Author Topic: Early Audio DIY - De Jongens van de Hobby Club  (Read 318 times)

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Early Audio DIY - De Jongens van de Hobby Club
« on: January 25, 2020, 08:19:33 AM »
I found this an inspiring report of a book written in hiding during WW2 and published just after the war. Itís never been translated but the report has a link to the full Dutch text.
https://makezine.com/2013/06/06/an-early-maker-story-from-holland/
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Re: Early Audio DIY - De Jongens van de Hobby Club
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2020, 08:52:26 AM »
What an inspirational read!  Its marvellous to read of such enthusiasm.  To think we have it so easy today, we can look up and order components at will, often get them the same day

At high school in Wynberg, Cape Town there was a similar club, but attracted little interest as many of the boys were only interested in a career that would make them lots of money, like being accountants, doctors or lawyers and few had a technical bent.  We designed a remote control to control stage lights using low voltage relays, made an FM transmitter that would broadcast over the playing field.  Some of the teachers viewed us with suspicion, mainly because they did not understand
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Re: Early Audio DIY - De Jongens van de Hobby Club
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2020, 09:07:20 AM »
Iím glad you enjoyed it. Our internet forums are a great help to us, but we do miss the face to face contact that such Ďhobby clubsí could give. Thatís why I think the Mars amp building workshops are such a great idea.

Regular local clubs would also help members by enabling them to share and learn to use specialist equipment, eg for metalwork or testing and fault finding.

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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2020, 09:39:10 AM »
Our Cape Town Hi-Fi Club have regular meetings but these are too short to start building stuff.  5 of the members are keen builders, one has just revamped his entire listening room with floor to ceiling speakers (each one has a dedicated amp fed from a 16 channel controller he can operate from his phone, several subs, motorised screen).  This past weekend he installed two more PV panels to supply electricity (see pic below)

Nothing like doing it properly.  My efforts pale in comparison to this

Our club chairman has been busy with a set of speaker enclosures for over a year.  He has driven his neighbours mad with cutting and sanding

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Re: Early Audio DIY - De Jongens van de Hobby Club
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2020, 04:27:18 PM »
Great to hear of the activities of the CT hifi club.  I have not encountered any here in the UK, but maybe I should look harder.