[AMRadio] Breezeshooter's Hamfest June 6th

David Knepper cra at floodcity.net
Fri Jun 11 17:10:33 EDT 2004

It was a GREAT hamfest.  My wife commented that the Butler HF was just a
good as Dayton - at least it did not rain.
She accompanied me to Dayton and we both got drenched!

It was nice to see Don Mertz and others.

Dave, W3ST
Publisher of the Collins Journal
Secretary to the Collins Radio Association
----- Original Message -----
From: "Merz Donald S" <merz.ds at mellon.com>
To: "'Amradio (E-mail)" <amradio at mailman.qth.net>; "'Glowbugs (E-mail)"
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Sent: Friday, June 11, 2004 12:10 PM
Subject: [AMRadio] Breezeshooter's Hamfest June 6th


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
  collectors. They generally set up as a group in one corner of the

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

73, Don Merz, N3RHT

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