Tektronix RAMS (Surplus) Store - Odd hours?


Bruce Lane
 

Fellow Tekkies,

I've gotten curious about the rhyme or reason to the RAMS store's
limited public hours (two Thursdays a month, less than half a day).

Thoughts on this?

Thanks much.

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Bruce Lane, ARS KC7GR
http://www.bluefeathertech.com
kyrrin (at) bluefeathertech dot com
"Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati" (Red Green)


Ed Breya
 

I think it's always been like that, even in the good old days. I recall it was only open Saturday mornings way back, with similar limited hours. The store is only a small part of the operation - they have a lot more and bigger stuff to deal with, and the occasional open hours are probably about right to get rid of the small items to individual buyers.

Ed


bobh@joba.com
 

Yup, about 49 years that I recall, when it was at Sunset. It sure gives you time to stew over the ones that got away.
Bob.

-----Original Message-----
From: Ed Breya via Groups.Io
Sent: Friday, June 15, 2018 9:07 AM
To: TekScopes@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TekScopes] Tektronix RAMS (Surplus) Store - Odd hours?

I think it's always been like that, even in the good old days. I recall it was only open Saturday mornings way back, with similar limited hours. The store is only a small part of the operation - they have a lot more and bigger stuff to deal with, and the occasional open hours are probably about right to get rid of the small items to individual buyers.

Ed


 

Hi Bruce,
I think what you really are asking is what I ask every time I am going down to Beaverton: "why can't the Country Store be open when it is convenient for me because I happen to be in the area."

I think the answer is obvious. The store loses money. Being open twice per month is all they need to satisfy their regular customers (Ex-Tek employees) and just about everybody else.

Tek isn't interested in dealing with walk-in traffic for lots of reasons:
1) There is no reason to be open more often. If you are there on one of those days you would see there is only a very small group of people waiting to go in and they are mostly Ex-Tek people. So there is no reason to add more hours.
2) It is expensive to be open. You need someone (two people actually) to keep an eye out for people stuffing their pockets with small parts that have significant value.
3) Walk-in customers are a pain in the ass. I know because I am one. I will automatically ask them to lower the price enough on something I want so I can buy it.
4) Online sales via Ebay or whatever else they use are more cost effective because they can list big ticket items there.

Dennis Tillman W7PF
"Quando Omni Flunkus Terra Retreatum"

-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Lane Sent: Friday, June 15, 2018 8:26 AM

Fellow Tekkies,

I've gotten curious about the rhyme or reason to the RAMS store's
limited public hours (two Thursdays a month, less than half a day).

Thoughts on this?

Thanks much.

--
---
Bruce Lane, ARS KC7GR
http://www.bluefeathertech.com
kyrrin (at) bluefeathertech dot com
"Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati" (Red Green)


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Dennis Tillman W7PF
TekScopes Moderator


Dave Brown
 

I am not associated with RAMs but volunteer next door at the vintageTEK
museum. RAMS main purpose is recycling. They run the store as part of that
purpose but they likely do not have the resources to man the store for more
hours. When I go there sometimes in the last half hour they are open to the
public there aren't a lot of people there buying. People tend to line up
before the store is open so I suspect their business is very front loaded.
I suspect there is no business case for longer hours.



Dave


Bruce Lane
 

Not per se... It was just a case of curiosity, wondering if there were
some hidden reason.

But.. Thanks, Dennis. I figured you'd be the one to make the best
sense out of it.

On 15-Jun-18 09:35, Dennis Tillman W7PF wrote:
Hi Bruce,
I think what you really are asking is what I ask every time I am going down to Beaverton: "why can't the Country Store be open when it is convenient for me because I happen to be in the area."

I think the answer is obvious. The store loses money. Being open twice per month is all they need to satisfy their regular customers (Ex-Tek employees) and just about everybody else.

Tek isn't interested in dealing with walk-in traffic for lots of reasons:
1) There is no reason to be open more often. If you are there on one of those days you would see there is only a very small group of people waiting to go in and they are mostly Ex-Tek people. So there is no reason to add more hours.
2) It is expensive to be open. You need someone (two people actually) to keep an eye out for people stuffing their pockets with small parts that have significant value.
3) Walk-in customers are a pain in the ass. I know because I am one. I will automatically ask them to lower the price enough on something I want so I can buy it.
4) Online sales via Ebay or whatever else they use are more cost effective because they can list big ticket items there.

Dennis Tillman W7PF
"Quando Omni Flunkus Terra Retreatum"

-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Lane Sent: Friday, June 15, 2018 8:26 AM

Fellow Tekkies,

I've gotten curious about the rhyme or reason to the RAMS store's
limited public hours (two Thursdays a month, less than half a day).

Thoughts on this?

Thanks much.

--
---
Bruce Lane, ARS KC7GR
http://www.bluefeathertech.com
kyrrin (at) bluefeathertech dot com
"Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati" (Red Green)

--
---
Bruce Lane, ARS KC7GR
http://www.bluefeathertech.com
kyrrin (at) bluefeathertech dot com
"Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati" (Red Green)


Magic_Smoke
 

Bringing this thread back from the dead, does anyone know if RAMS has (or is planning to be) reopened post-COVID? I miss it!


Bruce Lane
 

I corresponded with them about a month ago. At that time, most likely
reopening will occur in late September.

They -are- coming back. That much is definite. Just don't know when.

On 14-Jul-21 15:49, Magic_Smoke wrote:
Bringing this thread back from the dead, does anyone know if RAMS has (or is planning to be) reopened post-COVID? I miss it!
--
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Bruce Lane, ARS KC7GR
http://www.bluefeathertech.com
kyrrin (at) bluefeathertech dot com
"Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati" (Red Green)


Magic_Smoke
 

I got to answer my own question today, it's the 3rd Thursday of the month and I had the day off so I swung by. I found a sign next to the door that reads:
RAMS Country Store is currently closed due to COVID-19
Please check back September 1, 2021

Very exciting! I'm really looking forward to this bit of normalcy returning.


Daniel Koller
 

Hey, just out of curiosity, what sorts of things does one find these days at the RAMS store? 
 Any vacuum tube stuff that someone dug up from storage, or retirees offices? 
What are the prices like?
Is there a web page so one can see what it looks like in there?
  These are not just idle questions.  My wife and I are seriously considering visiting some family in the Portland area, but unfortunately, in August, not after Sept. 1.  On the other hand, that's a good thing.  I should not be allowed in surplus stores, flea markets, or junk yards. (The catch is they are my wife's relatives, so if I bring anything home, I will not be visiting Portland any more).
   Dan

On Friday, July 16, 2021, 12:53:15 AM EDT, Magic_Smoke <jsymonds@gmail.com> wrote:

I got to answer my own question today, it's the 3rd Thursday of the month and I had the day off so I swung by. I found a sign next to the door that reads:
RAMS Country Store is currently closed due to COVID-19
Please check back September 1, 2021

Very exciting! I'm really looking forward to this bit of normalcy returning.


 

You forgot you can buy the thing, put it in a box, and mail it out via
FedEx to a neighbor.

On Fri, Jul 16, 2021 at 3:05 PM Daniel Koller via groups.io
<kaboomdk=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hey, just out of curiosity, what sorts of things does one find these days at the RAMS store?
Any vacuum tube stuff that someone dug up from storage, or retirees offices?
What are the prices like?
Is there a web page so one can see what it looks like in there?
These are not just idle questions. My wife and I are seriously considering visiting some family in the Portland area, but unfortunately, in August, not after Sept. 1. On the other hand, that's a good thing. I should not be allowed in surplus stores, flea markets, or junk yards. (The catch is they are my wife's relatives, so if I bring anything home, I will not be visiting Portland any more).
Dan
On Friday, July 16, 2021, 12:53:15 AM EDT, Magic_Smoke <jsymonds@gmail.com> wrote:

I got to answer my own question today, it's the 3rd Thursday of the month and I had the day off so I swung by. I found a sign next to the door that reads:
RAMS Country Store is currently closed due to COVID-19
Please check back September 1, 2021

Very exciting! I'm really looking forward to this bit of normalcy returning.










 

Yes, I'm enabling.

On Fri, Jul 16, 2021 at 8:12 PM cheater cheater
<cheater00social@gmail.com> wrote:

You forgot you can buy the thing, put it in a box, and mail it out via
FedEx to a neighbor.

On Fri, Jul 16, 2021 at 3:05 PM Daniel Koller via groups.io
<kaboomdk=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hey, just out of curiosity, what sorts of things does one find these days at the RAMS store?
Any vacuum tube stuff that someone dug up from storage, or retirees offices?
What are the prices like?
Is there a web page so one can see what it looks like in there?
These are not just idle questions. My wife and I are seriously considering visiting some family in the Portland area, but unfortunately, in August, not after Sept. 1. On the other hand, that's a good thing. I should not be allowed in surplus stores, flea markets, or junk yards. (The catch is they are my wife's relatives, so if I bring anything home, I will not be visiting Portland any more).
Dan
On Friday, July 16, 2021, 12:53:15 AM EDT, Magic_Smoke <jsymonds@gmail.com> wrote:

I got to answer my own question today, it's the 3rd Thursday of the month and I had the day off so I swung by. I found a sign next to the door that reads:
RAMS Country Store is currently closed due to COVID-19
Please check back September 1, 2021

Very exciting! I'm really looking forward to this bit of normalcy returning.










Jim Ford
 

I feel your pain, Dan!  If it weren't for my wife, my house would be full floor to ceiling with test equipment and musical gear!  OTOH, if it weren't for me, the wife would have it full of scrapbooking supplies and holiday decorations!  Either way it would be a no-brakes situation.  Good luck!           Jim FordSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

-------- Original message --------From: "Daniel Koller via groups.io" <kaboomdk=yahoo.com@groups.io> Date: 7/16/21 6:04 AM (GMT-08:00) To: tekscopes@groups.io, TekScopes@groups.io Subject: Re: [TekScopes] Tektronix RAMS (Surplus) Store - Odd hours? Hey, just out of curiosity, what sorts of things does one find these days at the RAMS store?  Any vacuum tube stuff that someone dug up from storage, or retirees offices? What are the prices like?Is there a web page so one can see what it looks like in there?  These are not just idle questions.  My wife and I are seriously considering visiting some family in the Portland area, but unfortunately, in August, not after Sept. 1.  On the other hand, that's a good thing.  I should not be allowed in surplus stores, flea markets, or junk yards. (The catch is they are my wife's relatives, so if I bring anything home, I will not be visiting Portland any more).   Dan    On Friday, July 16, 2021, 12:53:15 AM EDT, Magic_Smoke <jsymonds@gmail.com> wrote: I got to answer my own question today, it's the 3rd Thursday of the month and I had the day off so I swung by. I found a sign next to the door that reads: RAMS Country Store is currently closed due to COVID-19Please check back September 1, 2021Very exciting! I'm really looking forward to this bit of normalcy returning.


Harvey White
 

My wife has two bedrooms her own, for knitting, gourds, and whatever she wants.  I have one for a lab.  I also have the (shared) library for my books, TV, and recliner.  She has the family room for her TV and recliner.  The garage is full of combined stuff, the shop has an area for her, we're sharing what's left (although the kitchen is mostly mine) and we have ABSOLUTELY NO ROOM for guests.....

unless they want to sleep in a recliner.

Works for us..... <grin>

Harvey

On 7/16/2021 5:27 PM, Jim Ford wrote:
I feel your pain, Dan!  If it weren't for my wife, my house would be full floor to ceiling with test equipment and musical gear!  OTOH, if it weren't for me, the wife would have it full of scrapbooking supplies and holiday decorations!  Either way it would be a no-brakes situation.  Good luck!           Jim FordSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: "Daniel Koller via groups.io" <kaboomdk=yahoo.com@groups.io> Date: 7/16/21 6:04 AM (GMT-08:00) To: tekscopes@groups.io, TekScopes@groups.io Subject: Re: [TekScopes] Tektronix RAMS (Surplus) Store - Odd hours? Hey, just out of curiosity, what sorts of things does one find these days at the RAMS store?  Any vacuum tube stuff that someone dug up from storage, or retirees offices? What are the prices like?Is there a web page so one can see what it looks like in there?  These are not just idle questions.  My wife and I are seriously considering visiting some family in the Portland area, but unfortunately, in August, not after Sept. 1.  On the other hand, that's a good thing.  I should not be allowed in surplus stores, flea markets, or junk yards. (The catch is they are my wife's relatives, so if I bring anything home, I will not be visiting Portland any more).   Dan    On Friday, July 16, 2021, 12:53:15 AM EDT, Magic_Smoke <jsymonds@gmail.com> wrote: I got to answer my own question today, it's the 3rd Thursday of the month and I had the day off so I swung by. I found a sign next to the door that reads: RAMS Country Store is currently closed due to COVID-19Please check back September 1, 2021Very exciting! I'm really looking forward to this bit of normalcy returning.



Jim Ford
 

Nice setup, Harvey!  Well, we have 2 teens in the house. So they each have their own rooms.  Then there's the master bedroom and a 10 by 10 foot room for computers, scrapbooking, musical instruments, and as of last year, my home office.   One 2 by 5 foot bench and a 19-inch rack in the garage for my lab.  No room for visitors, and we make them go to a hotel.  Seems to work! ;)          JimSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

-------- Original message --------From: Harvey White <madyn@dragonworks.info> Date: 7/16/21 2:50 PM (GMT-08:00) To: TekScopes@groups.io Subject: Re: [TekScopes] Tektronix RAMS (Surplus) Store - Odd hours? My wife has two bedrooms her own, for knitting, gourds, and whatever she wants.  I have one for a lab.  I also have the (shared) library for my books, TV, and recliner.  She has the family room for her TV and recliner.  The garage is full of combined stuff, the shop has an area for her, we're sharing what's left (although the kitchen is mostly mine) and we have ABSOLUTELY NO ROOM for guests.....unless they want to sleep in a recliner.Works for us..... <grin>HarveyOn 7/16/2021 5:27 PM, Jim Ford wrote:> I feel your pain, Dan!  If it weren't for my wife, my house would be full floor to ceiling with test equipment and musical gear!  OTOH, if it weren't for me, the wife would have it full of scrapbooking supplies and holiday decorations!  Either way it would be a no-brakes situation.  Good luck!           Jim FordSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone> -------- Original message --------From: "Daniel Koller via groups.io" <kaboomdk=yahoo.com@groups.io> Date: 7/16/21  6:04 AM  (GMT-08:00) To: tekscopes@groups.io, TekScopes@groups.io Subject: Re: [TekScopes] Tektronix RAMS (Surplus) Store - Odd hours?  Hey, just out of curiosity, what sorts of things does one find these days at the RAMS store?  Any vacuum tube stuff that someone dug up from storage, or retirees offices? What are the prices like?Is there a web page so one can see what it looks like in there?  These are not just idle questions.  My wife and I are seriously considering visiting some family in the Portland area, but unfortunately, in August, not after Sept. 1.  On the other hand, that's a good thing.  I should not be allowed in surplus stores, flea markets, or junk yards. (The catch is they are my wife's relatives, so if I bring anything home, I will not be visiting Portland any more).   Dan    On Friday, July 16, 2021, 12:53:15 AM EDT, Magic_Smoke <jsymonds@gmail.com> wrote:  I got to answer my own question today, it's the 3rd Thursday of the month and I had the day off so I swung by. I found a sign next to the door that reads: RAMS Country Store is currently closed due to COVID-19Please check back September 1, 2021Very exciting! I'm really looking forward to this bit of normalcy returning.>> >>


Harvey White
 

We've been working a long while to get a house that's even halfway setup for hobbies, and this is.  Wired ethernet in every room, RG6 for cable, etc....

Naturally, of course, it's not big enough....

or we have too much <- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

No idea what we do next, but I think it's time to figure out who in central florida would like some things, nothing wonderful, but possibly a makerspace or someone might like some old parts..... and a 30 inch direct view CRT tv... yeah, one of them, too....

Harvey

On 7/16/2021 8:58 PM, Jim Ford wrote:
Nice setup, Harvey!  Well, we have 2 teens in the house. So they each have their own rooms.  Then there's the master bedroom and a 10 by 10 foot room for computers, scrapbooking, musical instruments, and as of last year, my home office.   One 2 by 5 foot bench and a 19-inch rack in the garage for my lab.  No room for visitors, and we make them go to a hotel.  Seems to work! ;)          JimSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: Harvey White <madyn@dragonworks.info> Date: 7/16/21 2:50 PM (GMT-08:00) To: TekScopes@groups.io Subject: Re: [TekScopes] Tektronix RAMS (Surplus) Store - Odd hours? My wife has two bedrooms her own, for knitting, gourds, and whatever she wants.  I have one for a lab.  I also have the (shared) library for my books, TV, and recliner.  She has the family room for her TV and recliner.  The garage is full of combined stuff, the shop has an area for her, we're sharing what's left (although the kitchen is mostly mine) and we have ABSOLUTELY NO ROOM for guests.....unless they want to sleep in a recliner.Works for us..... <grin>HarveyOn 7/16/2021 5:27 PM, Jim Ford wrote:> I feel your pain, Dan!  If it weren't for my wife, my house would be full floor to ceiling with test equipment and musical gear!  OTOH, if it weren't for me, the wife would have it full of scrapbooking supplies and holiday decorations!  Either way it would be a no-brakes situation.  Good luck!           Jim FordSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone> -------- Original message --------From: "Daniel Koller via groups.io" <kaboomdk=yahoo.com@groups.io> Date: 7/16/21  6:04 AM  (GMT-08:00) To: tekscopes@groups.io, TekScopes@groups.io Subject: Re: [TekScopes] Tektronix RAMS (Surplus) Store - Odd hours?  Hey, just out of curiosity, what sorts of things does one find these days at the RAMS store?  Any vacuum tube stuff that someone dug up from storage, or retirees offices? What are the prices like?Is there a web page so one can see what it looks like in there?  These are not just idle questions.  My wife and I are seriously considering visiting some family in the Portland area, but unfortunately, in August, not after Sept. 1.  On the other hand, that's a good thing.  I should not be allowed in surplus stores, flea markets, or junk yards. (The catch is they are my wife's relatives, so if I bring anything home, I will not be visiting Portland any more).   Dan    On Friday, July 16, 2021, 12:53:15 AM EDT, Magic_Smoke <jsymonds@gmail.com> wrote:  I got to answer my own question today, it's the 3rd Thursday of the month and I had the day off so I swung by. I found a sign next to the door that reads: RAMS Country Store is currently closed due to COVID-19Please check back September 1, 2021Very exciting! I'm really looking forward to this bit of normalcy returning.>> >>



Jim Ford
 

Funny you mention wired Ethernet, because I have my 3 computers, my work laptop, my home laptop, and lab tower, on a wired router.  All other computers in the house are on wireless, but my 3 are stationary and within a few tens of feet of each other.  That, and I wanted the speed, security, and reliability of wired.  The laptops could go wireless if I so chose; no need so far.      Jim Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

-------- Original message --------From: Harvey White <madyn@dragonworks.info> Date: 7/16/21 6:52 PM (GMT-08:00) To: TekScopes@groups.io Subject: Re: [TekScopes] Tektronix RAMS (Surplus) Store - Odd hours? We've been working a long while to get a house that's even halfway setup for hobbies, and this is.  Wired ethernet in every room, RG6 for cable, etc....Naturally, of course, it's not big enough....or we have too much <- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXNo idea what we do next, but I think it's time to figure out who in central florida would like some things, nothing wonderful, but possibly a makerspace or someone might like some old parts..... and a 30 inch direct view CRT tv... yeah, one of them, too....HarveyOn 7/16/2021 8:58 PM, Jim Ford wrote:> Nice setup, Harvey!  Well, we have 2 teens in the house. So they each have their own rooms.  Then there's the master bedroom and a 10 by 10 foot room for computers, scrapbooking, musical instruments, and as of last year, my home office.   One 2 by 5 foot bench and a 19-inch rack in the garage for my lab.  No room for visitors, and we make them go to a hotel.  Seems to work! ;)          JimSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone> -------- Original message --------From: Harvey White <madyn@dragonworks.info> Date: 7/16/21  2:50 PM  (GMT-08:00) To: TekScopes@groups.io Subject: Re: [TekScopes] Tektronix RAMS (Surplus) Store - Odd hours? My wife has two bedrooms her own, for knitting, gourds, and whatever she wants.  I have one for a lab.  I also have the (shared) library for my books, TV, and recliner.  She has the family room for her TV and recliner.  The garage is full of combined stuff, the shop has an area for her, we're sharing what's left (although the kitchen is mostly mine) and we have ABSOLUTELY NO ROOM for guests.....unless they want to sleep in a recliner.Works for us..... <grin>HarveyOn 7/16/2021 5:27 PM, Jim Ford wrote:> I feel your pain, Dan!  If it weren't for my wife, my house would be full floor to ceiling with test equipment and musical gear!  OTOH, if it weren't for me, the wife would have it full of scrapbooking supplies and holiday decorations!  Either way it would be a no-brakes situation.  Good luck!           Jim FordSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone> -------- Original message --------From: "Daniel Koller via groups.io" <kaboomdk=yahoo.com@groups.io> Date: 7/16/21  6:04 AM  (GMT-08:00) To: tekscopes@groups.io, TekScopes@groups.io Subject: Re: [TekScopes] Tektronix RAMS (Surplus) Store - Odd hours?  Hey, just out of curiosity, what sorts of things does one find these days at the RAMS store?  Any vacuum tube stuff that someone dug up from storage, or retirees offices? What are the prices like?Is there a web page so one can see what it looks like in there?  These are not just idle questions.  My wife and I are seriously considering visiting some family in the Portland area, but unfortunately, in August, not after Sept. 1.  On the other hand, that's a good thing.  I should not be allowed in surplus stores, flea markets, or junk yards. (The catch is they are my wife's relatives, so if I bring anything home, I will not be visiting Portland any more).   Dan    On Friday, July 16, 2021, 12:53:15 AM EDT, Magic_Smoke <jsymonds@gmail.com> wrote:  I got to answer my own question today, it's the 3rd Thursday of the month and I had the day off so I swung by. I found a sign next to the door that reads: RAMS Country Store is currently closed due to COVID-19Please check back September 1, 2021Very exciting! I'm really looking forward to this bit of normalcy returning.>> >>>> >>


Harvey White
 

We were lucky enough to buy an empty lot, and have a house built on it.  The builder was just at the point where they would still consider custom modifications, so we put in a few, mostly having to do with insulation and support systems.

However, I spent quite a few days putting in three runs of cat5e to every room, and two runs of RG6.

That and video and 12 volts for surveillance cameras.

Harvey

On 7/16/2021 10:03 PM, Jim Ford wrote:
Funny you mention wired Ethernet, because I have my 3 computers, my work laptop, my home laptop, and lab tower, on a wired router.  All other computers in the house are on wireless, but my 3 are stationary and within a few tens of feet of each other.  That, and I wanted the speed, security, and reliability of wired.  The laptops could go wireless if I so chose; no need so far.      Jim Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: Harvey White <madyn@dragonworks.info> Date: 7/16/21 6:52 PM (GMT-08:00) To: TekScopes@groups.io Subject: Re: [TekScopes] Tektronix RAMS (Surplus) Store - Odd hours? We've been working a long while to get a house that's even halfway setup for hobbies, and this is.  Wired ethernet in every room, RG6 for cable, etc....Naturally, of course, it's not big enough....or we have too much <- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXNo idea what we do next, but I think it's time to figure out who in central florida would like some things, nothing wonderful, but possibly a makerspace or someone might like some old parts..... and a 30 inch direct view CRT tv... yeah, one of them, too....HarveyOn 7/16/2021 8:58 PM, Jim Ford wrote:> Nice setup, Harvey!  Well, we have 2 teens in the house. So they each have their own rooms.  Then there's the master bedroom and a 10 by 10 foot room for computers, scrapbooking, musical instruments, and as of last year, my home office.   One 2 by 5 foot bench and a 19-inch rack in the garage for my lab.  No room for visitors, and we make them go to a hotel.  Seems to work! ;)          JimSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone> -------- Original message --------From: Harvey White <madyn@dragonworks.info> Date: 7/16/21  2:50 PM  (GMT-08:00) To: TekScopes@groups.io Subject: Re: [TekScopes] Tektronix RAMS (Surplus) Store - Odd hours? My wife has two bedrooms her own, for knitting, gourds, and whatever she wants.  I have one for a lab.  I also have the (shared) library for my books, TV, and recliner.  She has the family room for her TV and recliner.  The garage is full of combined stuff, the shop has an area for her, we're sharing what's left (although the kitchen is mostly mine) and we have ABSOLUTELY NO ROOM for guests.....unless they want to sleep in a recliner.Works for us..... <grin>HarveyOn 7/16/2021 5:27 PM, Jim Ford wrote:> I feel your pain, Dan!  If it weren't for my wife, my house would be full floor to ceiling with test equipment and musical gear!  OTOH, if it weren't for me, the wife would have it full of scrapbooking supplies and holiday decorations!  Either way it would be a no-brakes situation.  Good luck!           Jim FordSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone> -------- Original message --------From: "Daniel Koller via groups.io" <kaboomdk=yahoo.com@groups.io> Date: 7/16/21  6:04 AM  (GMT-08:00) To: tekscopes@groups.io, TekScopes@groups.io Subject: Re: [TekScopes] Tektronix RAMS (Surplus) Store - Odd hours?  Hey, just out of curiosity, what sorts of things does one find these days at the RAMS store?  Any vacuum tube stuff that someone dug up from storage, or retirees offices? What are the prices like?Is there a web page so one can see what it looks like in there?  These are not just idle questions.  My wife and I are seriously considering visiting some family in the Portland area, but unfortunately, in August, not after Sept. 1.  On the other hand, that's a good thing.  I should not be allowed in surplus stores, flea markets, or junk yards. (The catch is they are my wife's relatives, so if I bring anything home, I will not be visiting Portland any more).   Dan    On Friday, July 16, 2021, 12:53:15 AM EDT, Magic_Smoke <jsymonds@gmail.com> wrote:  I got to answer my own question today, it's the 3rd Thursday of the month and I had the day off so I swung by. I found a sign next to the door that reads: RAMS Country Store is currently closed due to COVID-19Please check back September 1, 2021Very exciting! I'm really looking forward to this bit of normalcy returning.>> >>>> >>



Jim Ford
 

Good deal!  I think we've taken this far enough off topic. ;)  To bring it back to Tek scopes, I am in the process of getting a hold of an 11800 series scope on the bay and selling my Atlas Sound 35RU rack.  The rack unfortunately was not beefy enough for my heavy HP microwave gear (nor for an 11800 series scope), but it might be useful for some of the smaller, lighter Tek gear like the TDS3000 series.  Or stuff it was designed for like audio equipment.        JimSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

-------- Original message --------From: Harvey White <madyn@dragonworks.info> Date: 7/16/21 8:33 PM (GMT-08:00) To: TekScopes@groups.io Subject: Re: [TekScopes] Tektronix RAMS (Surplus) Store - Odd hours? We were lucky enough to buy an empty lot, and have a house built on it.  The builder was just at the point where they would still consider custom modifications, so we put in a few, mostly having to do with insulation and support systems.However, I spent quite a few days putting in three runs of cat5e to every room, and two runs of RG6.That and video and 12 volts for surveillance cameras.HarveyOn 7/16/2021 10:03 PM, Jim Ford wrote:> Funny you mention wired Ethernet, because I have my 3 computers, my work laptop, my home laptop, and lab tower, on a wired router.  All other computers in the house are on wireless, but my 3 are stationary and within a few tens of feet of each other.  That, and I wanted the speed, security, and reliability of wired.  The laptops could go wireless if I so chose; no need so far.      Jim Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone> -------- Original message --------From: Harvey White <madyn@dragonworks.info> Date: 7/16/21  6:52 PM  (GMT-08:00) To: TekScopes@groups.io Subject: Re: [TekScopes] Tektronix RAMS (Surplus) Store - Odd hours? We've been working a long while to get a house that's even halfway setup for hobbies, and this is.  Wired ethernet in every room, RG6 for cable, etc....Naturally, of course, it's not big enough....or we have too much <- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXNo idea what we do next, but I think it's time to figure out who in central florida would like some things, nothing wonderful, but possibly a makerspace or someone might like some old parts..... and a 30 inch direct view CRT tv... yeah, one of them, too....HarveyOn 7/16/2021 8:58 PM, Jim Ford wrote:> Nice setup, Harvey!  Well, we have 2 teens in the house. So they each have their own rooms.  Then there's the master bedroom and a 10 by 10 foot room for computers, scrapbooking, musical instruments, and as of last year, my home office.   One 2 by 5 foot bench and a 19-inch rack in the garage for my lab.  No room for visitors, and we make them go to a hotel.  Seems to work! ;)          JimSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone> -------- Original message --------From: Harvey White <madyn@dragonworks.info> Date: 7/16/21  2:50 PM  (GMT-08:00) To: TekScopes@groups.io Subject: Re: [TekScopes] Tektronix RAMS (Surplus) Store - Odd hours? My wife has two bedrooms her own, for knitting, gourds, and whatever she wants.  I have one for a lab.  I also have the (shared) library for my books, TV, and recliner.  She has the family room for her TV and recliner.  The garage is full of combined stuff, the shop has an area for her, we're sharing what's left (although the kitchen is mostly mine) and we have ABSOLUTELY NO ROOM for guests.....unless they want to sleep in a recliner.Works for us..... <grin>HarveyOn 7/16/2021 5:27 PM, Jim Ford wrote:> I feel your pain, Dan!  If it weren't for my wife, my house would be full floor to ceiling with test equipment and musical gear!  OTOH, if it weren't for me, the wife would have it full of scrapbooking supplies and holiday decorations!  Either way it would be a no-brakes situation.  Good luck!           Jim FordSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone> -------- Original message --------From: "Daniel Koller via groups.io" <kaboomdk=yahoo.com@groups.io> Date: 7/16/21  6:04 AM  (GMT-08:00) To: tekscopes@groups.io, TekScopes@groups.io Subject: Re: [TekScopes] Tektronix RAMS (Surplus) Store - Odd hours?  Hey, just out of curiosity, what sorts of things does one find these days at the RAMS store?  Any vacuum tube stuff that someone dug up from storage, or retirees offices? What are the prices like?Is there a web page so one can see what it looks like in there?  These are not just idle questions.  My wife and I are seriously considering visiting some family in the Portland area, but unfortunately, in August, not after Sept. 1.  On the other hand, that's a good thing.  I should not be allowed in surplus stores, flea markets, or junk yards. (The catch is they are my wife's relatives, so if I bring anything home, I will not be visiting Portland any more).   Dan    On Friday, July 16, 2021, 12:53:15 AM EDT, Magic_Smoke <jsymonds@gmail.com> wrote:  I got to answer my own question today, it's the 3rd Thursday of the month and I had the day off so I swung by. I found a sign next to the door that reads: RAMS Country Store is currently closed due to COVID-19Please check back September 1, 2021Very exciting! I'm really looking forward to this bit of normalcy returning.>> >>>> >>>> >>


Daniel Koller
 

To bring this back to topic, what are the sorts of things one finds at the store?  Still very curious even if I won't be able to shop there soon.Are the deals good?
  Dan

On Friday, July 16, 2021, 09:04:52 AM EDT, Daniel Koller <kaboomdk@yahoo.com> wrote:

Hey, just out of curiosity, what sorts of things does one find these days at the RAMS store? 
 Any vacuum tube stuff that someone dug up from storage, or retirees offices? 
What are the prices like?
Is there a web page so one can see what it looks like in there?
  These are not just idle questions.  My wife and I are seriously considering visiting some family in the Portland area, but unfortunately, in August, not after Sept. 1.  On the other hand, that's a good thing.  I should not be allowed in surplus stores, flea markets, or junk yards. (The catch is they are my wife's relatives, so if I bring anything home, I will not be visiting Portland any more).
   Dan
On Friday, July 16, 2021, 12:53:15 AM EDT, Magic_Smoke <jsymonds@gmail.com> wrote:

I got to answer my own question today, it's the 3rd Thursday of the month and I had the day off so I swung by. I found a sign next to the door that reads:
RAMS Country Store is currently closed due to COVID-19
Please check back September 1, 2021

Very exciting! I'm really looking forward to this bit of normalcy returning.