Sunday, October 30, 2011

10/11 TRW Swap after-action report.

I unloaded a lot of small bits of junk, definitely took in enough cash to make up for the sleep deprivation. I did not, however, sell any of my "big ticket" (and physically large) items shown in the post below. A lot of serious lookers asked a lot of questions, but no one threw out any offers. Thats just how it goes some months. I take a few non-ham items for the heck of it, I finally sold a pair of Mr. Gasket cast aluminum small-block Ford valve covers that I've literally been trying to sell for 5 years or more!

I did drag these home, a Navy RBW panadapter (that has the unfortunate 5 Mhz IF instead of the desireable 455 Khz.) and a working General Electric Phoenix UHF radio on 446.0 and some other repeater pair. (they don't do PL, apparently.) I verified its functionality right on my own swap meet table with the radio in the Exploder.


I was hoping to see some more two-way/pageing/analog cellular 900 Mhz junk... I did find a guy with a 900 Mhz Motorola Maxtrac.
He said "Make me a good offer" when I asked him how much. I hate it when they do that!!! Throw out a number for crying out loud.
So I said "How about ten bucks?"
"Thats not a good offer." Then he wouldn't speak to me, and I moved on.  I wanted to say Hey buddy, you're at a Ham Radio swap meet, you're dealing with some of the cheapest people on the planet! (and in the case of TRW, some of the most malodorous.) My additional theory is that a lot of these "regulars" I see there don't have more than three bucks on them, based on their past purchase history. ;)

There was another guy who had some Spectra control heads, it took him quite a while to decide he wanted $10 each for them. Not knowing so much about them, I passed.

I didn't see anything super-duper cool, or any particular item that I really had to exercise the self-restraint to not mortgage the farm for, so it was a good day in that respect!  I had wanted to take a picture of all my junk set up, but somehow that didn't quite happen. Next time!  I'll be out there  selling again in November. Won't be in December, but I may go to browse. The last Saturday of January will be the Desert Rats Hamfest in Palm Springs, I plan to take a load of junk down there to sell. What I call the coldest, darkest depths of the Southern California Winter was shorts and T-shirt weather down there last year!

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