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1  Retro Cars / General Discussions / Re: Hatchbacks and sunroofs on: August 18, 2018, 09:38:05 AM
They removed the old FoMoCo stereo radio and installed a brand-new Pioneer DEH-X6900BT CD/radio.  When they tried hooking into the old Premium Sound speakers, they found out that the speakers had a separate amplifier, making the speakers unusable with the new Pioneer.  Solution - bypass the amplifier and put in new speakers.  As I had planned, the dull dash speakers were disconnected and the 5 1/4" door speakers (which were in the doors but were not working) were replaced by new Pioneer tri-axial speakers.  The rear speakers would have to be installed at a later date.
    Today I finally bought new rear speakers and had them installed.  The new speakers were Pioneer 6" x 8" speakers, quad-axial but really tri-axial because they have a woofer, mid-range, and two tweeters.  Strangely, unlike the FoMoCo front door speakers, the FoMoCo rear speakers did not have an amplifier hanging off each unit, i.e, they were ordinary paper speakers with a rubberized surround and a whizzer cone.  The paper was brittle, and one of the whizzer cones was torn... yeah, they needed to be replaced.  Also unlike the auto stereo installation of last year, this time the speaker installation was pretty straight-forward.  Undo the rear speaker grilles, detach the old speakers off the grilles, attach the new speakers to the grilles, adapt the old speaker wires to the new speakers, and replace the grill/speaker combination back into the rear.
     Final result -- much clearer sound now that the rear speakers were installed!

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

P.S. But as in my other cars, more has to be eventually done to the Colony Park.  Cruise control has failed (it failed just as I was coming back from the Pacific NW a few months ago). and defrost/heat is not coming from the upper/lower registers.  Also the faded "wood" on the tailgate area is bugging me.  I asked about it at a local body shop, but they had no experience in restoring it and thus didn't want to work on it.  However, I found a site selling the vinyl wood that nearly duplicates the factory look. http://woodgrain4wagons.com/

P.P.S. I asked the auto stereo shop about whether they could stop (sound-deaden) the vibrating of the front inner door panels (which is what happens when the car stereo is a bit too loud).  They said they could apply Dynamat to stop those resonances.  T will have to think about that for the future!
2  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Re: Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, Sept. 22 on: August 17, 2018, 09:24:24 AM
     Oh, I think Sev also said he wants to show/tell more about the Pi1541.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
3  Retro Computing / News and Events / Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, August 19 on: August 15, 2018, 01:45:03 PM
Happy almost Labor Day, C= and Ami aficionados!
     The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00+ p.m., Sunday, August 19 at  --

  Bobby Salazar's Mexican Restaurant
  2839 North Blackstone Ave. (corner of Blackstone and Michigan)
  Fresno, California
  (559) 227-1686

     This month I'll give a full report on the Aug. 11-12 Commodore Vegas Expo.  In addition, we'll talk about the upcoming Amiwest Show in October. 
     Speaking of CommVEx, we'll look at a video or two that was filmed at the show.  In addition, I'll break out the SuperCPU in order to use the 3D Construction Kit for the C64 (which I had presented at CommVEx).  Vice-president Roger may have more to show us on last month's program, the German C64 CAD program, GigaCAD.  The Amiga 1200 returns with its WHDLoad games.
     We'll also have leftover, freebie, gift bags from CommVEx.  Don't forget to grab one at the meeting!

          Not a crowded agenda this time,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
4  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Re: Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, Sept. 22 on: August 15, 2018, 01:11:40 PM
     After discussion at CommVEx, Saj wants to bring his Amiga 4000 with Video Toaster to the next meeting and show us how VT works.  Matt B. will assist.  Smiley

          Back in central California,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
5  Retro Computing / News and Events / One week until the Commodore Vegas Expo v14 2018 ! on: August 05, 2018, 03:10:02 AM
     The countdown is approaching lift-off for the August 11-12 CommVEx!   Gear is being gathered, programs are being prepped, and Commodorians/Amigans are anxiously awaiting the show!  Smiley  As we have for many years, we'll be at the Plaza Hotel, third floor, 1 Main Street, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
    Just a reminder to check out the CommVEx website at

         http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex

as it is updated with the latest show info, i.e, exhibitors, presentations, raffle prizes, door prizes, freebies, etc..  Also check out the forum at

         https://www.commodore.ca/forum/viewforum.php?f=6

for any more details.
     Friday, August 10, is set-up time, and expect the show room to be open at 2 p.m. for exhibitors and anybody else who wants to drop on by.  Saturday, August 11, at 11 a.m. CommVEx officially begins and continues through 5 p.m..  Then we have an unofficial Saturday night in the room for talk, hacking, programming, or watching Commodore/Amiga videos.  Sunday, August 12, CommVEx opens at 11 a.m, and we carry on 'til 5.  Thereafter, we start the tear-down of the tables.
     Come and enjoy the Commodore and Amiga computers... come and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow Commodorians and Amigans.

          Sincerely,
          Robert Bernardo
          organizer - Commodore Vegas Expo v14 2018
6  Retro Computing / News and Events / Re: Videos and photos from CommVEx v13 2017 on: August 01, 2018, 04:26:29 AM
     Due to hardware failure (which has now been repaired, thanks in part to AmigaKit), this last video from CommVEx 2017 was not edited and uploaded until now! The video is

Brewster and Commodore/Amiga emulation
https://youtu.be/5awTcWBv0mc

     I spoke to Matt Brewster about the lateness of this, and he understood, smiling.

          Time to think about CommVEx 2018,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          August 11-12 Commodore Vegas Expo v14 2018 -
          http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex
7  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Re: Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, Sept. 22 on: July 31, 2018, 02:34:02 AM
     All the freebie 1702's were gobbled up at the last meeting.  Rolf of Ventura still has one more 1702 he wants to give away plus lots of bits and pieces of Commodores.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
          August 11-12 Commodore Vegas Expo v14 2018 - http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex
8  Retro Computing / Commodore PET / Re: Commodore Pet for sale in Irvine ($425) on: July 31, 2018, 02:31:26 AM
     Heh, I already have a working PET 4032 plus others that need repair.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.ucom/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
          August 11-12 Commodore Vegas Expo v14 2018 - http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex
9  Retro Computing / News and Events / Commodore Vegas Expo 2018 commercial on: July 27, 2018, 11:22:25 PM
     Check out the CommVEx 2018 commercial at

https://youtu.be/L1WvTpNHs64

     Prepare to dance your feet!  Wink

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          August 11-12 Commodore Vegas Expo v14 2018 - http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex
10  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, Sept. 22 on: July 23, 2018, 07:53:11 AM
    Heads up to all members.  Our next SCCAN meeting will be Saturday, Sept. 22, from 2 to 5+ p.m. (actually the July meeting didn't end until 8 p.m.!!!).  Right now it looks like we'll be at Panera Bread Restaurant in Northridge again.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
11  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Re: Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, July 21 on: July 17, 2018, 02:24:15 AM
Happy National Junk Food Day, C= and Ami comrades!
     The next meeting of the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network is Saturday, July 21, from 2 to 5+ p.m. at

  Panera Bread Restaurant
  19662 Nordhoff Street
  Northridge, California
  (818) 407-9400

     The Commodore Vegas Expo is just around the corner on August 11-12.  We'll be discussing our plans for the show!  Also I will tell what happened at the May Maker Faire Bay Area and the June Pacific Commodore Expo NW.
     I'll be coming in from Ventura, after visiting Rolf M. and picking up 3 1701/1702 monitors.  The monitors are free for anyone in the club!  Also as stated in an e-mail, member Mario plans "to bring back all the stuff... left from what Thomas gave... to give away.  There are two big boxes of miscellaneous parts, accessories, cables, PSU, Amiga books and documentation + 3 unbranded computer cases."

In April I wrote:

> We'll also talk about some leads on organizing a C= event in southern California.

     After leaving Rolf's place but before I come to the meeting, I'll cruise by HexLab Makerspace in Chatsworth.  https://www.hexlabmakerspace.com/  It's only about 3 1/2 miles west of our Northridge Panera Bread meeting venue.
     The Ray Carlsen re-repaired SX-64 returns to the meeting with a selection of games on a new SD2IEC drive from Jason Micari of Australia.  Naturally, the VIC-20 and Plus/4 make an appearance, too, as does the Amiga 2000.
     As always, bring in any Commodore/Amiga hardware and/or software you wish to share!

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network -
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
          August 11-12 Commodore Vegas Expo v14 2018 -
          http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex
12  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Re: Ultimate64 ordered! on: July 12, 2018, 06:31:46 AM
     Ah, I just received a production update today.  It seems that the one I ordered will be ready in early October.

          Not in time for CommVEx,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group -
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          August 11-12 Commodore Vegas Expo v14 2018 -
          http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex
13  Retro Computing / News and Events / Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, July 15 on: July 12, 2018, 06:30:23 AM
Happy World Cup, C= and Ami aficionados!
     The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00+ p.m., Sunday, July 15 at  --

  Bobby Salazar's Mexican Restaurant
  2839 North Blackstone Ave. (corner of Blackstone and Michigan)
  Fresno, California
  (559) 227-1686

     This month is the our meeting before the Aug. 11-12 Commodore Vegas Expo!  I'll be drumming up ideas, just in case we have forgotten anything!  Also "Bernardo Studios" opens up in Fresno right after the meeting so that any presentations can be filmed for CommVEx.  Smiley
     In honor of the World Cup football (soccer), we'll try out the VIC-20 game, ASCII Striker.  Shoot goals!  Unrelated to soccer is the VIC-20 game, Escape.  For the C64, we'll have a new version of Monopoly, Exploding Fish, and a look through the newest programs from Reset Magazine.  Also, we'll go flying with Flyerfox, Falcon Patrol, andFalcon Patrol II (thanks to the VIC64 club of Victoria, BC, Canada for the ideas).  For the Plus/4, we'll see the part 1 of the latest YouTube video of Bil Herd explaining the machine.  Then from Germany, we have a Giga-CAD system for the C64 and Amiga Demomaker for the classic Amiga.

          Brush up on reading German,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group -
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          August 11-12 Commodore Vegas Expo v14 2018 -
          http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex
14  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Re: Ultimate64 ordered! on: July 08, 2018, 06:54:38 AM
     Who knows?!  Smiley

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network -
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
          August 11-12 Commodore Vegas Expo v14 2018 -
          http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex
15  General Category / Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network (SCCAN) / Re: Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, July 21 on: July 08, 2018, 06:52:53 AM
     No, I haven't checked the new space.  So, for right now, we are still at Panera Bread.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network -
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
          August 11-12 Commodore Vegas Expo v14 2018 -
          http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex
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