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Author Topic: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?  (Read 10635 times)
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« Reply #15 on: May 06, 2018, 08:59:43 PM »

Wow Depressing .  Everyone be kind... Everyone Be Safe. 73sz....
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« Reply #16 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..... Roll Eyes
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« Reply #17 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. 
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« Reply #18 on: May 07, 2018, 02:42:28 AM »

Don't need coax in the afterlife...It's WIRELESS  Grin

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

May I suggest some Heliax....ya know....just in case..... Roll Eyes
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« Reply #19 on: May 07, 2018, 05:50:50 AM »

Wow Depressing....
True.  Not to mention how little money those CB radios will bring.
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« Reply #20 on: May 07, 2018, 11:48:56 AM »

Wow Depressing....
True.  Not to mention how little money those CB radios will bring.
Roll Eyes Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #21 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.
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« Reply #22 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.



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« Reply #23 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. 
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« Reply #24 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.
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« Reply #25 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.  Grin Wink

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« Reply #26 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.
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« Reply #27 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!
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« Reply #28 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.
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« Reply #29 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.
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