The Mike & Key Electronics Show and Swap Meet is coming up fast! It will be held on Saturday, March 9th, 2019 at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup, WA. This is the premier electronics swap meet / flea market in WA state. I won’t have a table this year but I’ll still be there. I wouldn’t miss it!
This is one of the best amateur radio events in Washington state and one that I look forward to every year. A couple years ago I came home with a working Hameg HM-507 analog+digital oscilloscope (pictured above) for a hundred bucks!
I have a table at the swap meet this year, and I’ll be selling Geiger counter kits, misc. electronics, and amateur radio gear. Look for the MightyOhm banner.
Last month I cashed in some airline miles and finally got to visit some old friends and spend some time in beautiful Southern California. Some long-time readers of the blog may remember the last time I did something like this in 2009.
While I was there I visited my good friend Tony in Los Angeles, and we went on a tour of surplus electronics and swap meets that we called Surplus Summit 2012.
Last weekend at the Electronics Flea Market I picked up some very strange items, including this one, pictured above. It’s a tin can that looks very similar to an ordinary soup can, except that it has the following markings on it:
NSC.OAKLAND JULY 1953
PRES METH. 2D
Thus far the only information I have learned from the markings are that NSC.OAKLAND stands for the former Oakland Naval Supply Center, closed a decade ago in 1998. According to Wikipedia, NSC supplied components to the fleet in the Pacific during WWII. Beyond this I have not been able to find any information. Presumably this is a replacement part for some piece of obsolete military hardware. A “coil” is another name for an inductor, a clue that this may be part of a radio system or other high frequency equipment.
After staring at this mysterious object for almost forever (a week) I decided to open it. Realizing that the can could be full of cold war era hazardous chemicals, munitions, objects under high compression, or nasty sharp edges, I did this very carefully and documented the entire process of discovering the contents.
First, the obvious – opening the can. Pretty straightforward.
Weird. Lots of oiled green paper. Whatever is inside is packed very well, when the can is shaken nothing moves around.
This is the clump of stuff to come out.
Packing material? The precursor to styrofoam peanuts?
By the way, the big news this weekend was that HSC electronics is NOT moving as was rumored earlier in the year. Speaking of HSC, this coming weekend is the annual HSC sidewalk sale. (This year they’re calling it a warehouse clearance sale due to downsizing at their present location.)