Whenever I'm tempted by a watch and post it here, I like to end, as a sort of tag line, that once I acquire this or that watch, "my collection will now be complete."
I've been thinking how nice it would be to enjoy what I'll call "watch abstinence," a condition I'd like to enjoy sometime after January when my pre-ordered Grail, my Benarus Megalodon, arrives. By then I should have 14 watches in my collection, which is more than enough to enjoy. I'd like to rotate them, care for them, give them ample wrist time. I'd like to save my money or use my cash for other things.
But Gary is skeptical of guys like me achieving watch abstinence and with good reason. As Gary writes:
"As long as manufacturers keep producing new models that catch your interest, your collection will never be complete."
Downsides are that the set takes a second or two to produce full sound when you tune in a MW frequency Wow, I think that's the first time I've read that. I've been on the fence on this radio for a while. I have a Pannasonic 2200 and a few other great DX Radios so it's not a must-buy. That second or two delay might be a deal-breaker for me. It's that way on one of my Sangean radios and I find it totally annoying.
I was in awe of internet photos I recently saw of the Seiko SSC231, with its open dial and large Arabic numerals, but seeing one in person was an underwhelming experience. With lots of watch idiot savants buying watches on the Internet, it's no surprise there are a lot of "catch and releases" out there.
Since I mess around listening to AM Medium Wave more than anything else, I took the plunge and bought a CCradio 2E to be more or less a dedicated MW DX set. It doesn't disappoint. I could get my revenge for you California types saying "This radio is so good I can get KGO on it, by saying I got WDBC in Escanaba on it, in daytime. But that would be as meaningless to you as KGO is to me. Let's say that during daylight, on MW, I get about twice the stations I can on my good shortwave portables, maybe three to four times as many as on a cheap consumer grade set.
I suspect my Panasonic RF-2200 could have beaten it in its earlier days, but I've used the Panny heavily for decades. It needs some cleaning up and alignment now. I don't know how to do that. On FM, the CCRadio 2e rates as good as anything else I have, but not better. Sound quality is superior, though, so it is more pleasant to listen to than my other newer portables. Here again, the Panasonic equals it.
The CCRadio has the modern conveniences one takes for granted; digital display, clock, presets, a dial light, alarm, and timer. No wall wart! The power supply is built into the radio, and it is quiet. I couldn't really notice any more radio noise plugged in than on batteries. One feature some will question but I like is that the memory presets are accessed by dedicated buttons across the top of the set. That means five presets on MW and five on FM- five on weather and ham also, for that matter. Radios seem to be in a number war about how many memories they have; hundreds aren't enough, you need a couple thousand. Frankly I prefer five, with easy set-top buttons. If you have more stations you want to listen to than that, choose which ones to set memories for so that the ones that don't have memory locations are only an easy tune from those that do. Or just space your memories evenly across the dial as an aid to quick tuning.
A second toss-up feature is that the radio switches automatically, and silently, between line current and batteries when you plug in or unplug the power cord. This is a nice feature but can cause you to drain your batteries unexpectedly when you think the set is plugged in but it isn't. The radio picks up NOAA weather radio and does it well. It has three weather alert settings; light, light and siren, or weather radio on. If you're like me you'll probably disable this most of the time, since the alarm will go off each Wednesday noon when NOAA tests the system. This gets a bit annoying.
Also, the radio manual mentions leaving alerts on costs you on batteries. But when you are actually home and / or the weather threatens, you can turn the alert on. It's a good thing to have at need. Downsides are that the set takes a second or two to produce full sound when you tune in a MW frequency, which makes quick bandscanning for weak signals impossible. Second, the radio has no internal battery charger. Perhaps this is a toss up, since these can cause problems (such as burning your house down, as one regular to Herculodge reported). Third, it is spendy! It will definitely pull in MW signals I couldn't otherwise, but these stations and any others I might have already heard which weren't strong will still sound poor.
So unless like me you care much more about getting more content than you do about audio quality, this set may not be a good buy for you. On the other hand, if you live out in the pickers (and there are still a few of us out here) or you go camping, this set might make the difference between weak, noisy news and no news at all-- and in times of bad weather or other trouble, no news is definitely not good news. All in all, a very nice set. I'm happy with it.
My Watch Idiot Savant inclinations came back (after a lovely hiatus of writing) in the form of gunmetal "needs." As a result, I pulled the trigger on a couple of gunmetal watches, the Seiko SSA051 and Seiko SSC277. Buying watches on the Internet is dicey because I never know how the watch will look on my wrist. The SSA051 is a sure bet because its design cues are very Black Monster and I wear my Black Monster II, which plays well on my wrist in spite of its 43mm "small" bezel more than any watch I own.
The SSC277, which is a brand new offering from Seiko, is solar and at 44mm it may or may not play well on my wrist. If it doesn't play well, I will sell it as a "catch and release." We shall see.
Any other watches on the horizon? I also like the Seiko Superior SSA057, the stainless steel version of the gunmetal SSA051, which I'd like to complement with a shark mesh bracelet I have lying inside my desk drawer.
I hope I can get these "watches issues resolved" so that I can say with certainty that my collection will soon be complete.
I may have to go to Home Depot and check out this $45 Work Force 20-inch floor fan. The Vornado in the living room is just okay but its 10-inch blades are too small. My only concern about the 20-inch is the noise even on the lowest setting may be too loud to hear the TV. We shall see.
On a related note as I was reading Amazon reviews of the Lasko 20-inch floor fans, one customer wrote this terse review: "The fan fell apart. Thanks, Obama."