Radios, roads, and more

Chevron East Bay Cities street map cover, 1964

Above: The cover of the 1964 East Bay Cities (Oakland, Berkeley, and so on) street map, published by the H.M. Goushá Company for Standard Oil of California, now Chevron. Chevron maps of the early 1960s featured color drawings of scenes from the area that the map depicted.

What's at this site?

This site features photos and other articles about interests of mine that I have shared over the years. See the Features listing on the right side of this page for links to different parts of the site.

Radios: In 2014, I gathered together articles that I had written about my collection of radios on various blogging sites, and put them here. A much earlier version of this site in the mid and late 1990s attempted to keep track of the comings and going of radio-station formats in Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois. When I moved to California, I discontinued that part of the site.

Roads: I was once a frequent participant on the Usenet newsgroup misc.transport.roads where, in the late 1990s, roadgeeks or roadfans would publish sites for the states where they lived. Remember that there wasn't Facebook or even blogging back then. Even though I didn't live in Missouri in 1997, I spent a lot of time there, motivating me to publish a site about Missouri roads. When I moved to California in 1999, I added photos of California road signs and sites. Subsequently, I added similar sites featuring New Mexico and featuring US highways in other states. Road maps are also a big interest of mine, especially historic maps of Missouri and California.

More: Aside from the list below, I have an interest in telephones and phone directories from the 1950s through the 1980s. I am also a road cyclist, but I don't have any related photos here. I'm really not a very fast or strong cyclist, but I can climb hills!

Where did the name come from?

The Cosmos-Monitor was the name of one of two daily newspapers in St. Charles, Missouri. It ceased publication in 1959. The other daily newspaper in St. Charles, the Banner-News, stopped publishing on May 31, 1978. Even though St. Charles and St. Charles County were rapidly-growing suburbs of St. Louis, evidently the Banner-News wasn't able to compete with the big city newspapers from St. Louis. After all, St. Louis County was just across the Missouri River.

Other photos at this site

Aside from the galleries and albums listed to the right under Features, here are some other selected photos:

Mark Roberts
Oakland, California
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About the site

March 30, 2020: Revised the Tecsun PL-100 pocket FM radio review to include updated information about the radio's performance and features.

March 29, 2020: Added a review of the legendary but fragile Proton 100 pocket FM radio, including extensive historical material.

March 7, 2020: A belated note, as has been the custom in recent years, marking the site's 22nd anniversary on March 4. I guess I am persistent.

February 22, 2020: Added information about two additional models to the Sony Walkman radio page. Those models are the SRF-30W (very similar to the SRF-40W) and the SRF-35W, which has a three-band graphic equalizer. Also updated the Sony SRF-AX15 review.

January 20, 2020: Added a review of the Sangean DT-800 DSP-based AM/FM/weather-band pocket radio, in many ways an updated version of the classic Sangean DT-400W radio.

January 5, 2020: Restored the long-lost posts on Sony Walkman radios, combining them into one article and updating with performance comparisons to DSP-based radios. Also made revisions to the Sony SRF-A1 review, and revised the home page for Radios I Have Known.

December 23, 2019: Added a review of the Tivdio V-115 (also known as the Retekess V115), a DSP-based radio with better sound than usual, plus recording capability. Also updated the Elpa ER-C57WR review with information about its audio bandwidths on the AM band. Additionally, updated the Grundig G8/Tecsun PL-300WT review regarding deterioriation of the rubberized surface of the Grundig unit, also noting that the radio has been discontinued by both the distributor of Grundig radios and by Tecsun.

December 14, 2019: Added a review of the Elpa ER-C57WR DSP-based radio, sold primarily in Japan. This radio resembles the C. Crane CC Skywave. Also updated the CC Skywave review regarding the diameter of its speaker, and to link back to the Elpa review.

December 9, 2019: Added a review of the Sangean HDR-14 DSP-based radio with HD radio reception capability on both AM and FM.

May 19, 2019: Added a review of the Digitech AR-1780 DSP-based radio, almost a twin of the XHDATA D-808.

May 12, 2019: Updated the review of the C. Crane CC Skywave radio and added information about its distinctive tone control.

April 28, 2019: Added a review of the hard to obtain, but easy to like, XHDATA D-808 DSP-based radio.

April 21, 2019: Alas, the 20th anniversary of this site went unremarked, as did the 21st. The pace of updates has become very slow. I am hoping to pick up the pace this year, starting with a review of the Radiwow R-108, released in late 2018.


Copyright notice: All photographs at this web site were taken by me, copyright 1998-2020, Mark Roberts, all rights reserved, unless the name of the contributor is otherwise noted.

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