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24 January 2019

Tinkering with electronics has become a lot different today than it was when I was a youngster, more than half a century ago.

Back in the day, you'd find me out in the garage, surrounded by piles of old PA amplifiers, radios and box after box of "scrounged" parts, each carefully removed from some redundant or unused electronic device.

From this pile of scrap I was able to build a bewildering array of interesting things and keep myself amused for endless hours.

My favourite parts were 6SN7 dual triodes, 807 power valves, AC126 small signal transistors and OA95 germanium diodes. From these (and other parts), it was possible to build almost anything you wanted -- so long as it didn't have to be small, elegant or professional looking.

My bedroom was also packed with things like 100 watt valve-based PA amplifiers, short-wave radios -- cobbled together out of multiple domestic radio chassis and connected to endless yards of copper wire strung out on poles in the back yard. To say it looked like a mad scientist's laboratory would not be stretching the truth too far.

Today however, things are a little different.

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Forums are up!

Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.

Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.

So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkroxs when asked for it.

Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.

The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.

Oh yes, if anyone wants a bit of a plug then the sponsorship space is now up for grabs. Until someone is prepared to offer a donation for the use of this space, I'm happy to offer a free plug to anyone who wants to send me a suitable 150x150 graphic and link.

Stay tuned!

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