My adventures into owning a BBC B came when someone I new was going to scrap his computer, so I took it off his hands.

It looked brand new, as if it had never been out of it's box. I expanded the BBC B with a ZIF Socket, a Watford Electronics Sideways ROM/RAM Board, I also tried the Aries B32 shadow RAM board, the Aries B20 ROM expansion board and various second processors. I also played with the Teletex adaptor which I later traded with 8BS for a monthly disc subscription.

The BBC B+ was a shared workplace computer, I and my collegues persuaded the company that their money would be better spent on the B+ than an IBM XT. It was subsequently upgraded to a B+128 with a 64K RAM expansion board that I fitted down the right hand side of the motherboard, a ROM expansion board from Advanced Technology Product Ltd (ATPL) and a ZIF socket. We also bought the 6502 and Z80 second processors. The prominent software used was the Computer Concepts "Inter" series software and Technomatics CAD package, Technocad which were used extensively for writing and illustrating Technical manuals. These were printed using an Epson LQ1000 letter quality printer with an Auto Sheet Feeder.


BBC B, Insides, More insides, Opus 2791 Disc Interface, BBC Ports, Aries B32, Watford Electronics ROM/RAM board.

BBC B+ 128

BBCB+ 128, Insides, ATPL ROM board, 64K SRAM expansion, 6502 2nd Processor, Z80 2nd Processor and CUB Monitor.

Photos of both sides of the 64K SRAM daughter board, fitting instructions and the support disc.

Other peripherals - Marconi RB2 Trackerball, Watford Electronics Eprom Eraser, Watford Electronics 256K Printer Buffer

MicroMart Article

The 31st March 1994 issue of MicroMart had an article on Classic Computers, spot lighting the BBC and Electron Computers. There are many companies and User Groups mentioned, some are still around but alas others have disappeared since publication. In the early '90s I assisted with running the Electron User Group (EUG) which gets a mention here..

Christmas Carols
There was a program I always liked for the BBC and that was the Snowmen and their Christmas Carols. I have transfered it to a .ssd file for the Beeb Emulator...enjoy..