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"Time. flies", everyoue says.

I think they are absolutely right! Here we are, with issue number 3, and all of our staff at~Time Desicns can breathe one big unison sigh.

It 's- another big issue... snd ont to you our readers on time. (I under- stand that a few of our friendly "Competitor" magazines are drastic- ally behind their deadlines now... some two to three months!?!) We will continue to be prompt as we possibly can, in getting an issue out 40 you every two. montns.._jast as we originally promised.

Speaking of the other Timex/ Sinclair publications {one that. isn't late), I personally spoke with the Editor of "Syncware News" recently. He is none other than Thomas Bent of Columbia, Maryland. I incorrectly stated in issue number two that Tom Woods was the editor, when actually Mr. Woods is the publisher. With that behind, I would like to. say that Tom Bent is doing a good job with a magazine that caters to "electronic and technical applica- tions of-TS- Computers", with lots of info on. the 2581 for. 212 ae

you ZX/TS fans (also some 2068 stuff).

I want to thank all of our readers who sent letters and com- ments to us over the past few months. I tried to answer most of them per- sonally (except for just recently when we were all busy cutting and pasting together the magazine...I will eventually get to them all). From the sound of the correspondence that we have received, I would say that we are on the right track! You told us that Time Designs is the type of magazine that you want to have for your Timex/Sinclair. For just a few comments...I want to explain why your magazine comes to you packed in a Manila envelope. You might ask, "isn't that a little expensive?" (some readers did ask). Let me say this. It is worth every penney. Our

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4¢. Many times, I have received a favorite magazine in the mail, when to my dismay, the cover was mutilated. I just don't trust the postal service. As long as we can afford it, you will receive your magazine in "perfect" condition. ..as-itresh as if st. jas rolled off the=press . Sometimes in past issues, we mentioned an upcoming feature that will appear in the next issue. Gen-

erally,at the time they are being writ-

ten or are still on the drawing board. We mention them, to give you an idea of what to expect from the next issue. We have not always provided. However, the features that we did include in their place were pretty nice..We try to atleast include the majority of the ones we mentioned. If you are looking for a particular one, have patience...it is eventually coming. We will try not to make "empty prom- Lses =.

Finally; please check out> our expanded "Shopping Mart" section for this issue. There are a lot of great products and services for your micro, and at very fair prices too. With our present situation, our only means of obtaining quality merchandise for our TS Computers is by mail order (unless you are fortunate enough: to ‘live close to one of our celebrated vendors). Mail order shopping is not that bad at ait. It's very convenient, and most of our advertisers ship within 24 hours. Think of our "Shopping Mart" section as a "shop-at-home experience", Please write to our advertisers for their catalogs, and when writing for info or making a purchase, please mention that you heard about it from Time Designs Magazine. I would really appreciate that very much.

Things are really looking up! Until next time...keep on computing the "Sinclair way".

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AERCO FD-68 DISK DRIVE INTERFACE

The new Aerco FD-68 Disk Drive Interface system is available now. It is priced at $199 (interface alone), and will allow the user to select any Shugart drive, or:even less expensive ones...single or double-sided density, 3 to 8 inch models, for their TS 2068 Computer. Aerco also has available a compatible drive for $99 (optional double drive cabinent with 5 amp power pack is also $99). The FD-68 interface sports 64k RAM and 8k ROM onboard with bank-switching, and a RGB monitor out- put. The system will control up to four drives. In about a month, Aerco will be supporting their disk system with CP/M Software; the 2.2, which is the Kaypro/ Osborne version. For further details or ordering ino, contact Aerco, Box 18093, Austin, TX, 78760, or phone (512) 451- 5874.

Time Designs Magazine is currently making arrangements to do complete first-hand reviews of most of the mass storage devices that are mentioned in this issue. Watch for them in the future!

A & J MODEL 2000 STRINGY FLOPPY

A & J Micro Drive, 1050 "I" East Duane Ave., Sunnyvale, CA, 94086, has recently released their Model 2000 Stringy Floppy System for the TS 2068. The Micro Drive unit and interface con- nect to the computer via and 18 inch bable. The drives use a very small con- tinuous loop tape cartridge called a "Micro Wafer". The wafers are available in varying lengths from 10 feet to 62 feet, with the 62' storing up to 85k and reportedly loadable in 73 seconds. The Micro Drive uses familiar SAVE and LOAD commands, along with a flag symbol "@", and a file number corresponding to the order of programs on the wafer. Power for the unit is taken directly from the TS 2068s rear port (no extra transformer to clutter your work area). Housed in a compact and sturdy case, the Micro Drive System also has the cap- ability of a Centronics-type interface, with an optional EPROM and cable. The Model 2000 Stringy Floppy is priced at $199.50 plus $6.50 for shipping. This includes the interface, one drive, the users manual, 5 Micro Wafers, and a wafer organizer. A second drive can be purchased for a reduced price. The Model 2000 is also available from several other TS Vendors.

RAMEX OFFERS MILLENNIA K DISK INTERF ACE / PACKAGE

Ramex International, is marketing a disk drive operating system for the Timex/Sinclair 2068 called SP-DOS, which is reported to outperform comperable units from Commodore, Apple, and IBM.

The SP-DOS system is contained in the Millennia K disk interface

with it's optional drive #1. Ramex claims that it loads 32k per sec- ond, stores up to 820k per disk,

and occupies only 4k RAM. It uses all of the Timex cassette and micro- drive commands, and other drives may be substituted for (or used with) drive #1.

Scott Duncan, of Ramex, told Time Designs Magazine that (in re- gard to other available drive systems for the Timex), "it has two times the storage capacity, and two times the transfer rate...and it supports up to four drives." He also told us that, “we support sequential file access with the Millennia K. You can have an 800k unsegmented file. (The interface) is manufactured in Frazier, Michigan. it was originally designed to run on the Spectrum, and that model is receiving rave reviews right now in England."

Scott mentioned that the soft- ware supplied with the Millenia K interface is on a quad-density disk. "Drive number one in the package deal is presently an MPI," he told us. As to availability? "Millenia K is available right now, although all of our first production has been sold out. We should have more stock in two weeks," Duncan reported.

The Millennia K interface alone is priced at $200. The package which includes interface, drive #1, case, P/S, and cables...sells for $450 (plus $5 for shipping and handling). for the time present, orders are on

a first come, first served basis. Ramex is also supporting the in- terface with profession disk soft- ware including: Tasword II, Master- file, Omnicalc II, and some pro- gramming languages.

Ramex International, Ltd., 48945 Van Dyke Road, Utica, Michigan, 48087. Phone (313) 463-1795, or for credit card orders, use (313) 731- 2163.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Barry Carter, PO Box 614, Warren, Michigan, 48090, is offering a 30 page manual for the Westridge MTERM II Software. It is entitled "T/S Smart Terminal Telecommunications". The manual is priced at $5.00.

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Anchor Automation, the manufac- turer of the Westridge 2050 Modem, and the MTERM II Software, have an addendum to their MTERM II Manual. You can get a copy by calling (818) 997-7758, and requesting the up-date.

Mountaineer Software, 115 N 7th Ave., Paden City, WV, 26159, has several goodies for T/S Telecommun- ications. Either they are already available, or are presently in the works. This includes: "“Letteriter/Bufferiter", a utility program to be used in con- junction with MTERM II, also a ver- sion of MTERM II for the TS 1000, and a small-scale BBBS program for T/S computers.

Glen D.(Dave) Clifford reported that there are two very active Timex- related BBS in the Los Angeles area. They are the "Average Remote Bulletin Board System" (213) 325-0213, and "The Unknown BBS" (213) 329-4603. He also reported that there are six other BBS in L.A. that have interesting items for Timex Users.

ZX81

In Britain, die hard ZX81 fans are displeased with the declining support they are receiving for their machines. For months now, hardware and software has been slowly disappear- ing from store shelves, as retailers complain of poor sales. Although the ZX81 is in for some rough times, there is still plenty of support and info in print. This includes a multitude of books, and at least five magazines that devote some space each month.

One bright spot is a company that has recently released two high-res graphics arcade games for the ZX81... Software Farm, 155 Whitwladies Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2RF, England.

The screen displays are nearly identical to similar games for the ZX Spectrum. "Forty Niner", Software Farm's first high-res program has been very success- ful, followed by the latest release “Rocket Man", a platform-style game. There are also additional hi-res pro- grams forth-coming in the months ahead, including an alien-zapping game called "Z-Xtricator". These new high-resolu- tion titles are the result of some pretty fancy programming techniques.

We may be seeing more of this type of program in the future. Some Vendors have begun stocking the Software Farm line here in the U.S. for the TS 1000.

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KNIGHTED COMPUTERS OBTAIN QUICKSILVA SOFTWARE RIGHTS

In our last issue, we reported that Quicksilva, Inc. of San Antonio, Texas, the British software vendor, was going to sell their licensing rights for their TS 2068 programs. Well, the deal has been struck with Knighted Computers of Fulton, New York, who has not only acquired the licensing rights for the eight pre- viously marketed Quicksilva programs for the TS 2068, but also 13 additional titles never before released in the U.S. for this computer.

Ray Payne, of Knighted Computers, told Time Designs Magazine, that the new titles included: Trader, Lazer Zone, Snowman, Aquaplane, Velnor's Lair, Gridrunner (like Centepede), Trax, Ghostown, Island, Lost, Star Fire, Robber, and Quetzalcotal (which Ray says is a fantastic game). He also told us that these programs aren't just copies of Spectrum programs... but genuine TS 2068 versions, with several of them featuring joystick control (like Aquaplane). You also won't need a Spectrum Emulator to run them.

Meanwhile, Quicksilva will con- tinue to offer their programs for the 48k ZX Spectrum. Either direct from them, or from a dealer. For information on the TS 2068 programs, write to: Knighted Computers, 707 Highland St., Fulton, NY, 13069.

NEW BUYERS GUIDE FROM D. LIPINSKI S/W

"D. Lipinski Software Buyers Guide To Sinclair-Timex Products And Services" is available now. The guide contains over 800 software titles, 100 book titles, 100 hardware items and num- erous services including publication lists for all Sinclair and Timex Com- puters. Over 1000 possible suppliers were invited to supply descriptions of their products or services. The first 120 suppliers to answer are in- cluded in the initial release, and others are expected to be in the up- date (no additional charge for the first update). The guide is set ina three ring hard binder with an index. Price: $20.00 ppd. in U.S. and Canada.

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Ace Software, 2 East Oak Ave., Moorestown, NJ, 08057, has two finan- cial programs: "Payoff" and "Payout", for the TS 1000/1500 and also for the TS 2068. The programs are $14.95 each (on cassette with instructions). Specify which computer when ordering.

Pleasantrees Programming, PO Box 2034, Mesa, AZ, 85204, has a new catalog packed with new items for the TS 2068, including software, floppy drives and interface. Write for your free copy, by sending a legal size S.A.S.E. Pleasan- trees has a program that can be merged with JRC Software's "Compass Compiler/ Assembler" (reviewed in Jan/Feb issue of T.D.M.). It is entitled "Complement", and adds some new commands and functions to "Compass". Both programs are offered together as a package for $27.95.

Macshak Software, 73-312 Ironwood St., Palm Desert, CA, 92260, has re- leased two new programs for the TS 2068 on cassette. They are "Casino Keno", the ticket casino game, and “Investcalc", a personal finance management program. Price: $19.95 each (plus $2.00 postage and handling).

A National T/S Users Club? That is what T.S. Services, PO Box 15214, Red Bank, TN, 37415-0214, is offering with their "National T.S. Users Network".

For $30 a year, you will receive a monthly newsletter, a guidebook of T/S products with occaisonal updates, and 10% discount on products (software, books and supplies) ordered from T.S. Services. Ideal for T/S Users who do not have access to an established user group.

Executive Workshop, 7420 SE Wood- stock, Portland, OR, 97206, is having a contest. From now until Jan 1, 1986, for each copy of their "Straits Of Hor- muz" game that is sold, $1.00 will go into a pot. The highest verified score achieved by Jan 1, 1986 will get the whole pot. In case of a tie, the award will go to the earliest entry. "Straits

Of Hormuz" is priced at $19.95 (on cassette), for the TS 2068. It is a “thinking” type game (reviewed in the

Jan/Feb issue of T.D.M.). Get your copy from the address above, and get scoring!

Doug Dewey of “Enter Lengua", 206 James St., Carrboro, NC, 27510, has just completed the designing of a Tas- man compatible RGB/SOUND IN/OUT In- terface board. Along with the RGB out- put, you can also access all of the tone generator outputs and route them to an external amplifier. Write to Doug for prices and availability.

Zebra Systems Inc., 78-06 Jamaica Ave., Woodhaven, NY, 11421, are offer- ing a Graphics Tablet for the TS 2068. It is a complete package including the tablet (manufactured by, Koala), inter- face and cassette software. The system is priced at $119.95 plus $3.00 for shipping. Included is a 32 page owners [ manual and a 90-day limited warranty.

Jerryco Inc., 601 Linden Place, Evanston, Illinois, 60202, is selling off the back-stock of TI 994/A complete keyboard assemblies for $5.75 each.

Some TS applications may be possible. Write for availability.

Timex of Portugal has released a disk drive system for the Sinclair Spec- trum. The system is called "FDD" and uses the small 3" size disks. It also includes two RS232 ports, is capable of using a memory card and running CP/M Software...with its own Z80 processor on board. Right now, the Timex (yes, the infamous computer/wrist watch company that we all know so very well) system is available in England for approx. 255. We have spoken to a Timex|Sinclair Vendor here in the States, that is currently negotiating a possible exclusive distribution here in the U.S.

(with an interface for the TS 2068). More details later.

For additional news on Spectrum/ 2068 items, please see our "Spectrum- wares" section in this issue.

LATE BREAKING NEWS

Thomas B. Woods’ manual for the Pro/File 2068 is here! And what a manual it is! (Over a year in the making.) Great job Tom, very nice appearance, information-packed, with 143 pages. The Pro/File 2068 data organizer software and manual is available for $29.95 from PO Box 64, Jefferson, NH, 03583. Time Designs Magazine will have a complete review of the program and manual in the May/ June 85 issue.

Mary Reinman of Sinclair Re- ) search (U.S. Operations), Boston, MA, reported that a decision has been made not to bring the Spec- trum Plus to the U.S. Also, no ; word yet on the QL...it was hinted that there possibly could be some substantial news of it, by our next issue. We will see.

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Dave Higginbottom is no or- dinary 35 year old Southern Cal- ifornia body shop owner. Early last year, he took on an enormous challenge...to try and buy the computer manufacturing and market- ing rights from Timex. A personal project that has been both time consuming and financially draining.

The Higginbottom story has been circulating around for some time now in the Timex/Sinclair Users circles, and printed in just about every newsletter. It has given TS Users (especially 2068 owners) a remote sense of hope for the future. When I talked to Dave on the phone recently, he told me, "when I first proposed my plan, I had hoped to keep the interest in TS Computers alive (after the Timex announcement)...and if this turns out to be the only result, I'1l feel that it's been worth it."

High level business dealings are in no way a new setting for Dave Higginbottom. A few years ago, he and a couple associates formed Magnum Industries, for the purpose of developing and marketing an original electric car design. Dave, dressed in a three-piece suit, aggressively tried to sell the idea

to financers and potential customers.

This same fervor, is still very

evident today, in the Timex dealings.

As a devoted father, Dave Higginbottom bought his first com- puter with his family in mind. It was a Timex Sinclair 1000 that he found for $35 at a local department store. After some reluctance about the machines usefulness, and some self-experimentation, he eventually came to the conclusion that, "I liked it!" Later, when the first TS 2068 reached the market, he went out and bought one of those also. Some ideas began clicking in his mind, and soon he had worked up some plans of selling a system package featuring the 2068 as the basis of it. This was almost an extension of the old Magnum In- dustries days. This is also where Dave came into contact with the less-than-optimum marketing struc- ture of the Timex Computer Corp. Like the time he tried to obtain some computers from the Timex sales rep., and found that the same conm- puter was available for much less from a local discount store. He had just lined up a deal with an or- ganization in Los Angeles, to buy

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quite a few of the TS 2068 systems, when the bad news from Timex was aired. He then had to go back to

his customers and tell then, "you know those computers that you really liked? Well, they just quit making them."

Then it began. Mostly out of curiosity. Dave called up Timex, and asked them, "who was going to take over the marketing rights to their computers?" They replied,

"no one." Dave then told them that he was interested in obtaining the rights. Timex responded by asking, "are you sure you want to do that Dave?" At this point, he was sure. From here, he went on to form a small legal corporation called Trinity Magnum. He contacted some 57 Timex/Sinclair third-party vendors that had stuck it out,

and asked for a pledge in support of his proposal. He devised a very detailed plan on how he would sell the computers. Then he went back to Timex with his Research and in- formation.

I asked Dave in our phone conversation, if at any time, Timex appeared to be sorry for departing from the computer market? (I guess half-heartedly hoping to hear that they were tearfully repentant.) Dave told me, "yes and no. There was one (un-named) person that told

me...that if I had only brought my information on support and marketing plans to them a couple of weeks be- fore the announcement, they probably would have reconsidered...but they had also lost a few dollars over their computers."

Perhaps the most interesting part of the Higginbottom story, is the flair in which Dave will approach the market with his computers, when and if he does finalize a deal with Timex. You probably thought what Timex had planned for the TS 2068 was appealing. But wait until you hear what Dave Higginbottom has in store.

First, a network of franchise- Style, owner-operated retail outlets, would be established called "Little Computer Stores." Each store owner would have certain voting priv- ileges in Trinity Magnum, and would in fact be a form of a partnership. Dave told me that he currently has 100 individuals that want "Little Computer Stores."

Then the Timex/Sinclair 2068 would be re-named the TimeStar 2068. "The TimeStar would be our companies

over-all generic computer," Dave said. "Actually, there will be four different models, all based on the 2068." One of the other models would be an entry level business computer called the "'TimePro." It is proposed to have a professional keyboard with a total of 96 keys, including 15 function keys. "A semi-colon would be where it is supposed to be," re- ported Dave. The TimePro, along with all four models will use the ex- tended Sinclair Basic that is very familiar to TS 2068 Users, and the one-touch keyword entry system.

Along with the TimeStar computer line, each "Little Computer Store" would feature a variety of hardware and software support. "What would you think of 2,000 to 3,000 software titles in each store?" Dave asked. He went on to tell me that each store would be specially liscensed to procure the software, and re- produce it in the store, on several different formats, including disk, cassette, waffer, or ROM cartridge. This would greatly reduce the cost of maintaining a large volume of stock on hand. Also sophisticated programming languages like Forth, C, and Pascal would be offered on ROM pack Cartridges. CP/M Software is also slated for a cartridge.

Dave also asked me, “how would you like to be able to run all of Commodore's software on the TimeStar?...It's possible with an interface and using Commodore's disk drive and disk software. There is a company right now that has an interface that allows you to do this with the 2068.'' He also added, "most people are afraid to buy a computer because it might become obsolete. With what we are proposing for the TimeStar...it will be known as the timeless little computer."

At the last report, Dave told me that negotiations with Timex were still "hot." There was a ten- tative closing date of December 31, but that has been extended somewhat. The obvious obstacle for Dave Higgin- bottom, is coming up with the capital, and that amounts to nearly 22 million! This includes the possible acqui- sition of a floppy disk drive con- pany in California, along with it's Singapore manufacturing facility.

Dave has a lending group going over the financing at present, and has prepared a 200 page document detailing his plans to support his loan request. He has gathered to- gether an entourage of personnel to assist him with the project. "I've brought together some of the best experts in all the areas (lawyers, programmers, engineers, marketing specialists, ect.),'" Dave told me.

I asked Dave, if anyone has ever called him "mad"? He replied by saying, "crazy is probably the

better word. I get used to that... I will say this though. No one has ever been able to spend more than ten minutes with me (discussing

the proposals)...and shoot my ideas

down. I'm not afraid of pot shots." And Dave is right. I must confess, that I had previously had some pre- determined skepticism, but after spending well over and hour on the phone with him, listening to all the details...he soon had even me believing. I guess it must be Dave's enthusiasm and sincerety. I could tell that he has related his ideas perhaps several hundred times. It would take several more magazine pages to mention everything that

he told me about his dealings with Timex.

Finally I asked Dave, what he would like to see occur in the next few weeks ahead? He replied by say- ing, "I want to get my loan!" We at Time Designs Magazine hope you do so Dave. But whatever the end result may be, we wish you the best of luck. We also have to say "thank you" for sticking up for all the dedicated Timex/Sinclair enthusiasts

out there.

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FORE AND NEXT

by: P. Bingham

“Personal Computers?" It seemed far-fetched. We viewed in awe technology's stretch. ENTER THE DEALERS: (with mottos iced) “Computing Power...but at a price.”

Our british uncle balked and said, "Z-X-eighty for you instead."

Computers by mail? "They must be hexed!" Qur Z-X-eighty-one was next.

Like hot cakes running low on syrup, Timex climbed up in the stirrups. “We'll sell two million, maybe more!" 1000s sold in every store.

The market bucked, the market kicked. "After this licking will Timex tick?" © And can the Spectrum reach the gate? Is it?...It is!...*the Sixty-eight.”

Sales were brisk, though still in hiding. (Timex continued right on sliding. )

TI's door-slam made us swallow.

“Where might we be left to wallow?"

Tomorrow brought unwelcome news: "You've just contracted the Timex Blues. Syne is sunk, the rumors riz,

I wonder where the info is?"

Amid the flurry ensigns rise....

"We're not alone; we've still some ties!* Unsheived 'sixty-eights were humming. Software titles were slowly coming.

Along came someone who made a "switch" and saved yet more from being ditched. Wizard disciples of uncle Clive's

unveiled the latest: REAL-LIVE-DRIVES!

Indeed not dead, not even dying,

our proud crowd keeps skyward flying. And shepherd Clive asks of his sheep, “Are you now ready for Quantum Leap?"

(Thanks to Paul Bingham of Pleasantrees Programming for sharing one of his many talents with us.)

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Welcome to our First Annual T/S Users Group Directory. We know that we probably have not inluded every group that does exist...but we did try. While compiling the list, we double checked to see that the groups mentioned are still around. If you do not see your group in our listing...don't feel bad, just send us the information, and we will print it in a future issue as an up-date. Hope this listing will help bring some new users in contact with your group.

ARIZONA

Sinclair Users Group of Phoenix 821 W. Marshall Ave.

Phoenix, AZ. 85013

contact: Moosa Marfia

CALIFORNIA

Bakersfield Timex Users Group 2617 Anza St.

Bakersfield, CA. 93305-3109 contact: Don Stewart

East Bay 280 User Group 654 40th Street Richmond, CA. 94805 contact: Joel Brody

Peninsula Users Group

263 Gateway No. 107 Pacifica, CA. 94044 contact: George Mockridge

Silicon Valley Sinclair/Timex Users Group

P.O. Box 4133

Santa Clara, CA. 95054- 0133 contact: Rita Carr

San Diego Timex/Sinclair Users Group

809 Oaklawn Ave.

Chula Vista, CA. 92011 contact: George Luhrs

Sacramento Timex/Sinclair Users Group

3655 Sunset Blvd. #42 Rocklin, CA. 95677

South Bay Computer Club 2316 Walnut Ave.

Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 contact: John W. Peterson

West Los Angeles ZX81 Users Group

P.O. Box 34545 Los Angeles, CA 90034 contact: Dr. George Kuby

Timex ZX80 Users Group 1624 Loughborough Merced , CA 95340

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

COLORADO

Timex/Sinclair Users Group Mile High Chapter

914 S. Victor Way

Aurora, CO. 80012 contact: Jeff Brothers

CONNECTICUT

New Haven Sinclair Study Group 16 Lewis St.

New Haven, CT 06501 contact: Chris Baldwin

Sinclair/Timex Users Group 1070 S. Colony Rd. Wallingford, CT 06492 contact: Carol Doyle

FLORIDA

Gainesville Timex Users Group c/o 3708 Newberry Rd. Gainesville, FL. 32607 contact: Joe Williamson

Tampa And Suncoast Bay Area

Microcomputer Users Group, Inc.

P.O. Box 644 Safety Harbor, FL Son F2 contact: Mel Nathanson

Sinclair/Timex Southeast Region Club

869 Levitt Parkway Rockledge, FL $2955 contact: Ralph Coletti

North East Florida Timex/Sinclair Users Group 1707 King St. Jacksonville, FL 32204 contact: John Duhn

South Florida ZX Users Group P.O. Box 057381 West Palm Beach, FL 33405

ZX Timex Group 950 Cynthia Dr. Titusville, FL 32780

GEORGIA

Timex User Group of Marietta, Georgia

3105 Mary Dr. N.E. Marietta, GA 30066 contact: Hubert Crowell

ILLINOIS

Circle Chess Timex User Group Box 63

Des Plamies, IL 60017 contact: A.F. Stanonis

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Sinclair Users Network 2170 Oak Brook Circle Palatine, IL 60067

contact: Diana Wright

ZX80 Starter Kit User's Group 6000 Puffer Rd. Downers Grove, IL 60516

KENTUCKY

Portsmouth Timex/Sinclair Users Group

HC 63 Box 650

Greenup, KY 4144 contact: John Marion

MARYLAND

Capitol Area Timex/Sinclair Users Group

P.@. Box.725

Bladensburg, MD 20710 contact: Jules Gesang

Westinghouse ZX80/1 Users Club

Mail Stop 3525 Westinghouse

P.O; Boxet524 Baltimore, MD 21203 contact: Jack Fogarty

MASSACHUSETTS

Timex/Sinclair Users Group

of the Boston Cumputer Society One Center Plaza

Boston, Ma 02108

contact: Sue Mahoney

Boston Area Timex/Sinclair Users Group

4 ox Road Billerica, MA 01820 contact: Rick Heiser

Mitre Bedford Timex/Sinclair Computer Club

Mitre Corp.

John Kemeny

Bedford, MA 01730

MISSOURI

Kansas City Timex/Sinclair Users Group

4701 N.W. Linden Road Kansas City, MO

contact: Carl Mutch

Joplin Sinclair Users Group P.O: -Boxe222 24 Joplin, MO 64803

NEBRASKA

Sinclair Users Network 4903 Walder

Lincoln, NE 68504 contact: Patrick Murphy

NEVADA

Timex/Sinclair User Group Of Las Vegas

2405 Howard Dr.

Las Vegas, NV 89104

NEW JERSEY

Morris County Timex Users Group 6 Forest Ct.

Morris Plains, NF 07950 contact: Larry Spencer

NEW MEXICO

Timex/Sinclair Amateur Radio Users Group 2025 O'Donnell Dr.

Las Cruces, NM 88003 contact: Alex Burr NEW YORK

ZX Users Group of New York Box 560 Wall St.

New York, NY 10065 contact: George Coronado

Long Island Sinclair/Timex Group P.O. Box 438

Centerport, NY 11721-0438 contact: Paul Donnelly

Sinclair Computer Users Society P.O. Box 523

Owego, NY 13827

Contact: Gary Ennis

NORTH CAROLINA

Triangle Sinclar Users Group 206 James Street

Carrboro, NC 27510 contact: Doug Dewey

Timex Users Group Rt. 3 Box 64E Robinsville, NC 28771

OHIO

Dayton Micro-Computer Assocciation 2629 Ridge Ave. Dayton, OH 45414

Timex Portsmouth, Ohio.Region Timex/Sinclair Users Group

2002 Summit St. Portsmouth, OH 45662

Timex/Sinclair Users Group of Cincinnati

11 Funston Ln.

Cincinnati, OH 45218 contact: Rick Jhonson

OKLAHOMA

Timex/Sinclair Users Group P.O. Box 372

Oologh, OK 74053 contact: Bill Casebeer

OREGON

Clackamas County Area Timex/Sinclair Users Group 1419 4 7th Street

Oregon City, OR. 97045 contact: Rod Gowen

Portland Area Timex/Sinclair Users Group

6854 N.E. Multnomah Portland, Ore. 97213 contact: Kevin Fowler

PENNSYLVANIA

Central Penn. Timex/Sinclair Users Group

RD 1, Box 539

Centre Hall, PA 16828 contact: Bill Russell

RHODE ISLAND

Ocean State Timex/Sinclair User Group

1S Kidburn Ct?

Newport, RI 02840 contact: Bob Dyl

TENNESSEE

Timex Users Group 1501-B Comptan Ave. Nashville, TN 37212

TEXAS

Ft. Worth Timex/Sinclair Users Group

The Haystack Apartments. #406 8300 Calmont

Ft. Worth, Tx 76116 contact: Tim Ward

Dallas Timex User Group 2624 E. Park Blvd. Plano, TX 78074 contact: Julie Barrett

Houston - West Timex/Sinclair Users Group 13327 Rain Lily Lane Houston, TX 77083 contact: David C. Bonner

San Antonio. Timex/Sinclair r User Group

414 W. Elsmere ,

San Antonio, TX 78212

contact: Jim Houston

Abilene Timex/Sinclair User Group 609 E.N. 18th

Abilene, TX 79601 contact: Chris Nystrom VIRGINIA

Hampton Roads Timex/Sinclair Users Group

146 Hawthorne Dr.

Newport News, VA 23602 contact: Jim Langston

Roanoke Area Timex Users Group P.O. Box 1165

Roanoke, VA 24011

contact: Richard McGlothlin

SLUG

Route 1, Box 21

Glade Hill, VA 24092 contact: Gary S. Preston II

WASHINGTON

Seattle Area Timex User Group Apt. 350

3501-88 Ave S.E.

Mercer Island, WA 98040 contact: Jim Hood

WISCONSIN

SMUG

P.O. Box 101

Butler, WI 53007

contact: Judith Frohboese

CANADA

Timex/Sinclair Users Group of Vancouver

#108-1205 Johnson St. Coquitlam, B.C.

Canada V3B 6E6

contact: John Brohman

Victoria Sync Association

942 Cloverdale Ave

Victoria, B.C. id Canada V8X 2T6

Toronto Timex/Sinclair Users Club

P.O. Box 7274, Station A Toronto, Ontario

Canada MSW 1X9

Vimont Laval Users 125 DePiemont 2 Vimont Laval

Canada H7M 1B7

ZX81 User Club

95 Wayne Ave Scarborough, Ontario Canada MIR 1Y6

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