January 2021 Virtual Auction

Conducted Through Zoom

MAARC's First Online Auction - Featuring Good Radios and Items

Sunday, January 17th, 1:00 PM

COVID is pushing us all in ways we hadn't expected, and now MAARC's intrepid antique radio experts are stepping into the 21st century with our first online auction because we cannot meet in person. Our January 17 auction will include items from the National Capital Radio and Television Museum, Northern Virginia Radio and Television Historical Society, National Electronics Museum, and the Felder collection being liquidated by MAARC. (The museums' items were donated to the museums for fund-raising, they are not from the their collections, and they are nice.) Since this is our first live online auction, we have kept it small--about 50 items including restored radios, radios ready for you to repair, broadcast and ham equipment, tubes, capacitors, resistors, and some modern A/V equipment.

Procedures for this auction are available by clicking this link. It will be live, but different than an in-person auction, so please read the guidelines ahead of time. You won't want to miss winning that special item because you didn't understand the procedures.

The catalog with pictures and some descriptions is available by clicking this link. Because of COVID, there will be no on-site inspection, so look at the catalog.

Since it is an online auction, all bidding will be conducted online, real-time. It will be in the Zoom conferencing app, and all bids must be entered in the Zoom Chat function. Bidders will enter dollar-amount bids through the chat function of Zoom. We will have a demonstration and practice sale at the start of the auction. Please get familiar with Zoom before the auction.  After the auction winning bidders will receive an email invoice from MAARC. Payment must be online, through the PayPal account identified in the Auction Procedures document.

All bidders must be pre-registered before the auction and paid-up MAARC members will be automatically registered. You will receive your bidder's number when you join the Zoom conference; MAARC members do not need to apply to register. If you do not belong to MAARC, you should, but if you just want to bid, anyway, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to pre-register. No registration on the day of the auction.

After the auction, winning bidders must pick up their items by appointment at the National Electronics Museum in Linthicum MD, near BWI airport. MAARC and NEM will not ship items from this auction. Please get a local person to pick it up for you. 

How to Join the MAARC Online Auction on Zoom 

Click the following link to join the meeting on January 17 by 12:30 pm (join early): 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87197326013; enter passcode 419152.

When a box asks you to Open Zoom Meetings, do it.

The Meeting Number is 871 9732 6013; enter passcode 419152.

Please join the Zoom meeting by 12:30, so we can give you your bidder's numbers.

In addition, the meeting will be recorded and posted on the MAARC YouTube channel within two weeks. Go to www.YouTube.com and search for "MAARC video" or click here. (If you don't want your image to be recorded during the meeting, turn off your video on Zoom.)

More Zoom Instructions 

We will conduct the meeting on Zoom, which is becoming to familiar to many people these days for both work and family communications. You will need a computer or smart phone with screen (to see), speakers (to hear), and a microphone (if you wish to speak). Or you can dial in with a regular telephone (to hear) and optionally, watch the video on your computer. It's OK to sign in with a regular phone without a camera or microphone; you just won't be able to show your face on the screen, but you can then see and hear the entire meeting.

If you have not yet used Zoom, here are some tips:

Go to Zoom.us, download, and install the client program. (Click on Sign Up, It's Free to download.) Start a Zoom meeting for yourself and play with the interface.

In a meeting, you will see microphone and camera icons in the lower left corner of the screen on PCs. If there is a line through one of these icons, it means you mike is muted and/or your video camera is turned off. To toggle them on/off, click the icons. The host will mute all microphones during the presentation to prevent interference. 

In the upper right hand corner of the screen on PCs, is a Speaker View/Gallery View choice. Speaker view will make the speaker's image larger, with smaller videos of other participants. Use this during Show & Tell and the presentation to get the biggest picture of slides and photos. Gallery view presents small videos of all participants, up to 49 per screen; click the right or left arrow to see the other participants.

Click on this link to join the meeting on January 17 by 12:30 pm: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87197326013; enter passcode 419152.

When a box asks you to Open Zoom Meetings, do it.

The Meeting Number is 871 9732 6013; enter passcode 419152.

The auction will start at 1:00 p.m. EDT, but please sign in at least 30 minutes early to make sure everything is working properly.

To join by regular telephone with no video (that is, not a "smart phone") dial one of the numbers below and enter the meeting number. You can speak and listen on the phone; press *6 to toggle mute/unmute.

Dial by your location and enter Meeting Number 871 9732 6013 and passcode 419152.

        +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)

        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

Meeting ID: 871 9732 6013, passcode 419152

Find your local number here


July 2017 Presentation - Building a Tech Library

Our July 2017 meeting featured a very useful presentation on Building a Tech Library by Brian Belanger and Joe Meagher. 

To view a consolidated listing of recommended books and links from the presentation, click here.

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