Category Archives: Building

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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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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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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KiCad

KiCad is an EDA program, similar to Eagle, Altium and the like. I last tried it some years ago and found it to be very difficult to use, not least because of the inevitable steep learning curve that all CAD … Continue reading

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Constructing an RC2014

Whilst working on the ZAViouR v1.02, I discovered a kit for a Z80 based micro-computer designed by Spencer Owen. Spencer called it the RC2014 since it was for the Retro Challenge in 2014. It’s a nice, simple modular design which … Continue reading

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ZAViouR Demo and plans

Development continues on ZAViouR Boards v1.01 and v1.02. With a simple bit of Arduino code, you can insert Z80 Hex coded machine code into the ‘Sketch’ via bin2h.exe then compile and run it. Demonstrated here with a simple routine to … Continue reading

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Universal Regulator Board

I have just published my design for a Universal Regulator Board in the Non-AVR Projects section. The idea behind it was that I was using much the same power supply for the majority of my projects, a 7805 and associated … Continue reading

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ESP’ecially good!

The ESP8266 ESP-01/03 Flash/Proto v1.4 boards arrived today. I set about building one up to test it and it all checks out. I used my usual SMD soldering technique of placing blobs of solder paste on each of the connections … Continue reading

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