The 10th Annual ARRL On-Line Auction went off without a hitch October 22-27. In addition to hundreds of browsers, the auction saw 284 individual bidders vying for product review equipment, vintage books, one-of-a-kind finds, and even “mystery junque boxes” from the ARRL Lab. ARRL Sales Manager Deb Jahnke, K1DAJ, said 1383 bids were recorded.
“A number of items dramatically finished in overtime bidding,” she said. “After all was tallied, this year’s auction grossed more than $41,000.”
Proceeds from the yearly On-Line Auction benefit ARRL education programs. These include activities to license new hams, strengthen Amateur Radio Emergency Service training, offer continuing technical and operating education, and create instructional materials.
Jahnke said the QST “Product Review” equipment, always the most popular items, were in great demand. The premier item was a FlexRadio Systems Flex-6700 transceiver, which fetched a winning bid of $6953. In a distant second-place was the Beko-Elektronik HLV-1100 70 centimeter amplifier, which brought $3900. These were followed in order by an ACOM 600S 160-6 meter linear amplifier at $2649; an Apache Labs ANAN-100D SDR HF/6 meter transceiver at $2500, and a FlexRadio Systems Flex-6300 transceiver at $2310.
“But our vintage books category was not to be left behind,” Jahnke said. “We had a substantial number of titles from ARRL and also many contributed by anonymous donors. Picking up the top-dollar bid in this category was a copy of Henley’s Workable Radio Receivers from 1924. It garnered $625. A copy of Modern Radio Operation by J.O. Smith, published in 1922, brought $410.
“As always, we would like to express our appreciation to the donors who provided such a diverse mix of items, and we look forward to our 11th auction in 2016,” Jahnke said.