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Author Topic: How in the world do Hams scratch and dent their equipment  (Read 6308 times)
N4GKS
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« Reply #15 on: November 07, 2013, 06:37:39 AM »


A pristine radio suggests some sad sack who sits there in a surgically clean room and does nothing but talk to people in his shack which rarely changes from one decade to the next thus missing 99% of the hobby.

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N4GKS
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« Reply #16 on: November 07, 2013, 06:48:41 AM »

Check out the price on this jewel. Roll Eyes

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Icom-IC-751-Radio-Transceiver-/271314118444?pt=US_Ham_Radio_Transceivers&hash=item3f2b94e72c
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W1JKA
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« Reply #17 on: November 07, 2013, 06:57:41 AM »

Re: N4GKS

I love your BS meter (being a retired Sea Captain why wouldn't I? it would go well in my radio rm.).My question, where can I buy one and does it have a calibration function?.

 
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N4GKS
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« Reply #18 on: November 07, 2013, 08:08:17 AM »

Re: N4GKS

I love your BS meter (being a retired Sea Captain why wouldn't I? it would go well in my radio rm.).My question, where can I buy one and does it have a calibration function?.

 

You can buy them at any Hamfest where the BS is knee high. Get it at the table where the same junk is sold year after year for high prices. Grin
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« Reply #19 on: November 07, 2013, 09:09:59 AM »

I say with some confidence that having kids (especially teenagers) in the house can be a major cause of scratched radios. 

You carefully store the radio with nothing close to it...
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N6GND
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« Reply #20 on: November 07, 2013, 09:44:44 AM »


Absolutely! There's can such a huge difference between people and their senses of value. The phrase "ham fisted" comes to mind (NOT a ham radio phrase, usually).

The ebay transceiver ad not only shows a dirty radio with top missing, but there's a nice piece of scotch tape across the meter and the seller's comments are almost impossible to read due to a fundamental lack of understanding of type sizing and spacing.

There are those of us who eat while operating--that explains the bug encrusted (and rusted) with pickle relish and the amp with the layer of carbonized cheese on top.

It's not that unusual to find classified ads or forum comments here written in all caps which is both ugly and hard-to-read, for me.

"Ham-fisted" has several useful meanings.
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N4GKS
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« Reply #21 on: November 07, 2013, 10:57:36 AM »

I love the missing button, knobs, lid and the fact that on top of the outrageous price he's asking, he has the guts to ask $40.00 shipping.
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G3RZP
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« Reply #22 on: November 07, 2013, 11:31:45 AM »

If you take your transceiver out to run FD, contest operating from another site, publicity type stations and so on at fairs and JOTA/GOTA, it will get a few scratches and scuffs, not matter how careful you are. When you look at keeping radios rather than selling them on to buy a new model which in reality probably isn't that much better, it doesn't matter.
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« Reply #23 on: November 07, 2013, 12:07:26 PM »

I've found that operating from mountain summits with no road access is really hard on equipment--but propagation is fantastic.   Grin

Zack W1VT
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N4GKS
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« Reply #24 on: November 07, 2013, 02:00:36 PM »

I could knock a radio down a flight of stairs like a slinky and have a better rig than some of the ones I see on Ebay. I moved my rigs off the desk every month to dust and clean and never put a scuff on anything. Excuse making seems to be a hobby to some.
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G3RZP
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« Reply #25 on: November 07, 2013, 02:13:46 PM »

Move rigs? Clean? I take it you clean the house as well!!!! OK, I'm sort of joking.....on occasion, even I dust, polish, vacuum and clean if the cleaner can't get in and it's important....
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N4GKS
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« Reply #26 on: November 07, 2013, 04:00:11 PM »

I give my English butler time off on occasion.  Grin
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« Reply #27 on: November 07, 2013, 04:14:40 PM »

Man the Lifeboats.

Clif
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N4GKS
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« Reply #28 on: November 07, 2013, 04:24:59 PM »

Man the Lifeboats.

Clif

Hey Clif, while you have my 450 can you make it do 200 watts? It's really getting deep now.
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