Shack Cleaning defined....

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wx1f
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Shack Cleaning defined....

Post by wx1f » Sun Apr 05, 2009 7:32 pm

Many times, I've seen ads described as "Shack Cleaning"....and the author went on to say what he is selling. I have cleaned my shack many times and for the life of me, have never found any HF rigs, VHF rigs, Desk Mics or Wattmeters amongst the dust and dirt. Is it just me, or am I too assume their shacks were soooo dirty, that at some point, they lost some equipment in the dust and dirt. I don't know about you but if my wife were to see my shack (which doubles as a spare room for overnight company) get dirty enough to "loose" equipment, I would be summarily kicked out to the garage until I mended my ways!
So....if your shack is clean and neat..and you feel like getting rid of all your old stuff so that you can buy new-er stuff, maybe you should call it "rotating the shack", so as not to cause a bad impression on prospective buyers. After all, would you buy from someone who just found a Collins in his dirt pile or from someone who is just rotating it out to make room for a newer model Kenwood?

I will remove my tongue from my cheek now......73 to all !!! :lol:

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"Cleaning the Shack" term defined for newbies...

Post by K4ICL » Sun Apr 05, 2009 9:16 pm

There are a substantial number of phrases quite unique to the ham hobby. Those who have been around for over twenty five years, or more may be a bit more familiar with some of them.

Cleaning the Shack -- basically meant to get trade, swap, barter, or give away ANYTHING in the ham shack.

The Shack -- an location where the operators radio was operated -- bed room, basement, back garage, in a vehicle, etc. Usually isolated from the XYL and Harmonics.

Boatanchor -- just about any gear used before 1965 that had big iron transformers or tubes, etc. You know, heavy enough to keep your boat from drifting right after high tide.

LID -- an idiot on the air with bad technical practices or poor operating manners.

There are others. Do you remember any of them?

K4ICL

wx1f
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Re: "Cleaning the Shack" term defined for newbies.

Post by wx1f » Sun Apr 05, 2009 10:23 pm

K4ICL wrote:There are a substantial number of phrases quite unique to the ham hobby. Those who have been around for over twenty five years, or more may be a bit more familiar with some of them.

Cleaning the Shack -- basically meant to get trade, swap, barter, or give away ANYTHING in the ham shack.

The Shack -- an location where the operators radio was operated -- bed room, basement, back garage, in a vehicle, etc. Usually isolated from the XYL and Harmonics.

Boatanchor -- just about any gear used before 1965 that had big iron transformers or tubes, etc. You know, heavy enough to keep your boat from drifting right after high tide.

LID -- an idiot on the air with bad technical practices or poor operating manners.

There are others. Do you remember any of them?

K4ICL
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PLAIN ENGLISH???

Post by N9LCD » Mon Apr 06, 2009 12:47 am

What's there against using "PLAIN ENGLISH"? If you're selling something, why not just say "FOR SALE"? Or is that too simple and direct ?

Considering all the complaints about CB jargon, what's the difference with "ham jargon"?

N9LCD

wx1f
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Re: PLAIN ENGLISH???

Post by wx1f » Mon Apr 06, 2009 5:07 pm

N9LCD wrote:What's there against using "PLAIN ENGLISH"? If you're selling something, why not just say "FOR SALE"? Or is that too simple and direct ?

Considering all the complaints about CB jargon, what's the difference with "ham jargon"?

N9LCD
You'd have to ask an "OM"....I'm just a kid @ 63.... :)

wx1f
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Post by wx1f » Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:16 pm

"I got socks older than that..."



And all this time, we thought it was your breath :!:

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Post by barry g. kery » Thu May 14, 2009 3:41 pm

Talk about splitting hairs !
Did you ever clean out a refrigerator? Does that mean you threw everything away? Probably you just tossed all of the out dated stuff, maybe some of the food you didn't like and washed the inside. Then you put the stuff back in that is still good.

If I see a subject title like, "Estate sale" or maybe, "Getting out of the hobby", I would then think everythings goes.

I know when I do, "House cleaning" it does not mean that I will end up with a house with nothing in it anymore.

Barry G. Kery, KU3X

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True Definition of "Shack Cleaning"

Post by w6aws » Fri Jun 05, 2009 3:39 pm

True Definition of "Shack Cleaning"

Making more room for "Stuff". :lol: :lol: :lol:

At least in my case!

73!

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