The preview period for the 11th Annual ARRL On-Line Auction — an opportunity to browse available items — is now open! Bidding will begin on October 21 at 1400 UTC, and the auction will continue through October 27. Nearly 300 items are up for bid. Participants must be registered in advance. Those who have participated in past ARRL On-Line Auction events may use their previous log-in information.
Items on the block this year include QST “Product Review” gear — already ARRL Lab-tested, vintage books and publications, previously owned gear, one-of-a-kind finds, “Last Man Standing” TV series (starring Tim Allen, KK6OTD) items, and five of the ever-popular “mystery boxes” from the ARRL Lab team.
Some of the premier items up for bid from the QST “Product Review” inventory include the Icom IC-7851 HF+6 meter transceiver, the Elecraft K3S HF+6 meter transceiver, the Yaesu FTM-400DR 144/430 MHz transceiver, and the Ameritron ALS-1306 HF + 6 meter 1200 W solid-state amplifier.
Among the book offerings are Radio Stations of the World, a special 1942 defense edition of The Radio Amateur’s Handbook — as well as many other vintage Handbook editions, In Marconi’s Footsteps — Early Radio, and Maver’s Wireless Telegraph: Theory and Practice.
Proceeds from the yearly On-Line Auction benefit ARRL education programs. These include activities to license new hams, strengthen Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) training, offer continuing technical and operating education, and create instructional materials.
Prospective registered bidders who have forgotten a password or user ID should click on the “Help” tab, which will offer password and user ID-retrieval instructions. Bidders also should ensure that a correct address and other information are on file. The auction site only accepts Visa and MasterCard. Each auction item has its own closing time.
To fully enjoy the ARRL On-Line Auction, bidders are urged to read the auction policies.