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4/23/2014 09:00 AM EDT
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Susan Rambo
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Re: Left Coast versions
Susan Rambo   8/14/2014 12:01:08 PM
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Thanks for tip on California electronics flea markets. I'll have to go and do a slideshow.

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stvw   8/14/2014 11:18:27 AM
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There are at least two CA Flea markets that are also worth mentioning.

For Silicon Valley there was the Foothill College Flea Market anchored by the then Electronics Museum located on the same campus.  Due to circumstances forcing the Museum off the campus (a long story in itself) the event moved through a few locals to now reside at DeAnza College.   The web bage is: http://www.electronicsfleamarket.com

The other BIG event that I'm familiar with (also an institution) is the TRW Swap Meet. The web page for that is http://www.w6trw.com/swapmeet/ and is sponsored by the W6TRW club.

Steve

 

 

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Re: Candy Store for Techies
MeasurementBlues   5/23/2014 3:22:32 PM
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DrQuine   5/23/2014 2:41:53 PM
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This MIT flea market looks like a candy store for techies. I hope that the local kids who are learning and developing electronics know about it (and wish it had existed when I was a kid building circuits in Boston a long time ago).

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Max The Magnificent   4/30/2014 11:11:59 AM
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@MeasurementBlues: ...be sure to go there again this year and post pictures.

I will certainly do so -- in the meantime Click Here to see my blog from my visit to the fleamarket last year with some photos.

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Max The Magnificent   4/30/2014 11:10:42 AM
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@Bill: Now the best thing to look for when at flea markets are power supplies, and also electromechanical components such as connectors, or motors for robotics.

At the Huntsville one last year, there were tables laden down with antique meters and vacuum tubes and ... all sorts of treasures and delights -- Click Here to see my blog with some photos

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Measurement.Blues   4/30/2014 9:54:47 AM
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@Max, be sure to go there again this year and post pictures.

"there's a humongous Hamfest here in Huntsville in the summer"

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Bill_Jaffa   4/28/2014 1:38:58 PM
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IMO, things such as this are dying out for a variety of reasons, and there is no single cause. One of the reasons is our own "success" at making electronics so small and dense that you can't do anything else with the parts, assumoing you can even get at them.

I think the golden age of flea markets was in the era of discrete transistor and small-scale ICs (DIP), when you could build circuits on perfboard or similar, and poke, probe, change components, and "mess around".

Now the best thing to look for when at flea markets are power supplies, and also electromechanical components such as connectors, or motors for robotics.

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Measurement.Blues   4/28/2014 11:45:26 AM
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I did buy some memory modules at the swapfest last year.

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Measurement.Blues   4/28/2014 11:44:32 AM
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I was at Micro Center yesterday. They have a whole section of parts: memory, P/S, I/O cards, motherboards, etc. Prices are a little high compared to Newegg or Amazon but I wanted a localstore incase of having to return the router I bought yesterday. Micro Center is about a mile from MIT.

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