Having reached the age of 40 back in April 2013, my poor memory isn't what it used to be, so I am uncertain if I took part in the poll or not.
Having also recently checked my diary I believe I am free on that weekend (the 13th of September) so I could turn up.
I was taught to solder while at my first place of employment after leaving school between 1989 and 1991. This was while on YTS (remember them) at Marconi Defense Systems in Portsmouth. My trainer was an old bearded chap by the name of Henry Thorne. Back in those days, I was given an ORYX soldering iron (the one with the really loud click as the thermostat turned on and off) and soldering still used good old lead based solder. I was also given a couple of small hand tools - a pair of round nosed pliers and side cutters, and a solder sucker, all of which I still possess.
Unfortunately for me, my ORYX iron passed away only a couple of years ago (it really didn't get a lot of use) and I was kindly donated an old Weller station by a kind member on this forum. It's also not had a lot of use as at the time I didn't have an Iron to plug in to the station, but now I have and either the solder and irons are completely different to how they were back then, or my skills have deteriorated (it has to be the former, surely).
However, if someone points me at a component, dry joint or suchlike and says remove that, resolder that, etc. I can certainly do as I'm told.
I'm also very interested in learning a bit more fault finding, and electronics in general. I've often marvelled at even 'simple' circuits, wondering not so much why but how - how did the person building the circuit know that by placing those components together in a certain way that they would achieve their desired result. How did they even know what components to use. I am still young enough to learn something (hopefully) and an extra pair of hands surely can't go amiss.
I hope someone brings lead based solder though.
Therefore, please count me in. I'll even bring the wife. Be great to finally meet other members of the forum.
Edit: Can someone check with the museum as to what is needed for them to sign one up as a volunteer. Is this something permanent, or temporary just for the day. Living in Hampshire, it's just a bit too far to visit 'regularly' but once a year is probably about enough.
I'm writing a game where you can change your character from a Wizard to a monkey to a cat.
Well, Imogen that!