[AMRadio] Breezeshooter's Hamfest June 6th

Merz Donald S merz.ds at mellon.com
Fri Jun 11 11:10:41 EDT 2004


Last Sunday June 6th was the Breezeshooter's Hamfest at the Butler County Fairgrounds, roughly an hour outside of Pittsburgh. There are only 2 hamfests in Western PA that could be considered medium to large and this is one of them. The number of sellers was about normal for this fest, as was attendance. I parked with our club (WASH), which sets up in a compact area and has a nice picnic lunch for all club members and families. 

Boatanchors seen

SX-28 $150 kind of ratty unsold
Drakes of all descriptions--saw many--mostly or all unsold
Drake TR-7 with VFO, PS, and accessories--$650 unsold
Heathkit Comanche sold
Heathkit AR-3s, several, sold
Heathkit Seneca--painted blue!
Heathkit Lunchboxes--various around $20 each
National NC-57s--$75 and $50
Multi-Elmac AF-67 with AC PS--$75 (bought this one--it is gorgeous)
Hallicrafters SX-25 Defiant with repainted speaker--$225
Hallicrafters S-36 in great shape $225
National Military RAO--beautiful--$225
NC-183D--$210 sold
EFJ Viking I with VFO--very clean--$250
National NC-300
GRC-9 with dyno PS and other accessories--$350 sold
R-392 with HB PS looking good--$250 unsold

Lots of antique wooden radios, consoles, cathedrals, etc.
Antique wooden wall phones--$250 each
Not much military stuff at all
Not as much old test gear as I am used to seeing--just a few 
  old tube Tripletts, HPs and Hickoks. Saw no Hickok tube testers.
Is it just me, or has the older, blue-face Eico test gear vanished from
   the hamfest scene? Saw none.
One of the antique radio vendors had a large load of older, pre-octal
  NOSB tubes and sold the whole lot for one price the moment he opened his 
  truck. It would have been fun to go through that pile. I did not hear
  the price. 
Other Tubes: 4-400s $75 each, 809's $15 each, VT-4C $90 each

I spent probably $80 on a great selection of NOSB boatanchor parts from Millen, National, 
   Hammarlund and all the right brand names. Along with the used parts I picked up, 
   the N3RHT junkbox had a very good day.
Saw Dave Knepper and his wife. Also saw Mark Folartz and several other AMers and 
  collectors. They generally set up as a group in one corner of the fairgrounds.

The morning went by in a blip and I was sad to see it go. 

73, Don Merz, N3RHT
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