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Refurbishing a 48K Rubber Keyed Sinclair ZX Spectrum – Pt.1 Re-Capping

In my last post, I described the steps I took to prepare for refurbishing a 48K Rubber Keyed Sinclair Spectrum. I am now going to describe how I replaced all the electrolytic capacitors, or Re-Capped the board. Firstly, I extracted … Continue reading

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Refurbishing a 48K Rubber Keyed Sinclair ZX Spectrum – Preparation

Recently, I was lucky enough to ‘win’ a pair of 48K Sinclair Spectrums. The original rubber keyed variety. This model was one of the first I ever owned (the actual first being a Sinclair ZX81). Here, I have managed to … Continue reading

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TZXDuino Compact v1.01 and other projects

The TZXDuino Compact v1.01 PCBs arrived today from Hackvana.com I have built one and tested it successfully, so the design files are on the AVR Projects page. Feel free to use the Gerbers with your favourite fabricator (Hackvana are good!). … Continue reading

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EPROM Info Table

One of the other things I am involved in is graphics. I have had this table knocking about on my hard drive for a while: It’s avaliable from several sources and I find it very useful. Search as I might, … Continue reading

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Spectrum Composite Mod and Refurb

A short while ago, I became reaquainted with the world of the Sincclair Spectrum. Back in the original Spectrum Heyday, I had many bits and pieces (wish I’d have kept them!) one of which was a composite monitor. In fact, … Continue reading

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Old Skool Tape Loading

As I continue to explore the world of retro-computing, bringing back memories of my late teens and early twenties, I’m constantly amazed at just how big the retro-computing scene is. I’m also amazed that, given all the new interfaces for … Continue reading

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Spectrum Resurrection

All the excitement around the Spectrum Next Kickstarter, and now the shop opening on the forum got me inspired to get hold of an original machine on eBay. Supposedly in working condition, it arrived with a problem. The eBay seller … Continue reading

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Electronic Film Clapper

By way of a break from the Timed Camera Cable Release, I chose to develop the Electronic Film Clapper further and learned a lot in the process. I had the first iteration of the boards fabricated by Hackvana as usual … Continue reading

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New Project: TB Timer – Timed Camera Cable Release

One of my other pastimes is Photography. I used to be ‘in the trade’, in fact, I have been a photographer and a photographer’s assistant several times. Nowadays, I pursue photography in a hobbyist sense. I still enjoy experimenting with … Continue reading

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minDUINO Next

Whilst the Spectrum Next Kickstarter goes from strength to strength (1st stretch goal reached already at £350,000), I have been redrawing the minDUINO in KiCad. Today, I received the first batch of PCBs from the ever brilliant Hackvana and they … Continue reading

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