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mii, jmm. ' muf - "T" " i i n i Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, December 12, 1976 B5 Staff Photo by Mikt Dltmor Dan Hayes Looks Over TV Schematic in His Workshop Electronics Whiz Kid Shocks Experts as National Champion pretty tough," Hayes said. "We really had to know our stuff, because they really knew theirs." u owl U s If V & ii fo I 1 ii E n&i) I E I v I1C I . X' ii Santa's Helpers have given our offices a sJ festive look for the holidays! , J jO s&b' Won't you stop in and enjoy our Yuletide ( surprises, which include special holiday cor- C sages for all our good friends and customers. y. '") First Federal ( SAVIWGSLOAN ) ASSOCIATION OF LAKE WORTH ) LAKE WORTH 200 Lake Avenue BOYN.TON BEACH 901 S. Federal Highway 7 LANTANA 1300 Lantana Road PALM SPRINGS 2950 10th Avenue, North J PALM BEACH GARDENS 2500 PGA Boulevard LAKE WORTH ROAD 3938 Pinehurat Drive 1 TEL. 588-9200 S By TIM TUCKER Post Staff Writer Dan Hayes of West Palm Beach is an ordinary high school student, and like most seniors, he's interested in girls and after-school fun. But he's also an electronics whiz. In fact, he's the national champion in the category of repairing radios aand televisions, under the age of 21. To him, electronics is more than just a hobby. It's already a way of life, and he's only 17. Although Hayes has yet to graduate from John I. Leonard High School; he has been offered (and turned down) a job with Quasar, one of the nation's leading electronic firms. At his young age, he's, caught the attention and praise of some of the country's electronic authorities, such as the president of IBM and the vice president of Quasar. And, in July, he'll travel to Holland, where he'll compete against the world's finest electronic minds in the international competition. But going head-to-head with the best of other countries doesn't really bother Hayes. He says he anxiously awaits the competition, which promises to be both exciting and intense. It was his pressure performance in Cincinnati in November that enabled him to edge his opponent, the defending national champion, in the week-long competition. In some portions of the national tests, Hayes was only 1 point ahead of his adversary. Competition, fortunately, brings out the best in Hayes. "The competition up there was really tough," said Hayes, who works for Spencer Communication in Riviera Beach. "But I really like the competition. It creates a situation, where you know you have to do well and right then. "Fortunately, I was lucky and won. But it was real close and I couldn't afford to make a mistake at any time." Among the rigorous tests included in the national competition was a five-hour written exam on all fields of electronics. "It covered everything," Hayes said. "You had to know things like servicing TVs and radios, working with AM-FM receivers, theories like AC-DC, just about everything dealing with electronics. "They told me that out of a possible 400 points on the test, only 4 points separated us," he said. Participants also had to build an AM-FM receiver from a Heath electronics kit, without the luxury of an instruction manual. "That was sort of a trial and error thing," Hayes said. "You had to race against time and do quality work. And they were watching us to make sure we just didn't get lucky and have something fall into place." It took 14 hours in three days to build the receiver. The next step in the tests was a visit to the Quasar plant, where they were tested in the skill of troubleshooting. 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