Goodbye to Allied Radio, Heathkit, Lafayette Electronics, Henry Radio and the rest of them.
Times have changed.
It's so sad to see the end of the ability to design and experiment with electronic hardware. Let's face it, who's going to attempt to hand wire ASICs, SMT devices and keep signal integrity on what was previously-known as a "breadboard" circuit?
Things have changed but there is a huge gap in the ability for hobbyists to design and construct hardware. All that seems to exist is video shit/games. Minecraft, Halo et. al.
My son is "getting in to it" but it's very limited. Nothing of substance except messing with programming languages.
I see a niche opportunity. Not easy to accomplish but it would be interesting to see if an interface of SMT devices for experimenter hardware could be accomplished. However, in the day of "immediate gratification" youth, I'm not sure it it's viable.
From a financial perspective, likely not.
Gone are the days.
(time to bring the Swan 350C back from the dead)