01 July 2024

Friedrichshafen Ham Fair mystery

Both in 2023 and 2024 I had a strange encounter in the flea market area of Friedrichshafen Ham Messe.

There is a guy from Far East (China, Japan or Korea) that buys large early valves, not even in the greatest shape. He seems to be picking them by some characteristic that is not the part number.

He came at the same stall where I bought two dekatrons. Since I noticed him also last year, I have waited he finalised his purchase and tried asking what he does with them. All that I got was "sorry I have no time" and he ran away. The seller told me she had asked him before and never got through.

Has anybody else noticed him? Do you know what could be his project?

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