[AMRadio] Breezeshooters Hamfest--Pittsburgh


david knepper collinsradio at adelphia.net
Wed Jun 7 11:08:16 EDT 2006


I wonder if anyone has details on this rig?

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Merz Donald S" <merz.ds at mellon.com>
To: "Discussion of AM Radio" <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Wednesday, June 07, 2006 10:44 AM
Subject: RE: [AMRadio] Breezeshooters Hamfest--Pittsburgh


I should add that I was disappointed to see what I was told was the remains 
of the Penn State Ham Club AM station being sold at Breezeshooters. I didn't 
know the two guys who were doing the selling, but they had these huge meter 
panels and big variacs and a selection of transmitting tubes and said that's 
where they came from. Judging from the size and quality construction of the 
meter panels, that must have been some rig.

73, Don M.


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[mailto:amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net]On Behalf Of Merz Donald S
Sent: Wednesday, June 07, 2006 10:37 AM
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Subject: [AMRadio] Breezeshooters Hamfest--Pittsburgh


I probably should say something about going to the Breezeshooters hamfest on 
Sunday. Breezeshooters is held every year on the first Sunday in June at the 
Butler County Fairgrounds about an hour outside of Pittsburgh. It is quite 
often the ARRL Section Convention also and is widely thought of  as the best 
hamfest in the Pittsburgh area. It certainly is the largest hamfest in these 
parts.

We took the last load of N3BM's estate there and had it in 3 tables in 
Building One. I had a bunch of my junk on a table too. N3BM's stuff and mine 
filled my minivan top to bottom, front to back, plus a Toyota Camry with a 
rooftop carrier. The goal was to get rid of it at any price. That mission 
was accomplished. the estate took home another couple hundred bucks and 
nothing went back. Seven months later, I am finally out of the estate 
business--what a job that was.

My table was right across from the Pittsburgh Antique Radio Society 
recruiting table.  I sold a couple hundred bucks worth of miscellaneous 
junk. So the selling was successful enough.

The WASH club had planned its annual picnic at the hamfest, but the rain 
changed those plans. I left before the picnic got started. And overall, that 
was the story of the hamfest--Breezeshooters usually gets great weather but 
this time the rain kind of washed it out. So it ended early when it seemed 
like it was going to be a good one.

Stuff I bought: NC-303 with speaker, EFJ power divider, 2 Blue face Eico 
VTVMs, one Precision multi-master VTVM, Wavetek and ICE function generators, 
random plug-in coils, six bucks worth of tube sockets, and yet another 
Heathkit B-1 balun (that makes 4 with only one in use. But I couldn't pass 
it up for $3).

Stuff I saw: Ranger I with repainted cabinet for $300. R392 with HB PS for 
$250, Collins 75A1 for $550 (this one was at this hamfest last year), 
Thunderbolt (didn't ask), AF67/PMR-7 and PS for $225, Apache (didn't ask--it 
was in scruffy shape), Hallicraftrs Sky Buddy with unoriginal pilot lamp in 
front panel for $125, BC-348 modified for $150, RME 6900 (I think--didn't 
ask price), National NC-81X in fair modified condition for $100, NCV-57 in 
beautiful condition with the external S-meter accessory (I think he wanted 
$150--not sure), Heathkit Tener for $150, one guy had all these parts 
rigs--HT-32, DX-60, etc for $40 to $75, 2 SX-71's for $125 each, one of them 
was nice+--it sold, the usual Drake B-Line, C-Line and TR-series rigs were 
all there for the usual prices, one guy brought a carload of Collins gear 
and wanted the sun, moon and stars for it--a KWM-2 was $1400, but it was all 
awfully nice stuff. There was lots more but it all went by in a blur. Then 
the rain came.

Seller attendance was down to about 50% of what this hamfest was in its' 
heyday. Buyer attendance seemed about normal to me. My friend in the club 
who is a computer guy said he sold about $500 worth of software which I 
found amazing, but predictable I guess. These events just aren't about 
boatanchors anymore.

73, Don Merz, N3RHT

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