|[AMRadio] Cart and horse, chicken and egg, etc.|
manualman at juno.com
manualman at juno.com
Thu Oct 15 15:56:57 EDT 2015
Obviously, back in the "good old days" there was tons and tons of surplus
parts available that could be got for cheap. A trip to the local TV/Radio
repair shop could gather several old TV chassis with lots of parts.
Today, the surplus parts market is gone. Parts cost money and require
time and energy to procure. Today's kids have school and lots of other
activities and parents may be doing multiple jobs just to pay the bills.
That leaves the "well off" and the seniors. The "well off" don't need to
build things. If they need or want something, they just go buy it. The
seniors on the other hand who have built stuff in the past and enjoyed
it, now have to deal with poor eyesight, shaky hands, and other physical
or mental anomalies that may prohibit them from building stuff. Then
there are those who just enjoy repair and restoration of older equipment
and don't want to build stuff from scratch. The magazines are just
adjusting to the times.
On Thu, 15 Oct 2015 11:40:34 -0700 CL in NC via AMRadio
<amradio at mailman.qth.net> writes:
> I have a love hate relationship with the ARRL, even though I've been
> a member for 46 years. Have the construction articles basically
> dried up except for J pole antennas and computer interfaces on the
> low end to extremely high end projects that probably nobody will
> duplicate, because building ham gear of actual use will conflict
> with the commercial stuff? Or do people just have zero interest in
> building a piece of gear they can receive or transmit with that
> doesn't have all the feature of the latest $10K buck rigs? These
> questions come up because a buddy gave me a bunch of CQ's and QST's
> from the 50's and for the most part, every issue has something
> interesting to build. Also, you would think with all the hoopla
> over recycling and save the planet stuff, QST and bunch of other
> mags that used to be in the 6 1/2 X 9 1/2 size would be a
> envirowhackos cause of the day to bring back.
> Charlie, W4MEC in NC
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