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The twice-yearly hamfest is at Kempton Park racecourse in 3 weeks. There is a mixture of
  • pure radio ham stuff such as radios, antennas
  • test equipment such as scopes, bench PSUs, frequency counters, DMMs, signal sources, high quality test leads etc
  • generic new electronic components such as headers, jumpers, LEDs, ferrites etc
  • a very eclectic mix of what's in peoples' attics and sheds
  • the kinds of things that, once upon a time, you would have found in Lisle St and Tottenham Court Rd, often ripped from MoD surplus
One significant advantage of this indoor car boot sale is that power is available, so you can see equipment running (or not) and twiddle with it.

So buy your next set of treasured items in time for Christmas and ready for fettling during the long nights :)

FFI: http://radiofairs.co.uk/
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This is literally ten minutes up the road from me. Will be there!

Need to badger the local radio club so I can get my foundation license and satisfy some TEA cravings.
 

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Good, but clearly you haven't actually got TEA. If you had TEA or GAS, then there wouldn't be any silly preconditions.

So, what will you be looking out for? An 7.5 digit DMM, or Tek analogue storage scope maybe? Or perhaps a voltage reference to test such a DMM.  How about some nice juicy RF test leads, loads and attenuators? >:D
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I might go along if I am free... I see http://www.telonic.co.uk/ are going to be there... I wonder if they will be able to satisfy my 1054Z itch?
 

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hmm 7.5 miles from me - maybe worth a visit :)

 

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I might go along if I am free... I see http://www.telonic.co.uk/ are going to be there... I wonder if they will be able to satisfy my 1054Z itch?

If that is the stall I think it is, they will have many things to play with.
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If Telonic are there I’m going to complain about the fuck off great big sticker they stuck on both of the toys I bought and the fact that their free DMMs smell funny ;)

tggzzz: forgive me for my sins against the principles of TEA!

Only foundation license because I’ve actually been building a transceiver between TEA and managed to almost get it to a state where I can transmit into something other than a few resistors.
 

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... and the fact that their free DMMs smell funny ;)

Bring it along; I'm unlikely to smell anything, so I can put you put of your misery :)
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hmm 7.5 miles from me - maybe worth a visit :)

About 17,000km from me .......  :(
 

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about 209 miles for me.

That's a pain I was looking for ........................

Ken
 

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Re: UK : geek car boot sale (i.e. a hamfest), Kempton Park, November 5th 10am
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2017, 05:16:47 AM »
about 209 miles for me.

That's a pain I was looking for ........................

If you are coming from oop t'north, you could increase your pain by paying a visit to The National Museum of Computing in Bletchley Park afterwards :) It is the best museum I've come across; the staff actually know about the exhibits, and can discuss schematics with you .
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Re: UK : geek car boot sale (i.e. a hamfest), Kempton Park, November 5th 10am
« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2017, 06:13:57 AM »
Getting car back on Wednesday so I’m going to combine my visit with Sunbury KFC  :-DD
 

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Re: UK : geek car boot sale (i.e. a hamfest), Kempton Park, November 5th 10am
« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2017, 08:31:26 PM »
Heading off to Kempton park.  :)
 

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Re: UK : geek car boot sale (i.e. a hamfest), Kempton Park, November 5th 10am
« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2017, 08:47:15 PM »
Doesn’t look like I’m going to make it. Numpties I work for decided to upgrade some critical parts of our software platform yesterday which hasn’t gone well so I’m fire fighting :(. Unless it’s back online in the next 30 mins I’m out.
 

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Re: UK : geek car boot sale (i.e. a hamfest), Kempton Park, November 5th 10am
« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2017, 09:41:44 PM »
Damn! I forgot all about this. Oh well, it's good for my wallet.
Anybody got a syringe I can use to squeeze the magic smoke back into this?
 

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Re: UK : geek car boot sale (i.e. a hamfest), Kempton Park, November 5th 10am
« Reply #15 on: November 05, 2017, 10:06:54 PM »
It's good for my wallet too missing it - being paid triple time  :-DD

Definitely can't make it now. Herding cats :(
 

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Re: UK : geek car boot sale (i.e. a hamfest), Kempton Park, November 5th 10am
« Reply #16 on: November 06, 2017, 01:12:54 AM »
I spent 50p on an old aircraft instrument and £1 on some Triacs.  (And £5 admission).

I haven't been to one of these for years (10+) and it was quite interesting... spent some time talking to the DMR people and a bit of time admiring a 1054Z on the Rigol stand but show discount was only £10 on regular prices so I managed to resist... just.  They still sell my 1052E.  :)
 

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Re: UK : geek car boot sale (i.e. a hamfest), Kempton Park, November 5th 10am
« Reply #17 on: November 06, 2017, 06:11:05 AM »
Sounded reasonable :(

Thought I’d cheer myself up by ordering art of electronics 3e instead from amazon same day. The fucker couldn’t find my address apparently  :palm:   Today is a write off.
 

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Re: UK : geek car boot sale (i.e. a hamfest), Kempton Park, November 5th 10am
« Reply #18 on: November 07, 2017, 10:10:01 AM »
nil illegitimi non carborundum

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Re: UK : geek car boot sale (i.e. a hamfest), Kempton Park, November 5th 10am
« Reply #19 on: November 07, 2017, 10:36:10 AM »
Indeed. I decided to grind them and I won! (and got £5 and free Prime for a month  :-DD )



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