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 Post subject: Antique radios an old man´s hobby?
PostPosted: Nov Sun 17, 2019 11:46 am 
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I saw this picture taken at an antique radio show in Belgium.
What strikes me are the heads and (lack of it) hair of the visitors.
Bold and grey!
It looks like a getaway of a retirement home.
Jard N.
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 Post subject: Re: Antique radios an old man´s hobby?
PostPosted: Nov Sun 17, 2019 12:59 pm 
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They don't look that old to me.

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 Post subject: Re: Antique radios an old man´s hobby?
PostPosted: Nov Sun 17, 2019 1:34 pm 
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It is true that it has become a "old's mans" hobby. It seems the collectors that got into the hobby at a fairly young age in the '60's, '70's and '80's make up the bulk of radio collectors today, including myself. I'm on the younger side of the spectrum too at 52. I know of very few young radio collectors today, although they're out there. All the collectors I know locally are 65-75 years old.


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They look like everyone else that attends radio swap meets and ham fests.
Old.....hmmm, they look like they are the same age as me.

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I don't know anyone, family or anyone else around me who's into vintage electronics. Every once in a while someone will ask me to "get working" an old radio or record player, but it's usually a family heirloom or display piece. Same with the hobby of metal detecting. Younger folks generally just don't see the fun of waving this gizmo around and digging up change out of the ground. Bowling centers around me seem to be folding left and right. Don't see nearly as many softball teams around, and many of the parks I used to play at are now gone. The World is just a-changin', and that's about it.


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Same with vintage Hit&Miss engines and vintage tractors/steam engines.

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Maybe there are younger people involved in some of that stuff, but it is only simulated, in an app! :)

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Kids have better things to do than fart around with crusty old radios.

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Kevin Clark wrote:
I don't know anyone, family or anyone else around me who's into vintage electronics.


X2, even the retired electronic tech I work with has no interest in tube stuff

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Although I got an early start in the hobby, at age 13, the smells of perfume and gasoline detoured me for about twelve years. After I was married, the hobby came roaring back, more than before.

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One young couple attended the SCARS 1.5 day event in Carlsbad, California Saturday and Sunday. She was even dressed in old-time style clothing! The problem seems to be that many who might join and participate do not know that the hobby and the clubs exist. Holding events in out of the way locations, starting at times too early on weekends is a sure way to limit participation! Lack of advertising is a sure way to keep it secret!

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That crack of dawn stuff discourages more than young folks. I'm in the old man category and it keeps me away too.

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I might add that older retired folks have more time to hobby activities. I'm still trying to finish some of my projects, but time is limited right now. Retirement is coming, in early 2022!

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"...older retired folks have more time to hobby activities."

+1

When I saw the photo at the start of this thread, all I could think of was
"oh look, disposable income!"


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Those heads are exactly the same as I see when going to the semi-annual SCARS meet in Burbank. NP here, I fit right in! :wink:

But think about it; if it were truly just an old man's hobby, how is it that so many tube sets on eBay get so many bids? I think the appeal -by that metric- definitely goes beyond our particular demographic.

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Add model railroading to the list of dying hobbies.

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Many young people I know are working to pay mortgages, taking kids to kid's events, or resting. Many can't afford a hobby.
Greyheads drive most of the classic cars, hot rods, rat rods, etc.
Go to a fishing hole on a weekday, greyheads there too, especially at sunup.
But I agree, radio is an old man's sport.

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Look at the crowd at the Barrett Jackson or Mecum car auctions. Yeah, a lot of older people; some of them with crutches. But they have the time and money now. Maybe the younger crowd will find an interest at some point and when they get to that same demographic as what is being discussed here, they will understand. For now, stop overthinking this and enjoy the hobby and life.

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I'm 44 and love this hobby. Then again I grew up with old cars and garage full of tools and toys. Maybe I'm predisposed to stuff like this. I took my crib apart and escaped before my 2nd birthday. Did my first solo oil change before 10 and surprised dad by swapping the water pump on the 81 Bonneville when I was 11. There's plenty of young folks out there that like "old man hobbies" . Its just difficult to find them :roll: :wink: .

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