Fresno Commodore User Group

"Taking 8 Bits to the 21st Century"

 
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The local regulars, January 2014: from back, Brad Strait, Robert Bernardo, Greg Dodd, Louis Mazzei, 
Roger Van Pelt, Gregory Dodd, Vincent Mazzei, Dick Estel

       

About the Club

The Fresno Commodore User Group is a club whose members share an interest in Commodore computers. We meet at 11:00 a.m., the third Sunday of the month, at Bobby Salazar's Mexican Restaurant, 2839 North Blackstone, at the southwest corner of Blackstone and Michigan in Fresno (click here for map). The meetings generally include demonstrations, discussion, and individual help. Time and location are subject to change; please send Email to confirm specific dates.

Dues are $12 for 12 months. New members receive a "New Member Disk" containing a number of useful utilities. Members receive a subscription to our newsletter, The Interface; access to a public domain disk library, technical assistance, and reduced prices on selected hardware and software.

The Interface is sent to our members and other Commodore Clubs on an exchange basis. Clubs publishing newsletters with informative content are encouraged to add us to their mailing list. Permission to reproduce content from The Interface is granted provided credit is given to the source and, when identified, the author. Club members are encouraged to submit articles, tips or ideas for articles.

Disclaimer: The club, its officers, members, and authors are not responsible for the accuracy of the contents of The Interface or the results of actions based on its contents.

Our disk library contains over 2000 public domain programs for the C64 and C128. Members are entitled to copies of these disks at no cost if a blank disk is provided. We do not deal with pirated, violent or obscene programs. Please call our attention to any programs found in our library which may violate these standards.

 
Officers and Staff

President: Robert Bernardo
Vice President: Brad Strait
Secretary-Treasurer: Dick Estel
Webmaster: Dick Estel
Newsletter Editor: Lenard Roach
Mailing List: Robert Bernardo

Librarian: Dick Estel

Board of Trustees: Louis Mazzei, Roger Van Pelt
Grand Exalted Poobah of the VIC 20: Vincent Mazzei

Demo Coordinator: Robert Bernardo
Club Equipment Manager: Roger Van Pelt
Store: Dick Estel
Ribbon Re-inking: Robert Bernardo
Commodore to PC Text File Conversions: Lenard Roach

           

CommVEx (Commodore Vegas Expo)

Each year the Fresno Commodore User Group presents the Commodore Vegas Expo (CommVEx), in conjunction with the Clark County Commodore Club of Las Vegas. The tenth annual event in 2014 was a big success, and planning is already underway for 2015. Make plans now to attend this special event, to be held July 18 and 19 in the Plaza Hotel, 1 Main Street, Las Vegas NV, 89101; 800-634-6575. Watch this space or check the CommVEx Discussion Group for special room rates, information on raffle prizes, presentations and more.

There's also an Official 2014 Web Site, which will have information for 2015 early in the year.

Don't miss CommVEx V11, better than ever for 2015...and don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions.

 
Sales and Services

(When ordering products, please remember your request will be handled by someone who has a full time job, and who has to retrieve hardware from a storage facility - a little patience and a lot of understanding go a long way)

Commodore Show Videos

Convert Commodore text files to PC text

Ribbon re-inking: $1 (members only, limited models available)
Blank disks (5.25" or 3.5"): 10 cents each, 25 for $2
The Write Stuff Word Processor: Send Email for information
Computers and disk drives: Send Email for information

Send purchase inquiries via Email

        
Newsletters: The Interface

Note: Most of these are Adobe Acrobat files. They require the free Windows program, Acrobat Reader. Click here for a free download.

The final two pages of the 1998 - 2001 issues are standard in all issues and have been eliminated except for April/May 2000 to reduce file size.

For users of text browsers, most of the articles from The Interface can be found in the Commodore Information Center Articles Index. In addition, there are plain text versions of the full newsletter for a few older issues.

        
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Month and Year Links
November 1981 (assumed) PDF (first newsletter)
Approximately December 1981 PDF (second newsletter)
December '81 Page 2 PDF
November 1989 (8th Anniversary Issue) PDF
C= Voyages April  1999 PDF
Halfling Dec 97-Jan 98 PDF
January-February 2010 PDF
March-April 2010 PDF
May-June 2010 PDF
July-Aug 2010 PDF
Sept-Oct 2010 PDF
Nov-Dec 2010 PDF
Jan-Feb 2011 PDF
March-April 2011 (includes Ryte Bytes) PDF
May-June 2011 PDF
July-Aug 2011 PDF
Sept-Oct 2011 PDF
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Jan-Feb 2012 PDF
Mar-Apr 2012 PDF
May-June 2012 PDF
July-August 2012 PDF
September-October 2012 PDF
November-December 2012 PDF
January-February 2013 PDF
March-April 2013 PDF
May-June 2013 PDF
July-August 2013 PDF
September-October 2013 PDF
November-December 2013 PDF
January-February 2014 PDF
March-April 2014 PDF
May-June 2014 PDF
          
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December 19998/January 1999 PDF
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Photo Gallery (Click for a larger view - photos open in a new window)
George Stonecipher Helen Silvas Robert Bernardo
George Stonecipher Helen Silvas Robert Bernardo
   
Fender Tucker Bill Gilbert Bill Terry
Fender Tucker (An honorary member of Commodore Clubs everywhere) Bill Gilbert Bill Terry
   
Chester Sohm Meredyth Dixon Zella Mallard
Chester Sohm Meredyth Dixon Zella Mallard
   
George Savros Dick Estel Henry Fry
George Savros Dick Estel Henry Fry
   
Del Contreras Keith Sohm Jeri Ellsworth
Del Contreras Keith Sohm Jeri Ellsworth
           
Brad Strait Alfredo F. Mijango, our man from Manteca    Roger Van Pelt
Brad Strait Alfredo F. Mijango, our man from Manteca Roger Van Pelt
            
Louis Mazzei Vincent Mazzei    
Louis Mazzei Vincent Mazzei    
      
Robert Bernardo, Meredyth DIxon, Dick Estel, annual dinner Keith & Tiffany Sohm
Robert Bernardo, Meredyth Dixon, Dick Estel, annual dinner Keith & Tiffany Sohm (2008 club dinner) Robert Bernardo, Dick Estel, Andrew Wiskow & family (Isabel, Angelina, Nina, Alvin) at Pizza Pit, 11/18/2007
   
At the 2008 Club Dinner Stan, our host at the Pizza Pit Meredyth Dixon, Andrew Wiskow, Alvin Wiskow at March 2009 meeting
Robert Bernardo, Bill Terry, Dick Estel, Tiffany & Beth Sohm Stan, our host at the Pizza Pit Meredyth Dixon, Andrew Wiskow, Alvin Wiskow at March 2009 meeting
      
geoCable Adapter Pinout Back: Dick Estel, Robert Bernardo, Bill Gilbert, Bill Terry Dick Estel, Robert Bernardo, guest Leif Bloomquist, Brad Strait, Roger Van Pelt, March 2010
geoCable Adapter Pinout (Click for more information) Back: Dick Estel, Robert Bernardo, Bill Gilbert, Bill Terry
Front: Les Crites, Meredyth Dixon, Jim Kirby, March 2003
Dick Estel, Robert Bernardo, guest Leif Bloomquist, Brad Strait, Roger Van Pelt, March 2010
   
The rarely seen Commodore 1570 disk drive Back of the 1570 Robert Bernardo's Commodore Educator 64 (newly acquired in August 2009)
The rarely seen Commodore 1570 disk drive Back of the 1570 Robert Bernardo's Commodore Educator 64 (newly acquired in August 2009)
   
Robert checks under the hood A close look The speaker
Robert checks under the hood A close look

The speaker, and the amplifier to the left

       
24-hour use left a burn on the board The SID chip has been replaced
24-hour use left a burn on the board The SID chip has been replaced The Hamtext cartridge

 

      
Virgil Leisure's Commodore Tower Robert's steampunked C64, fresh out of the box Peeking inside
Virgil Leisure's Tower Commodore Robert's steampunked C64, fresh out of the box Peeking inside
      
Roger VanPelt's Hamtext cartridge without its shell Roger's Kantronics Interface Dick Estel, Robert Bernardo, Leif Bloomquist, Brad Strait, Roger Van Pelt, March 2010 meeting
Roger VanPelt's MMC64 cartridge without its shell Robert's Kantronics Interface Dick Estel, Robert Bernardo, Leif Bloomquist, Brad Strait, Roger Van Pelt, March 2010 meeting
   
Our guest from Canada, Leif demonstrates the TPUG Library Disk A page from the TPUG Library   The Super Student educational program
Our guest from Canada, Leif demonstrates the TPUG Library Disk A page from the TPUG Library The Super Student educational program
      
Stan serves 'em up behind the bar at the Pizza Pit Some of Stan's racing awards Inside the "Pit" as Robert and Brad prepare for the meeting
Stan serves 'em up behind the bar at the Pizza Pit Some of Stan's racing awards Inside the "Pit" as Robert and Brad prepare for the meeting
       
Robert gets ready for his demo The Commodore CDTV and its optional keyboard Dick Estel, Brad Strait, Robert & Geoff Eade from England
Robert gets ready for his demo The Commodore CDTV and its optional keyboard Dick Estel, Brad Strait, Robert & Geoff Eade from England
      
One of Robert's free PETs Trying to get inside PAL format PET from England
One of Robert's free PETs Trying to get inside PET 8296-D acquired in England
         
The Multiple Classic Computer MCC back - this little box plays Commodore, Atari and Amiga games Robert Bernardo, Dick Estel, Alfredo Mijango, Roger VanPelt, Brad Strait - at Dick's house for a video chat with Bil Herd
The Multiple Classic Computer MCC back - this little box plays Commodore, Atari and Amiga games

Robert Bernardo, Dick Estel, Alfredo Mijango, Roger VanPelt, Brad Strait - at Dick's house for a video chat with Bil Herd

      
Robert and Alfredo Roger and Brad Split screen video feed provided by Bil Herd
Robert and Alfredo Roger and Brad Split screen video feed provided by Bil Herd (watch the chat here and here)
        
Roger Van Pelt's prototype geoCable Roger's finished, cardboard-free geoCable The Notable Phantom keyboard overlay
Roger Van Pelt's prototype geoCable Roger's finished, cardboard-free geoCable

The Notable Phantom keyboard overlay

                
Daniel Strang, our guest from the Netherlands Vincent & Louis Mazzei, father and son members, at August 2012 meeting Robert explains things at the Las Vegas expo
Daniel Strang, our guest from the Netherlands, August 2012

Vincent & Louis Mazzei, father and son members, at August 2012 meeting

Robert explains things at the Las Vegas expo
      
Dick watches Daniel set up his demo For Vincent, it's like a mini-CommVEx  At the annual dinner; Louis Mazzei, Brad Strait, Dick Estel, Roger Van Pelt, Vincent Mazzei
Dick watches Daniel set up his demo For Vincent, it's like a mini-CommVEx  At the annual dinner; Louis Mazzei, Brad Strait, Dick Estel, Roger Van Pelt, Vincent Mazzei
        
What's THAT doing at a Commodore club meeting!!?? The board with mystery chips and Robert's schematic to ID components Roger, Vincent and Louis puzzle over the mystery board
What's THAT doing at a Commodore club meeting!!?? The board with mystery chips and Robert's schematic to ID components Roger, Vincent and Louis puzzle over the mystery board
   
Some of the magazines at the December 2012 meeting More PETs, at the December meeting Linda takes our orders
Some of the magazines at the December 2012 meeting More PETs, at the December meeting Linda takes our orders at the January 2013 meeting
   
A line-up of SX64's Vincent and Robert operate the SX's while Louis and Roger look on Robert and Roger with SX64's
A line-up of SX64's Vincent and Robert operate the SX's while Louis and Roger look on Robert and Roger with SX64's
   
Robert's Commodore birthday cake at the February 2013 meeting Louis displays tools and parts for joy stick repair Not a Commodore project, but of interest to all computer users: The first mouse, from 1964
Robert's Commodore birthday cake at the February 2013 meeting Louis displays tools and parts for joy stick repair Not a Commodore project, but of interest to all computer users: The first mouse, from 1964
    
The VIC20 gets a workout The whole gang, April 2013 Robert and Roger ponder the coolness of an unknown thing with lots of wires
The VIC20 gets a workout The whole gang, April 2013 Robert and Roger ponder the coolness of an unknown thing with lots of wires
   
Robertwith "Christmas in April" goodies from Del's surprise box Louis with "Christmas in April" goodies from Del's surprise box Vincent with "Christmas in April" goodies from Del's surprise box
Robert, Louis and Vincent with their "Christmas in April" goodies from Del's surprise box
    
24K memory expansion for the VIC20 Charles Gutman enjoys the meeting from the comfort of home Bobby Salazar's, where we meet and eat
24K memory expansion for the VIC20 Charles Gutman enjoys the meeting from the comfort of home

Bobby Salazar's, where we meet and eat

      
The big sign at 2839 N. Blackstone Louis & Vincent Mazzei contemplate the ruins of lunch while Robert searches the Internet Computer Saver from Ray Carlsen (prevents damage if the PS goes bad)
The big sign at 2839 N. Blackstone Louis & Vincent Mazzei contemplate the ruins of lunch while Robert searches the Internet Computer Saver from Ray Carlsen (prevents damage if the PS goes bad)
      
SD2IEC card drive (less than a quarter inch high) Rebuilt, upgraded power supplies using modern components Brad Strait and his kids check out an Amiga game
SD2IEC card drive (less than a quarter inch high) Rebuilt, upgraded power supplies using modern components Brad Strait and his kids check out an Amiga game
   
William & Katelyn had more fun than anyone at the September meeting A very Ziggy Christmas card The dawn of computerized Christmas cards
William & Katelyn had more fun than anyone at the September meeting A very Ziggy Christmas card

The dawn of computerized Christmas cards

Robert prepares to tackle Dragon Force Voiding the warranty! An elusive code word is required to access the game

Robert prepares to tackle Dragon Force

Voiding the warranty! An elusive code word is required to access the game
    
Vince watches as Louis attacks his lunch At the annual FCUG lunch: Robert, Dick, Vincent, Louis The traditional gift bags
Vince watches as Louis attacks his lunch At the annual FCUG lunch: Robert, Dick, Vincent, Louis The traditional gift bags
   
Goodies from the close-out at Computer Station in Long Beach Robert's CBM 8050 dual-disk drive Robert displays The John Zacharias award from AmiWest for outstanding support and assistance
Goodies from the close-out at Computer Station in Long Beach Robert's CBM 8050 dual-disk drive Robert displays The John Zacharias award from AmiWest for outstanding support and assistance
  
All the local members, January 19, 2014 Louis & Vincent Mazzei and their newly-painted VIC20 Gregory and Vincent temporarily abandon the Commodore
All the local members, January 19, 2014 (names at top of page) Louis & Vincent Mazzei and their newly-painted VIC20 Gregory and Vincent temporarily abandon the Commodore
   
Gregory explores ancient technology An early day disk speed-up device Another vintage machine, Blue Chip daisy wheel printer
Gregory explores ancient technology An early day disk speed-up device Another vintage machine, Blue Chip daisy wheel printer
   
Vectrex games and console The Vectrex controls Roger shows the Commodore radio
Vectrex games and console The Vectrex controls Roger shows the Commodore radio
  
Radio that operates through the C64 Radio software display Roger, Vincent and Greg
Radio that operates through the C64 Radio software display Roger, Vincent and Greg
      
Always keep your cables neat! The Quickshot SV-2000 robotic arm
Always keep your cables neat! The Quickshot SV-2000 robotic arm The PET 2001
  
The Waveform Colortone keyboard
Close-up of PET keyboard The Commodore Highway in Colorado The Waveform Colortone keyboard
   
Ray Carlson's computer saver power supplies and accessories Souvenir poker chip made with 3D printer for CommVEx 2014 A500s rescued from a damp, moldy storage building in Washington
Ray Carlson's computer saver power supplies and accessories Souvenir poker chip made with 3D printer for CommVEx 2014 A500s rescued from a damp, moldy storage building in Washington
    
A rare classic - the Commodore typewriter William wonders where the touch screen is   

A rare classic - the Commodore typewriter

William wonders where the touch screen is

  
      
In Memoriam
Sandy Dippollet Ralph Parrott
Salvador (Sandy) Dippolett, 1925-2001 Ralph Parrott, 1920-2002 Les Crites, 1924-2003
      
Jim Kirby Ben Briscoe Lloyd Warren
Jim Kirby, 1930-2004 Ben Briscoe, 1921-2007 Lloyd Warren, 1924-2009
     
    Jack Tramiel, Commodore Founder    
      Jack Tramiel, Commodore Founder, 1928-2012 (another picture here)    
   
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Fender Tucker photo by K. Dale Sidebottom; Jack Tramiel photos via Internet
   

 

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