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Users Helping Users since 1978


Please visit www.patacs.org for current information about the meetings and activities of the Potomac Area Technology and Computer Society.

NCTCUG's merger with WACUG, forming PATACS, was completed on May 19th, 2012. This NCTCUG website is operating for archival purposes only, and will not be updated.

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    What's a User Group?

    Fed up with your computer? We can help !!

    Keyboard smashed thru monitor screen WHO ARE WE?

    Folks who share your fascination with personal computers, particularly those that "do Windows." Our emphasis is hardware and software that runs on Win XP / Vista / Win 7, Internet topics, and computer-related technology. We're big enough to give you the help you need, but small enough to be friendly! Our group is a member-supported, non-profit, educational organization with roots back to 1977 and the first Radio Shack model I computers!


    National Capital Technology and Computer User's Group, Inc.
    Our History

    TRS80 Model III Our group was founded in May, 1978, as the Tandy Computer User's Group, shortly after Radio Shack's TRS-80 Model I computer was introduced. Our name was revised in 2004 to reflect the reality of computer technology today. For a bit of (personal computer) historical perspective, Commodore, Apple II and the TRS-80 were all introduced in '77,   four years before the IBM-PC hit the market.
    Tandy 1400LT laptop

    NCTCUG, Inc. is recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization - a non-profit, educational organization. Our purpose is to help our members learn more about their computers and software - and we're one of the oldest personal computer groups in the United States.TRS80 Model 100

    We incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1985 as the National Capital Tandy Computer User's Group, Inc. Our discussions and programs emphasize the convergence of computers, digital imaging, television, and related technologies.



    MONTHLY MEETINGS - are held in Virginia. The Virginia General meetings and Internet SIG are held at Carlin Hall Community Center, 5711 So. 4th St, Arlington VA -- 1 1/2 blocks east of Carlin Springs Rd -- (Four blocks south of Arlington Blvd/Route 50).

    Directions and Maps for Meetings:

    Carlin Hall Community Center
    Glencarlyn Neighborhood web site
    The monthly schedule of meetings is:
    VIRGINIA General Meeting
    7:00 - 9:00 PM1st Wednesday
    Board of Directors
    Business Mtg. & NL Assembly
    Jan / Feb / Apr / May / Jul / Sep / Oct / Nov
    7:00 - 9:00 PM3rd Monday
    INTERNET Special Interest Group (SIG)
    7:00 - 9:00 PM4th Wednesday

    Meeting programs feature demonstrations by members, and manufacturers of hardware and software. Special offers from vendors are often announced. Time is allocated at each meeting for attendees to ask questions and describe problems they are experiencing with their system's hardware or software. These are discussed and resolved by others present who may have had similar difficulties, or the necessary experience to help with answers to particular problems.


    NCTCUG Journal NCTCUG JOURNAL - Published 8 times each year, each issue includes articles by our members and reports on club activities. The Journal reprints articles from similar publications from across the country and around the world, covering a broad range of personal computing interests. The Journal is printed in an 8.5 x 11 inch format of 16 pages per issue, and appears with the following schedule: Feb, Mar/Apr, May, Jun/Jul, Aug/Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec/Jan. Member articles on personal computer topics are always welcome. Our articles are frequently republished in other computer club newsletters from around the country, and the world.

    Acrobat copies of recent Journals Updated 06/11

    Keeping Up Column from the Journal


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    201 S. Kensington St.
    Arlington, VA 22204-1141
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