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 Post subject: Re: History Of ARF
PostPosted: Feb Wed 21, 2018 9:32 pm 
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If I had to guess, I'd say I joined around '98, as I was very active on forums then and I've been into old radios since the 80's.

Search only goes back to 2002, but again I seem to have already been an established member then.

In fairness, there were a number of years where I wasn't active.

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 Post subject: Re: History Of ARF
PostPosted: Feb Wed 21, 2018 11:49 pm 
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My first experience on an 'antique radio forum' was the rec.antiques.radio+phono newsgroup, which I started posting to sometime after joining AOL in the late '90s. For some reason, it took me a few years after that to discover ARF; the oldest post of mine I can find appears to be from 2002, when I asked about restoring an Admiral 12X12 television set I'd recently acquired. Search results are a bit shaky before then, so I'm not entirely sure if it's the beginning, but it certainly wasn't the end. 8)
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 Post subject: Re: History Of ARF
PostPosted: Feb Thu 22, 2018 12:00 am 
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The earliest post of mine that I find is Feb 2001. I might have joined earlier and just trolled the site...lol. I was active in other forums back into the mid 90's.


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 Post subject: Re: History Of ARF
PostPosted: Feb Thu 22, 2018 5:07 am 
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I looked mine up and the earliest post i could find that i commented on was in March of 2001 but remember lurking on here for longer than that. So i've been on here at least 18 years this coming March.


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 Post subject: Re: History Of ARF
PostPosted: Feb Thu 22, 2018 11:17 am 
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I go back to 2000; my first post was about repairing the cabinet for a Philco radio that I got that year.

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 Post subject: Re: History Of ARF
PostPosted: Feb Thu 22, 2018 1:45 pm 
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My first experience with the internet was when Windows 95 introduced a free beta version. Before that I was on several local BBS's, a few of which were tied together into regional and national nets.

I was working on color copiers at the time, and Loral was one of my customers. Loral (now L3) is located about 4 miles from my house, and builds most of the flight recorders used in airlines. They also, at the time, had a super-secret division in the back called SPS, or signal processing systems. Now it can be told, they were working on multiplexing signals so that you could get lots of TV channels and other communications to run on standard telephone lines -- basically one of the foundations for the internet. Of course most of this I couldn't see, but this meant a lot of others throughout the building were using the world wide web, and showing it to me. Netscape was the viewer of choice back then.

Anyway, with Windows 95 beta came MSN, and the ability to access the internet. Unfortunately it did not include the web, but it DID introduce me to Usenet. One of the first things I found was RAR+P. Wow -- a whole new world of radio collectors like myself! While very beneficial, it had its share of trolls, and of course a few nasty fellows who I suppose found it amusing to pounce on anything I. or others, would say. Still, I put up with it and made good use of it.

I might add that I found another message area -- not usenet but private -- about Thunderbird collectors. I purchased a Thunderbird as a project car, and that's what got me into the car radio business. So I spent time on both RAR+P and the "Flairbirds" group.

As time went on, I got very frustrated with RAR+P. Between Skippy, and various nasty people who made jokes about how we needed thick skin to stay active there, I started looking for something better. What's with the thick skin? Sure I can take it, but who WANTS to live in a sewer? Someone told me about ARF, and the rest is history.

I might add that I'm not as active as I've been in the past, nor have I done much with radios (aside from business). Mt. Dora had a lot to do with that. I had already been working heavily with swap meets in this area, and Mt. Dora would be the big one -- a national meet here in Florida. It all fell together, but the next year it all fell apart. Though it was a huge letdown, I think it was for the best. Time for me to stop doing everything for others, for free, and start building my OWN business. Right now I'm working overtime, and actually glad that I don't have to deal with flyers and promotion and setting up for shows -- except for business. Carlisle is this weekend (Lakeland).

I'm still around, radio is in my blood, just a little less active here. It's still quite enjoyable however.

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 Post subject: Re: History Of ARF
PostPosted: Feb Thu 22, 2018 4:52 pm 
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Wow. AOL. Usenet. Bulletin Boards. Netscape. And after regular hours me and my coworkers would network together a game of DOOM!

An online game I used to play in the '97-'98 timeframe was called Archmage. I still know people from that game.

Thinking about that, I remember back in the early 90's corresponding with Stan Griffiths to get parts for my old Tek scopes.

Those were the days.

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 Post subject: Re: History Of ARF
PostPosted: Feb Thu 22, 2018 9:48 pm 
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Okay, I'm confused. Why do some of the guys have their joined date as 1969? What was ARF in 1969?

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 Post subject: Re: History Of ARF
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Hi Confused... :)

scroll up!
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 Post subject: Re: History Of ARF
PostPosted: Feb Thu 22, 2018 11:11 pm 
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Okay, got it. I'm slow but I usually get there. Eventually. :oops:

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 Post subject: Re: History Of ARF
PostPosted: Feb Thu 22, 2018 11:39 pm 
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Just ask Al Gore!

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 Post subject: Re: History Of ARF
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jrs wrote:
Just ask Al Gore!

Haw haw haw. :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: History Of ARF
PostPosted: Feb Fri 23, 2018 4:07 am 
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who was here on 1200 or 2400 baud modems?

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 Post subject: Re: History Of ARF
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I joined around late fall of 2001, and with my first computer with XP. That computer lasted 12 years around the internet.

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 Post subject: Re: History Of ARF
PostPosted: Feb Fri 23, 2018 9:08 am 
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glue_ru wrote:
who was here on 1200 or 2400 baud modems?


I remember the huge improvement when moving up from 300 to 2400. This was in the BBS days.

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 Post subject: Re: History Of ARF
PostPosted: Feb Fri 23, 2018 3:39 pm 
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I'll never forget the day I scored a Hayes 2400 baud modem. I thought it could never get any better! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: History Of ARF
PostPosted: Feb Fri 23, 2018 10:30 pm 
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It feels like I've been here as long as dirt. :) Actually it was very near to the beginning because we'd just gotten our Gateway with Windows 95. While I don't post here so often these days, this place still feels like a second home to me. Lots of great memories.


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 Post subject: Re: History Of ARF
PostPosted: Feb Sat 24, 2018 12:21 am 
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Here are the top 30 posters, listed by the number of posts.

1 Norm Leal Livermore, CA 18 Apr 2000 15159
2 Curt Reed Sandpoint, IDAHO US of A 22 Jan 2002 12550
3 exray Vieques, PR, USA 31 Dec 2001 11083
4 Leigh Maryland 21 Jul 2003 9916
5 Alan Douglas Pocasset, Cape Cod, MA 21 Apr 2000 9736
6 Ken G twin falls idaho 12 Nov 2003 5445
7 Ken Hoffman 14 Sep 2000 5326
8 Mr. Detrola Detroit, MI USA 31 Dec 2002 4823
9 terry h Valley City ND USA 24 Apr 2000 4359
10 Chuck Schwark Evanston, IL 18 Apr 2000 4093
11 Paul Dietenberger Milwaukee, WI USA 16 Jan 2003 3692
12 panther Anza, Ca. 31 May 2005 3598
13 Tom Albrecht San Jose, CA USA 15 Oct 2000 3344
14 gary rabbitt Tennessee,USA 06 Aug 2004 3286
15 Dave Doughty Utica, NY 13502 (USA) 03 Jan 2004 3211
16 easyrider8 Minnesota 13 Nov 2002 3097
17 doug houston Ortonville, Michigan 20 Apr 2000 2976
18 jdut123 Toledo, Ohio 01 Jul 2001 2958
19 Alan Voorhees Oakland, CA 20 Apr 2006 2944
20 Don Black Cockatoo, Victoria, Australia 18 Apr 2000 2871
21 Old Radioz Québec! 05 Feb 2003 2809
22 HuggyBear Warren, MI, USA 48093-6744 05 Nov 2004 2785
23 tubesrgood Warwick,RI 03 Mar 2001 2769
24 Dennis Daly Malone, New York USA 25 Apr 2000 2712
25 Peter Indy 20 Apr 2000 2702
26 BDM S/E Michigan 01 Jan 1970 2552
27 Ken Owens Circleville, OH, USA 14 Sep 2001 2505
28 OZ132HOME La Porte, IN, USA 22 May 2002 2478
29 Peter Bertini Somers, CT 02 Mar 2003 2410
30 Carl Neidert Florence, Al. U.S.A. 07 Nov 2004 2148

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 Post subject: Re: History Of ARF
PostPosted: Feb Sat 24, 2018 12:29 am 
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easyrider8 wrote:
Here are the top 30 posters, listed by the number of posts.

1 Norm Leal Livermore, CA 18 Apr 2000 15159


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I see from Norm Leal's profile that his total posts are 36,329 not 15,159
So where do these figures come from?

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 Post subject: Re: History Of ARF
PostPosted: Feb Sat 24, 2018 12:42 am 
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These are from ARF before the server crash many years ago. Maybe 2006?? There are 600 members on the list.

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