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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 4:26:53 PM on 18 April 2023.
Fred Lever's Gravatar
 Location: Toongabbie, NSW
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I gathered up project radios for a stock take and put them up on racking so they can be seen.

I wrote a little article and will send that to Brad to pin to this post.

Fred.

Fred's radio collection


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 5:46:11 AM on 21 April 2023.
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Some interesting radios there, Fred. It's good to see that there is some blue in the mix.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 8:24:58 AM on 21 April 2023.
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 Location: Hill Top, NSW
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A few familiar radios there, and more that I've never seen before.

Seems to be a ginger cat that wasn't accounted for.

At least I don't need to worry about making lists or whatnot - I have no heirs and no will. What happens after I'm gone won't matter.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 9:53:27 PM on 24 April 2023.
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 Location: Brisbane, QLD
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Robbert, that's sad, I have two boys and a will, neither of them have any interest in my stuff, I can imagine a skip is where they'll end up unless I can offload or give away. Got a couple more years in me though.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 7:31:43 AM on 25 April 2023.
Fred Lever's Gravatar
 Location: Toongabbie, NSW
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We are entering a weird era where possessions have little meaning to people.
Look at families around you in your street, most were not there 5 years ago.
They shift around a lot and when they move they just dump all their goods out on the kerb.
That's why you see fridges, freezers, beds , bookshelves and even personal stuff just piled up.
Nothing wrong with any of it just cheaper to dump it rather than pay to have it moved.
When they get to the new abode they just buy new stuff from China, its cheaper that way and they have new stuff all the time.
So who is stupid? Is it me for having 20 year old TV's 50 year old furniture a 70 year old car or them with all 2023 goods?

As for keeping old radios, why?
They don't work on the internet so what value are they.
So now we have a generation, used to moving every 5 years, with a throw every thing out mentality.
Then they are faced with dealing with grandpas old China/Coin/Radio/Magazine/Car/Computer/Train collectables after he karks it.
Solution = several big dumper bins!

I have Museum level antiques that will simply go into the bin because even museums don't want them.
We are in danger of forgetting where we came from and how we got there.
You will note how on TV all problems are now fixed by tapping on a phone keypad (there an ap for that) or simply saying lies like that Trump or Morrison creature.

Shes a brave new world already!
Fred.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 10:21:18 PM on 25 April 2023.
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Society has become so pretentious and superior and this has to a great extent accelerated consumerism. When I shifted into my first abode, independent of workplace staff quarters, etc, my fridge was third hand, being pushed through the extended family, lounge was from a hospital clearing sale as was the filing cabinet and things like tables and chairs were scavenged from clean-up piles over time. The telly was purchased from an ad in the Trading Post - Ebay didn't exist back then.

The only thing I owned at that time that was brand new was my bed, as I refused to sleep on something I didn't know the history of. Things are different now, of course, but as a radio collector, and collector of antiques in general, one gets used to the pain experienced with shifting house and appreciates the necessity of dividing the household items that go on the truck and get transported by one's self and a station wagon with a big boot helps with that sort of thing. There is no way known I would outsource the shifting of my radios. If I had a broken leg and two broken arms I'd still do it myself.

As for disposal of things - I generally keep everything I buy until it is no longer operational. I've never seen the point in buying something whilst an existing item is still working. My mobile phone, for example, is six years old and still works and the battery still goes for two days which is pretty good for a phone that has two SIM cards in it and has all the battery saving features like a screen that automatically dims, turned off.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 10:30:58 PM on 25 April 2023.
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 Location: Hill Top, NSW
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I generally keep everything I buy until it is no longer operational.

This is why I have at least 50 old working pcs, and many more spare hard drives. I keep them until they break. There's no use of having a dozen working XP or W2K installations, but I can't bring myself to get rid of them.

My phone is an ancient Nokia, not even a smartphone, the battery lasts about 6 days. It's so old that it can't connect to any https sites, and in any case the screen is too small to see anything. It's using 3G which I'm told will be switched off next year. So I guess I'll be forced into paying big bucks for something that I'll barely use.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 7:33:28 AM on 26 April 2023.
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 Location: Toongabbie, NSW
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Rob, I agree about the phone, BUT, you will have to do it soon!
Yes, I still have my 3 old Nokias in their original boxes, a sort of vintage phone collection.
Just get the cheapest Samsung ( its an old SM G360G) or similar like I did.

Its a big change in phone operation from the Nokia which is pure menu driven, but well worth the mental effort.
I don't use mine for phone use, after 10+ years of running the tech help desk at Jaycar with dozens of angry calls a day I dont talk to anybody any more! Calls I ignore except for known numbers.
You can also use the phone on the internet, but I don't, the screen is too small and my fingers cant tap the tiny "keys".
I prefer a querty keyboard and a 20 inch screen!

But I do use it to text (slowly) messages a lot in lieu of writing letters.
The big bonus is you can take an on-site photo and attach that to your text.
A kind of words and picture message all in one.
Also when working in the shed I just blaze away with the phone camera showing what I am doing.
That saves me breaking out a proper camera except when I want to take a magazine article grade shot.
The phone pictures are usually what you see in my posts on this site.

Cant stop technology.
Fred.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 11:35:44 PM on 26 April 2023.
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3G was once fine for data but when 4G came out, 3G was deliberately strangled by the phone companies to encourage the uptake of 4G. 3G is effectively reserved for voice these days. I have no plans to upgrade to a 5G phone unless the one I have dies. My current phone runs Windows 10, so it will also mean getting used to Android because I refuse point blank to own an Apple anything.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 10 · Written at 12:18:27 AM on 27 April 2023.
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 Location: Hill Top, NSW
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I agree with you about Apple. I've never owned anything from them, ever. I don't like the way they do business, I don't like how expensive their Chinese-made toys are, and I don't like how they abandon them just a few years later. I don't like how they make sure you can't do any adjustments or repairs on their phones, how you're expected to just throw the old one out and purchase a new one, at great expense.

No, I don't like them at all.


 
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