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Bill_Jaffa
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Re: Hamfests
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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Re: Busted! I am an addict. Love junk electronics.
BrainiacVI   4/28/2014 11:05:32 AM
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http://www.arrl.org/hamfests-and-conventions-calendar

The ARRL has a nationwide calendar at the website above.

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BrainiacVI   4/28/2014 11:02:44 AM
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I'll go along with Max that there are fewer tinkerers. I go for computer hardware along with odds and ends like sheets of rubber feet.

Computer stores used to be rare and far between and concentrated on complete systems, but nowadays you can go to Best Buy, Office Max, Staples, etc., and pick up hard drives, network cards, RAM, etc. Micro Age and Fry's sell cabinets and motherboards. And NewEgg and Tiger Direct for online orders at good prices.

The weekend sellers at the hamfests could not compete nor keep up on changing stock.

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Max The Magnificent   4/28/2014 10:03:00 AM
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Hamfests AKA Electronics Flea Markets seem to be dying out


For one thing there are fewer hobbiests building their own stuff. Having said that, there's a humongous Hamfest here in Huntsville in the summer -- I went for the firest time last year and I was blown away by the size of the thing -- also I picked up lots of cool antique analog meters -- I'll be going back again this summer for sure!!!

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Measurement.Blues   4/28/2014 9:10:28 AM
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Hamfests AKA Electronics Flea Markets seem to be dying out

What do you attribute to the "dying?" eBay?

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Re: Busted! I am an addict. Love junk electronics.
jheissjr   4/27/2014 10:09:32 PM
I would love to attend a ham fest.  Is anyone aware of any in the Philadelphia area?

 

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Busted! I am an addict. Love junk electronics.
BOMBOVA   4/26/2014 3:29:33 PM
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a lot of my chips,    ECL's and some CMOS   has gold bonding wire,   and 80 20 gold / tin, paste,  and the gold plated circuit boards, are now profitable to refine.   So my junk pile is a gold mine.   but some of you all,  knew that .   Cheers hunters of good electronic scrap.      never enough 1 percent resistors,   or 50 MFD's at 16 V. in hand.   

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David Ashton   4/24/2014 9:32:40 PM
I'd be in 7th heaven there I think Martin.   Max still has not got his star trek teleporter working so I'm not likely to get there soon.   My wife will be pleased about that..... :-)

I reckon I could set up a stall there too,,,, get rid of some of my junk surplus stuff to make room for the things I would buy....

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