The languages of BASIC by Gordon Sweet M3YXH

In this series of articles we will look at the principles of using various computer languages in different versions of BASIC to create our own programs. Many sceptics will ask why anyone would want to bother, when there are already thousands of clever programs available on the Internet for instance, many of them quite free. I think the main reason is to enable you to write a program exactly as you or someone else wants it, and also of course if you succeed, provide a great sense of achievement. The problem with so many of the very comprehensive and often expensive programs available, is that in an attempt to make them cover a variety of needs, they often become far too complicated for most to understand. Hence many folks have to attend say evening classes to understand how to use them.

Almost all of the programs on my web site are written in some form of Basic (Beginners All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code.) Probably the simplest to use is QBASIC now freely obtainable from as OLDDOS.EXE

The program used to run the club Auctions was produced using QB. It has a nice Help menu, and as the name implies it is old DOS software, which means although it does still work under Windows, it either displays in a small MS-DOS window or if you press Alt+Enter uses the whole screen, hiding the usual Windows toolbars. The BAS programs can be read by any ASCII file editor such Notepad or even Word, or compiled into small EXE files using a more comprehensive version QuickBasic. Unlike the earlier versions of BASICA and GWBASIC which had no Help included, it does not need line numbers, and cannot be run by just entering RUN or CHAIN, and instead uses a menu. All these versions can be freely (though not strictly legally) downloaded from

Basic is without doubt the easiest of all programming to understand, because unlike other languages, it is written in plain English.

Gordon Sweet – (M3YXH). From VS June 2006.

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Month on the Air - G3MGQ's popular monthly DX contest/expedition list.
Wilf Gaye Memorial Cup - The clubs annual operating event in the memory of Wilf Gaye M0GYE.
St. Richard's College Buildathon/STEM/ARISS - HERC attends St. Richard's Catholic College for their various events surrounding the Tim Peake ARISS contact.
G3BDQ - John Hey's Rare QSL Cards.
Sussex Electronics Radio Fair - SERF Sussex Electronics Radio Fair 2016.
Vital Spark - A selection of articles re-published from the Vital Spark.
RSGB News - Find out how to get RSGB news on your mobile or PC.
Experimenters Corner - A selection of Proteus projects by Bob Gornal (G7DME)
BBADL - Bath Based Distance Learning Course.
Conquest Hospital Radio - Presented by HERC member Antony (G4CUS).
Radio Rallies 2016 - An up to date list of radio rallies scheduled for 2016.
Club QSL Cards - A selection of QSL cards the club has received over the years.
Other Newsletters - Excellent newsletters and magazines from other clubs.
TX Factor episodes - Take a look at the TX Factors YouTube videos.
John Taplin - A bio of the late John Taplin.

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