Category Archives: Occasional Commentary

This is a place to practice my writing skills. The comments will be current and on diverse subjects that will hopefully stimulate a friendly dialogue with readers.

Automotive Collectibles, part II

(Note: enlarged versions of all illustrations will appear in a new tab if you click on the photo. Also, if you really like the ’41 Buick, please check out the Gallery that I put together on Flickr.) The previous posting here … Continue reading

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Have you read a book lately?

    Have you read anything lately? I have. Unfortunately my ability to complete a book has taken a dramatic hit. I’m not sure what it is. Maybe it has to do with the iPad that is always at hand … Continue reading

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A Better Kayak Rack

Last year I took up kayaking as an exercise activity. In other words it is a way to exercise and not get bored.  I have found that the sport has its ups and downs. I first had to purchase a … Continue reading

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Visit to the DMV

I received a notice in the mail. It indicated that my driver’s license would expire in two months on my birthday. I was required to renew. The notice went on to explain that the easy way to do this was … Continue reading

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Maintaining the 1941 Buick Roadmaster

All old cars have problems. Some problems are truly serious ones and others are purely cosmetic. My ’41 Buick had plenty of problems when I purchased it, but none of them prevented me from driving it 90 miles just to … Continue reading

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There’s a Grocery Store in my Garage

How much room does anyone have to store groceries, dishes, pans, etc. in the kitchen? For us it always seems that everything is squished into lots of small cupboards. You have to be real careful when you reach for the … Continue reading

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Garages are Important Too

Our first home was an apartment. My wife and I both had Camaros (she a 1974 and me a 1971). The cars made their home in the parking lot since there was no garage available. After one year of apartment … Continue reading

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Repairing the Sony ICF-2010

I have several portable shortwave receivers, modern and antique. My favorite modern shortwave is the Sony ICF-2010. I purchased it back in 1989. It was a bit expensive (about $350 as I remember) but I had just received a stipend for … Continue reading

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Icom IC-706MkIIG Operation Guide

Some years ago  I purchased an Icom IC-706-MkIIG transceiver.This was the third and final version of this very popular amateur radio. I was attracted to the 706 for a number of reasons, some of which are: Small size makes it … Continue reading

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The Search for Capacitance (an electronic value, not a religion)

I like to collect, use, and repair old radios. Anyone who spends much time learning about old radios will soon enough come across interesting electronic test equipment, vintage and new. The old has style and (often) accuracy. The new has … Continue reading

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