[AMRadio] Breezeshooter's Hamfest June 6th

Donald Chester k4kyv at hotmail.com
Fri Jun 11 15:46:56 EDT 2004

>From: "Merz Donald S" <merz.ds at mellon.com>
>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
>...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.

Sounds like what Dayton was like back in the early 80's and before.  The  
last couple of times I attended the Hamvention, all the stuff I came back 
with would have fit into one Wal-Mart shopping bag.  I think some of the 
small outdoor hamfests are the best place to look for old stuff.  Regardless 
of the season, the indoor ones are nearly always disappointing.

Don k4kyv

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