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Love his products or loathe them, one thing you cannot deny are his many contributions to electronics history.

Just one of the many items to come out of his company.

https://www.radios-tv.co.uk/vintage-electronics-blog-forum/sinclair-ic10/

Rest in peace, Sir Clive.

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Topic starter Posted : 16/09/2021 8:40 pm
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The first electronics book I ever read was by Clive Sinclair, I think it was called "Ten Transistor Circuits" or similar? I was about ten years old and had no idea who he was at the time.

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Posted : 16/09/2021 10:24 pm
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The ZX81 was my introduction to computing around 1980/81, just the basic unit, no expansions. It worked, did the job of getting me started on a new career in my middle 30’s. Next 30 years in IT in some form, flight sims, large databases, networks, servers etc.

We sold a few of his small televisions, never understood at the time why someone would want such a small screen and now video on phones is the norm for many. Never had any dealing with his radio/amplifiers.

Controversial at times, he certainly had many forward looking ideas.

The ZX81 was passed on to a young lad interested in computers, that was 30 odd years ago, he is now head of an IT support dept at a large university.

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Posted : 16/09/2021 10:38 pm
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Very sad news. I built one of his early calculator kits. Yes, it did have short comings but did what I needed. R.I.P. Sir Clive.

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Posted : 16/09/2021 11:17 pm
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I know this refers to another companies approach, but its sentiment I think can be easily applied to Sir Clive.

In his own way, he was our crazy one, he dreamed, brought many of his dreams to fruition and did change our little corner of the world for many of us.

The first to capture my attention was the Sinclair Watch, at the time oh how I wished I could have had one, still do.

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What I find sad is today eight of the featured, so-called UK “News” papers, only one carries the story. The rest as usual these days are far more concerned with, shall we say “Navel-Gazing”.

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Topic starter Posted : 17/09/2021 5:52 am
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Yes I agree. I heard it here first.

I'm in Oz. Didn't even hear it on ABC Newsradio, which carries a lot of news from the Beeb.

"Clive who??" from a 20-something news editor, probably.

Sigh......

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Posted : 17/09/2021 7:41 am
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The first to capture my attention was the Sinclair Watch, at the time oh how I wished I could have had one, still do.

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They were, I'm sad to say, truly terrible. I had a "Grey Watch" as a teenager which was a cheaper version of the "Black Watch". The first one ate batteries: the guarantee replacement had a peculiar fault in that when the second count reached 20 it then jumped to 40. At this point my godfather spoke to Sinclair himself about it and I got one that worked. I kept that for a while (and may even still have it somewhere), minus its Sinclair-embossed LED filter (it fell off and got lost) but later my godfather gave me his Tudor watch (a more affordable Rolex) for my 18th birthday and the Sinclair was put in a drawer.

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Posted : 17/09/2021 10:43 am
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Sad news about Sir Clive, I wonder if there are any like him left in Britain today. I like many had my first introduction to computers and programming with the ZX Spectrum, although mine broke and was unable to be either repaired or replaced by Sinclair so my parents had a refund and got me an Acorn Electron instead.

Later in the nineties I was repairing quite a few Spectrum computers which were being used as games consoles, I had a good stock of CPU, memory and ULA ICs and whole Spectrums in various states of repair by the early 2000s and even back then they fetched a good price on ebay.

I also had a stash of C5 parts, control boards, relays, and chargers from the factory when C5 production ceased (my father was on the decommissioning team) they also fetched astoundingly high prices when I disposed of them around the same time.

PS, Did anyone else think he was already dead ? I could have sworn I heard that he'd gone about ten years ago ?

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Posted : 18/09/2021 10:45 am
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The ZX81 was passed on to a young lad interested in computers, that was 30 odd years ago, he is now head of an IT support dept at a large university.

I'm another one whose career owes a lot to Sir Clive Sinclair. My 2nd-hand ZX Spectrum+ was the first computer I had that didn't break after a few months (Commodore Vic20 😡), and it saw me right well into 1994 until I got my first PC!

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Posted : 20/09/2021 11:21 pm
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Does anyone remember his Class D amplifier, from the 60s as I recall?

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Posted : 21/09/2021 10:04 am
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X-10 or X-20? I don't remember them it as I was only 2 at the time when it came out, but there's a good resource about them here for those that do, and for those that are intrigued.

X-10

http://www.vk6fh.com/vk6fh/sinclair%20x10.htm

X-20

http://www.vk6fh.com/vk6fh/sinclairX20.htm

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Topic starter Posted : 21/09/2021 10:20 am
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I might have to have a go at building one of those amps just to see what it’s like!

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Posted : 22/09/2021 1:25 pm
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Sad loss indeed. I enjoyed his ZX80,81 and Spectrum. One of my brother's mates had a C1 at the time. I still have an A-Bike.

Here's a Sinclair Stereo 60 amp I did a while ago. It's got the Z50 module in it, amongst others https://andydoz.blogspot.com/2017/08/sinclair-stereo-sixty-amplifier.html

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Posted : 22/09/2021 4:17 pm
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