AWA Conference Auction

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Auction Policy

Your registration includes the cost of auction materials for the primary registrant. You must be registered at the Conference in order to participate in the Auction, as either a seller or a buyer.  Auction cards will be provided the morning of the Auction.  A bid is a contract under New York law.   The AWA will not allow the seller to bid on their own merchandise.  The AWA recommends that you do not allow others to use your bidding number. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY CHARGES. There will be a $20.00 fee for failure to pay auction charges.  Payments must be in cash or by check.

NOTE: In order to participate in any indoor activities, dinners, and the Auction, you must have registered for the Conference. Your conference registration includes one auction bidder’s card. Additional auction cards are issued only upon payment of additional registrations. The AWA recommends you do not let others use your bidder number. A bid is a contract under New York law—YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY CHARGES. There will be a $20.00 fee for failure to pay auction charges. No Seller’s Payouts until one hour after the end of the Auction.

Auction Items

As the inventory of items to be sold by AWA at the Annual Conference Auction is developed, copies will be posted here. The list will grow as we near the event dates. Registered attendees to the Conference may enter their items (a limit of five items) into the auction on Friday afternoon. Anyone with more than five items should pre-clear their ability to sell this larger number of items (based upon the existing quantity of items) prior to the event.

Special Item to be Sold


Because the Heathkit O-1 oscilloscope is such a rare and historically significant artifact, in addition to in-person bidding AWA will accept maximum bids by email for this item in this auction only.

An email stating a Maximum Bid on the Heathkit O-1 sent to to be received no later than 1 pm (Eastern Daylight Time) Wednesday October 6, 2021 will be accepted as though made in person at the Saturday October 9th auction. Please include your name, address, telephone number and Maximum Bid in your email.

As is the case in EBay auctions, you may win the auction bidding without reaching your stated maximum bid. However, if the in-person auction bidding rises above your maximum bid, you will not be allowed to raise your email bid. In the event that an in-person bid and a maximum email bid are tied for the same winning bid, the in-person bid will prevail. If two or more email maximum bids are tied, the earliest bid will prevail.

Should a maximum email bid win the auction, they will responsible for packaging and shipping costs.

I would remind bidders that a winning bid creates a contract and cannot be withdrawn.  As with those bidding in person, a 10 percent buyer’s premium is applicable to all auction winning bids. 

Questions about the bidding process or about the artifact may be sent to In order to protect the bidding process, I will not be bidding on the item and will not disclose your maximum bid to anyone prior to the actual bidding in the auction.

Bob Hobday

As a special feature of the 2021 AWA Conference Auction to be held October 9, 2021, the Museum will be auctioning off an authentic Heathkit O-1 oscilloscope with a copy of the original documentation. To the best of our knowledge, there are only three O-1 units that have been found and the AWA has two. We feel strongly that one of our duplicates needs to re-enter collector’s hands.

The O-1 was Heath’s first kit product. This is your opportunity to own one of the cornerstones of Heathkit’s amazing kit success story.

The O-1 seems to be complete, but the exterior cosmetically is poor to good. The front panel silk screen is complete, but the paint is bubbled. Apparently, the unit was stored wrapped some sort of paper that is now stuck to the outside of the case. It appears that it can be removed with some careful effort. The interior seems to be complete, clean with no corrosion. All the tubes are included. One of the toggle switches seems to be have been replaced.

This unit has not been tested and is auctioned off as is. Payment is by cash or check. No credit cards will be accepted.

(Additional photos of the OC-1 are below.)

Auction Items to be Sold (Revised 9/29/2021)

Below is a listing of AWA Museum items to be sold at the 2021 Conference on Saturday, October 9th. These are either duplicates of existing collection items or items donated to the AWA Museum for sale.