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Author Topic: Disposal of Radio equipment when you become a Silent Key?  (Read 10886 times)
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« 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!
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« Reply #1 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.
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« Reply #2 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.
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« Reply #3 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.
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« Reply #4 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!
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« Reply #5 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
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« Reply #6 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
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« Reply #7 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.

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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2018, 01:32:04 PM »

All great ideas, and appreciated! Keep 'em comin'!

P.
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« Reply #9 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  Grin
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« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2018, 04:30:51 PM »

Put in the coffin with you in the same way as the ancient Egyptians?
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« Reply #11 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   
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« Reply #12 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.
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« Reply #13 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.
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« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2018, 07:14:58 PM »

SEE?! DX  Grin

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.
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