What is QUANTA?
QL Users ANd Tinkerers Association was created in 1984, soon after the Sinclair QL was launched, by a number of enthusiastic members and had a peek membership of nearly 2,000. QUANTA’s aim was to provide an independent source of support for, and sharing information about, the Sinclair QL. In time, it has expanded its brief to include compatible systems such as the ICL OPD (One Per Desk), CST Thor, Aurora and Q40/Q60, as well as emulators of the Sinclair QL running on other platforms. Today QUANTA’s membership is a little lower than 100 dedicated and enthusiastic members.
QUANTA is a non-profit organisation run by an elected committee of honorary officials. The QUANTA committee is currently made up of 8 enthusiastic QL users (and former users), of varying ages and degrees of experience with QL’s, QL emulators and more modern personal computers.
QUANTA membership is by annual SUBSCRIPTION. QUANTA offers its members regular contact with the QL scene, with a bi-monthly magazine (available in both printed A5 booklet and in electronic format as a PDF), access to QUANTA’s large free QL software library, advice and help with QL-related matters, workshops (at least one QL show, each year, held anywhere in the UK where ever members and sub-groups are prepared to host it) and support for local sub-groups.
Sub-groups were formed as a method to provide local meeting places for QL members. Sub-groups provided places for and often hosted workshops and computer shows. Currently there are eight subgroups in the UK. There are no official subgroups in Europe or the North Americas at this time, although QUANTA maintains strong links with individual QL members in these countries.
Any group that wishes to be affiliated with QUANTA should contact the Chairman. Affiliation would include information in the QUANTA magazine and on the website.
Current Subgroups are:-
The West Midlands QL User Group
There has been a change of venue, brought about by the owners of the Queens Head pub changing it from a straight pub into an eatery. The new meeting place is called the Bull, the address is 1 Price Street, Birmingham, B4 6JU. Approx 7 minutes walk from Snow Hill main-line railway station and has ample street parking nearby. Meetings remain open to QUANTA members and non-members alike.
After your first meeting you’re expected to pay £1 each time towards the organisation and monthly newsletter costs – except once a year when the group pays all those who attend £2 instead
We provide food twice a year for those who attend the AGM and the group’s birthday party and at meetings we discuss all sorts of things, QL-related and otherwise, usually from about 8:20pm onwards till 10:30 or later. The group owns QL hardware, a disk library and subscribes to relevant magazines. People can join the mailing list for £3.50 per year, even if they can’t attend regularly.
Meetings: Meetings are usually on the first and third Monday of each month (but not on bank holidays unless the previous one was cancelled for that reason).
Contact: The contact number remains Mike Bedford White’s, on 0121 605 4438, anytime after 11am.
QUANTA Dorset Subgroup
Meetings are held, on the second Sunday of each month between 2.00pm and 5.00pm. For location please contact:- John Penn-Simkins or John Mason.
Contact: John Penn-Simkins 01202 422491 or John Mason 01425 275894.
London QL and QUANTA Group
Meetings are held in the School Room, which is the basement of the Borough Welsh Congregational Chapel, 90, Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1. This is almost opposite the junction with Marshalsea Road, at the other end of which, 5 minutes walk away, is the Borough Underground Station. Free parking is easily available in Southwark Bridge Road for road users, Cyclists are welcome.
Members currently each pay a subscription of £40 per year towards the cost of the hire of the hall and a small additional charge is made for tea/coffee – biscuits are then provided free.
Please bring your QL equipment if possible, all types welcome, e.g., PC portable running emulators. The Group has some systems stored at the venue for its use. In addition, there are lots of donated second user equipment, books, magazines, etc, available for purchase.
Meetings: 2.00 pm. to 5.00 pm., on the second Sunday of the month.
No meetings are held in either December – winter break, or August summer break. Giving 10 meetings a year.
Contact: Malcolm Cadman 020 8691 5780
The North East Manchester QL User Group (NEMQLUG)
Meetings are held at 181, Urmston Lane, Stretford, Manchester. M32 9EH (Near Junction 7 of M60 Motorway – Was Junction 7 M63 Motorway).
Our informal meetings start at 7 p.m. and finish at 11 pm. All welcome.
Meetings: The last Thursday of each month (except December).
Contact: John/Sarah Gilpin 0161 865 2872
Scottish QL Users Group (SQLUG)
Meetings: Meets at George Gwilt’s home every second Sunday in the month.
Contact: George Gwilt email Gdgqler(at)gmail.com
Meets at Botley Market Hall, all welcome. Park at the back and use side entrance.
Meetings: 1st Saturday of the month from 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm.
Contact: Graham Evans 023 8040 3350.
Surrey QUANTA Subgroup (SQSG)
The group is currently trying other venues in the Leatherhead – Epsom area.
If you plan to attend but do not get our emails, please phone or email Ken Bain for the latest location.
Meetings: 8.00pm to 10.00pm. On the last Wednesday of each month except December.
Contact: Ken Bain 01932 347 432 (to midnight)
Sussex QL User Group
Currently without a meeting place, anyone interested should contact Keith Mitchell.
Contact: Keith Mitchell 01903 742 263.