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 1 
 on: Today at 01:35:01 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
Happy Halloween, C= and Ami aficionados!
     The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next annual picnic lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:00+ p.m., Sunday, October 21 at  --

     The Elbow Room
     731 W. San Jose Ave.
     Fresno, Calfornia  93704
     (559) 227-1234
     http://www.elbowroomfresno.com

Treasurer Dick Estel says that we "should be able to have a quiet table there on a Sunday. They have a brunch 9 to 2. Of course, we can order from the menu also."
     Because it is our picnic lunch, all club members and their families will have their meal paid by the club.  We'll talk (not necessarily about computers), we'll eat, and we'll enjoy ourselves!

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm

 2 
 on: October 12, 2018, 09:47:48 PM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     Get into gear with this year's Amiwest Show happening Oct. 13-14 at the Holiday Inn Express, 2265 Auburn Boulevard, in Sacramento, California, USA. See all the details at

http://www.amiwest.net/

For the first time, the Amiwest Show will have Commodore 8-bit content! The Developers' Conference is on right now, but the show is on Saturday and Sunday.

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

 3 
 on: October 07, 2018, 06:43:09 PM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     I was wrong.  The last, last CommVEx 2018 photos are now posted at

http://blog.retro-link.com/2018/10/the-last-last-photos-from-commvex-2018.html

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

 4 
 on: October 03, 2018, 11:30:59 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
I'll be in Stockton soon, get the wheels out, get the new Sears tires which had been in storage, bring the wheels and tires to the nearby tire shop for mounting and balancing, bring them back to the truck, jack up the truck, and place them on the truck with new, chrome wheel nuts from Pep Boys.
    Well, a change in plans.  The nearby tire shop mounted the wheel/tires, but they couldn't balance them, due to not having the correct center fitting for my type of wheel.  So, I had to go to Hewitt Alignment a few blocks away, and they balanced them.
     The tire/wheel combo weighed 65 pounds and hoisting each onto the truck was not easy.  Also my aftermarket hydraulic jack did not lift the truck high enough (I needed 1/2 an inch more!), so I had to buy another jack which lifted higher.
     After much time, they were installed.  And the chrome lug nuts did not come from Pep Boys (they didn't have 9/16 x 18 RH ones).  I had to order those from SummitRacing.com

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The day after the wheel/tires are installed, I plan to take the truck to the local muffler shop and have some damage to the right rear tailpipe repaired.  Then if there is time, it's off to the welding shop to have a support bracket rewelded to the truck bed and to patch a hole in the truck bed.
    Nope, I couldn't do that.  When I tried to start the truck, the starter rattled... a tell-tale sign that the battery was dead.  I hooked up some jumper cables to it and tried again.  No start.  I surmised that the gas tank was empty (fuel gauge does not work).  In all these months, the little gas that was in the truck may have evaporated.  Off to Auto Zone to buy a gas can.  Off to the gas station to fill up the little can.  Then back to the truck.  Repeat and repeat.  Finally, after 4 gallons in the tank, the truck still wouldn't start (jumper cables still attached).  O.K., open the hood, remove the air cleaner cover, pour a tiny bit of gas down the carburetor throat, and then try to start.  Success!  The truck first hiccuped a bit through the carb throat, but then it caught.  Yeah!  I warmed it up for about 10 minutes and removed the jumper cables.
     But because of the questionable battery, I dared not shut off the engine.  I drove the truck to the nearby gas station, put a few more gallons of gas in the tank (engine running), and then drove the truck a couple of miles.  The next day I tried to restart the truck.  No go.  Ack!  That battery!  I hooked up the battery charger to it and slow-charged it for 12 hours.  Then I brought it to O'Reilly's for a load test.  Yeah, it was no good.
     Having a conventional battery in a truck that sits for weeks or months (without trickle-charging) kills such a battery.  I'll have to take the next step up and get a more expensive AGM battery (which can withstand long periods of storage).  Since I'm leaving for Oregon tomorrow (in the Crown Vic), I plan to buy it there -- no sales tax!  I just have to decide whether to buy from O'Reilly's (which has a gift card incentive), Auto Zone, or Sears (the highly-rated Advanced Gold AGM which is the most expensive of the three, but with customer points given).

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

 5 
 on: September 29, 2018, 12:26:06 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     It's been quite awhile.  Hidden in the dark recesses of the website, the page lay there, forlorn and forgotten.  But not anymore!  The page of the Vintage Computer Festival 9.1 2014 is now active, with its 38 photos.  Hark back to a more innocent time!  Reminisce about 2014!  Go to

http://www.dickestel.com/vinteast14.htm

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

 6 
 on: September 25, 2018, 12:45:45 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     I believe these are the last CommVEx 2018 photos to be posted. Go to

http://www.dickestel.com/commvex18.htm

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

 7 
 on: September 24, 2018, 11:04:00 PM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
(This announcement was placed at the SCCAN website.)

Visit us at the Downtown L.A. Maker Faire!

On Saturday, December 1, 2018, the Downtown Los Angeles Mini Maker Faire is happening again, and SCCAN will have Commodore and Amiga computers for fairgoers to use! Visit us at the tables of the Classic Los Angeles Computers! (CLAC!). For more information on DTLA Maker Faire, see

http://dtla.makerfaire.com/

     Truly,
     Robert Bernardo
     Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

 8 
 on: September 24, 2018, 11:00:52 PM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     Due to the SC3 Arcade Party happening on November 10, our SCCAN meeting has been moved to Saturday, November 17.

         Tentatively speaking,
         Robert Bernardo
         Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

 9 
 on: September 18, 2018, 07:11:18 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
Happy Beginning of Fall, C= and Ami comrades!
     The next meeting of the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network is Saturday, September 22, from 2 to 5+ p.m. at

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

     I'll be coming in with maybe the last of Rolf M.'s hardware he is giving away - Commodore odds and ends and a 1702 monitor.
     Discussion will center around the October 11-14 Amiwest Show and the December 2 Downtown L.A. Maker Faire. Also I'll report on the Commodore Vegas Expo held back in August.
     At the upcoming meeting, we may have two Amiga Video Toaster systems to look through! I'll bring in the Amiga CD32 system used at CommVEx. Also there will be two SuperCPU 128's, one fully working and one not working. Perhaps you guys can diagnose the non-working one. Smiley With the working SCPU, we can play around with the 3D Construction Kit and some SuperCPU'ized games, the 3D Demo Kit game and A Chance in Hell.
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

 10 
 on: September 14, 2018, 02:32:15 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     The old Chevy has not been used since last September.  However, I have plans to get it going again!  A few weeks ago I installed new rear brake light lenses, the chromy ones instead of the standard ones!  Picture a beat-up truck with new shiny parts on the rear!  Wink  In a few days, I'll finally install two 16-inch wheels with new tires.  These are the wheels that I bought from the junkyard some time ago.  When in Stockton, I would spend time getting them ready - first a wash, then a sanding, then a wash again, then Rustoleum primer paint, then clear-coat paint.  This process was slow, because I was in Stockton only a few days at a time, and I could not follow up right away.
     But now the wheels are ready!  I'll be in Stockton soon, get the wheels out, get the new Sears tires which had been in storage, bring the wheels and tires to the nearby tire shop for mounting and balancing, bring them back to the truck, jack up the truck, and place them on the truck with new, chrome wheel nuts from Pep Boys.  The wheels are silver, and with the new wheel nuts, they should be quite noticeable on the old truck!  Old truck... newish parts hanging off of it!

          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. The day after the wheel/tires are installed, I plan to take the truck to the local muffler shop and have some damage to the right rear tailpipe repaired.  Then if there is time, it's off to the welding shop to have a support bracket rewelded to the truck bed and to patch a hole in the truck bed.

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