Sharing hamfest booty images

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Post by Richard Hull » Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:22 am

Well, another Raleigh hamfest under my belt. I was on the road at 5AM this morning and arrived around 9AM. A large lot of nice, lost cost booty was to be had and I, now have it.The images in the next string of posts tell the story and are annotated. To read them, you will have to click on the images and enlarge them.

The reason for this large assemblage is to show just what can be had if you attend every large hamfest within a 4-5 hour drive of where you live should you be blessed to live within such range of a number of major cities. Check out what occurs near you, when and where. Most of what I paid was not what was marked or asked. Wheeling and dealing and a bit of luck is often required.

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Where I spent the big bucks!
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more goodies
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A lot of good small stuff items can be had for little money
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Wow!
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There are always boxes filled with free stuff if you don't mind rooting through them.
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Post by Richard Hull » Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:29 am

Yes, there is more stuff........What a day it was.
Back home by 6PM.

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one compliments the other.
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keithley is a good buy, always
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G-M counters, anyone? very usable and retro
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Nixies are very desirable on the retro market. These tubes with sockets easily bring $20 each!
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vacuum stuff. What does MKS get for this off the shelf?
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Post by Dan Knapp » Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:27 pm

I had a good weekend. Although I scored far less at RARSFest than Richard, its always great fun searching. My best deal was the Allen-Bradley tower light for $10. When I looked up the wiring info, I learned that this would cost $337 new! My smallest was the hemostat for 25 cents. I got two like new 6 inch conflat flanges, some RG213 and plugs to make HV cables for my three PTV -50kV supplies I plan to connect in parallel (per Andrew Seltzman's approach), an unused Dremel tool for $4, and some big heat shrink tubing. Also shown, but not from RARSFest, is a new ISO100 reducing tee scored on eBay and waiting on my porch when I returned. I had spent two weeks trying to make one of these by machining and welding aluminum before concluding that my TIG skills were not up to the job. The moral is to check eBay first.
I was disappointed at RARSFest this year in that I didn't see a single NIM unit. I was also looking to replenish my stock of ten turn pots and didn't find a single one.
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Post by Richard Hull » Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:21 pm

Those 6 inch CF blanks are nice! A Dremel kit for $4 was quite a coup, indeed.

I did see a small box of panel mount, 10k, ten turn pots with ten turn indicator dials at a vendor over against the back wall, but he wanted $10.00 each. They were nice and clean and looked new, but I have a box full of various ten turn pots in the lab already. Were you talking about PC mount ten turn pots? I can't remember seeing any of those, but I wasn't focused on finding them either.

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Post by Dan Knapp » Sun Apr 01, 2018 5:17 pm

I was looking for panel mount potentiometers. I missed those you mentioned. Even at $10 each, depending upon specs, it could have been a good deal. I'm getting low on them having built several modular HV supply controllers recently. I regret that I missed all that stainless hardware you scored.
It appears that the supply of NIM units may have dried up.

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Post by Richard Hull » Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:05 am

For the last 4 years straight at the Raleigh hamfest, NIM bins or NIM modules have been offered. The same two guys always brought them. They were scrap from UNC labs where the guys worked. They always had a nice batch of NIM modules,too. We would always chat for a few minutes about nuclear matters.

I bought three bins and 8 modules 5 years ago. Sold them all at HEAS after testing and cleaning. I bought the best one of three bins the next year and a couple of modules. The next year they had only one bin that was pretty rough and only three modules. I just bought one module. Last year they only had two modules and these were nice, 3 slot wide, empty, blank NIM modules. I bought both. This year, I looked for them, but did not see them. Maybe there is no more surplus NIM stuff to put them there. Oh well. I think Andrew did get some stuff from them last year or the year before.

I was stunned to find the nice Jordan counter offered by an older lady for $5.00. Often, older ladies sitting at a table of electronics are selling a recently passed husband's goodies.

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Post by ian_krase » Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:34 am

I'm surprised to see all this high quality newish test equipment for sale at cheap prices. Not a thing I've encountered yet at the electronics flea market.

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Post by Richard Hull » Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:31 am

Many really useful and cool items are found at very large hamfests, (like Raleigh, Richmond, Manassas, Winchester, etc). In general, vendors sell at highly variable prices. (vendors being hamfest regulars... "carnie" type sellers seen at many hamfests.) Vendors occupy 5 to 10 tables. I saw three different vendors selling Arduino UNO R3 controllers. one sold them with a USB cable for $8.00, another sold them with no cable for $15.00 and another for $22.00.

Private individuals with a single table are there to just get rid of massive over-burden and will give huge cuts off their marked prices. Many of their items are not priced and when asked, "how much", they say, "what will you give me for it?" You blurt out something and 90% of the time they say, "fine!"

Vendors are a great place to restock on hardware, tape, dental tools, solder, micro-controllers and accessories, electronic chemicals, etc.

The Joe and Jane Blows at the lone tables, piled high with stuff represent your real chance to get major deals. They all say...." I don't want to take this stuff home!"..... They are not there to do business. They are there to get rid of stuff and maybe take home a little money for their junk. (Junk to them, maybe treasure for you).

Success is learning to "see at sight". A term I define in my very old hamfest blurb in the files forum

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Post by Evan_Moore » Sun Apr 08, 2018 5:04 pm

After being inspired by this forum to search my local area for Hamfests and thrift events, I chanced upon a Swap'n'Meet by the local Amateur Radio community happening in the next city over from where I live. A quick decision and an early morning ferry ride saw me there, cash in hand and eager to see what was to be had. And boy did I come away with some good deals. The greatest treasure that I pulled from the event was an HP 1715A 200MHz Oscilloscope from 1980, complete with full documentation, for a mere $30! The seller (and numerous event-goers) confirmed that the unit had sat in a local museum for a decade beforehand, untouched, but ran like new when started. Hauling the 45 lb unit by hand over bus and ferry back home was worth every drop of sweat. Very excited to start using it and running some tests!
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Treasure pulled from the Richmond Amateur Radio Club Swap'n'Meet

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Post by Rich Feldman » Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:53 am

Hope this thread is for _all_ hamfests. Today I attended one in Sunnyvale, for the first time in 10 years. (they were briefly held at Lockheed, in between the Foothill era and the De Anza era). Ran into John McMaster, Mike Kan, and many other regulars.

I'm well into the de-acquisition phase of my life, but went today as a buyer instead of a seller. Took it real easy. Here are the biggest new acquisitions:
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Convectron readout without tube, $10. Broken LED tube, free. Harrick plasma cleaner, $10, on a whim.
Glass chamber needs a lid for the big end (front) and a vacuum connection to the small end (in back). Sellers were joking that it is a male enhancement device (not their exact words). Through the glass, we can see wire coils around the chamber and a couple of power vacuum tubes. Later I found the contemporary version online, looking basically the same: http://harrickplasma.com/products/basic-plasma-cleaner "Applies a maximum 18W of power to the RF coil". Otter be fun and educational to light it up.

Here's the little stuff. Familiar Dwyer anemometer, basically a tapered tube flowmeter with a very light bead. Any guesses as to its full scale as a gas flow meter? $1 worth of glass pipettes, about 1/20 of a box full offered for $5. $1 circuit board with more than a dozen assorted crystals. Weird gearless speed reducer (for fine tuning adjustments), $1.
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Not shown: a 3800 KC crystal in vintage CR-5/U enclosure, $5. Not a common frequency. I figure it can be oscillated and frequency-divided by 16 with one old CMOS 4060 IC. Then divided by four to generate two 59.375 kHz square waves in quadrature, as a local oscillator for experimentally receiving time codes from WWVB on 60 kHz. Yes, I know there are radio controlled clocks not much more expensive than the crystal. Radio controlled watches even!
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