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Tandy Radio Shack
TRS 80 PC-2

After the success of the TRS-80 Pocket Computer (a.k.a. TRS-80 PC-1), Sharp also manufactured their PC-1500 (see there for more technical information) in a version for Tandy Radio Shack.

This machine was marketed as the TRS-80 PC-2 (catalog number 26-3601). Internally, it was exactly the same machine. Only the front face design had been changed: the keyboard layout was different, with an additional enter key, and the display had been shifted to the right. Moreover, the colour style was also slightly different, with a light gray instead of brown back of the case.

Some peripherals supplied by Tandy were the "docking station" with 4 colour pen plotter and cassette interface (catalog number 26-3605), 4 and 8 KB RAM module (26-3615 and 26-3616), an external tape interface (26-3605) and an RS-232 interface (26-3612). Of course, all peripherals developed for the Sharp PC-1500 could also be used.

Thanks to Roman von Wartburg and his site for information and picture.

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This PC was actually built by Sharp Electronics for Tandy Corp. The Sharp version called a PC-1500 had a normal looking keyboard with the letters arranged in a normal Qwerty setup. The Tandy version had more keys by having an extra enter key with the numeric pad. Very little to criticise either way. They functioned the same and were very powerful for there day. A very good optional extra was the printer/dual cassette port interface. If you were handy at tinkering you could expand the memory to 64K.
I had 16k on mine and used it for processing engine dynamometer data.

          
Monday 30th January 2017
Don Sutton (Australia)

I just unearthed a Tandy PC-2 that belonged to my brother, and just for kicks I googled it to see what would pop up. What I don''t understand is of all the photos I saw that were purported to be of a PC-2, none of them look like mine nor are they identified as being a PC-2 on the face of the unit, including the ones shown on this page. What''s up with that?

          
Saturday 16th March 2013
Larry Haff (FL)

I have a PC-2 and it still works 30 years later. Only the pens in the printer/cassette interface are dried out and don''t work, but I have refilled them before using a water-based ink. I also have the 4K memory module for a total of 6K. The computer uses Basic and I can pack a lot of programming into that amount of memory.

          
Monday 2nd April 2012
Dave Parker (USA)

 

NAME  TRS 80 PC-2
MANUFACTURER  Tandy Radio Shack
TYPE  Pocket
ORIGIN  Japan
YEAR  1982
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  BASIC interpreter
KEYBOARD  66 keys, QWERTY calculator type with numeric key-pad
CPU  LH 5801 8-bit CMOS
SPEED  1.3 MHz
RAM  3.5 KB expandable up to 19.5 KB with a 16 KB RAM module
ROM  16 KB
TEXT MODES  1 line x 26 chars. (LCD screen)
GRAPHIC MODES  7 x 156 pixels
COLORS  Monochrome
SOUND  One-channel Beeper, with frequency and duration controllable by BASIC statement
SIZE / WEIGHT  19.5 (W) x 8.6 (D) x 2.55 (H) cm / 375 g (with batteries)
I/O PORTS  Proprietary 60 pin expansion bus, 40-pin slot for memory and program modules
BUILT IN MEDIA  None
POWER SUPPLY  4 x AA 1.5V batteries, 50 hours run time (0.13W) - 6V DC external AC adaptor EA-150
PERIPHERALS  26-3615 4 kB RAM
26-3616 8 kB RAM
26-3605 4 colours plotter and cassette interface
26-3605 external tape interface
26-3612 RS-232 interface
PRICE  $280


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