At first I wondered why you would have a hardware board generate pseudo numbers when you can do it via MBasic commands. The answer is just for the learning and fun of it. This is a great value little project. Documentation is top notch as usual. All the hardware is great quality. Delivery is fast. The board went together extremely easily and once I'd sorted the addressing, worked perfectly. I have the results going out to a small LCD display and some TIL311 retro displays. I particularly like the fact that Mr Gelee's tech boards usually come with code examples in basic. This is another great board you can learn from. Great stuff Mr Gelee, keep them coming.
I really enjoy Mr Gelee's tech RC2014 boards. This non volatile ram is the best addition, in my view, to the basic RC2014. Its simple, is great value for money and works extremely well. I found the surface mount a little tricky although the board is now offered with a pre soldered chip for a small fee. Well worth it in my view. I've been using the board for many months cycling it on and off hundreds of times and it always delivers. I would love to see a 64k version. Delivery was extremely quick and the documentation is very clear. I contacted Jerry, the creator of Mr Gelee's tech boards, with a small query and his prompt response and interest was excellent. if there is only one upgrade you buy for the basic RC2014, get this one. Well done Mr Gelee, you nailed another 'upgrade'.
This is a great kit, and one that I've been waiting for for a long time! It shipped quickly and went together easily. The documentation is easy to follow and the example program will get your RC2014 saying "Hello World" in no time at all. It is also a really good basis to make your RC2014 say anything else. Breaking words down in to their allophones can sometimes be a bit hit and miss, and are a little bit restrictive, so don't expect this 1980s technology to be reading the news in perfect Queens English any time soon! But it is a lot of fun. Talking of fun, How About A Nice Game Of Thermonuclear War?
Jan. 25, 2021
Easy to put together and a lot of fun to play with.
I'm impressed - this kit is easy to put together (it took me about 30 minutes to solder everything). Once the soldering was checked, it worked first time. At the current price (including a SPO256-AL2 chip ) its pretty good value for money too.
Playing about with it brought me back to when I was a kid playing with the DK'Tronics speech synthesiser for the Amstrad CPC 464 - magic!
My only - very minor - criticism would be that the components weren't labeled and with older eyes, determining which resistors and capacitors were which involved an illuminated magnifying glass and the documentation. That said, it was hardly difficult.
Response from Mr Gelée's tech | Jan. 27, 2021
Thanks Stephen! I'll take a look at what can be done re labelling caps and resistors.