Anything dog-related (well, most things)
Metal-detecting and archery (been years for both though)
Coin collecting (wheat pennies, buffalo nickels, mercury dimes)
Gardening and landscaping
Reptile and fish keeping
Making soils (peat moss, coco pith, vermiculite, perlite, sharp sand, green sand, bone meal, blood meal, fish meal, compost, yada yada)
Compost and vermiculture
I play disc golf... A LOT! Everywhere I go. I've played a total of 43 courses in 5 different states and counting. Tomorrow I am playing in the Brevard Cross County Challenge, a 3 round tournament starting at a course in Malabar, FL, then up to Melbourne for round 2, then finishing up in Cocoa with a big BBQ party afterwards.. 3 rounds in summer heat is going to be brutal so I went ahead and packed the cooler full of the essentials (beer & Guinness, and maybe a bottled water or 2).
I call it a hobby. My wife calls it an obsession.
If you don't know what it is think hiking + golf + frisbee. It's basically hiking mostly gorgeous parks while throwing frisbees (a little smaller and sharper than your traditional frisbee) at basket targets that are strategically placed around mostly natural obstacles such as trees, shrubs, lakes, ponds, or hills. Each "hole", or basket-like target with chains to help catch your disc, is typically within 200 - 400ft of a designated "tee pad" which might consist of an elongated concrete slab or rubber mat or marked dirt area from which to throw your "drive". The game is played pretty much the same as traditional golf. The object is to land the disc inside the basket on or before the 3rd throw (most disc golf holes are par 3 but par 4's & 5's do exist) and finish the round with the lowest score possible.
Find a course near you here: http://www.dgcoursereview.com/browse_map.php?mode=map
"Nobody's invincible, no plan is foolproof, We all must meet our moment of truth." - Guru
Currently, I have been getting into Vintage Audio. I have had the same Onkyo tx-520??/DCM KX-212 setup for the last 15 years and has done me well over the years. But a few months ago I got a Technics Receiver from 1980 (yep it's considered vintage for electronics) and then got a set of Polk Monitor 7's and wow these things have such an awesome sound stage. Consequently I don't listen to my DCM's much anymore.
I spend a good bit of time going to yard sales/goodwill/thrift stores/CL to find cheap vintage stuff and needless to say my speaker collection has grown a bit since the purchase of the 7's:
Paradigm Export Monitors - $75 off CL
Polk Monitor 10's - $50 thrift store
Acoustic Research AR2ax's from 1965 - $10 yard sale
Realistic Minimus 7's - Flea market $20
I got a pair of Boston Acoustic A70's and JBL L50's for free but they needed refoaming and some other minor work.
Yamaha Mx-2 150wpc @ 8ohms and 230wpc @ 2ohms/Run it with a Yamaha c-4 preamp
Technics SA-616 - 80wpc (MSRP in 1980 was $680) - I think I like the sound from this one the best, yes even over the Yammie.
Onkyo TX-5000 - Nice looking with a black tuner face 65wpc
Nikko NR-1019 - 65wpc got it for free bc it didnt work...just needed main/pre-out jumpers
That amp build project looks very interesting...do you know what kind of specs it will produce?
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My latest hobby is personal armory.
The lastest addition to my collection, Springfield XD 40 Sub-Compact...
I forgot about coin collecting. I bought my first Gold a couple of months ago. Don't worry it's in a safe.
op-amps that set a few records. Distortion (.00003) and a few others. Plus I bought an audio Torid transformer. Boy that sumbitch is heavy. I'm having trouble finding a large enough project box. I got these for the right and left. Plus an eight inch and vented enclosure for the bottom end.
Think that's enough for my computer speakers.
Sliding down the banister of life ..........................
One day I'm gonna try to fix an old Kenwood KR-4200 receiver from 1973...I haven't really had a lot of time to look at it closely but I know for sure there are leaky caps that will need to be replaced. It's a beautiful piece that deserves a bit of attention to try and resurrect it from the dead. I might need to hit you up on some advice when I do.
Thatís cool, Iíll help all I can.
I had a KR series amp when I was working on audio. That thing was tough. I used it to check a lot of equipment. I did put heavier duty finals in it.
It was in storage until Katrina took it from me.
Sliding down the banister of life ..........................
I'm trying to get back into Archery. I'll have to sell what I have (the stuff I have is worn out) and get some new stuff. I've talked to the wife to see if she'd be interested in taking up archery (3d shooting) and she's showing some interest. I just want to make sure she's serious before I go and drop several hundred on a starter setup for her. I also play guitar but I haven't for almost a year. I saw the drummer I play with this last weekend and he was pushing me to get together again and jam. The only downside to that is that I haven't played for a year and it would take me 3 to 4 weeks of "warming up" in order to be at a point I would be happy with.
Besides the obvious networking/computers/geeky stuff:
scuba diving - got into it as a teenager, I have over 1k hours underwater but it's been a while.
windsurfing - been a while as well
riding - love going down A1A with my Harley
boating - don't own one, but my dad did and I've grown around them. A friend of my father circumnavigated the globe solo in a 33ish foot sailboat he built himself, I've been on it to visit.
coin collecting - I have some Greek and Roman coins... For example, some of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great, etc.
How about a Sig Sauer P229
Plus I'm doing what I can to purchase American brand/American made. I know SIG has some plants in the US...but still, mothership ain't in the US.
MORNING WOOD Lumber Company
Guinness for Strength!!!
wood working has been a hobby of mine for many years.don't do much now because being on the road driving a truck takes up a lot of time. my wife tells me i need to do more with all the money i have invested in machines and tools.
also enjoy working on cars or pickups and just fixing things that just don't work right.
Target Shooting with Handguns
Non active hobbies
Building Electronic components
YeOldeStonecat, buy both...one for the bedroom and one for the kitchen, true home protection would be in every room, but it's a start!