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Old 5th May 2010, 04:12 PM   #11
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Went to NEAR-Fest last week-end just outside of Manchester NH, and usually make it to a couple at MIT as well.

This year's NEAR-Fest was actually very good, lots of vendors present - probably one of the best attended in recent years. Seems like eBay may have finally priced themselves into a range where it makes economic sense to sell some items at Hamfests instead.

I scored a very nice Fluke 8050A-01 bench top DMM with good batteries and a minor problem due to the input having been over-voltaged. Turns out the replacement varistors are available from Digikey and are very inexpensive.

Also picked up a 40yr old Power Designs 6005 10V/20V reference power supply which works and needs a little TLC.

Picked up some UTC transformers, and chokes, various LEDs for cathode bias, and some nice Vishay film caps.

Plenty of tubes in evidence and a fair amount of audio gear, I have plenty of tubes and did not buy any this time around.

Worth the trip IMO. Felt I got some good deals. For a while I thought this was a dying phenomenon, but thanks to recent ePay fee hikes it seems to be coming back strong.
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Old 6th May 2010, 09:45 PM   #12
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I have my schedule cleared for Dayton, but am leaning toward not going this year.

I've been the last two or three years in a row, really don't need anything right now, but the homebrew corner has kinda aroused my interest - I think I would enjoy looking at some of the projects and seeing how others do things. I changed the oil in my car last night just in case I have a last minute change of mind.

I like to go out a day early so as to go up to Fair Radio Sales, and see the Neal Armstrong museum at Wapokenata (sp?).

Am definitely going to HamCom.

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edit: some of this Spring's little Hamfests around here have been the best I've seen in quite a few years. I think Hamfesting may be making a bit of a comeback.
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Old 7th May 2010, 12:06 AM   #13
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Lucky me i live in columbus ohio only a shrt drive just got into tubes didnt know the BIGEST ham fest is in my neck of the wood. ill be there for sure
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Old 7th May 2010, 01:21 AM   #14
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I've been the last two or three years in a row, really don't need anything right now, but the homebrew corner has kinda aroused my interest - I think I would enjoy looking at some of the projects and seeing how others do things.
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I have been to Dayton 2 out of the past 3 years. I brought back far too much stuff last year, and I certainly don't need any more stuff, in fact I have been eliminating stuff by the ton in the last 2 years.

Why am I going? of course I will find some stuff that I just got to have, but I am really trying to limit the cubic volume this time. I go to see people, and of course check out what others are doing. I hold an Extra class license, but I have no desire to buy an Icom and yack up the airwaves. I just happen to be a two - way radio designer in my day job, so I plan to design and build my own ham SDR. Of course, I don't have time for this right now, but talk is cheap.....you can only learn so much on the web.

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I changed the whole car! I changed the oil (and a few other things) about 3 weeks ago. Then my trusty 11 year old Volvo wagon decided to reboot itself in the middle of traffic during a heavy rain storm. So I sold my truck and the wagon and got a 2 year old Honda Element. It's nowhere as nice as the wagon, doesn't haul as much stuff as the truck, but has a warantee and should last a while. It will also lower my average cost per mile driven too. I just arrived at my mother in laws house in West Virginia after driving it 1200 miles. 27 MPG, about the same as the wagon and better than twice that of the truck!

So now I'm 200 miles from Dayton and I WILL be there. I'm going sometime Thursday.
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Old 7th May 2010, 01:45 AM   #15
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I was wondering what you got. I've been looking at the "cubical" type cars for my next one, though I'd probably go for something smaller like a Scion XB or Nissan Cube.
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I was wondering what you got......though I'd probably go for something smaller like a Scion XB or Nissan Cube.
I had a 1999 Volvo V70 that I inherited when my father passed. I also had a 2003 F150 with a camper on the bed that I inherited from Sherris step dad. I did not choose either car. Both original owners were ill for some time so both cars were not well maintained. I would have never picked a Volvo wagon but after driving it for 35K miles and only changing the oil and a battery, I really liked its luxury, junk hauling ability, and low operating cost. It however needed a bunch of things (water pump, timing belt, fuel pump, CV joints, etc) that added up to 1.5K in parts cost (assuming I did the repairs). The F150 however had only 30K miles, but it got 10 MPG in town and 14 on the road, and drove like a tank. It would have lasted for years, but I didn't like it and only put 2500 miles on it in 3 years.

I decided to sell both and get something that I would like that would save money long term. I needed the utility and economy of a wagon, but they are all but extinct today. I don't want another thirsty tank, so that rules out most SUV's. Sherri has a Jeep Patriot which is a very efficient small SUV, but it doesn't haul much. I would put it in the same league with the Xb / Cube / Soul, but in her eyes looks much better. I wanted more cargo space, so we set out looking. The very first vehicle we looked at was a used Element with 13K miles (found on Cars.com). Sherri thought it was fugly! The dealer had it for 5 months (Carfax tells you this) and the battery was dead indicating that it hadn't been started in a long time (no test drives). We jokingly made an offer that was $4K less than the asking price and left. After looking at dozens of cars (only Carmax had any customers) for a week, the dealer with the Element accepted our lowball offer, and Sherri agreed if I wouldn't call it the toaster. So we drove our "kitchen appliance" 1200 miles, and I think it was a good choice for the price. It is noiser than the Volvo, and not quite as comfortable. It holds more "stuff" than the Volvo but not as much as the truck. Far more cargo space than the Jeep or a Cube or Xb. At the end of this trip I will have driven it 3000 miles.

My only compliant deals with the 5 speed automatic trans. It is perfect in city and normal driving, but lacks a way to manually engage 4th gear. There is a button on the shifter to engage 3rd. Driving in the mountains of West Virginia would be easier if there was a means to engage 4th. The average speed on the interstate was 70 to 80 and it is hard to hold this speed on upgrades. The cruise control causes constant gear shifting and dropping the trans into 3rd at 75 really spins the motor. Applying enough trottle to cause a downshift causes a nearly instand 10 MPH speed increase. The Jeep uses a CVT and the Volvo wagon only had 4 gears.
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I'm currently driving a 2002 PT cruiser, which has enough extra room so I can haul things when I need to. I like to limit myself to things that I can pick up myself, so that helps a lot. I may just decide to keep the PT (it's paid for, the best kind of car) until something sensible comes along that has a small-block diesel under the hood. A mini-pickup with a 4-cylinder diesel would be perfect, but I don't expect any of the butt-heads in the auto industry to market something as sensible as that any time soon.
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Maybe something like this will keep the volume of purchases low, 660cc with 12lb boost, 38mpg on the highway. Should do better. This is my only car. OK you can stop laughing now
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This is a rather big one, all sorts of electronics stuff (including some tubes etc.):

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There are plenty of smaller HAM/electronics fairs around Europe, I'm sure you can find something much closer to you than Germany
Thanks Arnulf!
I checked in the web and cant find any closer to me! Portugal/Spain/France/ or Holland !
I Go twice a year to holland (Amsterdam) ,but i dont know if there is such event there! Nothing in the web!
Any Dutch member that knows about this in Holland?
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I'm currently driving a 2002 PT cruiser, which has enough extra room so I can haul things when I need to. I like to limit myself to things that I can pick up myself, so that helps a lot. I may just decide to keep the PT (it's paid for, the best kind of car) until something sensible comes along that has a small-block diesel under the hood. A mini-pickup with a 4-cylinder diesel would be perfect, but I don't expect any of the butt-heads in the auto industry to market something as sensible as that any time soon.
Please let me have a Diesel, manual gearbox, Transit Connect. If y'all want the @Ford.com emails to let them know you'd buy one just let me know. For me, that drivetrain in a Fusion would be ideal...
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