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Old 22nd Sep 2017, 9:37 am   #1
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Default Lots of circa 1980's components.

I have ended up with a large quantity of ex-MoD electrical components. Mostly resistors of every shape size and hue! Lots of poteniometers, some capacitors etc etc. Much of it is power stuff, as I think it much of it was spares for radar.

It is all new, just been sitting (very well) packaged up, in various warehouses over the years. To be honest, because of the packaging, I've no real idea what is in there. Except it is all good quality, UK made stuff.

It is mostly from the 1980's, as far as I can tell, although some is older - there are a few valves for example.

Basically I want to give it away for donations to charity. (I am a member of Lions and will give any donations to Diabetes UK, through my club).

There are 10 50 litre plastic barrels, plus a couple of largish cardboard boxes, sitting in Kettering, Northants.

If someone wants to have it all and distribute what's in there around the group that is fine. I will open this thread and see what happens.

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Old 22nd Sep 2017, 10:13 am   #2
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Default Re: Lots of circa 1980's components.

I think the best solution would be for somebody to collect everything from Sarah, categorise it properly, and distribute it to members. They would need to collect the donations and return them to Sarah. This is a big ask though.

Another possibility would be for Sarah to take a stall at the NVCF next year, selling items for say a pound a bag.

Does anybody have any other ideas as to how she could proceed?

Note that we don't want this stuff passed on to people who will just resell the valuable items on eBay and skip the rest.
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Old 22nd Sep 2017, 12:13 pm   #3
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Default Re: Lots of circa 1980's components.

If anyone is going from Kettering to Harpenden this Sunday they could bring along for the bring and buy - or Mike could put it in the auction.
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Old 22nd Sep 2017, 12:13 pm   #4
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Default Re: Lots of circa 1980's components.

It is likely to include a lot of hardware items that may or may not be useful due to them being made for a special items of kit.
The electrical parts will be much the same.
It sounds like they are in sealed containers making temporary storage easier.
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Old 22nd Sep 2017, 3:37 pm   #5
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Default Re: Lots of circa 1980's components.

Bear in mind that 500+ litres is a fair volume to shift...
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Old 22nd Sep 2017, 4:04 pm   #6
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Good afternoon,

It sounds interesting although some pictures would be a great help to see what is their/condition/usefulness etc.

I am not too far from Kettering though...

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Old 22nd Sep 2017, 4:09 pm   #7
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Default Re: Lots of circa 1980's components.

I think you should go and have look Chris. perhaps take some photos and post on here?
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Old 23rd Sep 2017, 10:24 am   #8
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Default Re: Lots of circa 1980's components.

Its getting a little late for Harpenden now. Unfortunately I don't really have the space to take on the whole lot.

If it could be crudely sorted out with boxes of components separated from mechanical hardware that could be a good start as I expect if the hardware has no real use this can then be dumped leaving just the components and useful parts.

Certainly a few pictures would speak a thousand words.

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Old 23rd Sep 2017, 9:49 pm   #9
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Default Re: Lots of circa 1980's components.

If its ex-MOD stuff in original packaging, then the packaging is meant to preserve it for years or decades (I know Ive eaten rations from the 40s & 50s) but the NSNs or Section & Reference numbers on the packaging will tell you what it is and who made it.
I can possibly help if there is anything that you are struggling to identify.
Unfortunately Im not close enough to go and look but could work from pictures or lists
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Old 25th Sep 2017, 7:30 am   #10
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Default Re: Lots of circa 1980's components.

Some thoughts on this (prompted by dseym01's post).

Subject to photos being made available at some point, I offer the following as an initial best guess:

A typical 50 litre HDPE barrel has measurements as follows:

Height, external (mm) 680
Diameter, external (mm) 330

Ten of those - even part-filled - will require uplift onto / into a vehicle having a substantial payload capacity, assuming the collection has to be completed in one trip.

It's reasonably foreseeable that the task will need two people in order to person-handle each drum up and onto any platform/tailgate.

If the location is one that comes under current H&SaW legislation, the site owners (and/or their agents - vicarious liability and all that) will almost certainly insist on some form of risk-assessment being carried out and documented beforehand, just to cover corporate backsides with paper.

Does anyone have access to a tail-lift Luton van at next-to-nothing cost, along with two physically-capable people who are aware of the risks associated with manual lifting?

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Old 25th Sep 2017, 10:07 am   #11
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Default Re: Lots of circa 1980's components.

I would imagine the weight of each barrel will very much depend on what is in it. MOD practice was to store components singly or in small numbers in individual plastic bags, so there may be a lot of air in there, and the individual components may be quite light. On the other hand, they may be full of steel chassis fittings which would certainly be very heavy and would probably need specialist handling equipment. We just don't know at this stage.
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Old 25th Sep 2017, 10:20 am   #12
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Default Re: Lots of circa 1980's components.

Photos, or a site visit by someone with eclectic interest would indeed be useful- one problem with an unknown quantity like this is the "one man's meat is another man's poison" aspect, even within the "vintage electronics" cover-all, where "funny old junk bits" might actually be hen's-teeth pieces of history. At one point, some would say "U52s- wasteful, fragile relics- I use BY133s!" and so on. Or "loads of funny old knobs in grease-proof- nah, bin 'em" (for AR88s....)
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Old 25th Sep 2017, 10:49 am   #13
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Default Re: Lots of circa 1980's components.

I'm not too far from Sarah, and I've PM'd her with a view to scoping the job. I'll let you know how it goes.

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