I used to go to Deerfield in the early 80's too and got some good treasures.
I lived in Connecticut at the time. Even when I lived in New Jersey in the
early 90's, I got good things at hamfests. But in the late 90's and early
00's here in Florida there is nothing to be had at hamfests if you are
builder or boat anchor kind of a ham. If you are looking for laser
flashlights or ridiculously priced coax connectors, you are in luck.
The last thing of any value I got at a hamfest was 2 years ago when I got a
pristine HP 606B for $40. I have picked up a tube here and there for my
tube caddy. Considering the cost of driving to the hamfest and paying to
get in, I could have gotten them cheaper on eBay.
From: Harold Mandel [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, June 05, 2006 2:44 PM
To: email@example.com; PlanerGuy@aol.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: RE: [Amps] emtron dx-1???
Looking at the pictures of the amplifier and knowing
what goes on with some Dx-types you might be looking at
an actual bargain.
What with Mil-Surplus Russki HV doorknobs in the high-KVaR
department and an un-neutralized final, control boards without
nomenclature on components, etc., it might be a real boatanchor!
As for hamfests, you never know. When I started on a re-mod
of a brand-new Alpha 77Sx in the early '80's I went and sold a
mint SB-220 with all the latest mods for $400 at the Deerfield
hamfest in NH, just for some ready cash, and it took twenty
minutes to do so.
So there are treasures still to be found. If you don't go, you
can't discover. Lastly, just going for the eyeball-QSO's with
people worked but hardly ever met was worth the gas.
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