UST, St. Paul radio clubs to hold auction Jan. 7

The University of St. Thomas Radio Club and the St. Paul Radio Club are holding a fund-raising auction at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, in Room 304, Murray-Herrick Campus Center (Murray Hall Lounge).

The people likely to attend the auction are amateur radio (ham radio) operators and people interested in computers and hobby electronics.  The clubs try to keep the items in their auctions related to amateur radio, computers and electronics; however, they have a rather broad definition of what they might be able to use, such as: pouring concrete for tower bases, using a variety of hardware in antenna construction, and having a need for common as well as specialized tools and test equipment.

If you have equipment that you would like to donate to the club for the auction, contact Dr. Tom Sturm in the Quantitative Methods and Computer Science Department, (651) 962-5479, to make arrangements for pick up at your site and delivery to the auction site.  If a donated item is large or heavy, it probably will be moved directly to the auction site on Jan. 7.

If you have equipment that you would like to sell at the club auction, please divide the equipment into lots that are likely to sell for at least $5 each.  The club charges a seller fee of 10 percent of the auction proceeds, up to a maximum of $10 per lot.  You may set a reserve minimum price that the item must sell for.  Normally sellers bring their own equipment and wait to collect the proceeds until after their last lot sells.  Items can be brought to the auction site as early as 6 p.m. on Jan. 7; however, if you have university-owned equipment that you are willing to help get to the auction, and you are willing to help retrieve whatever does not sell, then you can make arrangements with Sturm so that you don’t have to sit through the auction.

You also might wish to come to the auction to purchase.  Last year some computers went for $25 for a fully loaded system with monitor and printer, and some laptops went for just over $100.