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Rcurl
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What a hoot!
Rcurl   8/19/2013 5:32:56 PM
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The Huntsville Hamfest was definitely a blast!! I just had to make too many trips back to the car with all my plunder.

Next year I'll bring a pushcart to hold all the stuff and wear my Capnet beanie so us geeks can find each other.

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Re: What a hoot!
Max The Magnificent   8/20/2013 9:51:52 AM
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Hi Rick -- I'm still embarrassed that I didn't think to bring my wireless mesh networked propeller beanie (click here to see these little rascals in action) -- maybe for next year we shoudl modify the code so that they help you hone in on a fellow wearer -- maybe flashing the led that points in the right direction -- or getting them to emit "hotter" and "colder" sounds...

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Susan Rambo   8/20/2013 4:04:34 AM
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And here's a Ham show Doug Grant wrote about in July. Apparently it's a huge show--the biggest in Europe, according to the article. It's the Ham Operators' Paradise at Friedrichshafen's Flea Market and it has a lot of Soviet-era keepsakes.

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Max The Magnificent   8/20/2013 9:55:56 AM
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@Susan: ....and it has a lot of Soviet-era keepsakes.

Ooohhhh -- I would LOVE to go to that one. My problem is lack of space -- did you see the Welcome to the Pleasure Dome video and slideshow about my office?

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kfield   8/21/2013 10:58:25 AM
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@susanrambo I wonder if they had Nixie tubes for sale?

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Max The Magnificent   8/21/2013 12:34:20 PM
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@kfield: I wonder if they had Nixie tubes for sale?

I didn't see any, but I wasn't thinking ... I should have asked that tube guy -- I'll make a point of looking for them next year...

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Max The Magnificent   8/20/2013 9:53:10 AM
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@MeasurementBlues: How often do they have the MIT Fleamarkets?

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MeasurementBlues   8/20/2013 10:43:31 AM
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@Max, Third Sunday of the month, April through October.

http://mitflea.com

What is this thing I saw in May, anyway?



Rcurl
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Rcurl   8/20/2013 1:11:42 PM
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@MeasurementBlues: I think it's a double pole contactor. Can't tell for certain, though.

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MeasurementBlues   8/20/2013 1:20:37 PM
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@Rcurl, plenty more where that came from if you floow the links in my first post in this thread.

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kfield   8/21/2013 11:00:11 AM
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Max, you must have been like a kid in a candy store. Backpack? Sounds like you could have used a forklift to carry away everything you saw that you wanted to buy!

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Max The Magnificent   8/21/2013 12:35:41 PM
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@kfield: Sounds like you could have used a forklift to carry away everything you saw that you wanted to buy!


My chum Rick Curl had a backpack, but he had to make multiple trips back to his car to stash everything he was buying. I did see one guy walking aroudn with a big suitcase on wheels -- that was a good idea :-)

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kfield   8/22/2013 4:42:20 PM
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Question: What did his wife say when he brought all that junk in? LOL!

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Max The Magnificent   8/22/2013 4:55:28 PM
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@kfield: What did his wife say when he brought all that junk in? LOL!

If you are talking about my chum Rick Curl, then his wife -- Cynthia -- probably said "you should give that rubbish to Max... he'll never even notice it in his office! (LOL)

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Good find
Susan Rambo   8/20/2013 4:06:24 AM
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Good find on the $2 meters. And someday I will ask about the "Man vs. Woman Display-O-Meter."

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Max The Magnificent   8/20/2013 9:59:04 AM
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@Susan: Good find on the $2 meters.

If you'd been there you woudl have seen a man cackling with delight :-)

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Max The Magnificent   8/20/2013 9:59:53 AM
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@Susan: Someday I will ask about the "Man vs. Woman Display-O-Meter."


Be afraid ... be very afraid :-)

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Susan Rambo   8/20/2013 1:19:43 PM
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@Max, I am afraid. Really. Actually, someone told me a story about an old equipment sale that the local rad lab used to have every month. I went to it once. You could buy old oscilloscopes and other electronic equipment. Apparently the lab shut the sale down when they found they had accidently sold a cyclotron.

 

 

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Get a ham license, too!
KB6NU   8/20/2013 4:42:11 PM
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Don't just support the hamfest. Get a ham radio license, too (if you don't already have one). Getting a Technician Class license--the license class for newcomers--is really pretty simple. And, you can download my study guide for free by going to http://www.kb6nu.com/tech-manual.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me.

73, Dan KB6NU

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Max The Magnificent   8/21/2013 12:33:03 PM
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@KB6NU: Don't just support the hamfest. Get a ham radio license, too...

One of my friends said the same thing ... I'm thinking about it -- but so much to do and so little time to do it all...

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KB6NU   8/21/2013 2:25:48 PM
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I hear you. On the other hand, it really doesn't take much time to get the license, and you never know when you'll want to do something that requires one. When that happens, you'll be all set.

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Susan Rambo   8/21/2013 2:46:42 PM
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Hi KB6NU  i read this blog a year ago and i wondered if i should learn. Ham is a good thing to know in an emergency.

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EB2   9/5/2013 9:42:22 AM
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I enjoy supporting charity events, The Prouty ($2.7 million in 2013 for a cancer center), Vermont 50 and Vermont 100 (support Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sport), Covered Bridges Half Marathon. One is not effective doing "Em Comm" (Emergency Communications), unless a lot of time is spent before a disaster learning the operations and becoming proficient and efficient.

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Max The Magnificent   8/21/2013 3:18:17 PM
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@KB6NU: I hear you. On the other hand, it really doesn't take much time to get the license, and you never know when you'll want to do something that requires one.

But as soon as I get my license, you'll be telling me that I really shoudl learn Morse Code... when will it all end? LOL

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EB2   9/5/2013 9:35:21 AM
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Max, I think you are more the type for moonbounce, AKA EME (Earth-Moon-Earth), which is communicating by bouncing signals off the the moon.

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EB2   9/5/2013 9:43:44 AM
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Will come in handy for Maxfield Galactic Industries.

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Max The Magnificent   9/5/2013 9:49:33 AM
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@EB2: I think you are more the type for moonbounce, AKA EME (Earth-Moon-Earth)...

Did you see that episode of The Big Bang Theory when they were on the roof of their appartment bouncing a laser beam off the moon ... that was a good one (of course the yare all good ones :-)

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EB2   9/5/2013 12:23:51 PM
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I don't regularly watch "Big Bang". If we can come up with a machine that harvests energy when our spouse rolls their eyes, then I will watch, and be able to go off-grid. 

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Max The Magnificent   9/5/2013 12:26:42 PM
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@EB2: If we can come up with a machine that harvests energy when our spouse rolls their eyes...

I could power our house using a machine that harvested energy from my wife's tongue (she's not standing behind me, is she? :-)

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EB2   9/5/2013 12:28:52 PM
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I do see a shadow, Max? .... Max? ..... MAX????

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cool!
rick merritt   8/28/2013 5:12:19 PM
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Very cool

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