[Boatanchors] Another Belton Swapfest

Robert w4rl at bellsouth.net
Mon Apr 22 21:16:02 EDT 2013

Thanks, Marshall, for all the great Belton photos you took and shared.  
Nick England in NC does similarly  working the Atlantic coast, down, and 
inland. Looks like you've been tagged as the Texas free agent 
photographer along with Kees, your side kick reporter on the scene for 
hamfest coverage.  <grin>

tnx es 73 de robert w4rl pensacola sk

On 4/22/2013 4:36 PM, Marshall Dues (K5MMD) wrote:
> Hello, All,
> I went to Belton and took about 50 or so pictures of boatanchors for sale
> and have posted them at the following URL:
> http://s808.photobucket.com/user/mmdues/library/?sort=2&page=1
> I tried to get them into a file that I named:  Belton Hamfest April 2013,
> but it seems they went to a file named: Library.  So I hope they are
> visible to all.  By the way,  the National NCX-5 followed me home (for
> $25.00!).  No power supply, and sans final PA tubes, otherwise in very good
> shape.
> The overnight temps fell to 38 degrees after a late "blue norther", but it
> warmed into the mid 60s in a cloudless and very blue sky.  I drove back to
> Katy (Houston area, for you Yankees),
> but had to stop in Rogers at the Dancing Bee Winery and Honey Farm for a
> quart of Central Texas Wildflower honey, then enjoyed a bluebonnet lined
> road to Brenham, where I stopped for lunch at the Southern Flyer airport
> restaurant.  It's a neat 50s style diner with poodle-skirted, pony tailed,
> bobby soxer waitresses and 50s only music on the juke box.
> What an enjoyable weekend I had!
> Regards,
> Marshall Dues, K5MMD
> Katy, Texas
> On Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 1:50 PM, Kees & Sandy <windy10605 at juno.com> wrote:
>> Another Belton Swapfest in the rearview mirror. It was great with quite a
>> few more attendees and sellers than last time. Always good to see everyone
>> and test yourself on remembering names ;o). Some of the old guys actually
>> looked better than they had in previous years. One example is Roy Acuff
>> (the ham). That Hill Country (Burnet) air living must be really good for
>> you.
>> This time the "rig de jour" was Drake equipment, it was everywhere
>> ..........in the parking lot ........in trunks........inside on the floor,
>> .....inside on tables. Much of it was gone or had "moved to another spot"
>> by Thursday evening. In fact that happens quite a bit with the "good deals"
>> on Thursday. The "rig de jour" has been the R-390/A but this time I only
>> saw 3 of the R-390/A's.
>> Saturday I had some WCARC club member stuff and shared my table with a
>> good friend from Austin whose wife and he had agreed that he needs to "thin
>> the herd" so at least he has a path through his "stuff". He had brought
>> quite a bit and ended up taking up a lot of floor space (the really good
>> stuff was on the table) and stuff like a BIG Boonton signal generator was
>> not too popular......even later on for FREE. You know the feeling, big
>> boatanchors, great in their day, too good to just throw out and you would
>> feel guilty ......have to find someone who appreciates it and will give it
>> a good home. Nearing the end of the event, I put my specialized skills to
>> use, knowing a few sellers who would take ANY "free stuff". Three hand
>> trucks later, much of the floor stuff had found a new home.
>> I saw a Tektronics 453 and 454 go for $30 for the pair. A BC-221 in good
>> condition for $10 (we had 3 at our table). Many ARC-5 units selling for $20
>> to $5 each. In fact, I had a reasonably complete Q5er for$5 which did not
>> sell. The activity, as usual, started Thursday afternoon and the weather
>> was beautiful, cool and a few clouds. One fellow came in (before I got
>> there) with lots of items marked with a price on a piece of blue tape. I
>> saw many pickups with purchased gear in the back with a little piece of
>> blue tape with $1, $2, etc on it. He sold most of his stuff in short order
>> and there were several "the one that got away" stories".  Not a single
>> BC-348 was seen......that surprised me, but then again , can't be
>> everywhere, especially if you have a seller table. One guy had some
>> interesting CW keys and other (estate?) stuff on a trailer but he never
>> came back to several guys sitting on the fenders of his trailer waiting. I
>> think he missed some early sales.
>> I saw Monty walking around with a-n-o-t-h-e-r  keyer/paddle combination he
>> had just purchased.....good for QRP.
>> Richard from New Caney was there as always, with his overalls riding
>> around on an electric scooter pulling a wagon which was generally loaded as
>> he headed back to his pickup with the loot. I think he attends all the
>> events within a ~300mi radius of New Caney. If you have older US made tube
>> gear in good to excellent condition, It's great to see Richard coming
>> around. He just buys and buys and loads up his warehouse. He's VERY
>> knowledgeable on the old gear and ALWAYS owns several examplesof
>> "everything" in his warehouse.
>> One fellow had a number of 6ft rack cabinets outside, ..........talk about
>> hauling. There were only two serious tube vendors this time, there are
>> usually more. A few strange military items I couldn't identify and several
>> towers. One guy had parts by the pound in the outside area and he sold a
>> surprising amount. Nice to find 450V electrolytics.
>> The usual contingent of Yaesu, Kenwood, Icom gear was everywhere.
>> Of course, a meal at the BBQ place on Central St in Belton was in order at
>> the close.
>> 73 Kees K5BCQ
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