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 Post subject: Re: Antique radios an old man´s hobby?
PostPosted: Nov Mon 18, 2019 5:45 pm 
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I’m 32, so definitely on the younger end.


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 Post subject: Re: Antique radios an old man´s hobby?
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Both my son and my daughter have old radios they actually listen to. They chose the ones they liked.
But they don't want to learn to fix them.
My son would collect video games if he wanted to collect something. His buddy has a good collection, right back to PacMan. They set up a games room last year and invited people to bring their families in, young moms and dads showing their kids what video games were all about.

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We are slowly but surely attracting younger people to our museum. We've found that at least around here and the tech industry there is a sort of crossover between those who work in tech who also like to work on "analog" stuff... as in film cameras, record players and whatnot. We now have 5-6 people in their 30's and 40's who all work in the tech industry including numerous engineers.


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Re: Antique radios an old man´s hobby?

No.

I was actively collecting when I was a teenager, 50's. There were seniors at meets then too.

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i think an inclination for hobbies is probably part of your DNA, perhaps influenced by your upbringing. Both my parents had hobbies, and my brother and sisters have hobbies. I have several. I know people who have none, and they just don’t get the hobby thing. Their life is their work. Unless they are very involved in family, sometimes they are lost after retirement.

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I'm 42 so on the younger side I guess, but I have always just enjoyed fixing up old stuff.

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I see a few younger folks at the local radio meet, not a lot. However I see LOTS of younger people at the large antique swap meet here in Long Beach, both buying and selling, so they are not shunning collectibles. But tend to skew heavily towards mid century modern I think, and more apt to collect "antique" computers and video games.


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I'm 43 and all of my friends for the last 25yrs have thought that I'm crazy for collecting radios.


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One thing many of us are not taking into consideration if they think our generation is the dead end for the hobby is that more old farts are ripening all the time and are perfectly capable of taking up for us as time goes by. All they need is the interest. You know that commodity is thinly spread among the population.

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more old farts are ripening all the time
Much more than a +1 :D
It is up to us to spark the interest in younger folk. Be they 10 or 110...

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Exactly. I've posted it many times before, from my experience many young men love the old radios when they get to see them and are told a little bit of the history. The problem is most are never given the opportunity to see and hear about antique radios, with one exception being my friend the electronics teacher to who includes them in his classes. When given the opportunity to learn about them and have hands on experience, my friend tell me the kids are really excited about them.

On the other hand, my hairline didn't start receding until I started collecting/restoring antique radios, so maybe its the hobby that makes us old. Its probably those darn AM radio waves!! :mrgreen:

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I'm an old man now but I wan't when I started in my 20's!

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Hello Guys,
yes I am 52 and I do see some younger people some the ones I have met take perfectly good radios and gut them to make Bluetooth speakers or mini bars .

Anyway I am working trying to get teens into it at school they really enjoy my antique radios I need come up with some simple tube circuits for them to build like on breadboard like when was a kid.
I thinking of tube amps then they can use their phones as input
Sincerely rich


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Chas wrote:
Re: Antique radios an old man´s hobby?

No.

I was actively collecting when I was a teenager, 50's. There were seniors at meets then too.


And there were "collectable" radios at every dump & every other curbside in town. Few younger people have seen a old radio, much less listened to one. The fact that it has to be fiddled with is a instant turn off(pun intended).

The 12ish(at time) neighbor had no idea to use a rotary phone. She asked to call home, wife pointed at a rotary desk phone & had to show her how to use it. Katy said, "it's a twisty phone!".

It was incredulous to my 11 year old granddaughter that cell phones(and esp smartphones) were a recent invention, asked "how did you call people back then"?


No doubt in my mind, antique radios are a "old man's hobby".

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 Post subject: Re: Antique radios an old man´s hobby?
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Yes, this is an old mans hobby. At least for the most part. But as many
have said many of us olde farts started early in life. I was fixing radios
for neighbors around 8 years old and got my first ham license at 12.

Today there are many more social pressures on young people and most
are struggling just to get ahead (marriage, house, job) so little time
for much else. Many, but certainly not all hobbies are shrinking as a
result.

For those that have been interested in science and especially electronics
the one, and IMO best way to dig in is and has been ham radio. Thats how
I really got hooked. And the good news is this aspect of the electronics
hobby is still growing. Many new hams will eventually get exposed to
the wonders of vintage equipment. Its a downward spiral from there...
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I've still got most of my hair, although the color has gone, my teeth are all original, and I can still sleep all night without getting up for a pee.
I think I'm lucky so far...


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 Post subject: Re: Antique radios an old man´s hobby?
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The one thing about today's society us most people only come I to contact with radio in their cars. Even then many use their mp3 players in them. Maybe at outdoor events someone has a radio on. Then throw in that most radios only have AM and that's an even tougher sell. Adding on a bluetooth input or mp3 capability is one way to make radios more attractive to younger folks. I personally collect based on the design of the set. I utilize them as display objects, if they work great, if not that's okay too and yes, I know that that isn't liked by too many on here and that's okay.


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bullseyeguyz wrote:
Then throw in that most radios only have AM and that's an even tougher sell. Adding on a bluetooth input or mp3 capability is one way to make radios more attractive to younger folks.

Exactly! The only way I've sold AA5/6's on eBay over the last few years is with an added stereo input jack, so it has the versatility of reproducing the users own choice of programming.

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In our state the schools do not teach any classes other than R/R/'R. When I started collecting/repairing radios and other electrical systems, our junior high school had classes in auto, electric, drafting, radio plus an hour of gym AND we still learned R/R/'R believe it or not. Now I don't see much evidence that even the 3 R's are being absorbed. From what I hear, very few schools in other states still have those electives or gym either. Most "old men" are those that just kept up the hobby.

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rxradio wrote:
In our state the schools do not teach any classes other than R/R/'R. When I started collecting/repairing radios and other electrical systems, our junior high school had classes in auto, electric, drafting, radio plus an hour of gym

Here they were called, "Industrial Arts", and included Metal Shop, Drafting, Electric Shop, and I think one other. In High School we had Auto Shop. There was always "P E".

Don't they have Phys Ed anymore? No wonder these kids are so fat.

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