Reprinted with permission from the Feb 2010 newlsetter of the San Bernardino Microwave Society:
You know you are a radio Geezer when:
- you have more tools than you’ll ever need, but can’t find them.
- you need to keep your radio’s user manual on the desk.
- your antennas are getting smaller and closer to the ground.
- it’s been 40 years since you’ve had the snot shocked out of you.
- you forget the band plans.
- you check into the weather net, the noontime net, the Bell Telephone net, and some other net just because they are there.
- you still have a phone patch and Q multiplier in the cabinet.
- your radio warms up faster than you do .
- RF gets into your hearing aid.
- you have to find your teeth to have a QSO.
- you can no longer see the parts used to make radios.
- you know how to properly tie a wire bundle using waxed string.
- some of your test gear is older than your adult children.
- you have to add light in front of your radio so you can read the dials.
- you buy a piece of gear only to find out you already had one in the garage you forgot about.
- you can no longer log, make QSO’s and drive at the same time.
- you realize a Life Membership in the ARRL is no longer a good value.
Some of these are funnier than others, but I think the last one is probably the most telling. Can you think of any others?