2016 ORC Fall Swapmeet

Today was my club’s Fall Swapmeet. The club does two swapmeets per year, one in the spring  which is indoors and one in fall that is held outdoors. The weather as of late has been pretty poor if you plan to have an outdoor event as we’ve had an unseasonable amount of rain the past two weeks. Thankfully we had no rain today. The day started with a heavy overcast though that’s hard to determine at 5:45 AM.

ORC Swapmeet setup

ORC Swapmeet setup

As the day progressed both the weather and the number of sellers improved.

Gary, W9XT of Unified Microsystems and Josh, KD9DZP

Gary, W9XT of Unified Microsystems  (and ORC) and Josh, KD9DZP

Tom, KC9ONY was running the LeFROG table with their usual offering of interesting bits:

Tom, KC9ONY

Tom, KC9ONY

Patrick, KA1RB the new ARRL Central Division\Wisconsin Section Manager manned the ARRL table.

ARRL table (KA1RB, KA9EAK, KD9DZP)

ARRL table (KA1RB, KA9EAK, KD9DZP)

Tom, W9IPR ran the ORC booth.

W9IPR and KA9EAK

W9IPR and KA9EAK

Bill, KA9WRL was as usual the official radio announcer for the raffle.

KA9EAK and KA9WRL

KA9EAK and KA9WRL

KD9DZP, W9SIZ and I took a break and ran down to HRO Milwaukee as Josh, KD9DZP needed some coax. In the parking lot HRO has a very large portable tower. They are going to be running a station during their Grand Opening weekends in October and this must be part of it. We didn’t check to see if the tower was going to be discounted for the Grand Opening.

W9SIZ and HRO portable tower

W9SIZ and HRO portable tower

When we returned it was time to start packing up. It was noon after all.

ORC Fall Swapmeet

Aside from the usual odds and ends one acquires at a swapmeet, the best find of the day was this:

Vacuum Variable Capacitor

Vacuum Variable Capacitor

A very nice Russian vacuum variable capacitor. I’ve always wanted to have one on hand to build a loop antenna. Now I have one for a future project.

 

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