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Vortex Joe, N3IBX Collection AUCTION!

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by AA7BQ, Oct 30, 2018.

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  1. AA7BQ

    AA7BQ QRZ Founder Administrator QRZ Page

    We were recently contacted by an auction company,, about a large collection of amateur gear for sale by online auction. They had asked if they could advertise in our online swapmeet however due to the nature of the sale, we thought it best to mention it as a front page article.

    This is a HUGE auction with over 400 items. Mostly older gear, lots of Military and Industrial, along with plenty of ham gear.

    Please note: QRZ is not affiliated in any way with, and has received no compensation whatsoever for this article. The information regarding this auction is provided as a public service to the community. QRZ has no information other that what is printed in this article regarding this sale.


    From AARauctions:
    This is a huge online auction of over 350 items from Vortex Joe's (N3IBX) 50+ year collection. He wants to see his items appreciated by other ham radio operators. He has rare and unusual pieces not commonly found in the marketplace including military radios, vintage & modern components, Heathkit, Hallicrafters, Hammarlund, ICOM, National Radio Company, RCA, Kenwood, Gonset, E.F. Johnson & many more, boat anchors, receivers, transmitters, exciters, amplifiers, shortwave radios, cabinets, speakers, tuners, vacuum tubes, tube testers, Hallicrafters transceiver "Hurricane" SR-2000. Preview by appointment in Pleasant Valley, NY. Complete details, free registration & online bidding are available at the above link.

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    More about Joe N3IBX can be found at the Vortex Joe Museum.

    73, -fred
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2018
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  2. N2EY

    N2EY XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I know Joe....or at least, I did.

    Way back about 20 years ago I sold him a DX-100 that needed lots of work, a homebrew receiver built by W3QLV (SK) and an 80 meter frequency synthesizer (also by W3QLV - it was in QST).

    Glad to see he's still doing his thing.

    Thanks for putting this front-and-center!

    73 de Jim, N2EY
  3. WR2E

    WR2E Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm pretty sure that the Valiant II is the one that he bought from the guy I sold it to. I bought it from the Murray Hill Bell Labs club station back around 1980.

    Just looked again at the pics... if that's mine it has sure taken a beating in the 15 or so years since I've sold it. Was near mint when I sold it!

    And the link at the bottom to W2DTC page... Ken was my very first 'real' QSO on 80 meters back around 1969-1970!

    This is most likely the SX-28 that I restored and ended up in Joe's vortex with my bud Ken at the steering wheel:

    Last edited: Oct 30, 2018
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  4. K7JOE

    K7JOE Subscriber QRZ Page

    neat o ...
  5. WB8VLC

    WB8VLC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Oh my, that just way too many radios especially when you have to build a 2nd and 3rd building to hold your radio collection.

    I was going to say that this guy really needs to get a Hobby but then I realized that this is his hobby.
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  6. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    "Hoarding" >>> the "Hobby of Owning"


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  7. N2EY

    N2EY XML Subscriber QRZ Page


    - All the radios are stored safely. They're on shelves, in racks, etc. There are pathways to get to everything.

    - Joe is thinning the collection. Others will get to enjoy the radios.

    73 de Jim, N2EY
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  8. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    "This is a huge online auction of over 350 items from Vortex Joe's (N3IXB) 50+ year collection."

    Correction on Joe's call it is N3IBX . Have know Joe since around the early 90s.
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2018
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  9. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Page 4 of the auction website has lotsa parts, tubes. Don't miss these....
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  10. WB8NXR

    WB8NXR Ham Member QRZ Page

    I see at least a hundred new QRZ Trivia questions beginning with "What is a ...?"
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