Saturday we were sitting in a McDonalds waiting for a ham swap to open. Up drove a large SUV pulling a 24’ trailer and then pulled in two very new Jeeps all outfitted of off roading. I estimated that guys hobby (they were all alike and traveling as a group) probably cost him $100,000+ and in five or ten years he will probably sell it all for new stuff at a great loss. Any car you buy (or off road Jeep) depreciates a lot more rapidly than any of our ham gear. And we take better care of our ham gear.
David J. Wilcox K8WPE’s iPad
> On May 6, 2019, at 3:34 AM, Graziano Roccon (IW2NOY) <[hidden email]> wrote:
> One of the nicest and funny message i ever read from an OM. ;-)
> Thanks Bob.
> Graziano IW2NOY
> Il 06/05/2019 03:37 Bob McGraw K4TAX ha scritto:
>> That's the reason I purchased my K3S, P3, KPA500 and KAT500 all within
>> the past 2 years. At 77 years young, I figure it will be my last ham
>> radio station until I'm QRT. I used a P-Touch and put a nice label
>> with the model, s/n, and price paid and my call on each of the boxes.
>> I figure in the end some auctioneer will sell it for $0.01 on the
>> dollar if lucky. "You know that McGraw fellow was one of them CB
>> operators and had some weird looking equipment". And furthermore,
>> for the same reason, I liquidated my shop test equipment. I wanted to
>> enjoy the benefits of the money while still on the green side of the
>> grass, as opposed to looking up at the roots from inside of a satin
>> lined coffin. "Beam me up Scottie, there's no intelligent life
>> here". Chuck me in the oven and toss my ashes to the wind.
>> Bob, K4TAX
>>> On 5/5/2019 5:21 PM, EricJ wrote:
>>> K1's often go for more than they cost as a new kit.
>>> K2's have held there value very well.
>>> Wait til you find out your kids usually throw all your ham gear in a dumpster when you go permanent QRT.
>>> Eric KE6US
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> Wait til you find out your kids usually throw all your ham gear in a
> dumpster when you go permanent QRT.
My instructions to my wife, kids, and executors direct that that the
second call that they make (after the funeral home) is to my ham club
that has a service to the members to collect and get good prices for
their ham gear. OTOH disposal of the stuff in my wife's art studio -
that's "unknown territory" for me... (Actually she's a member of a
local Artist's Guild who may have a similar service).
Now the books in my 60+ year old engineering library and my 30 year old
law library - that's a different matter. :)
I bought a Flex 6600M rig and it was the best radio I’ve owned in years.
But Flex messed with the firmware to where if you were in full QSK mode and used the internal ATU a loud relay would start clicking when sending CW characters, messing with the normally quiet QSK changeover from RX to TX.
The reason given for this firmware change was that when the ATU was engaged in full QSK mode the receive signals would be 10db down as opposed to zero db loss without the tuner in line.
To be honest I never noticed this problem but Flex, in all of their wisdom, made the disruptive change.
IMHO this firmware change completely ruined a very FB CW rig.
Perhaps the folks at Flex are not as CW-centric as the Elecraft folks.
In terms of a K4 I would certainly love to see a beautiful 8” or large front panel display.
This is the direction all modern radios are going….just look at the YaeCommWood offerings plus the Sun MB1 rig.
While the P3 and PX3 displays are OK, a full 8” or larger hi-res display is breathtaking and extremely useful.