Flea-speak radio jargon

(a.k.a. the vernacular of hamfest flea markets)
What is said... What it (usually) really means...
This rig puts out a BIG signal                              It's 50 kHz wide
This is a really good CW rig                         It doesn't work on SSB
This is a really good SSB rig                         It doesn't work on CW
This is a really good rig                       It doesn't work on CW or SSB
The transmitter is outstanding                            It doesn't receive
The receiver is really hot                               It doesn't transmit
This rig is really hot                                          It's stolen
It seems to be a vintage regenerative  It oscillates
I just re-tubed it                  Got'em from questionable used tube stock
I just aligned it                   The slugs on the transformers are jammed
I don't know if it works                 It doesn't work, probably never has
It doesn't chirp              It doesn't chirp because it doesn't transmit
The audio sounds great               The 120Hz buzz is faithfully reproduced
I just had it serviced                   I sprayed WD-40 over all the wiring
It comes with  the original box              Just brush out the kitty litter
Better buy it now, cause it won't last               No translation needed
Sure, it works at full power               It sucks all it can from the wall
This rig has wide frequency coverage   It drifts up and down and out of band
Frequency stability is great The VFO doesn't work - you'll have to use crystals
Real popular rig in its day             There were whole HF nets on the repair and maintenance problems
QST gave this one a really great  The language broke new ground for profanity
It might need a bit of tweaking Marconi himself couldn't fix it, much less align it
It was used in government service  It was stored outdoors on a wooden pallet
The dial drive may need lubricating The gears are stripped and the setscrews frozen
I plugged it in to check that it lights up The light came from the two foot high flames
 I'm selling it because I have two of them I'm getting rid of my parts radio
You won't find one at a better price Better from the point of view of the seller
This is a collector's item The manufacturer just went belly up and won't honor the warranty
It came from an estate sale                           If you have any problem take it up with the owner
I had it on the air just last night And you thought the woodpecker was gone
It worked last time I used it If it still worked I'd still be using it
The only lightning damage was a fuse The only lightning damage I recognized was a fuse
I have the [] somewhere I'll send it to you You'll never see the []
I'll help you carry it to the car I'll do anything to unload this boat anchor
It works ok on 80 meters                              It had some parasitics but I got in and really screwed it up and now I want to unload it
The tubes used by this rig are worth the asking price The rig uses a rare 7360 beam deflection tube for a balanced modulator, but it's blown and you'll spend $80 to get a new one
This is the rig of my dreams I really wanted one of these as a kid, but now I've got to let it go As I've gotten older, I've learned what a hunk-a-junk it is
The signal quality of this rig was easily recognizable in its day The high distortion and bad audio quickly identified this rig
This rig will bring back the feelings and atmosphere of vintage ham gear The bypass capacitors to the AC line put enough voltage on the chassis to give you a shock in the lips through the microphone, and it smokes so bad when you turn it on that you'll probably start coughing and wheezing
I'd keep this baby, but my wife is making me clean everything out I finally got around to giving this thing the proverbial heave-ho
There are a couple of other people interested in it Someone sat on it to tie his shoelaces while walking past the table
You'd better buy it now, because I'm leaving soon The previous buyer and his brother, Guido, are heading back toward the table and they aren't smiling

Last modified February 08, 2004 by Paul B. Peters, Show contact information
This material originated from within the Boatanchors Reflector.
Thanks to W8ZR, K9CH, W9GR, WB4MNF and probably many others for their wit and humor