Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Episode 31

These are the show notes for Episode 31 of TRS-80 Trash Talk

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Show Title

Episode 31 - News, Acquisitions and Valerie See


In this episode we discuss the latest Tandy Assembly 2019 updates, the 40th Anniversary of the TRS-80 Model II, archiving of rare Radio Shack Dealer Franchise documentation, the third Connecticut Vintage Computer Auction and a lot of acquisitions.  Then, in the latter segment,  Pete interviews Tandy Radio Shack Engineer Valerie See.

Trash Talkers

  • Peter Cetinski
  • Ian Mavric
  • Eric Dittman
  • Aaron Brockbank


  • Mike Rowen

Main Topics

Tandy Assembly 2019
  • September 28 & 29 in Springfield, Ohio
  • Courtyard by Marriott Springfield Downtown
  • Tandy Tech Track - New Friday classes are confirmed
  • There will be at least 5 classes run in sequence.

Tandy Tech Track Classes

  • Arno Puder - TRS-80 Expansion Bus, TRS-IO, FreHD
  • Ian Mavric/Eric Dittman - FreHD48, 8” systems repairs, etc.
  • George Phillips - Advanced Z80 Programming
  • Others will be announced soon

New Pricing (unchanged for non-Tech Track participants):


  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday: $30
  • Saturday and Sunday: $10


  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday: $50
  • Saturday and Sunday: $30

Tandy Engineer Paul Schreiber will be speaking.

40th Anniversary of the Model II

The TRS-80 Model II Microcomputer was announced 40 years ago at the National Computer Conference in New York City on June 4, 1979.

Custom Model II ROM Project

Mav's New Items

Coco RS232 serial cart, Orchestra-80 (mono) for the M1 and M1 Level II Eprom upgrade adapter

Dealer Franchise Updates

Pete and Ira have been busy scanning and cleaning up a collection of poor photocopies of Radio Shack Dealer Franchise Updates from 1985-1986

Recent Acquisitions

Pete discusses his haul from the 3rd Seymour, CT Vintage Computer Auction

Pete's 26-1126 CR-510 TRS-80 Card Reader

Pete's 17 OEM TRS-80 RCA 12” B&W CRTs from Kemner’s Surplus

Mav's System 80 and TRS-80 consignment in Melbourne

Eric's Holmes Sprinter III

Eric's Lifeboat CP/M for the Model II - damaged disk

Eric's DOSPLUS II for the Model II

Eric's TRS-80 Model I 4K Level I with preliminary User’s Manual - s/n 1361, video display s/n 1230

Handy Hints

“What not to do to your Model 16”

Book Review

"The Custom TRS-80 and Other Mysteries”


Pete interviews former Tandy Radio Shack engineer Valerie See. Val worked at Tandy Radio Shack during the TRS-80 glory days of the 1980s. You'll be entertained by her stories of what it was like to work in the company as one of the few female engineers at that time.