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Over the past 36 years I’ve brought Amateur Radio gear over the counter, mail order, online, at rallies, junk sales, at auction, privately and eBay. I’ve also been lucky enough to have been given equipment by other other amateurs and been gifted equipment on Freecycle. I’ve also sold a bit of stuff too.
Now I wouldn’t say I’m a great hoarder of equipment I have what I need and want for little, that’s until something lets go. However I keep seeing shiny old and very old pieces of equipment on eBay and to be fair I do like to have a bid to see if I can get one of those bargains everyone talks about, and there starts the heartache.
The past month I’ve bid on no less than 10 items, some nearly as old as I’ve been in the hobby and not won one thing, yes there were quite a few the bidding went wild on but a couple of items I was just 20p off. Okay, the one and only answer to not winning is the level of bidding, I’m obviously bidding too low. Too low, but I can only reflect on the prices of some gear that I have seen at a rally this year and the advanced years of some of the equipment, at the end of the day most radio amateur are a tight fisted lot who are always after a bargain, it’s human nature after all. So as eBay bid prices are a lot more than rally prices. Needless to say, it makes me wonder if it would be good business to buy everything you can at a rally and then sell at a profit on eBay.
A sellers market, yes here’s the proof, Yaesu FT-209R, I brought one secondhand at a rally in 2002 for £25 and it came with an extra battery, base charger and aerial full working and batteries were good. There’s one at eBay currently for £60 + £8 p&p, plug in charger, aerial and battery of ‘unknown capacity’, their words not mine. This radio is potentially 33 years old, something that is not stated in ebay’s listing, they started producing the FT-209R in 1984vand finished making them in 1980’s. Now would you buy a 33 year old radio with no CTCSS when you can buy on eBay a brand new Yaesu FT-65E dual band handheld for £89.95 + £8.99 with a warranty? Or for that matter a Chinese dual band hand held for £25 both have CTCSS and UHF too. The 209 will now doubt sell though.
Well off to bag another bargain, may the gods and ebay sellers be good to me!
Internet access to ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut, will be disrupted for up to 6 hours on Tuesday, August 22 (0400-1000 UTC). Affected systems include, but are not necessarily limited to e-mail, bulk mail, reflectors, Logbook of The World (LoTW), DXCC, National Parks on the Air (NPOTA), and the ARRL Development page.
The outage is necessary for AT&T maintenance, and ARRL has no cont…
This week the RSGB has launched its new dynamic updates page. It brings together in one place the live RSGB Facebook, Twitter and YouTube content as well as the latest news feed. This week the news is focusing on YOTA 2017 but in future will show the RSGB’s latest breaking news.
We switched two forums on today for sales and and wants of amateur radio equipment. They are for private use only and please read the ‘Please Read‘ on the heads of the forums.
They are available to the public to read but require you to be a community member to post, to register, click here.
Have fun, there will be further forums switched on in this category over the next few days.
Finally, finally the new site is starting to look like the concept that was originally envisaged.