[AMRadio] selling rigs too quickly

John Lyles jtml at losalamos.com
Wed Jul 12 13:54:50 EDT 2006

I have a friend at work who, in 1992 or thereabouts, sold the Collins KW-1 that he had, for a few grand. I didn't know the value of those things back then, and he was trying to move into an apartment, and needed space. I still kick myself (and tell him about it). He probably wishes he had checked around for what they were worth. 
Maybe  a few grand was a good deal in 1992? 

My present stance is to hold on to everything, until I am sure that I will never need it, even years in the future. Some call this pack rat mentality. I am about 10 years from retirement in the RF power profession. While I cannot always justify or find the time to rebuild BA transmitter and receivers that I am accumulating at present, who knows how I will feel when I don't have to drive to work anymore. Nothing goes out to the trash or 'fest, unless it is absolute mung or I have a replacement that does mo'/better. Unfortunately this has gotten me into trouble with the XYL, so I am contracting to have a 2 car garage built out in the field, with some extra space out back. The XYL bought the car-needing-a-good-garage story. 

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> Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2006 09:01:52 -0500
> From: "Freeberg, Scott (STP)" <Scott.Freeberg at guidant.com>
> Subject: [AMRadio] Johnson Desk KW
> To: "Discussion of AM Radio" <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
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> I have sort of gone nuts.. well ok, sort of gone nuts again.. 
> A year and a half ago I sold my Johnson Desk KW in part of a big heavy
> radio sell off. Sold quite a bit of stuff at that time.  
> Could never bring myself to sell the pristine Johnson
> Ranger 2 and Johnson Speech Amplifier option though.   Now I'm thinking
> that I sold the Desk KW too soon, and I'd like to still enjoy using 
> one on CW and AM.
> I'm putting my feelers out.  Any Johnson Desk KW's in the 
> Minnesota/Wisconsin/Michigan area. 
> Thanks. 73, Scott WA9WFA in Saint Paul Minn

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