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KE E KE FF OEE EEE HHI E EEE EEE EEE EE OOOOH 
Feb. “86 Newsletter of the = 1 „ SC 


KKK EE E EE E E EEE EEE EF EEE 
VANCOUVER SINCLAIR USERS GROUP 


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ZXAppeal is a monthly 
newsletter put out by the 
Vancouver Sinclair Users Group. 
For more information on the 
club and ZXAppeal see the backcover 
In order to 'beat the deadline' 
material for ZXAppeal may be 
send directly to the editor 
2308 Marine Drive 

West Vancouver, B.C. 

М2У 1К8. 

Marcio Vieira ‘the Pres.’ 

can be reached at 984-8893 


Next Meeting 


Killarny Community Centre . 
6260 Killarny st. Vanc. 


Feb. 14 7 PM 


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Im this issue: 

An Editor retires. 

The zeeper told you so. 

Marcio screens the ZX. 

Harvey has terminal 8L. 

Bob talks to Portugal. 

Ken and Wilf talk and print respectively. 









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How to store recipes 
In your home computer. 
-This one’s easy: 


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EDITORS PREAMBLE 


First. 

Yes you read it right, I am 
retiring аз editor of ZXAppeal. I 
have had the job for a year now 


and it is time for someone else 
to carry the torch. 

Don't worry, I ап not stopping 
tomorrow. I will step out 
gradually and as far as the new 
editor is concerned, if you need 
one, І,11 act as your assistant 
editor until you ‘ге on steam. 
So. 

Volunteers step forward at 
Feb. 14 meeting please. 


the 


Second. 

I don't print other 
people,s cartoons but since the 
Vancouver Sun has seen fit to 
` yank "Shoe" from the comic pages 
I feel it is semi OK to do it 
this once. I got this copy of 
"Shoe" from one of the ‘other’ 
newsletters, you 11 be seeing 
more stuff from the other guys in 
future 2ХАрреа15. 


usually 


I had а lot of submissions this 
time around which is great 
however I had a hard time fitting 


everything into this issue. 
Because of all this I am going to 
have to keep my own column short 
and to the point which is to bad 
because we had a very interesting 
meeting last January with lots to 
report. I also have several 
announcements to make, so here we 
go, telegram style where 
necessary. 


As far as announcements аге 


concerned. First of all its time 
for elections again, they are to 
be held at the March meeting, 


everybody is invited to submit 
nominations or to run themselves. 

Second, the robot guys are 
meeting at Al Wrights office Feb. 
3rd from 6.30 to 9.30, if you 
have a robot or like to get 
involved in robotics why not drop 
in, you can reach Al at 681-9531. 


The meeting started at 7.18 and 
we had about 36 members among 
whom I noticed some new faces. 


(2) 


Marcio welcomed us one and all to 
1986 he told us he will take 
Karl Brown,s robotics course and 
he would like some Sinclair 
company. 

There are, apparantly, some very 
cheap modems to be had, from 
Zebra among others, this might be 


a good time to get yours, a chap 
by the name of J.Brohman is dying 
to sell you some of his terminal 
software to go with your modem. 

J.B. also mentioned that you 
should get Wilf Rigter,s Hires 
Combo pack while the getting is 


good, (available from D.Ross). 
It seems that he (J.B.) has the 
marketing rights, at least for 
the states, sown up. Also from 
John you can get a mouse for the 
ZX81 and CP/M for the 2068. 
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Наггу Slot. has been busy 
advertising our group in the Buy 
and Sell and also via the 
community services of  CKWX апа 


CKNW. Way to go H. 
Harry also set us straight on how 


to handle I.C,s maybe he can do 
up a piece for 2ХАрреа1 on the 
subject. Ме where also told that 
the Candle B/W Monitor/T.V., 
mentioned by Marcio in his 
column, was seen at the Richmond 


Lumberland for $79.00. 


ongoing JIL datasette story 
..опдоіп4. Ken Kenny is 
customers who might 
getting one of 
you are 


The 
is still.. 
looking for 
be interested іп 
these machines. If 
interested contact Ken. 


been sort of promised а 
report for the next 
Breathlessly waiting 


I have 
treasurers 
newsletter. 
I am. 


our new club 
Mclean, to get 
everybody is 
bring some good 
software to the 


The name of 
librarian is 
him started 
requested to 
public domain 
next meeting. 


Ian 


Paul ( The Editor) Ruiterman. 


THE ZEEPER SPERKS.... 


Greetings you deluded faithful, 

I hope your few remaining 
functional brain celis are well, 
I tnink I have found the answer 
to your sad affliction. What 
eise would you call а mental 
iliness that causes normally 
Sane individuals to purchase 
computers from a man who is 
obsessec with re-inventing the 
tricycle (more on that later)? 
During my recent trio abroad i 
discovered that England is also 
the originator of "The 
Hitchixer’s Guide to the Galaxy” 
as well as "Monty Python's 
Flying Circus". 

What has this to do with 
computing? An analysis of the 
Improbability Ecuation will 
reveal that both of these 
institutions actually exist in 
British society. It appears that 
Sir Clive Sinciair was the 
improbabie result of the Heart 
of Sold beinc rear-enced by a 
tricycie ridden by John Cieese 
while under the influence of 
aiconol. Neediess to say, Zaphod 
Beetlebrox was extremely uoset 
over having his aüsciute 
favorite spaceship damaged by а 
drunken third cousin of Arthur 
Dent. Just as he was about to 
unieash a barrage of Beteltuese 
invectives acainst dotn Cleese 
and the suddeniy materializec 
Sir Clive, Marvin advised of an 
impending Vogon attacx and the 
amourous desires of Trillium, 





True to form Zaphoc assigned the 
fate of Sir Clive and the Vogons 
to Marvin and lept through 
hyper-space with Trillium at the 
controls and Arthur Dent 
pondering the number 42 anc the 
best way to deal with teleshore 
sanitizers. 

On Earth Marvin began to 
teil the Vogons all the reasons 
һе was unhappy and offerec to 
Jump into the Thames for the 
amusement of фе slowly 
gathering assembly of the 
Berkshire Mutual Admiration and 
Improbability Society, The 
Vogons having an immense fear of 
being bored to death immeciately 
left for a suddenly remembered 
dinner engagement with Julius 
Caesar аб Milliway's, іле 
restaurant at the end of the 
universe. Cleese continuec on 
his tricycle content with the 
knowiecoe that the whoie affair 
could have been avoided if the 
two-heacec rude caotain of the 
heart of Goid had properly 
Sirnalec his intention to 


materialize suddeniy out of thin | 


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This left Marvin in charge 
of the improbable by-product о? 
this incident, Bir Ciive 
Sinciair. Marvin considered this 
task to be the absolutely most 
meniai anc demeaning task in the 
entire known Universe and 
typical of іле treatment he hac 


‚ Come to exoect from Zaoned. 


Unbeknownst to anyone 
excect Marvin, who лай а brain 


the size of a galaxy, the 
coilision had caused a 
trans-linear non-reversi ng 


sub-ether polarized voitace 
soike in Marvin's EPROS banks. 
The result being that Marvin 
feit this uncontrolable urge to 
clone. After several massive 
attemots to explain the 
orocedure and technology 
recuired to Sir Clive who was 
only slightly more intelligent 
than his third cousin Arthur 
Dent, Marvin finally toid Sir 
Clive to do the best he could. 
The imorobabie result of this 
effort was dubbed Sinclair 
Research which Marvin felt was 
tysicaliy а human thing to do. 
Marvin does ail the work and a 
human takes the credit no matter 
how badly they botch the 05. 
The rest is history. Marvin 
begat Sinclair Research which 
begat the ZX 80 which begat the 
ZX Bi which begat the Soectrus 
which deqat the tricycle which 
berat the ENEMA (oops, that’s 
ENIGMA). 


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І TOLD YOU 50 DEPARTMENT 


The Zeeser warned about 
what would happen if the ZX 8: 
were connected to an automobile. 
i nave right леге in my hano the 
first advertisement for the C 5 
in the U.S. It ciaims to cruise 
at uo to 15 mon. If you weigh 98 
pounds going down hiil with a 
strong wind behind you. It cives 
one whole hour's charge after 
being charged all night. The ad 
Claims it is simolicity itself 
to operate. I guess that is 
because you have to ve simple to 
buy one. It claims to be an 
exhilarating open-air vehicie 
whicn means you get wet іп the 
rain and you are a real easy 
target for pigeons, seagulls, 
anc giant condors. it comes with 
а custom sicrochis wich 
monitors the actor and battery. 
The son of Ferranti. It comes 
with auxiliary pedals. 
Definitely required илеп 
attesoting to roll over wads of 
chewing gua on the sidewaix, it 
has oneumatic tires which means 
they can't 3e reciaced anywhere 
in North America. You will also 
get two free matching mirrors 
courtesy Мах Factor and turn 
Signals wich are recycled 5 ard 
8 keys from old Spectrums plus 
two LEDs, The steering bar is 
ergonomically designed to be 
where your hands fall naturaiiy 
if you are built like a 
chimoanzee. It can be yours for 
a mere $535.00 sius $95.90 
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BET à BETTER SCREEN... МР0 Vieira 


If your TU gives you a good screen just 
enjoy it and leave it alone. Speaking for 
myself,a couple o£ years back I got tired 
Of facing à poor Screen...and decided to 
do some surgery to my TU set. For э change 
I was in luck. I had a schematic and mu TU 
Was а 128RC/l2DC model one of those that 
you can plug into your car's cigarette 
lighter and watch your favourite dame 
while you zip along Georgia St.at rush 
hour. Well an AC/DC model is by design 
"totally" isolated from the 120 power line 
by a transformer, The Chassis of mu TU uas 
not "HOT" as they зач; ап accidental short 
would МОТ zap me and my set and my 
computer with the full wrath o£ that 129 
Power line. Rctuallg,in my set,the primary 
оғ the transformer is connected to the 
Chassis by a 1.2 megchms resistor,high 
enough not to give anyone anu trouble. IF 
your TU is not an AC/DC do not get 
depressed...yet. There is по reason why 
your TU should be less favoured. Check 
your TU schematic. Get one if you don't 
have one. ІҒ one side оҒ the power line is 
directly connected to the chassis,leave 
that set alone...or get an isolating 
transformer. An isolatind transformer 15 
an 128/128, (input/output) transformer, 
The “wattage should be enough to feed 
your TU,with power to spare. Two, back to 
back, power supplu transformers, 
(ex: 120724, 247/120) will also ао. Моы, опе 
last WARMING. Do not mess around with 
either the thick wire,that is connected 
halfway up the back of the picture tube or 
With the circuits it comes from. There is 
some 15,800 to 25,888 volts there when the 
set is operating. Some capacitors are 
terrible efficient and able to keep 
electric charges for days... . 

What we must do,for a clear picture,is to 
insert "direct video" (not modulated) at a 
point between the video detector and the 
video amplifier (driver). You don't have 
to know anything about TV's. It is all 
there, labelled for you in the schematic 
and in the PC board. In the schematic it 
Should look,more or less, like Fig.lia!. 
What we want is to insert the items shown 
in Ғі9.1%53. The latest TU sets may use 
only Chips,but you Should be able to 
recognize the Same point. The next step is 
to locate the same spot on the PC board. 






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23222, 
43 л. 


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INPUT 





VIDED 
OUTPUT 


"E 4. MONITOR DVER, 


Break the circuit at the “x, by scratching 
With a Small screwdriver,and using 3 
twisted wires,for distances less than 3 
inches, or a 2 conductor shielded cable 
smake the connections as shown,to а 2-way 
Switch and a phono jack. It 15 advisable 
to pick up your ground around the same 
Spot. When you have finished doing 
that,you will have a TY monitor,with a 
HIGH IMPEDANCE input (the resistor R at 
the new input іс normally a few thousand 
Ohms}. Моы,іп the ZX-81, pick up your 
"direct video"at the video Modulator, From 
the input wire closest to the edge of the 
PC board,with “ground picked close by. 
Right on the modulator box (not the lid) 
із not à kad Place. Depending on your 
TU,the video there might not be strong 
enough. In that Case pick your video as 
Shown in Fig.3. Be carefull as a short 
here will damage your CPU. In both cases 
Just take the video to an audio jack оғ 
Plug,as you prefer, These modifications 
have worked very nicelly for me for over 2 
years. ТУ Sets with Chips instead of 
transistors, being so compact are. probably 
more prone to pick up interference. Extra 
Care and very short connections are a must 
in all Cases. If the results are not what 
you expected you may tru a monitor driver, 
A monitor driver did not improve the 
quality o£ my screen, in my case. A monitor 
driver is necessary if you must drive a 
normal LOW IMPEDANCE (75 ohmsimonitor,or 
you Will overload your 2Х-81. Karl Brow 
gave us a simple circuit in one of our 
very past newsletters ,Fig.d. It can be put 
together on а transistor socket,glued to 
the modulator box with epoxi or as shown 
in Fig.5. With it, I сап тош drive,not 
Only my old modified TU but also my new TU 
With а regular 75 ohms monitor input 
(CANDLE JBTU 1371/%24.95 at COSTCO}. 6000 
LUCK to YOU.... 


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. j | INCRERSE TOR PENCE saa Marcio КЕП 3 
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/ j М) Тһе ansewnr to some inquires I received 


т (аес/85 issue! iss. YES, all pins o£ the gK 
Ы Static Chip HhB254 will fit the 28 2 
planned by SINCLAIR, with exception of pins 
2 and 23. These are to be left out o£ the 


f: — socket and connected as shown. 
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1 CLEAR 29999: BORDER 0: INK 7: PAPER 0: BRIGHT 1: CLS 
10 FOR £20 ТО 113: READ а: POKE (30000*f$),a: NEXT f 
20 FOR #=0 TO 77: READ a: POKE (31000*f),a: NEXT f 
25 PRINT AT 0,05" PLAY MUSIC INTO THE EAR PHONE *; AT 1,53°AS IF YOU ARE LOA 
DING": PRINT АТ 21,0; FLASH 15° PRESS ANY KEY *: PAUSE 0: CLS 


27 RANDOMIZE USR 31000 
30 DATA 33, 15,88, 6,11, 197,84,93, 19,6, 16, 205, 106, 117, 203, 1971, 203, 157, 203, 16/7, 20 


3,175 
40 DATA 119, 18,43, 19, 16, 239, 62, 48, 35, 61, 32, 252, 193, 16,224, 1, 96, 1,33, 0,88, 17 
SO-DATA 191,90, 126,18, 27,35, 11,120,177, 254,0,32, 245, 201, 14, 0, 219,254,203,119,4 


0,4 
60 DATA 203,1953,24,2,2053,129,219,254,2053,119,40,4,205,201,24,2,203,1537,219,254 


203,119 
70 DATA 40,4,203,209,24,2,203,145,219,254,203,119,40,4,203,119,40,4,203,241,24 


»2,203,119,121,201 
80 DATA 0,127,127,127,127,127,127,0,17, 88,255,33,24,121,1,8,0,237,176,62,2,203 
90 DATA 1,22,52,1,237,163,33,255,87,17,0,88,1, 191,2,62,0,119,1,192,2,62 
100 DATA 144,215, 11,120,177, 194,67,121,1,9,0, 118, 11, 120,177,194,79,121,58,8,92, 

254 
110 DATA 32, 202, 100,121, 205, 48, 117, 195,76, 121,201, 201 

200 STOP : SAVE “light show" 
210 VERIFY ** 

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PLAYING WITH ELECTRICITY. [8 Х%11 - { Harvey Taylor ) 
THE SERIAL PROBLEM - A CONTINUING SAGA 


There is a problem with the serial ports on the Qh. 
Sinclair calls them full, bidirectional  RS-232 interfaces % 
one would hope that meant everything it is supposed to, but. 
Sinclair cheapness has struck a low blow. Instead of doing 
the proper thing and using a full Uart, Sinclair uses the 
8049 Intelligent Peripheral Controller (IPC) for input and 
part of a custom Undifferentiated Logic Array (UIA) for 
output. The problem arises from the fact that the 8049 has a 
lot to do & cannot watch the input line all the time. It is 
liable to miss characters. To get around this Sinclair has 
implemented the DTR pin; when the 8049 is busy it pulls DTR 
low. Any hardware wishing to talk ta the QL has to monitor 
DTR. Most modems are not set. up to do this. Congequentily шош 
modems show a lot of errors. A further problem arises from 
the fact that, while parity and baud rate are under program 
control, the number of stop bits is not. The QL always uses 2 
stop bits. Most North American BBS’s use 1 stop bit. These 
factors make it difficult to set up any of the simpler kinds 
of modems, such as Steve Ciarcia's TMS99532 based project. 

My reason for writing this article is to search out any 
solutions other people һауе tried іп trying to circumvent 
tbese limitations. If you have got a modem working with a QL 
with any degree of success, please drop me a line. 

This is а brief description of what I have tried myself. 
My first attempt was to simply to “stick an ultra simple 
TMS99532 modem on the serial ports. This resulted in such a 
high level of errors in reception and transmission that I was 
unable to log onto any local BBS. (Sigh) 

My second attempt was to design a slightly more 
complicated modem incorporating (2) two Uarts. One Uart was 
set to 2 stop bits and 399 baud like the QL, the other set to 
the parameters of whatever BBS I was communicating with. Once 
data was available on one Uart, the data available pin would 
go high, which triggered а one shot to strobe the write pin 
on the other Uart as well as clearing the Data available flip 
flop on the first. The result. of this project was scarcely 
better than the first. I was still unable to log onto any 
BBS. 

Mx third attempt was to utilize the DTR line as well as 
the Data Available pin on the second Uart to strobe the Data 
into the first Uart which ran at 9600 baud. The effect of 
this is to use the second Uart as а one byte buffer. 
Surprisingly this shortcut method works to а degree. Now 
however the original board is so hacked up that I will have 
to build another. Му present board has а problem with its 
power supply & I want to try direct connect. This may be all 
wbich is keeping me from BBS land. As the present device is 
it is too unreliable to implement Xmodem. 

It would seem that the next level would be to design a 
smart buffered modem which is capable of monitoring the DTR 
line on the QL. Tbis will involve an extensive project with a 
dedicated controller chip like а 28 ог suchlike. I have not 
yet started work on this sort of a device. Coincidentally the 
two QL modems for sale in Britain incorporate а form of 
buffering between the modem and tho QL. | 

Let me repeat my plea. If you have found another way 
around this conundrum, drop me a line , please! { H. Taylor/ 
QL Conundrums/ 726 West 17th/ Vancouver, BC/ Canada V5Z 1T9 ) 

The circuit diagram is the latest semi- buffered design 
described above & the code is tbe simple terminal I have been 
using. con 

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GOOD ‘MODEM’ DEAL 
551 


2058 Modem Cards 








This іс a great deal for 
those interested in obtaining a 
Modem ror their computer at ap- 
proximately 1/4 the usual price. 

These are the Timex 2058 
Cards with Interface connector & 
Phone Line Cord at 0.5.%25.92. 
ALL you have to supply is the эч 
Power supply, a case from Radio 
Shack and the MTERM-II software 
Which can be obtained almost any 
uhere. Each of these units is 
tasted before shipment & include 
She instructions on how to put 
it ail together. This company ai 
50 include а i8 day exchange po- 
Licy on these units. This unit 
can aiso be used on the Т/5 18982 
& Т/5 1588 using the МІМІ-х MO- 
DEM softuare. 


If gou are interested in 
adding one of these units to 
your computer set-up then write 
and ask for more inrormation to: 


Dave Clifford, 

12912 Haildale Ave., 
Gardena, CA 2924 
U.S.A. 


This is га 
good buy and І: 
hard to beat. 
— ————— SEWER SCR IE RR TOIT ELE — 


ed as one veru 
Ould say fairly 


(8) 


PORTUGAL CALLING 
әзегезвзазззззвавев 
bg Б. Lussier 


МЕЧЕН CALLING. ] 


On December 27, 1885 at ap- 
Proximatelg 7:15 A.M. I received 
an Overseas phone-call from the 
Portugal (TIMEx: Corporation on 
the idea of our group obtaining 
Some of the TC 2863 and Timex 


Disk-Drive units. 


going on. To be continued - 


The ƏL Sectian 


by R. Lussier 


For anyone interested іп 
Obtaining a ƏL Hust ick Rdap- 
ter at £5.58 + Post may do so 
from: 

Eidersoft, 
The Of fice, 
Hall Farm, 


England 


A Listing of OL software 
сап be Obtained from: 


UD Software, 
Hilltop, 

St. Mary, 
Jersey, England 


A 188% т/с arcade action 
game called the "BLOBZ" for a 
OL 8 £5.00 inc Post from: 


Smiling Software, 

26 Dale Road, 

Marple, 

Stockport SKS SHA, 

Engtand 
L—————————————————— — — 


During the conversation the 
Prices were quoted as 
(1: TC 2853 at U.5.3135 
(2) Timex Disk-Drive at U.5. $159 

These quotations are stated 

for a minimum amount of 20 units 
Of each product. I will write 
the above again and get everu- 
thing in black & White, just to 
be sure there шас no misleading 
Statements oan the part of TIMEX 
Portugal. When I get an answer I 
Will Let you aii know what is 


QL Graphics Toolkit 


bg R. Lussier 


The techniques of this neu 
toolkit are similar to those use 
by Walt Disney to create the neu 
movie '"TRON", You Can experiment 
with Ргасіга! 5. This is the re-. 
Plication of natural shapes to 
form Landscapes, rock formations 
and buildings. 


This is the system used to 
make the program "Landscape Cre- 
ator". This Listing was done by 
a professionai programming team 
and took tuo months to complete. 


If you have a OL and would 
be interested in a photocopy orf 
the Listing for this program, 
then write me or phone me at the 
following: PHONE-522-7015 and 
the address is: 7937 Elwell St., 
Burnaby, B.C. USE 1M3. I will 
get a photocopy of this program 
to you. Good computing! 


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BRITISH SOFTHARE PUBLISHERS 


by R. Lussier 





LERM, 12 Brunswick Gardens ,Согьу 
Northamptonshire, England 


Level Nine, 223 Hugenden Road, 
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, 
HP13 SPG, Engiand (adventures: 


Macmillan Software, 4 Little Es- 
sex Street, London WC2R 3LF, ENG 
(educational & Astronomy prog.! 


Mastervision, Park Lorne, 111 
Park Road, London NUS 7HL, Eng. 
(budget software, all kinds) 


OCP, 77a Packhorse Rd.,Gerrards 
Cross, Buckinghamshire 519 аро, 
Eng. (Utilities: rated highiy 


Rose Software, 148 Widney Lane, 
Solihull, у. Midlands, England 
(educationaij 


SD Microsystems, PO Box 24. Hit- 
chin, Hertfordshire 564 ORE, Eng 
011111125) 


Software Farm, зга Floor, 16 
(ZX81, TS1808.;TS515008 software) 


PSION, 2 Huntsworth Meus, Glou- 
cester Place, London NU1, Eng. 
(various software) 








| SPECTRUM SOFTURRE REVIEW 


by R. Lussier 





MACADAM BUMPER 
TU Cite ыға. 
his program іс а PINBALL 

CONSTRUCTION kit. It comes with 
a Sample game with three pairs 
Of Flippers. You сап construct 
your own tables Using all tradi- 
tional parts such as bumpers, & 
Flippers, Floats and even with 
the inclusion of TILT. 


There are two construction 
modes. The first alters the now 
existing tabte and the second 
will allow you to start from а 
blank table and design one com- 
pletely of your oun design. This 
is Like having a neu game each 
time. This does save you from 
getting bored оѓ the game. 


Uhen entering the design 
phase the Left side of the dis- 
Play shows each type of сотро- · 
nent together with a Letter. Ts 
position а piece оп the table, 
Just move the Cursor to the de- 
Siréed. location and press the ap- 
propriate letter. You Can then 
Save this tabie to tape. 


This game will play up to 4 
Players and each game uses five 
balls per ріау. Comparing this 
program with the other Pinball 
Game “PINBALL WIZARD”, I find it 
more addictive and much more fun 
as you сап have a different game 
each time. You design, save the 
neu table and toad а new table 
into the game whenever you wish. 


GRAPHICS: 98% 
MONEY VALUE: 92% 
ADDICT IVENESS : 95x 


OVERALL: 89% 
PRICE: £7.00 inc. Postage 


Bxailabie from: 


Soft Insight, 

17 Burgos Grove, 
Greenwich, 5Е12 809, 
England 





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NEU: 2963 BOOK 
by Я. Lussi 
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3@ MUSIC PROGRAMS TAS 2868 
— TAT —ñ— — — — — — 


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This is a 5004 music pra- 
grams book with 139 spiral-bound 
Pages. These programs are also 
available on tape. Altogether 5 
tapes are available each with 38 
songs. 


Some songs use the BEEP and 
Some use the SOUND commands. n 
few of the Songs include: Love 
Me Tender, O Satie Mio, Blue Da- 
пиһе, Saints Go Marching іп, and 
26 others. 


The book i5 in 3 parts. The 
First 2 contain the BEEP command 
and the third contains the SOUND 
command. A speciali feature for 
Guitar accompaniment is that the 
Chords are displayed on Screen. 


Another feature are Music 
Boxes in шһісһ gou enter the one 
Program and enter the DATA From 
each program. You then select a 
song of your choice. This saves 
а lot of typing. я very good and 
unique idea. 


The price of the book is at 
.%15.282 inciuding shipping, 
4 avaiiabie from the Е. Arthur 
Brown Со., 3424 Pawnee Drive, 
Alexandria, MN 56308. 


There are 5 Tapes of 30 pro 
grams each and are priced at $12 
each from Electret Scientific, 
PO Box 4132, Star City, UU 25525 
Book Rating: 85. 


UNUSUAL SPECTRUM PROGRAMS 


by R. Lussier 





WITCHCRAFT REVEALED 





This program Lets you per- 
form many different rituals and 
spells coiiected from authentic 
witches and Wartocks. Some spell 
include:Binding Sex Spell, Love 
Spell, Spell for Extremely Good 
Luck, and Hstrai Projection,etc. 
There are aver 25 spells in this 
Program. ІР interested it is nou 
available at £5.50 inc. Post. 
High Voltage, 15 Bridge Road, 
Park Gate, Hants 503 7AE, Ens. 





RSTROLOGY 


This program is used to cai- 
culate a Horoscope. This Package 
includes a simpie program, the 
introductory booklet, and 2 self 
teaching Programs on hou to in- 
terpret the horoscope. This pro- 
gram is £13.99 inc. Post. A¥ai- 
table from: ASTROCALC, 67 Peas- 
croft Road, Hemel Hempstead, 


for Beginners 








Herts HPS SER, England. 
MAGIC | 
This package includes а book- 
tet showing the history of MAGIC 
With some tricks, and the 50Ғ:%- 
ware you need is Produce a 
show. If interested in the ргас- 
tical side ої Magic you wiil en- 
joy this program. Price:£18.20- 
Post. Macmitian Software, 4 Lit- 
tle Essex St., London чан зы, 
England 


CRLLING-Adv nturers 
bu R. Lussier 

There are members that are 
ا‎ r in starting a пен 
arm of group-bazicaliigy the 
а а обе group. 

Anyone interested in Adven 
ture games Such as the HOBBIT, 
Lords of Midnight, etc. & Like 
to get together to participate 
with and against each other on 
the games inciudina possibiy on 
building Maps of these games, 
please get in touch with: - 
Bill Rutter @ 434-8357 or 
5351 Rumble яте. + 
Burnabu, B.C. 


USJ 2B? 


Doug Jeffery, 
Larch Rd., RREI., 
Telka, B.C. 

VOJ 2x2 





Crossword Compiler 





This program Lets you design 
your own Crosswords and Save to 
tape or Printer. You can dezign 
any size grid up to 16 squares. 
and also enter and delete black 
Squares. You can also redesign 
Old crosswords. The price is at 
£5.50 inc. Post. Byron Softwgre, 
57 Rangoon Road, Solihull, West 
Midlands Bag S55, England. 





Building Estimators 
а 


This program is for prepara- 
tion of tenders. It has mang fa- 
cilities inciuding extract compo 
nents, adjust, preparation of 
measurements, etc. The price is: 
SAE for details. A. MacDonald, 

8 Loch Place, South Queensferry, 
Lothian, U.K. 


(11) 





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MT_RELJB 
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START 


MAINLOOP 
CHK_SERIAL 


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TERMINAL 


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started Sept 4/85 


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EQU 
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Dc 


DC. 
pc. 
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MOVEQ 
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BNE 


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*PRIORITY, D2 


MT_PRIOR, 1 
ERROR 


#0, D1 
#-1,D3 

ЗО, А1 
MT_SUSJB, 1 
ERROR 


CON, PAR. Al 
ПТ. CON, А2 
ERROR 


СНАМ CON. At 


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АЙ, АА 

prg 
#-1, D3 
SD_CURE, 3 
ERROR 


DEVNAME, Ад 


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СНАН SCR, А1 


Ад, (А1) 


#2,D1 
#0, D2 
SD_SETSZ, 3 
ERROR 


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MSG1, A1 

10 SSTRG, 3 
ERROR 


#0, D3 

А5, АО 

IO PEND,3 
GET. SERIAL 
#-1, DO 
CHK_KBRD 
ERROR_M 


'* SUSPEND RASIC 
* timeout. 


* open the main console 


* SAVE CONSOLE ID 
* IN A4 TOO 


* enable а cursor in 
* the main console 


* open ser2hr 


* SAVE SERIAL CHANNEL ID 
ж IN AS ТОО · 


ж BAUD RATE 
* NO ERROR RET 


* open info screen 


* set print size of info screen 


* timeout 


* print msg 


TIMEOUT 
SERIAL CHAN ID 


+ я 


ж NOT COMPLETE 


(12) 


* OTHER ERKOR TESTS OF 10 PEND HERE 


GET SERIAL QDOS - IO FBYTE,3 
BNE ERROR, M 
BSR PRINT.IT 
CK KBRD MOVE.L А4,Ад 
MOVE.W 582,03 
QDOS IO_PEND, 3 
BEQ GET. KBRD 
CMPI #-1, DO 
BEQ MAINLOOP 
BNE ERROR_M 
GET_KERS QDOS IO FBYTE, 3 
BNE СНЕК ERR 
CMPI #232,D1 
BEQ СІ, ЕХІТ 
e INSERT OTHER TESTS HERE 
BRA "SEND. IT 
СНЕК ERR CMPI #-1, DØ 
BEQ MAINLOOP 
BRA ERROR, M 
SEND.IT BSR PRINT_IT 
MOVEQ #3, D3 
MOVE.L А5, А2 
9005 IO. SBYTE, 3 
BNE ERROR M 
BRA MAINLOOP 
PRINT. IT MOVE.B D1,D2 
MOVE.L А4,А0 
MOVE.W #2,D3 
QDOS IO_SBYTE, 3 
BEQ P.EXIT 
BSR ERROR, MSG 
Р EXIT MOVE.B D2,D1 
RTS 
ZRROR.M BSR ERROR_MSG 
BRA MAINLOOP 
CL EXIT LEA CHAN 5СК, AQ 
MOVE.L (Ад),Ад 
MOVE.W #MSG2LEN, D2 
MOVEQ #-1,D3 
LEA MSG2, A1 
QDOS IO_SSTRG, 3 
BNE ERROR 
PRA EXIT 
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ERRORMSG [КЕ PE, {42 as 
VECTOR UT SCR,A2 
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MOVE.L (А0), A 
QDOS IO, CLOSE, 2 
LEA СНАН ОСОН, AQ 
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QDOS IO. CLOSE, 2 
LEA CHAN, SER, AQ 
MOVE.L (Ад), АФ 
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ж CON CHAN ID 
* TIMEOUT 


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ж ONLY EF=-10? 


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MSG1END 
MSG1LEN 


MSG2 
MSG2END 
MSG2LEN 


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CHAN SER 


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INDEFINITE TIMEOUT 
NO FLAG BYTE 


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INSURANCE 


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9,4 
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MSG2END-MSG2 
9,4 


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BROR COLOR 
BRDR WDTH 
PAPER COLOR 
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WIDTH 
DEPTH 
X-ORIGIN 
Y-ORIGIN 


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do-it-yourself computer interfacing and P DE dert ut — E EE 
projects оғ robot voice boxes. once thE іп usi 115 t, it shou : 
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sound. Happy speech processing! 


VOWEL — RLLOPHONE DEC HEX ALLOPHONE VALUE (Hex in brackets: 













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a (ate) 129 114 63(3F) | 63(3F) | 260 
air (hair! — 147 |2F C 42(28) (ca),8(co) 41129) | 41(29) 
ar (far) 1 59 | 38 CH | 590322 | 50(32) | Seco 
augh (caught) | 23 | 17 | 33021) ° | 33021) | 21015 
aw (hot) 124 118 F | 49028) | 49(28) | 40(628) 
=: е (met) 167 |97 6 1 3422) | 34(22) | 34022) 
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H | 5739) (how), 27(18) (he) 
ж — T i J | 16) | 19098) | 10009) 
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pai L | 450g) | 45020) | 620E 
tiim ете M | 1509) | 16019) 1 16010 
Ves а ме 121% N | 5630 | 56038) | 11(08) 
0 (Ougnt) 123 | 17 44 (2С) (angle! 
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оо (moon) 131 [27 ə | 41%46(29%2Е together) (kw) 
— 122 116 а, 59198 (45) G9 GEI rear! 
M ue 158 1 за : S8(38) (ОҒ), 51 (33) (ег) 
— 132 120 $ 55(37), 43(28) (2), 38(26) (zsh) 
oy (boy) 105 125 SH 1 27(25), 38(26) (zsh) 27(25) 
к. алын 115 | oF T |1390 — | 13(00)| 17011) 
и (value) 49+31 | 31+1Е TH nu» dne ,54 (36) (those: 
согот 131 11Р у | 35023) | 3523) | 35(25 
ү y sky 196 196 U — | 45(2E) (W001), 48039) (why) 
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ed et, us 19(13) (truly, 6tsky) 


2 | 43(28), 38(26) (zsh) 


(14) 


cofY RIGEIT DEC Fs 


ANATOMY o£ а HIRES HARDCOPY 
UTILITY for Т:2049 PRINTERS 


Owners of 2040 printers may be 
surprised to find that the old 25 printer 
docs included a minitutorial on, and deno 
programs for, hires printing, а subject 
totally ілуге in the 2049 manual. 

The power graphics printing and 
similar уфе: is exemplified by 
programs such as SYNCRRTIST,USII and i ав 
sure some Of your own programs. 

I include WIT because of its use оғ 
compressed Character bit patterns. whith 
Mia printing of 42 Characters per 

ine. 

An extension of this technique sould 
generate a choice of Styles or custom 
Characters. 


A program that dumps X x Y bits to the 
printer is the core of all such utilities 
The ml program in listing 1 is I believe 
the most compact £orm o£ this core utility 
and requires just 52 bytes to store 28 
instructions. ў 
Тһе program вач be located anywhere in 
Donor sna Бы Чары аг OMEN, in 
MES С, о Че гг in а 
безі bitmapped format. 


The program consists of 3 nested loops 
which handle the bit, byte, and line 
sements. 

НСІРЗ, the start оғ the inner loop Checks 
if the printer is ready for data, loads 


be printed and loops until reg B 
Its to 


decreme 

The middie loop HCLP2 passes bytes, 
9 ارو‎ т агер С C of the inner 
oop 

This loop also tracks the number of 3 bit 
bytes send to the printer by decrementing 


reg D. 
After 32 bytes control is transferred to 
the outer icop which counts the number of 
lines by decrementing E and loops back to 
HCLPL untill ali 192 lines are processed. 
At the beginning of the outer loop, the 
printer is checked if it is ready for a 
тем line. 

Further details of operation are found in 
the line by line annotation of listing 1. 


«А2 RIGTER 


Like the hands Of а ClOCK the Second hand 
rotates 8x for every rotation оғ the 
minute hand and the minute hand rotates 
32X for every rotation Of the hour hand 
and the clock stops after 192 rotations of 
the hour. hand. 

Luckily it does not require 96 days for 
all 45772 inner loopings but only a few 
seconds. In fact with no printer attached, 
the routine takes only 2 seconds. 

Slowed by the handshake ready Signals 

Which synchronize the computer with the 
printer, it takes 10 seconds. 


The Starting parameters іп registers 
HL.D,E, and B may be adjusted but keep in 
Bind that the horizonal printer te ga ue 
is Only 256 dots, that is, 32 bytes oF 
bits, 42 bytes of 6 bits ^a M ола or б 
bits, etc. 

Vertical resolution is limited to 256 
lines or by placing this routine in an 
outer outer loop, by the lenght of the 
Paper roll. 

By sheer coincidence this routine is 
fully compatable with WRX16 SOFTWARE HIRES 
and is one of mang supporting utilities 
provided in the  URX16 Development 
Package. 


For details, questions, and suggestions 
Please contact myself, WILF RIGTER or DAVE 


HCOPY 
CALL F23; FAST 
LD Е,СӘ;192 LINES 
LD HL, (SCNAD) ; 5K ARRAY 
XOR A; A=0 
OUT FB.A; START PRINTER 
HCLP1 IN A, FB; TEST PRINTER 
RLR; NEU LINE STATUS FLAG 
JR NC HCLP1;REPERT IF NC 
LD D,20;32 BYTES PER LINE 
HCLP2 ГЕ B,8;8 BITS ET BYTE 


HCLPS TN R 


OUT FB,R;BIT 7 TO PRNTR 
RL C;SHIFT NEXT BIT 
DJNZ HCLP3; REPEAT 8X 
INC Me En BYTE 

DEC D;DEC BYTE COUNTER 
JR NZ HCLP2;REPEAT 32x 
DEC E;DEC: LINE COUNTER 
JR NZ HCLP1; ae 192x 
LO A, 4; TURN ОҒ 

OUT FB. A; PRINTER 

CALL — 


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The Vancouver Sinclair Users Group has been 
in existence since 1982. We are a support 
group for the owners and users of the, 
Microace, ZX 80, ZX 81, T/S 1000, T/S 1500, 
Spectrum, Spectrum* T/S 2068 and QL 
computers. ' 

Our 1985 executive consists of, 


President Marcio Vieira 
V.P/Coordinator Erik Sakara 
Treasurer ARBie Fru 


Our Membership dues are only 515.-/уеаг and 
may be send to our Treasurer. 

ARBie Fru 

7220 Blundell Rd 

Richmond. B.C. 

У6Ү 104. 

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$ 10.- per 1/4 page. 

We charge one dollar extra for billing. 
ZXAppeal has а print run of 100 copies per 
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receive a photocopy, via The Network. 

Our Canadian Network coordinator is, 

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Our Internat. Network coordinator is, 
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7937 Elwell Street, 

Burnaby B.C. У5Е 1M3