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SwizzyMan
06-06-2015, 09:24 PM
Hello all!

I want to start off with saying that I am so glad to be a part of this community!
I am a 14 year old who has recently found a huge interest in antique electronics and TVs after running into an old TV set at an antique store and successfully restoring that TV with the help of my Grandfather. Since then, I have started a tube collection and have restored and refinished a radio. I hope to buy a console set and tackle my first console set restoration this summer and add to my collection of tubes and grow in my appreciation for times gone by. And I know if I need any help or tips with restoration I know all of you here could help me out!

Titan1a
06-06-2015, 10:06 PM
Bravo! We're very proud of you. I started much later to my own regret. I'm even now trying to make up for lost time. Work slowly and carefully and you'll do great things. Remember to enjoy what you're doing. It is a loss when a passion becomes "just work".

Kamakiri
06-06-2015, 10:39 PM
Welcome aboard! :bigok:

Celt
06-06-2015, 11:26 PM
Welcome to VK! :wave:

Sandy G
06-07-2015, 01:02 AM
FORGET about TVs & radios ! Go do something CONSTRUCTIVE-Start aggravating the Quarterback's Girlfriend for a Date.... If she says "No", ask HIS Mama....

Electronic M
06-07-2015, 02:13 AM
Welcome.
I was about your age when I went from being a nearly life long tube radio collector (I started real young) to being into TVs (radios got easy and boring-ish then).

I just graduated as an electrical engineer from one of the best engineering colleges in the midwest (or the country I forget which), and much of what got me here/through was my TV and electronics hobby. If you dive as deep into the theory as you can, grab as much info as you can, and grab a good high school course in digital logic it will give you a good foundation for an EE degree.

Jon A.
06-07-2015, 02:19 AM
FORGET about TVs & radios ! Go do something CONSTRUCTIVE-Start aggravating the Quarterback's Girlfriend for a Date.... If she says "No", ask HIS Mama....
I say keep going with the restos, but that aside you can't go wrong taking advice from this guy. :thmbsp:

Username1
06-07-2015, 06:55 AM
Good for you !
I started sticking my fingers in tv's a few years earlier than you with the
help of my dad's old army tv and radio books...... And the town use to pick up
"junque" each week, so there was a "source" of new play things each Friday !
I use to wheel home my treasures balanced on my bike seat, or on a
lawn mower bottom if it was on the big side....

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DavGoodlin
06-07-2015, 08:59 AM
I started the same way but all the guys that repaired TVs at the time (mid 70s) said "dont do it" but I didnt listen.....some one has to do it. Some day you may buy a house with a few outbuildings just for your stuff.

Welcome, great to have you here.

DavGoodlin
06-07-2015, 09:01 AM
Welcome.
I was about your age when I went from being a nearly life long tube radio collector (I started real young) to being into TVs (radios got easy and boring-ish then).

I just graduated as an electrical engineer from one of the best engineering colleges in the midwest (or the country I forget which), and much of what got me here/through was my TV and electronics hobby. If you dive as deep into the theory as you can, grab as much info as you can, and grab a good high school course in digital logic it will give you a good foundation for an EE degree.

Congratulations, high voltage people will never have to look far for a day job!:D nobody else wants to mess with it

hi_volt
06-07-2015, 10:21 AM
Congratulations, high voltage people will never have to look far for a day job!:D nobody else wants to mess with it

+1

I design high voltage power supplies for a living. Been doing it for 34 years, and have never had to look for work. Analog circuit designers are becoming scarce, so it's a good field to get into.

Welcome aboard! It's good to see some young people interested in the vintage electronics hobby. There's a wealth of information here, so don't be afraid to ask! :thmbsp:

dieseljeep
06-07-2015, 12:43 PM
I started the same way but all the guys that repaired TVs at the time (mid 70s) said "dont do it" but I didnt listen.....some one has to do it. Some day you may buy a house with a few outbuildings just for your stuff.

Welcome, great to have you here.

I started in the late 50's. I hung around a few Tv repair shops and used TV stores. Back then, most people didn't throw away anything, they thought might be valuable, so I had to get experience at those places. :scratch2:

ChrisW6ATV
06-08-2015, 02:18 AM
Welcome to the world of solder, adventure, and independence, Swizzy.

I started building electronic kits and fixing things when I was 16, and it is still fun after many years of doing it. You will probably never get bored in this hobby!