Sat Jun 8, 2019, 04:08 PM

Went to a "Silent Key" auction today...

Never been to one before.
I didn't know the operator, but the auction hall was full of familiar faces, all guys I'd talked to on the air.
At the refreshment stand outside, a rather tall gentieman engaged me in conversation. Said he was not a ham, but was thinking of becoming one. He told me he played clarinet, and that learning to associate sounds with finger movements seemed similar to morse code.

Went in and he sat near me. There was tons of equipment, the late operator was a MARS guy all the way back to Vietnam.

I was hoping for some portable sw sets, but this was all Collins, Kenwood, and the like. Some of those sets went for big bucks.

The guy I had spoken to grimaced after a pricey item went for next to nothing, got up and left.

There was lots of joking around and laughing, the auctioneer is a friend of mine with a great sense of humor.

One of the hams helping the auctioneer
with product descriptions refered to a box of assorted parts as a "box of junk".
The auctioneer corrected him. "We don't use the "J" word around here. Do they make a filter to go between hams brains and their mouths?" Lots of laughter.

A great telescope was among the items, for the purpose of, as the auctioneer put it, "seeing who you are talking to."

So a sad event was turned into a gathering of friends and sharing memories, and helping the widow at the same time.

Me? $40 bucks poorer, 2 nice Weller soldering guns... and a box of junk.

(I wonder if the late operator played clarinet?)

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Response to wonderwarthog (Original post)

Sat Jun 8, 2019, 09:14 PM

1. What sort of telescope?

I have your problem only in spades.

I tend to accumulate:

Kitchen Equipment


Scientific Equipment, particularly astronomy and anything Cold War related. I have several Geiger Counters and Survey Meters laying around. A bunch of personal Dosimiters too.

I keep trying to make to case for a Gas Chromatagraph and how it could be useful in the household to my wife but for some inexplicable reason she has drawn the line.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #1)

Sat Jun 8, 2019, 10:20 PM

2. It looked much like this...

I am unemcumbered, or unblessed, by a mitigating s.o..

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Response to wonderwarthog (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 8, 2019, 10:38 PM

3. Ah, a Newtonian

They can be a decent Light Bucket. You really want that primary mirror to be at least 6 inches across to be able to do more than just look at Mars, Jupiter, and the Rings of Saturn.

I'm a Messier Object junkie. There is something about seeing things hundreds or even millions of light years away that just gives me chills.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 9, 2019, 08:52 AM

4. Not suprised

I had to google "Messier Object", very interesting!

Apparently Messier was frustrated by objects that blocked his view of comets!

(This guy comes to mind.)

I got some of the notes that belonged to the late ham, I have never seen anything like them, and some of the "junk" is electronic components that look like microprocessors on acid.

I'd expect a guy like that to own quality equipment.

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