Found in the Attic!

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  1. N8CPA

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    Our attic is not considered useable. It is just a place for air to circulate over insulation. The only person to be up there was our home inspector before we bought the place last summer. But, today, our future roofer stuck his head through the hatch to check out the underside of the sheeting. I was surprised when called down, "Is any of this up here yours?"

    My wife asked, "What's up there?"

    "A nice metal box fan and a bushel basket full of...electronics."

    I said, "Hello!"

    "Do you want it?"

    "We didn't put it up there, but yes, we want to see it."

    He handed the basket down to my wife. There were a few ancient Nintendo hand controls, 2 sets of headphones with 1/8" plugs, and a BC-210 scanner--no powercord, no antenna, just the scanner.

    I haven't hooked it up to a power source yet, but I am a ham and I can innovate. I'll play around with it tomorrow and program some repeaters, if it works, a nice addition to my VHF shelf.

    Yea, Bearcat!
     
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  2. AF6LJ

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    :) wow what a find.
    I haven't seen a BC-210 in a long time :)
     
  3. KD8FYI

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    Kinda like found money!

    73,
    Ed
     
  4. K8ERV

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    It probably crawled up there and starved to death.

    Them Bearcats need a lot to eat.

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
     
  5. WA9SVD

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    The previous owners probably forgot it was there, or thought it was not worth the effort to move. (If only I had saved that original "Pong" game. The price for it now on ePay gives me apoplexy!)
     
  6. K9STH

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    SVD:

    I have to take a look in both of my attics. I think I do have a "pong" game up there!

    Glen, K9STH
     
  7. NL7W

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    When I first glanced at this, I thought he said BC 610... not BC 210.

    Had me going for a sec!
     
  8. KA4DPO

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    So did I...;);)
     
  9. K7JBQ

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    Hmmm,

    If he handed that one down in a basket, he's Superman!

    73,
    Bill


     
  10. N8CPA

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    I wish! I don't know if I have a table sturdy enough, though.
     
  11. KC9UDX

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    All I got was a rotted metal box overflowing with multi-wafer rotary switches, old old lamp sockets, old old lamp switches, some very old thoriated welding sticks, a couple pinball relays, and lots of dust. Oh, and some broken very weird in-wall multi-function relays.

    I didn't wait for someone else to find it. I went through every cubic inch of my house when I bought it. Oddly, though, it took me 8 years to find a jackknife that the original owner of the house left behind after stripping the wires for the lamp in the one attic. It was interesting to see how obvious what happened was. I found it after installing a loop antenna in the attic. I went to set down some tool I was carrying and found the knife there already. I used to work with the guy's grandson, and he thought it was great when I gave him the knife.
     
  12. K8ERV

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    A 610 would be in the basement, not the attic.

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
     
  13. N5AL

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    At least the BC-610 designers were nice enough to put a handle on each side of its cabinet! :)

    Back in highschool, another kid and I tried to pick one up by its handles and move it. We got it a couple of inches off the floor before the handle on my side of the cabinet broke off and sent the transmitter crashing back to earth. Luckily, there weren't any toes underneath that behemoth at the time.
     
  14. NW9R

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    When we bought our home here, I poked around in the attic and found a tupperware container that had a small amount of weed, a pipe and some photos of the former owners husband in various poses with other women, obviously some time back in let's say some compromising poses/activities.

    Needless to say, thought hard about sending it them them, but didn't notice that his wife was in any of them. I burned the whole lot just to be sure the kids never found it. XYL and I had a good chuckle....

    Some nite, it will come to him in his sleep and ......

    OMG!
     
  15. AC2EV

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    Geez all I found was a couple dead birds and an old pair of underwear.
     
  16. N8CPA

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    I've had to grudgingly give up climbing ladders on my own part. My knees are simply too unstable to risk the climb. And once i was up there, my stronger hand would be kept busy holding on and the weaker one wouldn't be much good anyway. And my wife has never gone aloft either. The home inspector advised against using the space because it might disturb the insuulation. He never mentioned any attic contents because at the time of the inspection we had not yet closed on the house, so the contents were none of our business, just strucural integrity. Also, the previous owner appeared too young to have been alive at the time those Nintendo controllers would have been useful. So, I doubt even he knew about the basket.

    This morning I sorted through my primary junk box and found some spade terminals that mate with the DC input of the radio. After breakfast, maybe after I mow, I'll bash together a powercord, PowerPole one end, spade the other, and I'll see if it turns on.

    Is Mallory still making 10L-123 batteries? I suspect I'll need to change it.
     
  17. N2ADV

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    This took me a minute. Initially, I said, "Wait a minute, those are only a few years o... um... *mumble, mumble*Carry the one... *mumble, mumble*

    Oh crap... they ARE old... then I looked in the mirror haha
     
  18. KA4DPO

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    My uncle told us that he operated a BC-610 that was mounted in the back of a truck in WWII. It was used at the Battalion HQ in France and later Germany. According to him it was one of the most reliable transmitters they had. By the way, they had their own generator for the commo section.
     
  19. WA6MHZ

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    attic???? Watch out for SPIDERS!!! Especially Brown Recluses! Black Widows usually like to be closer to the ground level. Brown Widow spiders will do attics and roofs though. But Brown Recluses are the biggest danger!! Wear gloves and tight fitting clothing while up there. Use bright lights and kick the box a few times before you try and pick it up. Open it VERY CAREFULLY!!!! Open it up in the attic, as U don't want to bring any Spiders down into the living space!!!

    I already checked my attic and there is NUTTIN up there. Too bad, was hoping to find a long lost SX-88!
     
  20. N8CPA

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    Yeah, same here. i thought the most painful day in my life was when some hot young thing looked at me and said, "You remind me of my dad." Recently another hottie looked at me and said the same thing, but using the word, 'grandpa.'

    Thanks, honey. That's just what every man my age wants to hear from a beautiful woman your age!

    But that radio went into production before I even got licensed.
     
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