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Mini-Hamfest (a.k.a. - our Moving Sale)

Although yesterday (5 July) was not strategically the best day for a yard sale, the XYL and I were running out of time as the movers are due to show this coming week. We've have a lot of extra "stuff" and tried to strictly enforce the rule that if it hadn't been used/touched/worn/opened/looked at since the last move in 2005 it was time to get rid of it. I'd also acquired an amazing amount of ham stuff (the XYL has a different terminology for it). I could sell it on eBay, but I didn't want to invest the time or energy... nor the trips to the Post Office. Here's what was up for sale:

Heathkit SB-220 amplifier
MFJ Versa Tuner V, MFJ-989C
Astatic D-104 microphone
ICOM AT-180, HF+50MHz Automatic Antenna Tuner (in original box, very good condition)
MFJ 6 Meter SSB Transceiver, MFJ-9406 (includes AC power supply)
MFJ 6 Meter Tuner, MFJ-906
Cushcraft 6 Meter 3 element beam (well weathered)
Ten Tec RX320 (with manual)
ICOM IC-PCR1000, Communications Receiver For Computer (with manual)
Kantronics KPC-9612 Plus (with manual)
Pakratt-232, Model PK-232 MBX (with manual)
MFJ Multi-Mode Data Controller, MFJ-1278 (with manual)
MFJ TNC 2 Packet Radio, MFJ-1274
MFJ Deluxe Code Practice Oscillator, MFJ-557
MFJ Electric Keyer Paddle with Memory, MFJ-442
Dymek DA100E, Active Receiver Antenna, 50kHz-30MHz (with manual)
Radio Shack Amplified Base Station Microphone, CAT NO 21-1173
Radio Shack SWR/Power Meter, CAT NO 21-534
MFJ-8128 VHF 114-220 MHz SWR/Wattmeter
MARS Model LE-2 Hybrid Phone Patch
Heathkit Hybrid Phone Patch, Model HD-15 (with manual)
Quad magnetic mount for antenna
Various Hamsticks and Hustler single band mobile antennas
Various amateur radio books

We did have quite a few hams show up and my prices were incredibly reasonable if not down right ludicrous. The MFJ 6 Meter SSB rig went quick, but I'm surprised no one grabbed the 3-element beam. All the three of the phone patches sold (I had two Heathkits) - that surprised me. What all surprised me was why I had three phone patches. All the Hamsticks and Hustlers went. Some of the books. Bottom line - I was able to find new homes for a lot of gear I wasn't using and got a bit of reimbursement in the process.

Anybody need an MFJ Deluxe Code Practice Oscillator?

What's amazing is the amount of gear I still have that I'm unwilling to part with and is coming with me to Kansas.

This weekend in the shack.....

GYFWW: Get Your Feet Wet Weekend. This was an interesting event... all CW. My CW skills are atrocious and this was my attempt at improving. I enjoyed it, although at times it was very frustrating. The exchange was RST, name, state, FISTS #, and year licensed. Most folks were good at slowing down and repeating missed parts of the exchange. I spent a lot of time just sending CQ without a response. A contest doesn't have the personal interaction of a regular QSO. At the end of the contest I had 18 contacts and over 200 points... no records broken here. I still have a long way to go on the CW. I would like to get my speed up to 15-20wpm - that will take a lot of consistent work.

Virginia Beach Hamfest: My second year attending the Virginia Beach Hamfest. A two-day hamfest, I went on Sunday. $5 to get in. There were a few vendors, but I had primarily come this year for RadioWorks, a local company from Portsmouth that makes great wire antennas. I purchased a Carolina Windom, 133' long, good on 80M to 10M. The challenge now is to hang that bad boy. I'll be assisted by my CSV19 Pneumatic Antenna Launcher.

T-238+ APRS WX Project: The main board was good to go. I put the modem board together Friday night, checked out and good to go. Then came Saturday, I was interfacing the WX sensors (temp, wind speed and direction)... it worked! I was getting the data to read out properly. However, when I tried to interface the modem board with the radio, the LCD screen started showing all solid squares instead of text and the heat sink got very, very hot. The LED heartbeat light is still functioning, but clearly there is something wrong. Hope I'm not back to square one. http://www.tapr.org/kits_t238plus.html

The Devil Drove Up To Dayton

The devil drove up to Dayton, he was lookin' for a hamfest deal.

He was in a bind, cause he was way behind, so he was ready to make a deal.

When he came across this young man sittin' in the Salem Mall parking lot.

And the devil jumped up on a Skywarn van, he said, "Boy let me tell ya what!"

"I bet you didn't know it, but I'm a ham operator too."

"So if you care to take a dare, I'll make a bet with you."

"Now you send pretty good code ol' boy, but give devil his due."

"I'll bet a straight key of gold against your soul, cause I think I'm better than you."

The boy said, "My name's Mikey, and it might be a sin, but I'll take your bet, and you're gonna regret, cause code's all I ever send!"


Mikey plug in your key and send them dits and dahs. Cause hell's broke loose in Dayton, and the devil deals the cards. Now if you win you'll get that shiny straight key made of gold. But if you lose, the devil gets your soul.

The devil plugged in his key, and he said, "I'll start this gig." And sparks flew from his linear amp as he was tunin' up his rig. And he started sendin' dits and dahs, and they made an evil hiss. And then a band of demons joined in, and it sounded somethin' like this.

(Insert CW QRM Noise)

When the devil finished, Mikey said, "Well you're pretty ole' son, but sit down on that linear amp, and let me show ya how it's done."

(In CW he sent)

Hey now devil, I got some skill. Devil's lookin' for a hamfest deal. Listen now devil, don't ya whine! That gold straight, she's a gonna be mine!

Well the devil bowed his head, because he knew that he'd been beat. And he laid that golden straight key on the ground at Michael's feet. Michael said, "Devil just come on back if ya ever wanna try me again." "I done told you once you son of a b-tch, I'm the best that's ever been!"

73, and all apologies to Charlie Daniels,

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Today is the Chesapeake Amateur Radio Service's SpringFest - a hamfest! I should be heading over later today to see the sights. I don't plan on buying anything, but you never know.


THE FARC (Forsyth Amateur Radio Club) SWAPFEST

Saturday, January 7, 2006

7AM-12 Noon

Talk in 146.64 Mhz (100Hz PL)

Summit School Parking Lot

Come be a part of one of the FARC's "Triad" of events - An all outdoor event- $5 gets you in the lot- Free coffee- BYO tables/chairs. Contact the FARC at 336-723-7388 and leave message for more info. Come swap/buy/sell or just chat!

Directions to Summit School:

Take I-40 Business to Winston-Salem.- North on Silas Creek Pkwy towards Wake Forest University- Right on Reynolda Road at WFU light. Right on Kenway Drive into Summit School lot.

The Original W4NC QSL Card from 1930

Virginia Beach Hamfest

Went to the Virginia Beach Hamfest today - while it wasn't super huge, it had the basics. Hearing the old timers on the local repeaters, this Hamfest isn't what it once was.

I made a total of three purchases:
(1) a spare battery for the D7A from a vendor - PB39M2, 9.6V @ 1450mAh (NiMH). The stock battery is a 9.6V @ 600mAh, so this should be a healthy increase in juice.
(2) a headset for the D7A - MFJ-288. Real comfortable, nice sound. They should work well with my bicycle mobile set up.
(3) and finally a small mag mount 1/4 wave 2m antenna - Workman KS 2-SMA. Intent is to also use this with the bicycle mobile setup.

Tomorrow I want to put the rack on the back of my bike and mount the antenna.