Heathkit SB-104 Bargain

On the last day of the Quartzfest event (near Quartzite, AZ), we walked through the swapfest there.  It had, I would guess, about 30 or 40 tables selling mostly used equipment.

I came across a table that caught my eye.  He had an old Heathkit SB-104 for sale.  When I asked the price, he said it was $100, including the matching speaker, power supply and microphone.

Heathkit SB-104

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Quartzfest 2019

Living in Arizona, it is questionable why I have never been to Quartzfest before.  This is a week-long Ham Radio event held in January of every year.  It takes place in the 14-day free camping BLM area south of Quartzite, Arizona.

There are generally around 1000 hams that show up for this event, taking advantage of the low cost camping and abundant sunshine.  There are various radio-related presentations each day, and a nightly camp fire to gather and swap stories at.

QuartzFest 2019

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HW-8 Bargain

I was up early on a Sunday morning last month, and saw a notice that a Heathkit HW-8 had been posted to Facebook late in the prior evening.  He wasn’t asking much for it, so I decided to shoot him a note and see if it was still available.  The owner wrote back, and I agreed to come look at it.

Heathkit HW-8 bargain

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43′ Vertical Final Install Pictures

I received an email from a follower that had questions about my final configuration of the matching network for my 43′ vertical.  I promised him I would take some pictures of it the next time I was up at the Ranch, so I did that yesterday.

A couple of them are a little blurry, but there are enough to see what is connected to what.

43′ Vertical Matching network

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Thunderbird Hamfest 2019

One of my favorite hamfest did not disappoint me this year. I always find good bargains on tools and equipment at this hamfest.

My first purchase was an MFJ-267 1KW Dummy Load/Wattmeter.  The seller had all of his equipment priced at the exact same point – $68.00.  That seemed a good enough price that I did not even haggle over it.  He said he just needed to get rid of some stuff…

I got it home and hooked it up, and it appears to work, though may need a calibration.

MFJ-267 Dummy Load/Wattmeter

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