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by TMAOne
Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Welcome Area
Topic: Pictures of Our Babies.
Replies: 11
Views: 256

Re: Pictures of Our Babies.

Wow! :shock: Those are some pretty serious looking machines! Well done, all. I wish I spoke (read) German to know what the heck those behemoths actually do.
by TMAOne
Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Welcome Area
Topic: Pictures of Our Babies.
Replies: 11
Views: 256

Re: Pictures of Our Babies.

That's impressive!
by TMAOne
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Welcome Area
Topic: Pictures of Our Babies.
Replies: 11
Views: 256

Pictures of Our Babies.

I'm not a new poster, but this seemed a logical place for the link below, to "my collection" of classic 80's retro-computers, including that first ever ZX81 that I assembled from the kit. https://imgur.com/a/dD4xq Not to plug a website I have no connection with, but imgur is a nice site for posting ...
by TMAOne
Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:54 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Improving Timex/Sinclair Tape Loading
Replies: 54
Views: 1641

Re: Improving Timex/Sinclair Tape Loading

Just wanting to keep the ball rolling here,... If given a parts list I can order and bag the kits? There is a parts list in the original article .pdf file. How "complete" would we want the kits to be? In my own case, I have things like resistors, battery holders, and switches already in my junk box,...
by TMAOne
Tue Oct 24, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Improving Timex/Sinclair Tape Loading
Replies: 54
Views: 1641

Re: Improving Timex/Sinclair Tape Loading

Will a cassette cable for the ZX81 do the job? Sure it would, it's made for that after all. It's just a shame to carve up a vintage Zeddy cable. I've managed to find some Chinese ones on eBay Canada now. (I looked for "mono shield mini plug".) I'll buy a couple of 3' patch cords and cut them in hal...
by TMAOne
Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:23 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Improving Timex/Sinclair Tape Loading
Replies: 54
Views: 1641

Re: Improving Timex/Sinclair Tape Loading

Any progress on the PCB? sirmorris? There are 3 "firm" hats in the ring, and my wishy-washy expression of interest which I will now firm up. So that's: Lardo Boffin Dim_75 gammaray TMAOne Is the diagram capture from the article usable, or do we still need someone to design a new board? Well, except...
by TMAOne
Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Improving Timex/Sinclair Tape Loading
Replies: 54
Views: 1641

Re: Improving Timex/Sinclair Tape Loading

Standard red led. forward voltage ~ 2-3v, forward current 10-30ma. Really there's no hard criteria here. Yes anything you can scrounge should do just fine. It's like the black & white stripes--it's just visual feedback, and you get "a feel" for what volume setting works best after a couple of LOADs...
by TMAOne
Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:54 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Improving Timex/Sinclair Tape Loading
Replies: 54
Views: 1641

Re: Improving Timex/Sinclair Tape Loading

I'm gratified that my little "tape cleanup box" may have a litter of cousins soon. I might even spring for one of the circuit boards myself. Since the only "expensive" (not really) component is the silver-mica capacitor, and I have a spare, it would be fun to build one on a proper board. In 1983 I w...
by TMAOne
Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Improving Timex/Sinclair Tape Loading
Replies: 54
Views: 1641

Re: Improving Timex/Sinclair Tape Loading

No problem. I was a newbie to building stuff back then too, as you can no doubt see by my work. :oops: The carbon resistors (and probably the wire wound ones too) were salvages from old TV sets I used to raid for parts. Note that in two cases I couldn't find the right value, and approximated it by s...
by TMAOne
Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Difficult to load vs non-working cassettes
Replies: 10
Views: 263

Re: Difficult to load vs non-working cassettes

There was also this hardware "solution" if you're into building circuits from back in the day. :D
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