It's always a good one, not huge but full of interesting items. I passed up a few I probably shouldn't, like big variable capacitors and roller inductors, but I came away with several vacuum tubes (6BG6s, a kind of 6L6 with a plate cap or an 807 with an octal base, a "sleeper" beam power tube that is often overlooked) and a wooden-boxed Western Union-tagged AC voltmeter built by Daven, with a nice Weston meter. If the meter itself is still good, it may be a useful item. If not, it'll at least be decorative.
One the way back, Tam and I stopped off at the Grissom museum. Grissom AFB (formerely Bunker Hill) was a big SAC base, now AF Reserve, and the little museum there has a nice assortment of unusual aircraft -- including one of the odd-looking drones intended for the SR-71! Tamara got a lot of photographs before we proceeded onward to Kokomo and dinner at a chain steak joint,* and the on to a good-sized antique mall on the south side of Kokomo.
I found an interesting device -- while the little buzzer/light/code key toys aren't uncommon, this one is, an "Official Scout Signaler," with a wrinkle-finished metal case.
|Tamara Keel photo|
I also bought a set of full-sized "gas burner pliers" in good shape. Small ones are still made and either size has two or three sets of jaws milled into the gripping end, intended to grip round surfaces. They're pretty handy. The same seller had nice small green-shaded hanging lights, fully restored. I bought one for my hamshack and it looks like it will be a better fit than some of the ones I have looked at in the past.
A fun day! We got home around 4:00 p.m. and I laid down and promptly fell asleep for four hours: quite a lot of driving, and it does wear me out.
* The Amish place across from the museum looked pretty darned busy. Plus I think Tam harbors a secret fear they'll kidnap her to a life of children, kitchen work and the church.