1. Not old. Vintage. :)

Any radio types in here? Selling some of Bob's old stuff..

Discussion in 'Looking to Rehome' started by Paul "Mclaneinc" Irvine, Sep 6, 2020.

  1. by Paul "Mclaneinc" Irvine
  2. by Graham
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    Hi Paul
    Yes among other things but unfortunatly have my fill of bits at the moment. looks like its going o.k though. :)
     
  3. by Andy Barr
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    Good luck with the sales, Paul.
    My old grandad would have given his right arm for this gear, mate...
    Alas, Roy and all his old kit has gone to Radio Ham heaven to join Bob.
    I believe the guys who have passed on in this hobby are known as "The Silent Keys" in reference to their one-time proficiency at bashing out morse code on a bit of kit like this:
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    Is there an equivalent term of respect to ex-8bitters?

    Suggestions, as ever, on the back of a floppy disk jacket to the usual address..!
     
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  4. by Paul "Mclaneinc" Irvine
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    Thanks Andy, the sales are just a top up and to try and give Serena some cash to take to Uni as she has decided she won't get PIP because most of its based on physical disability and friends that have been given it has had it cut when they were found to be at Uni. Serena is just like me, if its dodgy she wants nothing to do with it.

    As for ham radio etc, never could stir interest as a kid, the idea was that it was an 'old persons' hobby and of course I was cool, hip and trendy...Yeah right!

    Computer nerd..

    I did sit as a kid with my little radio that at that point did pick up Heathrow and the Police but now the Police use secure channels for obvious reasons. Did sit with one of the radio's from Bob and listen to the planes but I was bored after 10 mins :)

    Love the old tech like morse code etc very inventive, can't understand an ounce of the dit dits and dot dots though..

    Mind you,we might be back to that with the way we treat the planet, the David Attenborough thing last night sent shivers up my spine, I'm pretty clued up on all the biodiversity stuff but the shocking figures I was hearing just made me depressed..Trump saying the forest fires were just bad forestry management...Jebus..The man's a loon...
     
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    Same here, Paul.

    Tried my best to get into the vast shed of powerful radio transmitters he had, all the kit, all the spiel, hooking up to a RTTY on one of the early 486PCs with grandad and sending out his QSL cards but he was a total addict and I was like... can I have a go on your CB instead, grandad?! Yawn, I'm out with me mates on the sherberts and maybe I'll help you learn Windoze 3.1 when I get a mo etc.

    Great memories though of just how guys like Roy (and Bob for you) were so at home with gear like this and it clearly gave them massive pleasure communicating with far off friends...and chewing the fat in their own ways... just like us guys really.
     
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  6. by Paul "Mclaneinc" Irvine
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    Oddly enough I never knew of Bob's love of it until almost the end, a radio suddenly appeared on his desk and when I asked about it he was cagey, he asked if I was into it and I truthfully said no and that I'd had a CB radio for less than a week before I hated it. That seemed to ease him, I suspect by then he was worried everyone was stealing from him when in fact he was leaving stuff in odd places and could not find it (the bloody number of times I had to find stuff, started calling them treasure hunts as he made out the stuff was really important when in fact it was his remote.

    Wasn't too great for me either as it meant being on the floor which not only hurt but he had pissed and shit everywhere....Heady days...

    Thankfully he kept the shit to his bedroom and bog but the pish was blooming all over the show..

    The things you do for mates :)
     
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  7. by Graham
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    I guess we all have to get old sometime :(
    Sorry couldn't find a suitiable floopy disk jacket !
    They call them by various names ...
    16 Bit'ers, 32 Bit'ers, 64Bit'ers and when we are older still 128 Bit'ers and 256 Bit'ers ..

    You get the drift. :facepalm:
     
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