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That could be the act that keeps this "hobby" alive and even well. If youth are interested (even a little), teach them - but keep it 'fun' too.
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Pretty standard price on board repairs is 1/2 the cost of a new board.... because they can.

Couple bucks in parts if you can do it yourself.
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Gunny, Do you have someone younger to pass on your skill to? I am working with a kid that lives close to me and showing him some of my skills on diesels, carburetors, and other automotive issues.
I do. He's in his mid 30's and a very bright young man, retains anything and everything.
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I would be learning from you if I lived closer... even though I am going to be 65 this Summer.
When I was a kid, my Dad had a long time friend that was a wizard with early electronics and old tube circuits. I still have a 1963 Blaupunkt hybrid radio that was in my Dads 1963 Porsche 356. It was transistor and tubes. It also had the old style vibrator that changed DC to AC. This friend of Dads eliminated the vibrator and built up a solid state replacement. This was done late 60's. The radio still works fine in my old 1955 VW bug.
Gunny, unless some of the younger people pick up the knowledge of old farts like me, you, Billy S, Leon N. and others on this site and outside the forums, a lot of what we know will be lost!
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I'm going to make a confession. I learn something new every day. All my life I've heard the title of this thread and understood it to be "Prentiss Circuit Board" Like maybe Prentiss was the person who developed it.
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I started learning a little electronics as a kid in the 60s. Didn't do so good because I didn't know enough to teach myself - but I did learn some basics, enough to do some simple repairs (also learned - the hard way - to never use regular Allen wrenches in tuning slugs!). It got better in the 70s, and I learned to program, but it wasn't until I got into amateur radio (licensed 1980) that I really started to learn. I suggest to anyone who is interested in electronics to consider that.

I've tried to make my own PCBs, but they really never turned out too good. The best was cutting the metal from around simple traces and making circuits "dead bug" style (I have a great dBm unit made that way, combined with a Arduino). Kits are also a great way to learn. Having someone show you the ropes really helps when it comes to soldering and stuff like that (I've helped people learn a few times.)
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I learned electronics as a kid from reading popular electronics magazine.

Got started reading electronic and science magazines after barber cut my hair and I was last one there at closing. He was throwing out old magazines and gave me a bunch. Even had a Scientific American in there ( how to make liquid air using an old fridge compressor and a thermos bottle.)

Best thing ever, if mom tried to get me into it I likely would have rebelled and said no.
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If ain't got tubes and at least 3000 VDC it just ain't as much fun to repair.
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If ain't got tubes and at least 3000 VDC it just ain't as much fun to repair.
That is a cute little tube, did you need a driver?
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I'm learning the electronics late in life. I've always had a fascination with electricity and could do 12v dc and 120/240 ac but it was all rudimentary electrical.
Working for a municipality and having I&E techs who were basically wire pullers and conduit benders, I've had to learn some instrumentation and automation. I've got a long way to go to get good at it but at 53, I've got a few more years to practice.
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