On 06/09/2012 11:12 AM, s100doctor wrote:
>> Will anyone else here be at the Breezeshooters hamfest [June 2]? If
>> you don't know about it, it's in Butler, PA, a tad north of Pittsburgh.
>> I'll be there, listening on 146.52 simplex. (assuming I can find the
>> charger for my HT, that is! ;))
> ..so, since you mentioned it, how was it? - Herb
It was excellent! Having been stuck in starvin' & sweatin' Florida
for a decade, where a "big" hamfest had maybe ten tables, this one was
quite a treat. In the first five minutes I scored a nice IR thermometer
(been on my list for awhile), and a matching speaker for my Heath HW-9
Got a stack of MFM drives. Scored an Atwater-Kent model 35 radio with
horn (but no driver for the horn), a nice 2m antenna, and an HF antenna,
with roof tripods for both. (and they're both on the roof as of two
At the very end as it started to rain, I got a nice deal on a tube
tester. Autumn spotted an eclectic table lamp that she fell in love
with and HAD to have...it's a wire-frame martini glass with a large
olive in it, where the pimento is a red-painted light bulb. Neat!
I also scored a pair of very beefy 50' extension cords (an important
thing around here!) and some manuals for HP-28 and -48 calculators, a
Fluke Type K thermocouple adapter for multimeter, a DEC VT320, and a few
other miscellaneous goodies.
Oh, and the tastiest piece: A 6U VME card cage with backplane and
attached power supply, containing a Motorola MVME series 68040 CPU
board, a mass storage subsystem containing a hard drive and a 3.5"
floppy, and...an Aeon VME CPU board that contains an rtVAX-300 module!
This rare module, which was a commercial failure presumably due to its
price tag, is basically a CVAX chipset (MicroVAX-III), an SGEC Ethernet
controller, and a boot ROM, in a sealed module about 4x5x0.25".
I saw the press release for these when they were introduced in the
1980s but have never seen one in person, nor heard of one in use. Very
interesting indeed. I'm looking forward to firing it up.
But yes, it was an excellent hamfest with a high s/n ratio. It was
large, they had good food stands (deep-fried hot dogs!), and decent
parking as well.
Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA