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Hobbies

I'm looking for a hobby.. something thats technical (I like my gadgets), is a group/individual activity and where i can meet new friends.
What do you guys do?
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Join the local Linux User Group (LUG) if you have one.  Full of enthusiastic folk.  Collect a few pre-loved (but free) computers, refurbish them with Ubuntu or similar and  there you are, before you know it you could probably supply all the folk who haven't got computers with their very own machine.  Would be a real boon for the older folk in your community plus you might get referrals for Plusnet so would have a bit of spare cash.
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One of my hobbies is wildlife surveying, there are loads of local groups (birds, reptiles, bats, plants, grasses, mosses, mammals, fish), including local wildlife trusts and environmental consultancies..........all as mad as hatters.
Sometimes there is an element of pay involved, most of the time you don't need to be a specialist, as it could be a 'one species survey' (today I've been looking for adders). Next month its Great crested Newts.
Sometimes (like bat surveys), a skilled chiroptologist (one who studies bats) needs company "to score" the results, this is often evening work and pays!.
Tech side, GPS usage, most Wildlfie trusts need technical aware folk for data entry (recorder 6 software). There is always something with remote cameras, remote counters, remote weather stations, remote sensing & Wifi. Which often leads onto GIS software usage (arcGIS, Mapinfo or Erdas).
Although I do like Poppy’s idea, I keep meaning to learn more about Linux
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Contact your local Amateur Radio Club.... you will be surprised what they get up to.... build their own gear.... and help out in emergency rescue situations, where extra communications is needed. and the world is your oyster... it can be as technical as you want it to be, or just buy black boxes and join them to the aerial  (antenna)...
Edit.... you need a licence to "go on the air"..... but you don`t need Morse Code any more..... and the club members will guide and help you to get your licence..

Photography is another hobby, where you can buy gadgets to do specific type of photography... or possibly (invent) build your own.  again, it is up to you how far you go into the tech side.
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You know I'd forgotten that radio clubs exist. I might look into that..
Any others out there?
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GOOGLE Amateur radio clubs near.... xxxxxxx (your location).... or contact the R.S.G.B in London... for your local club...
Usually the club page gives the chairman, secretary, etc contact numbers...so you could ring them up first, before presenting yourself at a club meeting... Wink
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CQ20, CQ20, CQ20  Cool
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Do you like mechanical gadgets? How about archery? An individual sport, but done as a group, and very friendly. You could try a compound bow which would give you endless scope for fiddling with kit Smiley
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Contact your local Amateur Radio Club.... you will be surprised what they get up to.... build their own gear.... and help out in emergency rescue situations, where extra communications is needed. and the world is your oyster... it can be as technical as you want it to be, or just buy black boxes and join them to the aerial  (antenna)...
Edit.... you need a licence to "go on the air"..... but you don`t need Morse Code any more..... and the club members will guide and help you to get your licence..

Photography is another hobby, where you can buy gadgets to do specific type of photography... or possibly (invent) build your own.  again, it is up to you how far you go into the tech side.

Just as well you don't need morse, it drove me nuts learning it !!
When you first hear morse at 12 words/numbers a minute you think it would be impossible to learn it.
I Understand the licence is free at one time it was £12 per annum.
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You know I'd forgotten that radio clubs exist. I might look into that..
Any others out there?
You mentioned in another post that you did cycling in your younger days, would that be an option for you again as cycling clubs cover all ages ?
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Due to medical problems no cycling is a bit of a no-go these days.
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where i can meet new friends.

Well, this is very predictable I suppose but I can think of no better way of making friends than by having the common bond of the love of dogs.  All my friends bar one are dog owners and it gives us lots in common.  Don't know where I would be without the Cairns and my pals.  It's good to get out in the fresh air for walks, makes you think of something instead of yourself and according to psychologists dog ownership is actually good for you.  I know that it's not techy but there we are.    
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Contact your local Amateur Radio Club.... you will be surprised what they get up to.... build their own gear.... and help out in emergency rescue situations, where extra communications is needed. and the world is your oyster... it can be as technical as you want it to be, or just buy black boxes and join them to the aerial  (antenna)...
Edit.... you need a licence to "go on the air"..... but you don`t need Morse Code any more..... and the club members will guide and help you to get your licence..

Photography is another hobby, where you can buy gadgets to do specific type of photography... or possibly (invent) build your own.  again, it is up to you how far you go into the tech side.

Just as well you don't need morse, it drove me nuts learning it !!
When you first hear morse at 12 words/numbers a minute you think it would be impossible to learn it.
I Understand the licence is free at one time it was £12 per annum.

No problem for me.....can send and receive at about 18 WPM... still practice....  You can teach yourself if you fancy it..... google for G4FON Koch Morse Trainer ......You can start with two letters and then progress.... and adjust speed as you gain confidence/experience ........  used to be able to do 25 WPM.... when In the RN...  Wink
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I used to be reasonably good when I was in ATC around 1950 - we could only transmit using morse code.
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I agree with Poppy - get a dog!  You get to know all your neighbours as you walk round the estate, lots of exercise [either walking dog or chasing it round garden!], and best of all you get a companion that never disagrees with what you say!  [They might not like the things you do though]