TCF 2004

From: Ethan Dicks <>
Date: Sat May 1 21:54:14 2004

On Sat, May 01, 2004 at 08:49:54PM -0400, Teo Zenios wrote:
> Sounds nice, too bad its not closer to here. I remember a decade ago driving
> down to a huge hamfest/computer show in Dayton Ohio, some nice deals there.

The Dayton Hamvention at the Hara Arena..., IIRC...

I've gone most years since 1982. Gonna miss this year, naturally. It's
in a couple of weeks, if you want to go again. I _used_ to get DEC stuff
there, but it's been sparse for a long time. The selection is going to
be lots of modern PC stuff inside, with less and less classic stuff in
the flea market. Plenty of Sun hardware, some Commodore stuff here and
there. Being a Hamvention, there's lots of radio gear, but also Textronix,
HP and other RF and test equipment. I get lots of loose components there,
still. I picked up several tubes of 14-pin machined pin sockets for $1/tube
last year (and wished I'd bought more).

My usual haul lately is some replacement SPARC machine for <$50 (last year
it was a SPARC-5/110 w/HME-Wide-SCSI card and half-a-boat of 32MB DIMMs
for $35), an armload of discrete components, and maybe one classic machine.
I missed out on the PDP-8/a that sold on Friday morning, but I did get a few
DEC items from the same guy later in the day.

Dayton is where I got my first PDP-8 in 1982.

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