Nascom 2

Nascom 2

The Nascom 1 and 2 were single-board computer kits issued in the United Kingdom in 1977 and 1979, respectively, based on the Zilog Z80 and including a keyboard and video interface, a serial port that could be used to store data on a tape cassette using the Kansas City standard, and two 8-bit parallel ports. At that time, including a full keyboard and video display interface was uncommon, as most microcomputer kits were then delivered with only a hexadecimal keypad and seven-segment display. To minimize cost, the buyer had to assemble a Nascom by hand-soldering about 3,000 joints on the single circuit board.

The original Nascom 1 was designed by Chris Shelton. Shelton’s design work was outlined in a series of articles published between November 1977 and January 1979 by Wireless World magazine.





I got my unit from our local auction site which didn’t come with any keyboard and is at present not going and was installed in a suit case and has all the connections on the outside of the case. It was in poor condition.

started debugging the video circuit.

The Nascom 2 showing power side it in the suite case

The mighty Z80 CPU

Backed up all the EPROM’s and burned a new Character Generator EPROM.

The video circuit working with just the Character Generator replacement EPROM.

Added the video RAM ic so have random characters displayed –  happy with the progress so far.

Next on to the CPU and memory decoding.


I finally got back to the Nascom 2 and programmed a new set of PROMs and NAS-SYS ROM and it’s not showing life

Checking Memory decoding with the Z80 ICE emulator

NAS-SYS 3 on the screen

Keyboard tested and working. Now to get Microsoft BASIC working.


Ya it works. It’s now time to make a new case for the computer.

Started with some scrap pine for the sides and folded up some 1.8mm Aluminum.

Top side cut out for the keyboard

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The test fit with transformer and the Backplane


Demo of the Cassette interface using my ipod.

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