SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, USA
of the highlights of any Microwave Update is the multitude of surplus
components and equipment available at the trade tables, evening
fleamarkets and the Sunday morning sale in the car park.
|A whole room
in the hotel was devoted to the trade tables. Several dealers came
along with a wide variety of surplus and new stuff for sale.
The picture on the right shows Steve, N2CEI, of DownEast Microwave,
giving advice to someone and hopefully making a sale in the process!
Steve is the tall guy in the middle of the tables. The table in the
foreground had dozens of microwave relays, attenuators, mixers, directional
couplers, connectors and the like.
... what to buy?
Those directional couplers
look good ...
| Peter, G3PYB(in
the white shirt), takes a quick look at the "goodies" donated
to the auctions, which were run by that ever popular auctioneer
Mr Kent Britain, WA5VJB. Using his own unique "sales technique",
he managed to extract hundreds of dollars from unsuspecting microwavers
who had made the mistake of attending a lecture at the end of which
Kent would stand up and do an auction! Joking aside, Kent did a great
job, raising much needed funds to go towards the Convention costs.
The items for auction were donated by various people but special mention
must be made of the items given by the Japanese contingent who were
very generous and who make a regular thing of this at every Update
The Sunday Morning
In the photo
above we see Peter, G3PYB (left)in deep discussion with Will,
W0EOM (centre) and friend. No doubt they were talking millimetre
This was held
in the car park at the side of the hotel. This year's "flea"
was a little disappointing, with just a few cars present (where
were the rest of you guys?). Nevertheless I managed to get a couple
of items I badly needed, including a proper noise head for my Ailtech
Precision Noise Figure Indicator.
some brisk trade at the Sunday morning market. It's a pity more
did not turn up. Maybe surplus in the Pacific NW is hard to come
by anyway and folk are reluctant to part with it!