3 boats down and there is a guy who has the same “old school” skills as me i.e. fixing electronics. Only his specialty was computers.
I was fixing things on and off for over 30 years before I woke up and thought fk. it, why try to compete with a world that has turned all ‘throw away’. He on the other hand only lasted 14 years before the same thought process dawned on him.
There again that’s me all over, a slow learner.
Ho hum but it does illustrate an important issue.
What’s happened to the old school engineers?
Who or what has replaced them?
This has happened right across the whole spectrum of electronic engineering with only a few trades capable of “free thinking” their way through problems. Those “bods” who are capable of repairing most anything you care to throw at them with limited (if any) documentation and scavenged bits.
One thing though, (and remember I’m old school valve and them new fangled things called transistors), once upon a time there was a group of civilian electronic enthusiasts who’s PRACTICAL technical and electronic knowledge was VERY useful to have around, I’m talking about radio amateurs.
Funny thing is a lot of them seem to have disappeared (gone silent key) as the new breed of credit card amateur radio enthusiast has risen. Only most of them can’t even rewire a microphone lead let alone fix their super-duper, high-tech radios.
It gets better though when you look at the amount of electronics which is carried by today’s modern prepper and survivalist. Only what’s going to happen when it goes wrong?
When? Surely you mean if!
There lies the problem, modern man thinking electronics is infallible and the only way to go. All those survival “ex-spurts” telling you to buy electronic this and that and you doing so without a clue how to fix or even maintain them.
I find that extremely funny!
Once upon a time the world was full of dinosaurs who knew things.
Happily a few still survive, fixing what needs to be fixed, and still able to work the old ways.
You’d be well advised to get one of them to join your little group.