(Side note: had a QSO using my Begali bug tonight. It's a real gem!)
I bought more than just a paperweightish fan! The first thing that caught my attention was this little gem, late of the U. S. Army if the label on the back is to be trusted:
It's an output meter, a kind of specialized AC voltmeter very handy in receiver alignment. Plus, it looks cool.
...To me, anyway.
Then I found a few tools -- some brace bits in fair shape, including an adjustable one. These can be resharpened, especially if you have the special little file for that purpose. Mine is...right around here somewhere.
Picked up a pair of slip-joint (or "gas") pliers with a 45-degree bend in the jaws. (Photo later). You can find various needle-nose pliers with 45 and 90 degree bent tips but anything more substantial is uncommon. And assorted brushes: 1/2"-wide paint brushes and the handy little "acid brushes" about 3/8" wide. Plus a half-dozen PL-259s, the amateur-standard coax connector for many a decade.
...Oh, one more thing: I came back 'round and it was still there, covered with a tarp against the rain. The price had fallen even more and the seller offered to carry it to my car. Sold! Powered it up Sunday and it works! Nice receiver.
Even with taking the test, I had some time to visit my friend Don and his wife, very fine folks. He's one of the guys who run the hamfest and I owe him some serious relief time at the official hamfest table.
Leaving was an adventure in and of itself. The parking area varies from a little lower to a lot lower than the exits. It's just a grassy field and we'd had a couple of heavy rains plus drizzle. My little car wouldn't make it up one exit and nearly got stuck; made it over to the other side and just barely got on the road. Hey, "just barely" counts!