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 peak 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 free. QUANTA offers its members regular contact with the QL scene, with a magazine (available as a PDF by email), access to QUANTA’s free QL software library, advice and help with QL-related matters, workshops (at least one workshop each year) 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 several 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:-

  • 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 on the last Thursday of the month (except August and December) from 7.00pm to 11.00pm. All are welcome to our meetings. The venue is usually at 181, Urmston Lane, Stretford, Manchester. M32 9EH (Near Junction 7 of M60 Motorway – Was Junction 7 M63 Motorway) but are currently at Alison Southern’s home, 40, Distaff Road, Poynton, Cheshire, SK12 1HN.

    Contact us before the meeting John/Sarah Gilpin 0161 865 2872 or Alison 01625 850067.

    During 2016 there will be additional Sunday workshop meetings at 181, Urmston Lane, Stretford, Manchester. M32 9EH on the following dates:
    February 7th, April 24th, June 26th and October 30th from 1.00pm to 7.00pm

  • Scottish QL Users Group (SQLUG)

    Meetings: Meets at George Gwilt’s home every second Sunday in the month.
    Contact: George Gwilt email [icon name=icon-envelope] Gdgqler(at)gmail.com

  • Sussex QL User Group

    Currently without a meeting place, anyone interested should contact Keith Mitchell.
    Contact: Keith Mitchell 01903 742 263.

Handy Quick QL Links

QL Forum – http://www.qlforum.co.uk
QL-Users Mailing List – http://lists.q-v-d.com/listinfo.cgi/ql-users-q-v-d.com
QL Wiki – http://www.rwapadventures.com/ql_wiki/
Dilwyn Jones QL Home Page – http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/index.html
RWAP Software (Rich Mellor) – http://www.rwapsoftware.co.uk/ or http://www.rwapadventures.com/
Jochen Merz Software – http://smsq.j-m-s.com/
Quo Vadis Design (Bruce Nicholls) – http://www.ql-qvd.com/
List of useful articles (file transfer, zip, etc) – http://www.qlforum.co.uk/