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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #850 on: March 24, 2017, 10:08:49 am »
Thanks, xrunner. Yep, all for the greater good, historical preservation, etc., etc.!
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #851 on: March 24, 2017, 11:35:01 am »
The place in Kemner's Surplus Warehouse in Pottstown, PA.
Noooo!!  That's 45 minutes from me.

Now that I've read that post - I cannot un-read it!

About 3 hours away for me. A little too far for this weekend but perhaps a future road trip.  :-+
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« Reply #852 on: March 24, 2017, 01:41:50 pm »
Probably about four hours for me.  A bit far, but should I ever happen to venture down that way...  (I'll likely get in trouble!)

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #853 on: March 25, 2017, 12:09:50 am »
I think my friend and I are taking a field trip to the TRW Swap meet next month.
Then I think I am going to have to talk him into a day at Apex.....
 :-+ :-+ :-+ :-DMM :-BROKE :-/O :clap:
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #854 on: March 25, 2017, 12:42:41 am »
 So a bunch of you are pretty close to me. It's about 30 minutes or so for me. I'll try to wear my Negative Feedback shirt to be obvious to any other EEVBloggers that show up. No idea what time I will get there though.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #855 on: March 25, 2017, 12:53:56 am »
A potential group outing?

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #856 on: March 25, 2017, 01:11:31 am »
 That's the sound of the souls of hundreds of pieces of test equipment all finding new homes at the same time.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #857 on: March 25, 2017, 01:42:59 am »
Accessible Location of Disused Equipment Ready And Available Now

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #858 on: March 25, 2017, 02:01:07 am »
I think my friend and I are taking a field trip to the TRW Swap meet next month.
Then I think I am going to have to talk him into a day at Apex.....
 :-+ :-+ :-+ :-DMM :-BROKE :-/O :clap:

Go for it!!  I haven't managed to time a visit out that way right to get to the swap meet since around September.   :(

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #859 on: March 25, 2017, 05:48:36 am »
So a bunch of you are pretty close to me. It's about 30 minutes or so for me. I'll try to wear my Negative Feedback shirt to be obvious to any other EEVBloggers that show up. No idea what time I will get there though.
The wife and I have an errand to run in Exton, so that puts us within 30 minutes of the place.  And I'm bringing the SMALL car (a Prius).

I'll look for you, but not sure when I'll get there either.  Just look for someone carefully staring at each piece of old test gear, accompanied by an impatient onlooker.

I'll take some photos and post if they have any real interesting stuff.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #860 on: March 25, 2017, 06:06:30 am »
I think my friend and I are taking a field trip to the TRW Swap meet next month.
Then I think I am going to have to talk him into a day at Apex.....
 :-+ :-+ :-+ :-DMM :-BROKE :-/O :clap:

Go for it!!  I haven't managed to time a visit out that way right to get to the swap meet since around September.   :(

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I'm looking forward to it, never been to TRW.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #861 on: March 25, 2017, 06:21:18 am »
I think my friend and I are taking a field trip to the TRW Swap meet next month.
Then I think I am going to have to talk him into a day at Apex.....
 :-+ :-+ :-+ :-DMM :-BROKE :-/O :clap:

Go for it!!  I haven't managed to time a visit out that way right to get to the swap meet since around September.   :(

-Pat
I'm looking forward to it, never been to TRW.

I wish I could go.  >:(  I grew up about 5 miles from that TRW parking lot. My dad worked at Northrup Electronics just a stones throw away.

My family all still lives in the South Bay. We go down once a year but usually in the Fall...

Hmm, I need to make sure we are there the last Saturday of the month next time.

How much will an airline charge to carry on a boat anchor?  And will it get through a TSA checkpoint?
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #862 on: March 25, 2017, 06:48:28 am »
I'll look for you, but not sure when I'll get there either.  Just look for someone carefully staring at each piece of old test gear, accompanied by an impatient onlooker.

Isn't it curious that when THEY want to go shopping that YOU have to like it or you get branded as a sour puss or worse.  |O
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #863 on: March 25, 2017, 07:23:12 am »
I'll look for you, but not sure when I'll get there either.  Just look for someone carefully staring at each piece of old test gear, accompanied by an impatient onlooker.

Isn't it curious that when THEY want to go shopping that YOU have to like it or you get branded as a sour puss or worse.  |O
Being respectful of each others' time, we don't usually do a lot of shopping together.  Fortunately, at this place there appears to be plenty of stuff for her to look at too.

But it can get bad when I'm looking at tools, or worse, parts.  Not too many people understand the parts thing.  I'm sure it's closely related to TEA.  And this place appears to have many bins of old parts.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #864 on: March 25, 2017, 08:17:49 am »
I'm looking forward to it, never been to TRW.

My understanding is that it's a shadow of its former glory, but I still usually manage to get myself in trouble when I go.  And if I strike out there, Apex is up the road a piece, and I'm pretty much guaranteed to leave there with the rental car down by the stern.  On my most recent visit, I went to Murphy's in El Cajon; it's not quite as good as Apex but still had some interesting goodies.  I'll probably make that one a 'once every several visits' stop.

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #865 on: March 25, 2017, 08:21:37 am »
I wish I could go.  >:(  I grew up about 5 miles from that TRW parking lot. My dad worked at Northrup Electronics just a stones throw away.

My family all still lives in the South Bay. We go down once a year but usually in the Fall...

Hmm, I need to make sure we are there the last Saturday of the month next time.

How much will an airline charge to carry on a boat anchor?  And will it get through a TSA checkpoint?

FedEx is your friend.   ;)   ;D

>:D

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #866 on: March 25, 2017, 08:34:58 am »
Oh, crap.  I'm only an hour away in south Jersey via I476.   My daughter lives in King of Prussia 20 min from there.

I must have the fortitude of a robot.  I MUST RESIST!!

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #867 on: March 25, 2017, 08:39:45 am »
Oh, crap.  I'm only an hour away in south Jersey via I476.   My daughter lives in King of Prussia 20 min from there.

I must have the fortitude of a robot.  I MUST RESIST!!



You know you want to go.  Like Nike says - just do it!   >:D

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #868 on: March 25, 2017, 12:32:13 pm »
Not too many people understand the parts thing.  I'm sure it's closely related to TEA.

EPA: Electronics Parts Addiction - Once TEA sets in, it often is followed by EPA and the endless hunt for MVP (Miscellaneous Vintage Parts).
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #869 on: March 25, 2017, 12:39:24 pm »
 Patience pays off. Finally got me a GPD-3303S, the good one that shouldn't have the surge issue. $115 plus shipping.

Still going to that surplus place tomorrow though LOL.

 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #870 on: March 25, 2017, 12:49:15 pm »
 :-DD :-+
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #871 on: March 25, 2017, 01:24:07 pm »
 I do have EPA as well a TEA, but not MVP. At least so far. All the projects I have in mind use modern parts. But I am wavering on the idea of building a nixie tube clock....

 In hindsight I should have saved the old stereo my Dad built from a kit. The AM/FM receiver worked fine - as a teenager I cobbled up a crappy audio amp from other old equipment and used the tuner as my tuner - it had one of those magic eye type of tubes on the tuning dial, the kind that went from two opposing arrows to an exclamation when dialed in. The preamp had a fault of some sort which was why he replaced it in the early 70's with an all in one console with an 8 track. There was also something wrong with the power amp, possibly just a burned out tube. I threw it all away last year when cleaning out the house. I probably could have fixed it all. Oh well.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #872 on: March 25, 2017, 01:58:28 pm »
OK Guys stop rubbing it in!
Here (Adelaide) we have 2 Ham Buy and Sells each year - very few bargains here. No decent 2nd Hand dealers. If we do get a bargain on fleabay the 100AUD+ postage (from the USA) doesn't make it a bargain anymore!!  Nearest other big town Melbourne 800km away!
I have always had a soft spot for LED displays. Bought this fella today (HP 5316) - will take a week or two to arrive.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #873 on: March 25, 2017, 03:05:01 pm »

My understanding is that it's a shadow of its former glory, but I still usually manage to get myself in trouble when I go.  And if I strike out there, Apex is up the road a piece, and I'm pretty much guaranteed to leave there with the rental car down by the stern.  On my most recent visit, I went to Murphy's in El Cajon; it's not quite as good as Apex but still had some interesting goodies.  I'll probably make that one a 'once every several visits' stop.

Ah crap. Now you've done it! I'd never heard of Apex before. I just looked it up. Damn, now I'm gonna have to take a drive there the next time I go to So. Cal.  And I hate driving to the valley >:(  Damn you GAS -You're a cruel master - the things I will do for you...

And the week after next we'll be in Portland, so i'll have to make my annual pilgrimage to Surplus Gizmos..
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #874 on: March 25, 2017, 03:26:45 pm »
Ah crap. Now you've done it! I'd never heard of Apex before. I just looked it up. Damn, now I'm gonna have to take a drive there the next time I go to So. Cal.  And I hate driving to the valley >:(  Damn you GAS -You're a cruel master - the things I will do for you...

And the week after next we'll be in Portland, so i'll have to make my annual pilgrimage to Surplus Gizmos..

It's definitely worth the trip.  I've gotten a ton of stuff there.  Ok, maybe a ton is an exaggeration, but it's gotta be at least a quarter ton!  A very cool place.  Plan on spending some time there wandering around looking in all the nooks and crannies.  Bring sunblock for the yard.  (That's probably the most bizarre thing for me as someone from New England - buying electronic gear that's literally been OUTSIDE for at least a year in some cases that I know of.)

And driving up there does suck - I usually stay down in Dana Point when out that way and it seems 1.5-2 hrs each way is the norm.  I think traffic is worse on the weekends!

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