The first trip was a cursory glance, the second more in depth. I really could have made at least two more circuits easily. Yes, there was a lot of non-Ham related junk; but there were also plenty of treasures if you had the time to really look. As it was, I purchased a few knobs for future models of my magnetic loop antenna experiments, and I also purchased some silver and Teflon SO-239 chassis mount connectors. I was the big spender of the day, parting with $10.25 of my hard earned cash-ola.
I was kind of surprised to see a good Ham buddy, Bill Koeth W2WK at a selling table. I've known Bill since he was President of the Piscataway Amateur Radio Club, when I was Secretary and then, eventually Vice-President. Bill is a master machinist and mechanic, who worked for over 20 years repairing road surfacing equipment. Bill is so good with all things mechanical that he restored a Model A Ford, fabricating most of the unavailable parts that he required, himself.
Luckily, Bill is also a CW aficionado and as of late, has turned his skills and talents towards making beautiful straight keys. I was honored to test one of his prototypes and liked what I saw (and used), very much! He listened to my suggestions and those that others have made and now has a finished product that he offers for sale:
So.... if you're in the market for a high quality straight key, dtrop me a line and I'll send you Bill's e-mail address and you and him can discuss "particulars".
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!