Meetings

The Portland Commodore Users Group meets every month. Exceptions include major holidays or other noteworthy events. Check the Web site before each meeting to be sure of the date, time and location.

Next Meeting November 13, 2014

  • 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (Station 61)
  • 13730 SW Butner Rd., Beaverton, OR
  • Just off Murray Rd. at the fire station

Typical Meeting Agenda

Here is a list of agenda items we see regularly, but not necessarily every time. If you have something to present or talk about at the next meeting, send an email to the club admin to have it scheduled into the agenda.

  • Introductions: New members introduced and welcomed.
  • Announcements
  • Feature Presentations: Members get a chance to make presentations to the group.
  • Show and Tell: Show us cool things that you've found or acquired.
  • Q&A: A chance to get answers to your questions about coding, hardware issues, or just about anything.
  • Group Project: Members participate in a group project and provide status updates to keep on track.
  • Tinker time: Here's a chance to get hands-on with some hardware or software. Who knows where this will go?
  • Discussion: Talk about the scene, books & resources, hardware, software or just about anything.
  • Gaming time: Time to relax and play some games!
  • Retro time: A time to look at other non-Commodore retro computers and games.

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Past Meeting Highlights

2012 - Vol. 3

Vol. 3, No. 3

Portland Commodore Users Group Meeting Vol. 3, No. 2

March 8, 2012

Commodore Online: Online meeting, chat and Space Trivia: PDXCUG.org Online Meetings;
Demo: First look at using the Commodore Flyer with CommodoreServer.com; Sneak Peek: Flyer Terminal Program; Group Activity: Type-in programs, classroom-style; Play Time: Koala Painter, Turtle Graphics II, SID Music Software; Demoscene: Fairlight One Quarter from DataStorm 2012; Gaming Time: Track & Field with arcade controller

Vol. 3, No. 2

Portland Commodore Users Group Meeting Vol. 3, No. 2

February 9, 2012

Commodore Online: Online meeting, chat and 80s Trivia: PDXCUG.org Online Meetings;
Feature: The Commodore 16; Presentation: C64List 3.0; Presentation: Big Blue Reader; Play Time: SID Music Creation Software, Print Shop, Graphics, Desktop Publishing; Tinker Time: Commodore Flyer with a Vic-Switch; Show & Tell: Doctor QSO; Gaming Time: Countdown to Shutdown, Head On (Online version), Telechess (Online version), Tapper; Retro Time: Original NES

Vol. 3, No. 1

Portland Commodore Users Group Meeting Vol. 3, No. 1

January 14, 2012

This month was strictly Tinker Time - a time to just tinker with things.

Commodore Online: Online meeting and chat: PDXCUG.org Online Meetings;
Tinker Time: Cassette tapes, strange hardware, Easy Flash; Gaming Time: Head On, Get 'Em, Frantic Freddie, Spy's Demise; Retro Time: Atari 2600;



2011 - Vol. 2

Vol. 2, No. 12

Portland Commodore Users Group Meeting Vol. 2, No. 12

December 8, 2011

Commodore Online: Online meeting and chat: PDXCUG.org Online Meetings;
Live Presentation: V-1541 2.1 at 38.4K baud; Tinker Time: Installing the Megabit 128 ROM Adapter; Demo: Apple II on an FPGA; Gaming Time: Canabalt and C64Anabalt comparison and competition

Vol. 2, No. 11

Portland Commodore Users Group Meeting Vol. 2, No. 11

November 10, 2011

Commodore Online: Online meeting and chat: PDXCUG.org Online Meetings;
Video: Chat with Bil Herd; Featured: Prince of Persia; Demo: 38.4K Baud on User Port, RikChat128 for the Commodore 128, CSD Demo Disk; Commodore Hardware: Amiga 600, C64, CMD-20 Hard Drive, 1541U-II, 1581, IEC Port Expander

Vol. 2, No. 10

Portland Commodore Users Group Meeting Vol. 2, No. 10

October 13, 2011

Commodore Online: Online meeting and chat: PDXCUG.org Online Meetings; Featured: ECCC 2011 Trip Report; Tinker Time: Playing with Q-Link; Programming Time: Assembly Language, Dvorak Keyboard Map; Gaming Time: Game Competition with Jumpman, Ms. Pac-Man, Frogger, Vic-20 Mega-Cart

Vol. 2, No. 9

Portland Commodore Users Group Meeting Vol. 2, No. 9

September 8, 2011

This month we focused on games and had a game compo.

Commodore Online: Online meeting and chat with ChatteRR-Box, and Group Zork; Gaming Time: Game Competition; Tinker Time: Commodore 128 repair

Vol. 2, No. 8

Portland Commodore Users Group Meeting Vol. 2, No. 8

August 11, 2011

Commodore Online: Online meeting and chat with ChatteRR-Box, and Group Zork; Events: CommVEx 2011 Highlights; Books: A Commodore 64 Walkabout, Run/Stop-Restore; Tinker Time: Commodore 64 repair job; Demo: SUX 6400; Demo: Digimaster Software; Demo: Chess on the Comet64

Vol. 2, No. 7

Portland Commodore Users Group Meeting Vol. 2, No. 7

July 14, 2011

Commodore Online: Online meeting and chat with ChatteRR-Box, and Group Zork; Tinker Time: Amiga 2000 & Video Toaster, C64C Keyboard Repair; Demo: Hacking the Easy Flash; Demo: Stereo SID Player; Demo: JiffyDOS; Gaming Time: Bomb Mania

Vol. 2, No. 6

Portland Commodore Users Group Meeting Vol. 2, No. 6

June 9, 2011

Commodore Online: Online meeting and chat with Group Zork; Feature: The Commodore Plus/4; Sneak Peek: A Commodore 64 Walkabout; Gaming Time: Wizard of Wor, Fort Apocalypse, Beach Head, Pitfall; Tinker Time: 38.4K Baud driver, Installing JiffyDOS

Vol. 2, No. 5

Portland Commodore Users Group Meeting Vol. 2, No. 5

May 12, 2011

Commodore Online: Online meeting and chat with Group Zork; Presentation: Speech Synthesizers and Speech Recognition, Part 2 - The Lipstik; Presentation: Sneak Preview of a New Hardware Device; Presentation: GEORAM and Geos on the Commodore 128; Demo: Lode Runner Basics - how to play and edit custom levels; Tinker Time: Fun with printers; Gaming Time: MegaCart for the Vic-20, Echelon using the Lipstik Voice Recognition, Crossfire on the C64 and Vic-20, A.T.C. on the C64 & more; Show & Tell: Commodore Amiga 4000, Brand-new Commodore wristwatch, Datasette for Commodore Computers but also compatible for Atari systems

Vol. 2, No. 4

PDXCUG Anniversary Party, 38.4K Baud on the C64, Speech Synthesizers, Tinker Time, Commodore C-One, MSSIAH

April 19, 2011

PDXCUG 1-year Anniversary Party

Commodore Online: Online meeting and chat with Group Zork; Announcement: New Sister Commodore Club - Puget Sound Commodore Users Group; Tinker Time: Amiga 2000 Inspection, Mysterious C64 Card; Presentation: Speech Synthesizers and Speech Recognition, Part 1 - The Chirpee VCM-64; Presentation: 38.4K Baud on the Commodore 64; Demo: PAL Demos - with a subwoofer!; Show & Tell: George Beker Art from BASIC Computer Games Books, Commodore C-One, designed by Jeri Ellsworth, MSSIAH Cartridge for the C64, Amiga 1200 Computer; Gaming Time: Shredz64, Beast, Buggy Boy, & more

Vol. 2, No. 3

Tinker Time, 1541 Ultimate, C64List

March 15, 2011

Commodore Online: Online meeting and chat with Group Zork; Tinker Time: MSD SD-2 Repair, Amiga 500 Disk Transfers, MIDI on the Commodore 64; Demo: C64List, 1541 Ultimate II, Turbo Master CPU; Gaming Time: Sim City, Atari Jaguar, Blood and Guts

Vol. 2, No. 2

Online meeting, Tinker Time

February 10, 2011

Commodore Online: Online meeting and chat with Group Zork; Tinker Time: MAX Machine Mod, SX-64 Repair, PET cleaning, el-ROM, Quick Data Drive, 1540 Auto-boot ROMs, Commodore Music Maker, Kindles & Nintendo DS's; Cool Hardware: VIC-Switch

Vol. 2, No. 1

Turbo Master

January 13, 2011

Guest Speaker: Sandy Raddue (Atari); Presentation: Buddy Assembler on the Commodore 128; Demo: Easy Flash Cartridge; Demo: Using V-1541 with VICE; Demo: First Look at CommodoreServer.com's Multi-player Gaming Service; Demo: Group Zork preview; Show & Tell: Turbo Master - 4MHz on the Commodore 64

Video: Watch Presentation with Sandy Raddue



2010 - Vol. 1

Vol. 1, No. 8

David Lamkins Guest Speaker

December 9, 2010

Guest Speaker: David Lamkins (Activision); Demo: Auto-boot ROMs for the Vic-1540/1541; Show & Tell: Commodore & 3rd-party disk drives; Gaming Time: Comparing Frogger across multiple consoles & game systems.

Video: Watch Presentation with David Lamkins

Vol. 1, No. 7

Cross-development on the C64, Silver Label Commodore 64, Analog Joystick Adapter

November 11, 2010

Presentation: Game development using VICE; Presentation: A simple terminal program on the VIC-20 using an RS-232 adapter; Show & Tell: MOS Chip Datasheets, Original "Silver Label" C64; Show & Tell: Analog Joystick Interface (using a PC joystick on a Commodore)

Vol. 1, No. 6

Halloween Games, Amiga CD32, Gaming

October 14, 2010

Gaming Time: Scary Halloween Games, PAL Commodore 64 with Fortress of Narzod, Vic-20 games; Show & Tell: Amiga CD32, Epyx Analog Joystick, Plus/4; Group Project: Joystick Switch Update

Vol. 1, No. 5

Get Lamp Text Adventure Documentary Screening with Jason Scott

September 9, 2010

Presentation: Get Lamp text adventure documentary screening with Jason Scott; Gaming Time: Playing Zork & Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Playing arcade games at Ground Kontrol

Video: Watch Q&A Video with Jason Scott

Vol. 1, No. 4

Commodore Joystick Switch Prototype

August 12, 2010

Group Project: Commodore Joystick Prototyping Party; Tinker Time: 1541 Disk Drive Troubleshooting; Gaming Time: Bomb Mania; Demo: 4-way Joystick Adapter

Vol. 1, No. 3

MSD Drives, Custom Disk Sleeves, MOS Technologies

July 8, 2010

Show & Tell: Custom Disk Sleeves, 1701 Monitor Mod., MSD SD-2 Disk Drives, MOS Technologies; Gaming Time: Various Amiga & Vic-20

Vol. 1, No. 2

Comet64 / CommodoreServer.com Demo, Commodore Joystick Switch Schematic

June 10, 2010

Demo: Comet64 & CommodoreServer.com; Group Project: Commodore Joystick Switch Schematic; Show & Tell: Commodore T-1341 Joysticks, Commodore SX-64, complete in box

Vol. 1, No. 1

Inagural Meeting, Multi-player Zork, Group Projects

May 13, 2010

Inagural Meeting Group Project - Commodore Joystick Switch; Demo: KERNAL and BASIC ROM Disassembly; Gaming Time: Zone Ranger, Pole Position, River Raid, Pitfall, Zork; Discussion: Multi-player Zork idea; Show & Tell: Commodore SX-64, ShareData Utility Cartridge