2050 Modem and 

Smart Term II .It should work on most Epson compatable printers. 

11 REM BY Dave Schoenwetter, 1335 Farm to Market Rd.Endwell NY 
13760 

100 INPUT "Do You have MTERM CODE LOADED?Y/N)"1 a* 

110 IF a$="Y" OR a$="y" THEN GO TO VAL "4000" 

120 CLS : PRINT "Please Load MTERM program" 

125 LOAD "" CODE 

130 PRINT AT 0,0*, "MTERM IS NOW LOADED" 

200 STOP 

4000 RESTORE 4100 


4010 

FOR 

t=59173 

TO 

59175*. 

GO 

SUB 

4500: 

NEXT 

f 

4020 

FOR 

f=59188 

TO 

59190*. 

GO 

SUB 

4500*. 

NEXT 

f 

4030 

FOR 

f=58618 

TO 

53833: 

GO 

SUB 

4500: 

NEXT 

f 


4040 PRINT "Press CONT ENTER to Save Modified M/Term on Tape.": 

STOP : SAVE "MtermPatch" CODE 54016,7721: STOP 

4100 DATA 195,126,229 

4110 DATA 195,178,229 

4120 DATA 42,232,238,237,75,236 

4130 DATA 238,3,125,185,32,7 

4140 DATA 124,184,32,3,195,80 

4130 DATA 229,62,127,219,254,31 

4160 DATA 210,80,229,219,127,230 

4170 DATA 16,32,242,126,234,10 

4180 DATA 32,2,62,0,254,12 

4190 DATA 32,2,62,0,205,48 

4200 DATA 229,35,195,2,229,0 

4210 DATA 211,127,0,219,127,201 

4220 DATA 0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0 
4230 DATA 62,13,205,48,229,62 
4240 DATA 13,205,48,229,62,13 
4250 DATA 205,49,229,33,117,239 
4260 DATA 54,13,6,32,43,54 
4270 DATA 32,16,251,125,50,231 
4280 DATA 238,201,33,195,229,126 
4290 DATA 167,32,4,62,35,119 
4300 DATA 201,175,24,251,203,79 
4310 DATA 194,40,231,245,197,229 
4320 DATA 42,176,229,237,75,174 
4330 DATA 229,237,66,32,4,225 
4340 DATA 193,241,201,219,127,230 
4350 DATA 16,32,246,10,205,48 
4360 DATA 229,3,62,96,184,32 
4370 DATA 3,1,0,94,237,67 
4380 DATA 174,229,24,227,0,94 
4390 DATA 0,94,229,219,115,254 
4400 DATA 12,40,4,254,10,32 
4410 DATA 1,175,245,42,176,229 
4420 DATA 119,35,62,96,188,32 
4430 DATA 3,33,0,94,34,176 
4440 DATA 229,241,225,201 
4500 READ a: POKE f,a: PRINT f. 


PEEK f: RETURN 



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This is a list of all known Timex Sinclair users group in USA 
and Canada. 1+ you know any changes to the below information or 
a Club of Group not listed please send the information on the 
RSC . 


ARIZONIA HHtHHHHHHHHiHHf 


Sinclair Users 6roup of Phoenix ATTN: Noosa Narfia 
821 V. Marshall Ave. 


Phenoix, AZ 85113 

HtHHH U H HUHH UH CALIFORNIA H H H tttf HH Ifl HHiH f 
VEST LA SINCLAIR TIMEX CLUB ATTN: Dr. 6eorge Kuby 
P.0. Box 34545 Telft 1213) 550-5835 

Los Angeles CA 90034 


SOUTH BAY COMPUTER CLUB ATTN: John Peterson 
2316 Walnut Ave. Tell (213) 545-9581 
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 


I H ll HHilH i limm CALIFORNIA CON’T tHfH HHW 
SINCLAIR USERS 1 6R0UP OF SONONA COUNTY 
855 Loretto Ave. ATTN: Paul Kayler 

Cotati CA 94928 

SILICON VALLY SINCLAIR/TIMEX ATTN*. Rita Carr 
P.0. Box 4133 LTR: Ti*elines 

Santa Clara, CA 95054-0133 

HIGH SCORE VIDEO ARCADE ATTN: Marc Reini 2 

230! Mission St. 

Santa Cruz CA 95060 


PERKIN-ELNER USERS’ GROUP ATTN: Rein Slitb 

8333 Puialo 

Alta Loia CA. 91701 

San Diego Tiiex/Sindair Users 6p: Georgo Luhrs 
809 Oaklain Dr. 

Chula Vista, CA 92011 

ZX81/TS 1000 Users 
P.0. Box 2411 
Vista, CA 92083 

CUMPUR/S CLUB ATTN*. Janes Ardison 

E. San Diego Cont. Adult Education School 
5350 University Ave. 

San Diego, CA 92105 

ATTN: Robert Jorgenson 


ATTN:Don Stewart 


ATTN: George Nockridge 
Tell (415) 359-3198 
Ltr: Tiaelinez 

ATTN: Dr. Paul Perreault 
Tell (408) 734-5310 Days 


ATTN: Don Shupp 


ATTN: Joel Brody 
Tell: (415) 234-3310 
Ltr: Tiaellaez 


USERS 6R0UP 
3814 Coleian Ave 
San Diego, CA 92154 

Bakerfield Tiiex Users 6roup 
2617 Anza St. 

Bakerfield, CA 93305-3109 

PENINSULA USERS GROUP (PUG) 
263 Gateway 1107 
Pacifica, CA 94044 

SOUTH BAY AREA TS USERS 6P. 
947 Clara Drive 
Palo Alto, CA 94303 

VALLEY USERS’ 8P. 

1220 Hi Merest Ave. 
Liveraore, CA 94550 

East Bay TS Users Group 
654 40th St. 

Richund CA 94805 


TS 1000 and VIC 20 USERS 6R0UP 
P.0. Box 5703 
Stockton, CA 95204 

TINEX Z80 USERS GRIUP 
1624 Loughborough 
Nercede, CA 95340 

SACRAMENTO TS USERS 6R0UP ATTN: Jil Hirleian 
3655 Sunset Blvd. I 42 
Rock line, CA 95677 

USERS GROUP ATTN*. Villiai Madden 

P.0. Box 8201 
Sacaiento, CA 95818 

CANADA HfttiH HHHU 

Users Group Attn*. Bill Walsh 

125 De Pieiont 2 

Visont Laval Canada H7N 1B7 

ZX81 Users Club 
95 Wayne Ave. 

Scarborough ON Canada N1R 1Y6 

Archaeological ZX Users 6roup Attn: Robin Ssith 
30 Charles St V. 1720 
Toronto, ON Canada N4Y 1R5 

Toronta T/S Users Club 
Box 7274 Station A 
Toronto, ON Canada NSW 1X9 

T/S Users Group Of Vancouver Attn: John Brohuan 
•108-1205 Johnson St. 

Coquitlaa 1C Canada V3B 6E6 

Victoria Sync Assoc. Attn: Dee Skooligin 

942 Cloverdale Ave. 

Victoria, t£ Canada V8X 2T6 


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USERS GROUPS CON’T 


HHHHftt HH Ht m i H It COLORADO t H I W t HHW t milllH 
MILE HIGH TS USERS CHAPTER ATTN: Jeff Brothers 
914 S. Victor Way Ltr: TUS6 Newsletter 

Aurora, CO 88812 

HffflHftHHHfHHHH CONNECTICUT 


Circle Chess 6roup 

P.0. Box 63 

Des Plaines, IL 68817 


ILLINOIS tHHHtHHtHHHiHHHt 
Attn: A.F. Standis 


Sinclair / Tiiex Group ATTN: Carol Doyle 

1878 S. Colony Road. 

Uallington, CT 86492 


ZX 88 Starter Kit Users 6p. 
6888 Puffer Rd. 

Downers Grove, IL 68516 


NEW HAVEN SINCLAIR STU6Y GROUP ATTN: Chris Baldwin 
16 Lewis St. 

New Haven, CT 86513 

H tBH H H HHH t HHH I H FLORDIA HHItHHHHUHmilHl 
Northeast Florida TS Users 6p. ATTN: John Dunn 
1787 King St. 

Jacksonville, FL 32284 


Chicago Area Hobbisyist Exchange.Attn: Larry Viegel TS SI6 
323 S. Franklin I 884 
Chicago, IL 68686 


INDIANA 


Users Group Attn: Richard Berg 

914 Sunset Dr. Tell (Howe) (317) 644 1873 

Anderson, IN 46811 (Work)(317) 644 8861 


6ainsville Tiwex Users ATTN: Joe Uilliaason 

3788 Newberry Rd. Ltr: SUN 

Gainsville, FL 32687 


Tiiex 1888 Software Exchange Attn: 6reg Gunthorp 
RR2 Box 162 
Lagrange, IN 46761 


SPACECOAST MICROCOMPUTER CLUB 
78 Darwin Ave. 

Merritt Island FL 32952 

S/T SE RE6I0N 
869 Levitt Pkwy 
Rockledge FL 32955 

S. FL ZX USERS’ GROUP 
Box 857381 

V. Pall Beach, FL 33485 

FL SUNCOAST USERS’ GP. 

Box 5821 

Spring Hill, FL 33526 

SAN-BAN USERS’ GP. 

Box 596 

Saftey Habor, FL 33572 
KtH H i H i in iiHHi m m 
Atlanta Users Group 
P.0. Box 2842 
Atlanta, 6A 38381 


ATTN: Bruce Hosken 


ATTN: Ralph Coletti 


ATTN: Bob Pearsall 


ATTN: John Dowlan 


ATTN: Net Routt 
Ltr*. Keyboards 

6E0RGIA H BHUH IHH H f UUllIl 
Attn: Phil Hoffstadter 


Sinclair Midwest Users’ 6roup Attn: Robert Carroll 
Box 13842 


Fort Vayne, IN 46866 


IONA tBt B HtH H Il H I H I HHH 


Users 6roup 


Attn: Jii Carroll 


1218 Villiaa St. 

Iowa City, IA 52248 

H HHBBBHBH f ft 1 1 I I11 KANSAS BB H H II H I HBHH I H II 
None Known 

♦BHffBH B BfHffBH H KENTUCKY BHH tlfttfiffl HHim i 
Portiouth TS Users Group Attn: John Marion 

HC 63 Box 658 Tell (686) 473-6791 


Greenup KY 41144 


LOUISIANA B HUHHHHH H H I H I 


Gulf Coast Sinclair 6roup 
144 Terry Drive 
Slidell, LA 78458 

B Bf H Hf B ft HHHHH I H MAINE Hf H H H Hf fBHH f lH I HI 
None Known 


BH Hf H fl HlH I H I H IHf MARYLAND Htfftlft H I HmHHHH 
Seabrook/Lanhaa Sinclair Users Gp.Attn*. Cora Dickerson 
99528 Elvin Lane 
Lanhaw, MD. 28786 


Tiwex Users Gp of Narietta ATTN: Hubert Crowell 
3185 Mary Drive. ME 
Narietta, 6A 38866 

ffffffHHHf HUHlllHUH l HAWAII fl H I HHHHHIHHHU lB 
None Known 

*Bt mmim i nnmn ii n Idaho tHi Hmimn i immmi 
USERS GROUP Attn: I.W. Underwood 

P.0. Box \ 

Idaho Falls, ID 83481 


Capitol Area TS Users Group Attn: Jules Gesang 
P. 0. Box 725 
Bladensburg, MD 28718 

Westinghouse ZX88/81 Users Club AttnlJark Fogarty 
Westinghouse Nail stop 3525 
P.0. Box 1521 
Balitwore, MD 21283 

Hummm ttiiif H i n Massachusetts Htiiitii nm ii mm 


Boston Cowputer Society Attn: J.Kenney 

3 Center Plaza 
Boston, MA 81451 





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USERS’ GROUPS CON’T 


HttttHfHHHHtt MASSACHUSETTS COM’T 
Niter Bedford Sinclair Tiiex Club 
Box 208, EI70 Nail Stop 
Bedford NA 11730 


MICHI6AN 


MINNESOTA 


MISSISSIPPI 


MISSOUSI 


Michigan Area Users 6roup 
433-D E. Edgeiiood Blvd. 
Lansing, NI 48910 

H tf iHuni t u i i t mum 
NONE KNOWN 

H HHUHHHHH I Umi l 
NONE KNOWN 

mH i mminiHim iiii 

Joplin Sinclair Users 6p. 
P.0. Box 2221 
Joplan NO 64803 


T/S Users 6P. Of Kansas City ATTN*. Carl Mutch 
4701 N. W. Lindon, Tel« 1816) 587-8820 

Kansas City, NO 64115 Ltr: TS Journal 

H f HHUU lH HHH i mmi MONTANA H I HHHHim i 
NONE KNOWN 

fWHHHff i tiii mmmi Nebraska ft m i Hmmu 
Sinclair Users Netiork Attn*. Patrick Murphy 

4903 Walker Tell (402) 464-8086 

Lincoln, ME 68504 

HHf H t miHil fHW HHH NEVADA HI HHHHHUH 


Tiiex U6 OF Las Vagas 
5704 Bay Circle 
Las Vegas, NV 89108 
H HWHUlH f H l lU l Ul 
NONE KNOWN 

HWHfH HHHlIUmi l 
NORRIS CITY TINEX USERS’ 
6 Forest Court 
Norris Plains, NJ 07950 

tiiti imiiiH t miium 

SOUTHWEST TSU6 
4608 Hilton Ave 
Albuquerque, NN 87110 


Attn: Tony Vidana 
Tell (702) 645-8955 

NEW HAMPSHIRE IHHIIII IH 

I NEW JERSEY IH HHIUHil 
ATTN*. Larry Spencer 


NEW MEXICO W H I HHUm 
ATTN: John Brom Jr. 


TS/Aaatetr Radio Users ATTN*. Alex Burr 

2025 O’Bonnell Dr. Ltr: 8ZX 

Las Cruces, NN 88003 

H t HHlIHHH fli mimii NEW YORK HHHHHHHHI 
ZX USERS GROUP OF AMERICA ATTN: Nicheal Wilson 
626 Water St. 

New York City, NY 10002 

ZX USERS 8R0UP OF NEW YORK ATTN*. Carloine Vivanco 
Sox 590 Nall St. 

New York City, NY 10005 


HHHIHU 1 HHHH1 NEW YORK CON'T HW I H HHUIHIHII 
MID-HUDSON USERS 6P. ATTN: Father Bruce 0. Boies 

Church Of the Resurrection 
Hopeiell JCT, NY 12533 


UPPERSTATE NY ZX81 USERS 
13 Dennis Ave. 

Plattburg NY 12901 

SINCLAIR COMPUTER USERS SOC. 

P.0. Box 36 

Johnson City NY 13790 


ATTN: Vern Olson 


ATTN: 6ary Ennis 
Ltr: SINCUS 


BUFFALO TS USERS ATTN: Stan Light 

810 Noiiot Road 
Alden NY 14004 

H I HimilHUmiHH NORTH CQROLINA H H tHt fHHHH t m HH 
TRAINA6LE SINCLAIR USERS’ 6R0UP ATTN*. Doug Deiey 
206 Jaies St. Tell (919) 929-3079 After 6 P« 

Carrboro, NC 27510 Ltr: Traingle TS News 

Tiiex Users Froup 
Rtl3 Box 64E 
Robinsville, NC 28771 

WHHHHllUHHl NORTH DAKOTA HIHI HHUllHHmm 
NONE KNOWN 

iH Humni t HUHHiimi ohio h wh»hihhiihihhiii 

Dayton Micro-Coaputer Assc. 

2629 Ridge Ave. 

Dayton, OH 45414 

Tiiex Portsmouth, OH Region Users Sroap. 

2002 Sunit St. ATTN*. Rick Duncan 

Portsmouth, OH 45662 Ltr*. TS Horizans 

i 

Tiiex/Sindair Users of Cincinnati 


11 Funston St. ATTN: Rick Johnson 

Cincinnati, OH 45218 

iHfHf Himmmunm Oklahoma hhhihiuhi 
TS Users 6roup ATTN: Dill Casebeer 

P.0. Box 372 
Oologh OK 74053 

HIHHHUIUHHHIIHIH OREGON f H I HHHH 
Clackaias County Area TS 6roup ATTN*. Rod Somes 
1419-1/2 7th St. 

Oregon City OR 97045 


Portland Area TS Users Sroap 
6854 N.E. Nuitnoiah 
Portland OR 97213 


ATTN:Kevia Fouler 


LONS ISLAM! SINCLAIR TINEX 
P.0. Box 438 
Ceaterport, NY 11721 


ATTN: Pail lonaelly 

Ltr: LIST 





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USERS GROUPS CON’T 


PENNSYLVANIA HH H HIlltlH H H H l H 


Central PA TS Users Gp. 
Rtl 1 Box 539 
Centre Hall, PA 16828 


ATTN*. Bill Russell 


NONE KNOWN 


NONE KNOWN 


UTAH 


VERNONT 


HtHI HHHHHHHl ttt RHODE ISLAND lIlllli HH l l llHII Hi ii! 
Ocean State T/S Users 6p. ATTN: Bob Dyl 
15 Kilbarn Ct. • 

Newport, RI 82840 

H HH I H H H HItllt W SOUTH CAROLINA tfl i i lHUmi timi Hi 
NONE KNOWN 

t WHH l HU II H Ii HHl SOUTH DAKOTA Itttfltfl H i l HI HH l H I 
NONE KNOWN 

H t HH l HlHH t H l l i mH TENNESSEE HHHfHlllli H ii HHlH 

Tliex Users 6p. 

1581-B Conpton • 

Nashville, TN 37212 

1 

NATIONAL TS USERS NETWORK ATTN: 1 TSS) Bon Barnard 

P.0. Box 15214 Ltr: TSS Newsnotes • 

Red Bank, TN 37415-8214 

IHII UH l Ull l HHHHimi TEXAS HHHH I HHI Il HUHimi 


Dallas Tiaex Users Group 

ATTN: Julie Barrett 


2624 E. Park Blvd. 



Plano, TX 75074 



Ft. Worth TS Users Gp. 

ATTN: Til Ward 


Haystack Apt. 1404 



8300 Calwont 



Ft. Worth, TX 76116 



Houston-West TS Users Gp. 

ATTN: Bavld Bonner 


13327 Rain Lily Lane 



Houston, TX 77083 



San Antonio TS Users Gp. 

ATTN: Jia Houston 


414 E. Elsaere 



San Antonio, TX 78212 



Abilene TS Users Gp. 

ATTN: Chris Nystroa 


609 E.N, 18th St. 

Ltr: Abiliae TS USER 


Ataline, TX 79601 




HHimiHUIllHlU HHt VIRGINIA H H t HHHUHHHHHHH 
Kaapton Roads TS Users Gp. ATTN: Jia 1 angston 
146 Hawthorne Dr. 

Newport News VA 23602 

Roanoke Area TS Users Gp. ATTN*. Richard Hc61othlin 

P.0. Box 1165 
Roanoke, VA 24011 


SLUG ATTN: Gary Preston II 

Rtl 1 Box 21 
Glade Hill VA 24092 

IH IHHII l llHHIimill WASHINGTON fHttt HHHlH Il H II HIH 
Seattle Area Tiaex Users Gp. ATTN: Jia Hood 
Apt! 350 

3501-88th Ave S.E. 

Nercer Island WA 98040 


tHf HHHHIUHlimH WEST VIRGINIA tt H I H I HHHimiiilH 
NONE KNOWN 

HHH I HlHlH tl HH i m t WISCONSIN H H ftfl lHUt Httff HUH 
SNUG ATTN: Judieth Frohboese 

P.0. Box 101 


Balter, WI 53037 

iHt mHnimiHum t wyoning ii h i hhhh i h ii hhiiiiiih 

NONE KNOWN 

HHfHfHHf HHH NEWSLETTERS ANB NA6AZINES HHfHHWHHfH 
These are not really clubs, but TS publications. 


SYNCWARE NEWS 
P.0. Box 64 
Jefferson, NH 03583 


TINE DESIGN NA6AZINE 
29722 Hult Rd. 
Colton, OR 97017 


SYNTEX A TINEX SINCLAIR NEWS 
c/o The Harvard Gp. 

Rd« 2 Box 457 
Harvard HA 01451 


XFORTH XCHANGE 
(For Forth Owners Only) 
P.0. Box 7680 
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LOOKOUT AfiiJ HERE COMES WAFADRIVE 

DAMCO Enterprises has announced the introduction o-f the 

DAMCO/Rotronics Wafadrive System or Wafadrive for short. What is 
Wa-f ad r i ve? 


It is an extremely versatile, system -for the TS 2068, with five 
major components housed in one unit. Wafadrive has just been 
selected Peripheral of the year in England. The first component 
is a dual- thats two- wafer drives using the same wafers that A 
& J offers, but with better usage. Each wafer will store 16K, 
64K, or 128K of data as compared to A k J versions which store 
14K, 49K, and 85K. The read/write BUAD is also about 7K faster 
than the A & J Model L2000. Wafadrive speed is about 18000 BUAD 
or 2K per second. 


The second component is a Built-in Centronics Parallel port 
which requires a $12.95 cable to connect to any parallel printer 
using a standard 36-way Amphenol connector. 


The third component is a built-in 
selectable BAUD rate from 75 to 
available for $12.95 to connect 
connector. 


RS 232 Serial port 
19,200. A cable is 
to any standard "D" 


with 
al so 
type 


The forth component is a Spectrum compatable interface that 
allows you to connect most Spectrum hardware to your TS 2068. 


Of course to run the Spectrum hardware you need Doug Dewey’s 
OMNI/EMU Spectrum emulator cartridge which is the fifth 
component of the system. SPECTRUM ROM chips & ROMSWITCH will not 
work. If you already have the OMMI/EMU Version of Doug’g 
Emulator you will be given a discount price. 


They didn’t stop there. Also included in the package is a free 
word processer developed for Wafadrive called Spectral Writer. I 
looked over the manual of this word processer and found it to be 
better in some areas than Tasword Two which I use now for 
everthing. Tasword Two may not work with Wafadrive because the 
wafadrive interface has its own, built-in on EPROM, printer 
driver program. Spectral Writer is a high legibility 64 column 
screen, with 352 line capacity. It has most of the features of 
Tasword Two Word Processer plus a redefinable codes and 
character set, Tab stops and automatic page heading and page 
numbering. The only time you need an additional printer driver 
software is when you are using other than standard ASCII 
characters or doing a screen dump or COPY. 

Another advantage over the A Be J L2000 is the design of the 
operating system commands. Wafadrive uses command that are more 
commona11y found on a floppy disk or Sinclair Microdrive system. 
When saving a program the operating system will look at the size 
of the program and place it in the next available space on the 
wafer that can contain that size program. The A tc J does saving 
sequentially, but if you resave a modified file you may 
overwrite part of the next program. (Con’t next page.) 




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Wafadrive (Can’t) 

Wafadrive is widely known in Europe with over 10,000 units sold 
for the Spectrum already. 

Is it posible to transfer programs from tape to wafedrive? you 
ask. Broadly speaking yes! With your BASIC programs the process 
is very simple. Just LOAD the program and SAVE on the Wafadrive. 
Copying some commercially produced software is not so simple. 
Problem can occur when the program uses more that 37.7K of 
memory as a few Spectrum programs do. Most professional 
programmers go to great lengths to protect their likelihood and 
you can’t blame them for that. DAMCO is currently looking at the 
LERM system, a utility that comes with a 45 page manual for 
comverting programs to Wafadrive. More about that in later 
editions. There is no magical or satisfactory "universal" 
software transposer for the above commerial and techinal 
reasons. By contacting the authors of the program a modification 
of the program may be available or they may be willing to create 
one. 

The botton line of this system over the A & J is price. The 
complete system sells for only $229.95. The price is much better 
than the Flopy disk interface available soon from $400. to 
$455.00. The below chart showes the price difference between the 
A Ik J L2000 with comparable componets and Wafadrive. 


Features 


Cost of 
Number 
Cost of 
Cost of 
Cost of 
Cost of 
Cost of 
Cost of 
Cost of 


Unit. 

of Dr ives included. 

second drive . 

Printer C ab1e. 

Serial Port . 

Spectrum EMU . 

2 Link for Spectrum ports 
Word Processer ..... 
Wafers 128K version. . . 


A 6c J L200 WAFADRIVE 


Totals= 


$199.95 

1 

124.95 

39.95 
99.00 

49.95 
49.95 
49.95 

4.75 

$618.45 


$229.95 

2 

N/C 

12.95 

N/C 

N/C 

N/C 

N/C 

3.99 

$246.89 


What software is available for the Wafadrive now? Currently 
there is a range of titles available including several games and 
utilities. The list is growing, but of notable interest are the 
superb 2APP machine code development package from Hewson and the 
Spectral Filer and Calc programs from Softek in the U.K. these 
program are file-compatible with Spectral Writer free word 
processer that comes free with the Wafadrive. 

The Wafadrive is only compatable with the TS 2068 or Spectrum, 
but you TS 1000/1500 and ZX 81 owners can still use the L1000 
from A 6c J. (See releated story page 11) . 

The Wafadrive will only be sold by DAMCO Enterprises 67 Bradley 
Ct. Fall River, MA 02720. An in-depth review is planned tor a 
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A8cJ STRING FLOPPY MANUAL ADENDUM 

This information is provided as a supplement to the first issue 
of the A 8c J Microdrive L2000 String Floppy System Manual. 

The Enterpo tapes have a numbered printed on the permanent label 
directly below the "o" in Enterpo. This number is the number of 
feet of tape inside. 

More than 9 files can be saved on the enterpo wafers by 
following the character set chart in your TS 2068 owners manual. 
To save the 10th file use next character after the 9 which is :. 

To save the 11th file use next character after the : which is ;. 

To save the 12th file use next character after the ; which is <. 

To save the 13th file use next character after the < which is =. 

To save the 14th file use next character after the = which is >. 

To save the 15th file use next character after the > which is ?. 

If you purchase a second drive to plug into the interface you 
C3ri select which drive you wish to use from your keyboard or 

program by entering POKE 24201,x. x must be equal to 0 for the 

primary disk drive on slot 0 or equal to 1 to use the second 
drive. When the system is turned on the system will default to 
drive # 0. 

A 8c J will also furnish a schehmatic for those first units that 
were shipped without one. See your Owners manual for address. 

If you wish to use the printer port on the top of the interface 
you must first purchase a kit from A 8c J which includes 
software, cable and hardware. The cost is *39.95 and it should 
be available soon. 

A & J is currently working on converting the drive provided with 

the L1000 unit, for the TS 1000/1500 to make it comparable with 

the interface provided with the L2000 unit for the TS 2068. This 
will elimate the need for two types of wafers. A 8c J now has the 
manufacturing rights for the L1000 version of the string floppy 
wafer, so a good supply of them are available. For those of you 
that have the TS 1000 or TS 1500 Computers the L1000 String 
Floppy Disk drive system at *169.95 is an excellent way to get 
away from the common cassette tape problems of slow speed and 
tape head misaligment we all face from time to time. The L1000 
may be special ordered through T.S. Services. A nice selection 
of programs are available on the L1000 wafers. 

Circlt RSC I 6 for a copy of the list of Llfff prograas. 

PERSONAL ACCOUNTANT QUICK FIX rqq 7 

One of our readers, a retiired accountant, write us about a bug 
in the Budget program found on Personal Accountant for the TS 
2068 from SoftSync. The correction is to change line 865 and add 
line 8220. 

865 LPRINT "INCOME OVER EXPENSE 
S" JM* 

8220 IF G*«"DELETED" THEN LET C* 

<F,NE)="* .00000 

0 " 




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CONVENTION FOR TS USERS? RSC 2-1 

TO? is looking into the possibility o-f a convention for TS 
Owners one weekend this summer, in late June, July or August 85. 
We hope to interest some dealers in setting up displays of their 
products. Timex Sinclair Authors would be invited to lecture on 
the computer. The site o-f the convention would be the new 
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SMUGGLERS’ COVE RSC 1-8 
From Quicksilva and one of the few adventure games available for 
the TS2063 and Spectrum, this great program is now available 
from Knighted Computers. One of our readers spent many hours and 
dollars in calls to this editor asking for assistance in playing 
this adventure. The word commands used in this game are shown 
below to assist you in finding your way through the game to its 
end. Since the instructions provided with the game only indicate 
a few of the possible commands, member John Shillinglaw, has 
complied this list of all authorized commands. Type all verbs in 
capitals and nouns in lower case letters. 


Commands 

Commands 

Commands 

N=Nor th 

TAKE/GET (noun) 

HIT/SMASH with (noun) 

E=East 

FLOAT (noun) 

DIG (noun) using (noun) 

S=South 

OPEN (noun) 

PUSH/PULL/MOVE (noun) 

W=West 

UNLOCK (noun) 

LIGHT (noun) 

U=Up 

HELP 

DROP (noun) 

JD=Down 

THROW (noun) 

RUB (noun) 

ENTER (noun) 

FACE (noun) 

CLIMB (noun) 

LOOK (noun) 

HARNESS (noun) 

READ (noun) 

SEARCH (noun) 

KILL (noun) 


INV=Showes what 

you are carring 



PUT (noun) OVER (noun) 











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