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 Post subject: Re: Kutztown May 13-14
PostPosted: Mar Tue 15, 2022 8:37 pm 
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Leann and I should be there in the fall as usual.

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 Post subject: Re: Kutztown May 13-14
PostPosted: Mar Tue 15, 2022 10:51 pm 
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What's the story on camping? I gather I can show up on Thursday after noon, set up, and camp in my car in the parking lot Thursday and Friday nights?


There's plenty of room in the field behind the pavilions, usually a few tents there, vans and a camper or two. I bring my trailer after work, around 7:00, drive right in and try to find a spot where I won't annoy any other campers.

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 Post subject: Re: Kutztown May 13-14
PostPosted: Mar Tue 15, 2022 11:27 pm 
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Leann and I should be there in the fall as usual.

You guys better be! Eva and I are planning on going in the Fall and dragging you two back to NYC with us.


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 Post subject: Re: Kutztown May 13-14
PostPosted: Mar Sun 27, 2022 8:22 pm 
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My tickets arrive this past week.

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 Post subject: Re: Kutztown May 13-14
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Yep, mine arrived this weekend.

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 Post subject: Re: Kutztown May 13-14
PostPosted: Mar Thu 31, 2022 5:20 pm 
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Now, do I go as a seller or buyer???

So many people selling walk away from their tables to socialize or whatever. Drives me crazy when you are interested in an item and nobody is there, so you wait 10 minutes and nobody shows up. So you come back a half hour later and nobody is there still....Grrr..
It also drives me crazy when there are no prices on anything. It just wastes peoples time having to ask.


Some leave phone numbers on the table , too bad not every seller did that


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 Post subject: Re: Kutztown May 13-14
PostPosted: Apr Fri 01, 2022 3:29 am 
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Some leave phone numbers on the table , too bad not every seller did that

I leave my phone number on my table, but I have a hard time noticing the ring when itā€™s in my pocket. I guess I need to find a more annoying ringtone.

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 Post subject: Re: Kutztown May 13-14
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I just went to the DVHRC website. $48 for a space at the "show."
So if I rent a table and sell a radio for $48, I've broken even, but I don't have the radio. I've basically given away the radio for free.
No wonder a Philco knob cost me $10 last year!

Are they trying to ruin it for everyone?


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 Post subject: Re: Kutztown May 13-14
PostPosted: Apr Tue 05, 2022 10:28 pm 
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I just went to the DVHRC website. $48 for a space at the "show."
So if I rent a table and sell a radio for $48, I've broken even, but I don't have the radio. I've basically given away the radio for free.
No wonder a Philco knob cost me $10 last year!

Are they trying to ruin it for everyone?


Well, Renninger's has overhead and I am not sure you are going to get a venue that would support that many people for less money. I think a table was $40 last time I went as a seller, probably 5 years ago. It wasn't worth it for me as everyone there is so cheap. The guy I went with and myself pretty much ended up giving stuff away and we were not selling junk. A good Tektroniks 575 curve tracer with tubes I think I got $10 for it, a very nice Heathkit capacitor checker I sold for $35 after a member here beat me down from a very reasonable $75. I just wanted stuff gone so I sucked it up and told myself "at least it is going into good hands". I would rather sell on Ebay. I only go to socialize now.


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 Post subject: Re: Kutztown May 13-14
PostPosted: Apr Wed 06, 2022 12:06 am 
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Now I feel 3 inches tall.... :|

Find me and I'll bring you $40, My apologies. I love that cap checker.

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 Post subject: Re: Kutztown May 13-14
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I can't make it to the May meet, due to a scheduling conflict with a family event. I do plan on going in the Fall.

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 Post subject: Re: Kutztown May 13-14
PostPosted: Apr Wed 13, 2022 4:17 pm 
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This is a great event that is really fun. I haven't been since 2016, so this will be good. I really want to socialize and meet members and some of my friends down there. You learn so much. Not planning on buying, but you know how that is :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Kutztown May 13-14
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Are they trying to ruin it for everyone?


If you don't have enough to warrant a whole table, post here and see if you can share a table with someone. I did that 4 meets ago and it had a good time getting to know new people.

Nobody's ruining anything.

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 Post subject: Re: Kutztown May 13-14
PostPosted: Apr Mon 18, 2022 3:58 am 
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SkyKing wrote:
I just went to the DVHRC website. $48 for a space at the "show."
So if I rent a table and sell a radio for $48, I've broken even, but I don't have the radio. I've basically given away the radio for free.
No wonder a Philco knob cost me $10 last year!

Are they trying to ruin it for everyone?


The show is a lot more enjoyable if you don't look at it in terms of whether you're turning a profit. It gives you a rare chance to mingle with other people with the same interests & there's always stuff that ends up at this venue that's so rare or unusual that you'll never otherwise get a chance to see it or buy it.

Besides, breaking even or turning a profit is fairly rare in this hobby if you think about it. Every time you head out to look for a radio at antique stores, go to an auction, or buy something on marketplace you're burning through gas. If you're gone all day now you have to factor in food/meals. Then you get the radio home and put parts & supplies into fixing it, then you have to use gas to take it somewhere to sell it. By the time its all said and done its hard to break even and that's if you don't consider your time & effort as worth anything.

$10/ea for knobs has been the going rate for years, and for some models that's actually a bargain.


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 Post subject: Re: Kutztown May 13-14
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whether you're turning a profit


"whether?" :mrgreen:

IDK about anyone else, but sales only offset my enormous radio-related expenses.

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 Post subject: Re: Kutztown May 13-14
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whether you're turning a profit


"whether?" :mrgreen:

IDK about anyone else, but sales only offset my enormous radio-related expenses.


Years ago I bought a GE console off of craigslist. The woman who owned it asked me as I was loading it into the car "so do you make a living doing this?"

I told her "there's no money in radio, other than the sound of the money going away never to be seen again."

Seems the only reliably profitable ventures in this hobby are for the people who actually make the repro parts (dials, knobs, dial covers, etc.).


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 Post subject: Re: Kutztown May 13-14
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Looking forward to it & planning to spend all day Friday there. Staying Thurs. night at the Hampton Inn.
Need some cheering up...a hamfest buddy I used to meet up with down there just passed away earlier this month...so if I end up talking anybody's ear off, you'll know why :-)

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 Post subject: Re: Kutztown May 13-14
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I'll be there as usual manning the ARF Booth #444 as usual. Can't wait to see everyone again.

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 Post subject: Re: Kutztown May 13-14
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Anybody else staying at the Allentown Park Hotel?

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 Post subject: Re: Kutztown May 13-14
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.......Need some cheering up...a hamfest buddy I used to meet up with down there just passed away earlier this month...so if I end up talking anybody's ear off, you'll know why :-)
Come by booth 314 Doug, we've got free Atomic Fireballs and we're usually good for a few laughs.... :wink:

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Anybody else staying at the Allentown Park Hotel?
We haven't stayed there yet, but the location looks fine and it's not like we spend a lot of time in our rooms anyway :wink:

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