Fixing Stuff I've Never Fixed Before, Ham Radio Edition
Monday May 4, 2020
I fixed a ham radio this weekend. It’s been sitting on my desk for about 2 years now, needing repair.
I’ve never done this before, and the older I get, the more I realize that means something, no matter how easy my intuition says it will be.
30 Seconds on Youtube
I knew the problem was a common one, so it took me about 30 seconds to find a Youtube video showing how the fix could be done.
20 Seconds Fixing the Thing
Once I had the radio open, it took me about 20 seconds to do the soldering work that fixed the problem.
2 Hours Completing Various Annoying Sensory Tasks
In total, it took me almost 2 hours to get the radio open, fixed, and closed up again. TWO HOURS. I would number everything that happened, but the list would be really long.
But to give one example: I had to re-fit the main board TEN TIMES before getting it just right, so that all the buttons on the radio would work again.
…And the result is a radio that works great.
Applying the Pain Forward
Finally: I’m maybe a bit more prepared for this next time, because my notes tell me:
- Get ready for this to take literal hours longer than you thought it would
- That’s OK though, it’ll feel good to fix it
- Put on a movie you REALLY like (I chose The Quiet Earth)
- Get a drink you enjoy
- Talk your way through the process. Talk out loud.
- Take little breaks to regroup.
- SHOVE A MOTHERF*CKING FLATHEAD SCREWDRIVER IN THERE JUST TO THE LEFT OF THE G*DDAMN MAIN BOARD OR YOU’LL NEVER GET IT OUT, NO MATTER WHAT THE YOUTUBE VIDEO SHOWS.
Anyway, like I said: Hooray!
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