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Title: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: WY7I on May 04, 2018, 11:32:51 AM
As we hams get older, the subject of what to do with many years' accumulation of "radio stuff" when we pass away seems to come up more often. What are some ideas others have had in liquidating the shack by non-ham executors? We wouldn't want it all to become donations to charity, would we? What about those towers, rotors, SteppiR's, lightning arrestors, fancy keys and keyers, a gazillion "parts", tubes, and so forth? What is supposed to happen to those? QSL cards? Awards and trophies? That new Elecraft K3S? An Alpha '87A?

Throw out some ideas and let's kick them around!
 ::)


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: K4JJL on May 04, 2018, 11:41:20 AM
When one of my friends died, the local club boxed up his stuff and took it to hamfests.  Proceeds from the sales were given to his wife.  I bought a bunch of stuff from her, too.  As I was leaving, she dumped even more stuff in the back of my truck.  Most SOs are usually just happy to reclaim the space in their house.


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: ON5MF on May 04, 2018, 11:58:43 AM
Me and a ham friend have a mutual agreement that if something would happen to one of us the other will take gare of the ham gear. Of course our spouses know about this agreement.


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: G3RZP on May 04, 2018, 03:40:46 PM
In the UK, the Vintage and Military Amateur Radio Society offer a service for the families of member SKs. In some case, an offer is made for the lot if very rapid clearance is required: in others, the stuff is catalogued, collected and offered for sale at the periodic auctions we hold for a donation of between 10 to 20% of the sales value achieved.

It means that the relatives possibly get rather less than they would on ebay, but avoid the problems of having to advertise and despatch equipment - and boxes of small stuff can be easily disposed off rather than having to go to the refuse disposal. That can be a big plus, because within the EU, the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Directive (WEEED) is quite particular on disposing of old electrical and electronic waste. Items such as NiCd batteries, lead acid batteries, equipment containing tin-lead solder, capacitors and oil filled transformers with PCBs or PCFs, mercury cells, mercury vapour rectifiers, asbestos, and tubes and meters containing radio active material and other hazardous waste materials cannot be dumped in household waste, and if done, can attract large fines. The WEEE Directive is clear that all electrical and electronic waste should be disposed of in accordance with the Directive and the local council are responsible for providing free facilities.....But  relatives of SKs are most unlikely to be aware of the hazardous waste materials in old radio equipment, and so could fall foul of the law if they just dump it in normal household waste.

After some auctions,  relatives have received as much as $15,000 - when they never thought the equipment was worth so much.


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: K8AXW on May 04, 2018, 09:53:46 PM
Prior to facing serious surgery I was slammed in the face with this very question.  The problem wasn't what was going to happen to it but I had to simplify the problem for my survivor(s).

What I came up with took several days but I felt some better after finishing it.

I used a 3-rig note book (so pages could be added or deleted if necessary) with each item listed, the approximate current worth, where to find the instruction manual and put a small sticker at the end of the description with a number written on it.

I then went to that item and the instruction manual and stuck identical stickers with that same number on each one.

So now my wife or executor knows what each item's approximate worth. 

Of course it will probably wind up in a landfill but that will no longer be MY problem!

Thanks for bringing this up....my note book is long overdue for an update!


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: DL8OV on May 06, 2018, 01:26:16 AM
The contents of my shack/workshop are left to the local radio club in my will. There are some good people there and I am sure that all of the gear will either be used or find a new home.

One thing nobody has mentioned, data protection. My bequest asks that they delete the contents of all hard drives.

Peter DL8OV


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: K9AAV on May 06, 2018, 09:23:04 AM
In my area (the Midwest) a fellow ham K9FDX Bob Kuenzi (262-366-9699) specializes in SK estates.   My wife has instructions to call him in case I pass away.   He will come to an SK's location & purchase ALL of his ham equipment including antennas, connectors, books, etc. and pay the widow CASH for all the ham stuff.  He has instructions to "clean out" my ham shack if I pass.   Only thing is he pays a wholesale price for the equipment as he than takes it to various hamfests or puts it on eBay.   He told me he has paid some ham
estates in excess of 10 Grand (Cash) for all the equipment.   This sure saves a ham's family from listing stuff on eBay and having to ship out the stuff.   So anyone interested give him a call to make arrangements.    Just my .02 cents worth.   73  Denny  K9AAV


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: K8AXW on May 06, 2018, 11:22:07 AM
AAV:  curious....how does your wife know she's getting a fair price? Or does it matter?

I understand; a survivor seldom gets the true "worth" of anything left by the deceased. 

In my case I made it clear that anything close to the recorded value is OK....but some things like my Bird watt-meter with a drawer full of slugs, my two amps, table saw, drill press and such things are worth more than $50.00 each!

In a few cases close to home, the widow simply gave the stuff away....which is great but if the widow needs the money it becomes a bit more important.



Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: WY7I on May 06, 2018, 01:32:04 PM
All great ideas, and appreciated! Keep 'em comin'!

P.


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: N1CX on May 06, 2018, 02:45:38 PM
I'm taking my 7300 and hexbeam with me... Gotta be some good dx wherever I end up  ;D


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: G3RZP on May 06, 2018, 04:30:51 PM
Put in the coffin with you in the same way as the ancient Egyptians?


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: K9AAV on May 06, 2018, 05:38:56 PM
AXW  I guess it doesn't matter that much.   My wife is semi disabled & doesn't know anything about my ham stuff.
And there is no ham club near me to help out at all & my wife doesn't have a clue about using eBay.   Also I have
had a conversation with John a few times at local hamfests & also have been able to trade radio's with him.   So I
have some amount of confidence in him doing the right thing.    And in my case my wife would just appreciate it
if all my ham stuff would be removed by someone who knows what he is doing.   Also the pricing of my stuff would
not be a big deal for my wife.   Just get rid of all of it.  Hi Hi.     By the way some years ago I knew a local fellow
who played trumpet in a band & taps at veterans funerals.   Well they had his trumped in his casket with him & I
was told they left it in there when they closed it as that is what he had wanted.   Well, no radio's in my casket.

Denny   


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: K0UA on May 06, 2018, 06:17:40 PM
Put in the coffin with you in the same way as the ancient Egyptians?

A fellow I knew pretty well, went SK about 3 years ago and the 756pro3 was put in the casket with him.

In my opinion a waste of a good rig, but it was his wishes.


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: KE0ZU on May 06, 2018, 06:38:56 PM
I have a friend who is considerably younger than I, who has an electronics auction company, and is a ham, who will handle all my junque for the wife.   He is also fairly familiar with my collection.

My son will get first crack at things, but since he isn't a ham, and has his own lifetime collection preferred toys I suspect most all will go on the block.


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: N1CX on May 06, 2018, 07:14:58 PM
SEE?! DX  ;D

Put in the coffin with you in the same way as the ancient Egyptians?

A fellow I knew pretty well, went SK about 3 years ago and the 756pro3 was put in the casket with him.

In my opinion a waste of a good rig, but it was his wishes.


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: KC8KTN on May 06, 2018, 08:59:43 PM
Wow Depressing .  Everyone be kind... Everyone Be Safe. 73sz....


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: K8AXW on May 06, 2018, 09:35:54 PM
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I'm taking my 7300 and hexbeam with me...

May I suggest some Heliax....ya know....just in case..... ::)


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: W0BKR on May 07, 2018, 01:46:09 AM
I have a friend who has it documented that all his gear is to be gathered up and buried.  He doesn't want his XYL to have to deal with the vultures...don't blame him. I prefer to delegate someone to handle that issue for me and dispose of it...at least the XYL won't have to worry about it. 


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: N1CX on May 07, 2018, 02:42:28 AM
Don't need coax in the afterlife...It's WIRELESS  ;D

Quote
I'm taking my 7300 and hexbeam with me...

May I suggest some Heliax....ya know....just in case..... ::)


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: K9MHZ on May 07, 2018, 05:50:50 AM
Wow Depressing....
True.  Not to mention how little money those CB radios will bring.


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: WZ7U on May 07, 2018, 11:48:56 AM
Wow Depressing....
True.  Not to mention how little money those CB radios will bring.
::) :D :D :D :D :D


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: AD8AT on May 10, 2018, 09:57:51 AM
My biggest fear is that when I pass, my wife will sell all my gear (ham, firearms, and Harley) for what I told her I paid for it.


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: K8AXW on May 10, 2018, 10:13:49 AM
AT:  LOL....that would be considered "poetic justice!" 

But, the uptick of this is you got to play with ALL of these toys whereas playing it straight you might not have.





Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: KC2QYM on May 10, 2018, 12:03:07 PM
I've instructed my estate in my will to destroy all my ham gear prior to dumping it at the recycling center.  Why? To avoid giving scavenger hams the satisfaction of ripping off my family by offering a penny on the dollar. I have seen many low life people in this hobby gleefully boast of how little they paid some widow for any variety of amateur radio items.  I would rather go to my rest knowing that greedy lowlifes won't get their paws on my stuff. I even set up a sledge hammer on the workbench with an itemized list on the wall of what to destroy. 


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: SOFAR on May 10, 2018, 12:13:27 PM
I've instructed my estate in my will to destroy all my ham gear prior to dumping it at the recycling center.  Why? To avoid giving scavenger hams the satisfaction of ripping off my family by offering a penny on the dollar. I have seen many low life people in this hobby gleefully boast of how little they paid some widow for any variety of amateur radio items.  I would rather go to my rest knowing that greedy lowlifes won't get their paws on my stuff. I even set up a sledge hammer on the workbench with an itemized list on the wall of what to destroy. 

Eh, they can still sell the gear, doubt your instructions will be followed.

Does it matter what it's sold for?

If your heirs want to make a quick buck, or hold out for top-dollar. It's their choice.


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: W4KVW on May 10, 2018, 05:59:00 PM
Wow Depressing .  Everyone be kind... Everyone Be Safe. 73sz....

Nothing depressing about where I am going.It will be far better than anything life here has to offer.Guess you don't have the same belief's that I do? We are all dying to go & no way of avoiding it.People stress over it which causes them an earlier death.Don't stress over anything that you can't control & live each day as it is your last because eventually one of them will be.Nothing we possess here really belongs to us,we just have use of it until we are gone & then someone else may possess it & so on & so on.Taking anything to a grave with you just leaves your remains & those items in the hole because neither are going anywhere.  ;D ;)

Clayton
W4KVW


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: KB2FCV on May 11, 2018, 08:08:20 AM
I still hopefully have several more decades to go before it's off to the great beyond. I suppose as I start getting farther up there in years I will downsize a lot and let go of some things so that it's pretty minimal and easy to get rid of / sell. If something unfortunate or sudden were to happen to me... I guess the club would assist with helping get rid of things as they have done in the past with other members.


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: K8AXW on May 11, 2018, 10:34:33 AM
I think it would be quite difficult to find someone with the time and inclination to take a ham radio estate, research the value of each piece and then have the hassle of disposing of it.

We'e talking about many phone calls, emails and conversations like, "I have no idea of the operating condition" and "I'll backtrack and see if the widow has any idea where the manual is."

For a ham who has accumulated a great deal of gear and parts to leave the disposal to his grieving widow without instructions (written if necessary) is very inconsiderate. 

Unless of course if you don't mind the "first come, first served" vultures "helping" the widow to clean house!

In all fairness, this also works the other way around.  My wife has several collections of everything from fancy glassware to pots and pans that I will never use if she passes first.

A will is primary and then "what to do with the rest" is second and should be discussed.  Oh, good luck with that with your wife!


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: K4JJL on May 11, 2018, 10:40:06 AM
I've instructed my estate in my will to destroy all my ham gear prior to dumping it at the recycling center.  Why? To avoid giving scavenger hams the satisfaction of ripping off my family by offering a penny on the dollar. I have seen many low life people in this hobby gleefully boast of how little they paid some widow for any variety of amateur radio items.  I would rather go to my rest knowing that greedy lowlifes won't get their paws on my stuff. I even set up a sledge hammer on the workbench with an itemized list on the wall of what to destroy. 

Hell, burn the whole house down.  It's not just hams that are lowlife scavengers ripping off estates.


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: K6CPO on May 11, 2018, 11:32:51 AM
One of club members was suffering from dementia and his wife had to put him into full-time care. She wanted to get rid of his ham gear so she asked our club to handle it.  She specified that as much as possible was to go to some kind of youth group (we chose the Scouts) and what they couldn't use the club could sell or auction off and keep the proceeds. 

When I go room temperature, my wife has been instructed to contact the club (I am the current President) to assist her in disposal of my gear.


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: W4KVW on May 11, 2018, 01:12:58 PM
I've instructed my estate in my will to destroy all my ham gear prior to dumping it at the recycling center.  Why? To avoid giving scavenger hams the satisfaction of ripping off my family by offering a penny on the dollar. I have seen many low life people in this hobby gleefully boast of how little they paid some widow for any variety of amateur radio items.  I would rather go to my rest knowing that greedy lowlifes won't get their paws on my stuff. I even set up a sledge hammer on the workbench with an itemized list on the wall of what to destroy. 

That is funny stuff.You actually think that you own it.If you owned it you could take it with you anywhere you go but in reality you have possession of stuff that when you leave it will stay here in some form or another.Even if they dump the stuff in the hole with you it still is NOT going anywhere.Sounds selfish to me but the world is full of selfish people who think only of themselves & they don't want anyone touching their toys.Bet you were the same way when you were a kid & nobody touched your precious toys right? You would rather your surviving family get ZERO than anything at all because of your own greed & someone else getting a great deal just burns you up.You are as bad as those folks or maybe even worse & you are here bragging about it.  ??? :o ::) :(

Clayton
W4KVW


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: G3RZP on May 12, 2018, 01:37:37 AM
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It's not just hams that are lowlife scavengers ripping off estates

Lawyers and governments are even better at it....


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: KM4AH on May 13, 2018, 07:34:54 AM
Physically moving a large amateur station is a lot of work. Taking down towers has it's on challenges. Selling the items directly which involves a hamfest or driving to meet somebody is a lot of work. Selling an item on eBay with the PayPal guarantee is risky. Plenty of crooked buyers out there.

So, before you start calling anybody a scavenger you should do it a couple of times and report back.


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: WZ7U on May 13, 2018, 03:30:29 PM
Physically moving a large amateur station is a lot of work. Taking down towers has it's on challenges. Selling the items directly which involves a hamfest or driving to meet somebody is a lot of work. Selling an item on eBay with the PayPal guarantee is risky. Plenty of crooked buyers out there.

So, before you start calling anybody a scavenger you should do it a couple of times and report back.

There will be the chance soon enough, but he won't be the one selling.


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: K6AER on May 19, 2018, 10:41:46 AM
On the bottom of all my equipment I have a yellow sticker with the current used price and the date.


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: KM4AH on May 21, 2018, 05:09:17 PM
On the bottom of all my equipment I have a yellow sticker with the current used price and the date.

That's fine if some family member is capable of moving the equipment. But, typically there is nobody who is physically capable, knows anything about Hamfests, eBay, or online classified .

Yet, seems that some hams expect their spouse to get top dollar and anybody who expects any compensation for doing the work are is a scavenger.

So, what is it worth for somebody unrelated to dispose of a large ham station ?

It is unlikely that the survivor is going to let them take the equipment based on some percentage of completed sale price. The buyer is not sure of the condition of the equipment.

The last one I did I gave the lady a reasonable price and told her I would split any profit. And, I did.  Was like $469 each on $4000 of sales.

Then I had whatever time eBay gives the buyer for not as described claims. Luckily there were none. Probably 400 miles of travel.

I won't do it again.


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: WZ7U on May 21, 2018, 05:44:45 PM
As a newer ham I did it for a family friend once. I got to see the rubbed off veneer that is some of us in the hobby and I vowed never again.


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: KC2QYM on May 22, 2018, 01:21:36 PM
I've instructed my estate in my will to destroy all my ham gear prior to dumping it at the recycling center.  Why? To avoid giving scavenger hams the satisfaction of ripping off my family by offering a penny on the dollar. I have seen many low life people in this hobby gleefully boast of how little they paid some widow for any variety of amateur radio items.  I would rather go to my rest knowing that greedy lowlifes won't get their paws on my stuff. I even set up a sledge hammer on the workbench with an itemized list on the wall of what to destroy. 

That is funny stuff.You actually think that you own it.If you owned it you could take it with you anywhere you go but in reality you have possession of stuff that when you leave it will stay here in some form or another.Even if they dump the stuff in the hole with you it still is NOT going anywhere.Sounds selfish to me but the world is full of selfish people who think only of themselves & they don't want anyone touching their toys.Bet you were the same way when you were a kid & nobody touched your precious toys right? You would rather your surviving family get ZERO than anything at all because of your own greed & someone else getting a great deal just burns you up.You are as bad as those folks or maybe even worse & you are here bragging about it.  ??? :o ::) :(

Clayton
W4KVW

You really didn't understand the intent of what I wrote and you appear angry about this.  I simply do not want my family to have to deal with the scavengers pouring through my equipment and brow beating them to steal the items for pennies on the dollar.  This has nothing to do with denying my family a few bucks...and believe me I've plenty to leave them when I go.  I have managed estate sales for ham's widows before and each and every time most hams fail to exhibit any fairness when it comes to making an offer.  Many have bickered with the widow to the point that I had to intervene to relieve the widow of the stress the hams were forcing upon her.  I just don't want my family to have to deal with these lowlifes and believe me many are.  Any yes, I would rather know that my stuff went to the pit than go to an AH.  It has nothing to do with taking the crap with me or denying my family a few more measly dollars. It has everything to do with them avoiding the emotional stress perpetrated by bottom feeders.


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: N0YXB on May 22, 2018, 01:50:51 PM

It has everything to do with them avoiding the emotional stress perpetrated by bottom feeders.


Honorable, and I concur having seen this behavior more than once.


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: WY7I on May 22, 2018, 02:10:19 PM
Well, there's a timely ad on this subject to be found on page 113 of the latest QST that came today.
Please check out this website: https://www.hamestate.com/

Sounds quite promising!

Paul


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: HAMMYGUY on May 27, 2018, 08:37:17 AM
I went to a public auction recently.  This is a farm auction facility that had tons of miscellaneous things, poultry, plants, and cattle. In it were 2 SK ham estates that the families had put up for disposal.  The ham stuff was advertised on Facebook and Craigslist. When I arrived I already could see a couple of "dealers" prowling around looking at the stuff on display.  They were pretty obvious with them checking prices on their phones and seeing what pricing items were going for on eBay.  More arrived even later.  You could tell.  They were only hanging out near the ham gear and not wandering anywhere else.  

But when it came time for the auction, I was rather pleasantly surprised at what kind of prices the equipment was going for.  I'd say most of it went for 75 to 80 percent of what I would consider used value on the stuff.   The dealers were getting into heated bidding for some of the nicer equipment.  

So I guess the secret is advertising.  This tends to attract these dealers like flies to a fresh pile of manure.

And no I didn't buy much.  A couple of microphones that's it.

I've seen the same thing happen at other auctions and in those cases all that was mentioned was "ham gear" was in the list of things to be put up.  

Seemed like a pretty efficient way of disposing of the gear.  The families are saved the hassle of pricing and selling.  All they need to do is box the stuff up and deliver it to the auction yard.  The dealers fight over the stuff and get maximum price.



Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: K3GM on May 27, 2018, 09:53:00 AM
My parents died 12 days apart and left me with their things that filled three 30 yard dumpsters.  If I leave my kids with a corner of the basement to dispose of, I figure they're getting off pretty easy....


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: K5TED on May 27, 2018, 05:29:16 PM
Sometimes we just die forthwith, with no advance warning. Other times we decline over time and know the end is near. In either case, I suppose, depending on the volume of gear involved, we should either have something written in advance that declares the disposition of such, whether to an organization or individual, or have written instructions to the surviving family on what to do. Otherwise, we run the risk of exposing our loved ones to radio estate vultures.

Radio estate vultures are the most despicable, IMO.



Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: SWMAN on May 27, 2018, 06:21:16 PM
RZP.  Very well said but don't forget about insurance company's to add to the lets rip of the people list.


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: G3RZP on May 28, 2018, 05:12:50 AM
SWMAN,

Very true. The difference is that generally speaking, you don't HAVE to have insurance, although there are exceptions. What you can't get away from is the government and its demands!


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: WX7P on June 02, 2018, 05:16:39 PM
I've instructed my estate in my will to destroy all my ham gear prior to dumping it at the recycling center.  Why? To avoid giving scavenger hams the satisfaction of ripping off my family by offering a penny on the dollar. I have seen many low life people in this hobby gleefully boast of how little they paid some widow for any variety of amateur radio items.  I would rather go to my rest knowing that greedy lowlifes won't get their paws on my stuff. I even set up a sledge hammer on the workbench with an itemized list on the wall of what to destroy. 

That is funny stuff.You actually think that you own it.If you owned it you could take it with you anywhere you go but in reality you have possession of stuff that when you leave it will stay here in some form or another.Even if they dump the stuff in the hole with you it still is NOT going anywhere.Sounds selfish to me but the world is full of selfish people who think only of themselves & they don't want anyone touching their toys.Bet you were the same way when you were a kid & nobody touched your precious toys right? You would rather your surviving family get ZERO than anything at all because of your own greed & someone else getting a great deal just burns you up.You are as bad as those folks or maybe even worse & you are here bragging about it.  ??? :o ::) :(

Clayton
W4KVW

You really didn't understand the intent of what I wrote and you appear angry about this.  I simply do not want my family to have to deal with the scavengers pouring through my equipment and brow beating them to steal the items for pennies on the dollar.  This has nothing to do with denying my family a few bucks...and believe me I've plenty to leave them when I go.  I have managed estate sales for ham's widows before and each and every time most hams fail to exhibit any fairness when it comes to making an offer.  Many have bickered with the widow to the point that I had to intervene to relieve the widow of the stress the hams were forcing upon her.  I just don't want my family to have to deal with these lowlifes and believe me many are.  Any yes, I would rather know that my stuff went to the pit than go to an AH.  It has nothing to do with taking the crap with me or denying my family a few more measly dollars. It has everything to do with them avoiding the emotional stress perpetrated by bottom feeders.


I agree with you completely. The scavenging has always been bad but it seems to have gotten worse. It seems like everyone is looking for the ultimate scam.

Up here in the Pacific Northwest there are multiple scavenger jerks spamming all the Craigslists with multiple ads looking for equipment. You KNOW they offer pennies on the dollar. These guys post constantly. That stuff likely goes directly to ebay.

I intend on giving away my equipment when I'm old and feeble. If I get hit by a bus or something before that time, the family has been instructed to donate any equipment to a school or Red Cross or some other group that will actually use the equipment. I'd rather the equipment go to a place like the aforementioned rather than line the pockets of some profiteer.


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: K5TED on June 02, 2018, 05:46:02 PM
Radio estate vultures are the most despicable, IMO.


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: KB2WIG on June 03, 2018, 03:57:01 PM


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imRMIKJ3uYE

8 min. in.

klc


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: K8AXW on June 03, 2018, 11:36:57 PM
Well.... vultures serve a purpose.  If they're radio vultures, they serve the same purpose.  Eliminate stuff. 

If the executor or Mommy knows what the stuff is worth, the vultures do without!

So if you want to help.....make sure there is record of what the stuff is worth or at least the minimum "take away" price!


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: G6URM on July 06, 2018, 10:28:43 AM
 I too have told my executer to either use the stuff herself  ( been trying to get her interested ) or destroy it ALL - - in fact - IF  I have time and the energy before signing off for the last time I  shall be taking a big hammer to the lot of it   - my gear - I payed for it - so I will do what I want with it - after all who has given ME anything ?? - NO ONE IN 30 ODD YEARS THATS WHO  - I have given many hams stuff in the past  - only to get my kindness thrown in my face by some - or just quickly forgotten by others   ( to say nothing of one asshole who promptly put it on ebay at a considerable profit ) - so I agree with the post from another saying he was also going to have it destroyed


and IF  i peg it before i do get to give it all the chop  - or if my wishes get ignored - ITS ALL CURSED !!  - NO GOOD WILL COME OF OWNING ANY OF IT  ( EXCEPTING MY AFORE MENTIONED EXEC )  - AND YOU WILL BE HAUNTED BY G6URM - WHO WILL WHACK YOU AROUND THE HEAD WITH A ROLLED UP COPY OF RADCOM/QST /PRACTICLY WIRELESS / PICK YOUR POISON  - WHEN YOU ARE SLEEPING  :P :P :D :D

heck i go to rallys now and people i have not seen in years sidle up and say " thought you was SK "  - so you think i'm leaving anything to you lot  ............................ NOT GONNA HAPPEN   ;D ;D ;D








Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: KC8KTN on July 06, 2018, 11:17:24 AM
Someone needs a HUG..
EVERYBODY PLEASE BE SAFE. Have a Joyous Day and be a good neighbor. 73s


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: G3RZP on July 07, 2018, 01:48:58 AM
A lot has to depend on what the gear is. Some old items are so rare that destroying them is as much vandalism as burning an original painting by Van Gogh or Constable would be - and burning in Hell for eternity would be an insufficient penalty.


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: WZ7U on July 07, 2018, 01:23:30 PM
Someone needs a HUG..
EVERYBODY PLEASE BE SAFE. Have a Joyous Day and be a good neighbor. 73s

Keep asking


Title: RE: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?
Post by: SOFAR on July 26, 2018, 04:37:12 PM
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