Murphy's Surplus Warehouse



Tuesday morning, October 11, 2011, we stopped at Murphy's Surplus Warehouse, 401 N. JOHNSON AVE, EL CAJON, CA. 92020. Murphy's is extremely interesting for those who like military electronics equipment and high end communications systems an components. There is also a huge inventory of 'regular' binned parts and plenty of industrial supplies. Other items like test equipment, special high voltage capacitors, power resistors, a large assortment of transformers, and even a military laser kept us browsing all afternoon. One can also find most types of fastener sizes there. Murply's is a family owned business and their helpful and friendly employees are treated as family and are long-timers. These factors contribute to the good reputation and longevity of the business, as well as making it a pleasure to shop there. I bought a Sencor LC meter, a very large air variable capacitor, a 'bandscope' and some transformers.

As with all of these visits, it is important to keep in mind that there are only random images and don't reflect everything in the store by a long shot. Everything written here is my opinion and opinions are a dme a dozen. We are not affiliated with this merchant but our expectations were greatly exceeded and we reccommend Murphy's highly.

My trailer - proof of the visit.
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A one-off military spotlight. This bench is where customer may plug in or test items if they wish.
The small green screen on its side - -the bandscope.
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stack of rackmount chassis ready for the experimenter
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this transformer appears in the previous image. It has a small damage to the insulation ut I inspected it and it looks fine to me.
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The plate and filament unit I bought. Note the very high voltage ratings and the low HV current. Its fora CRT. I'll clean off the oxidation, no big deal on that.
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there are hundreds of bins. Its pretty orderly, easy to look in the section you want.
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the big dual cap I bought- measured about 780pF meshed. The sections rotate together.
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military laser. Says "blue blazer". I'm told it was used as an IR designator and it is believed to be in working order. From the construction it looks like a CW unit.
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note the 5 cavities or tuning units ??
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I meant to buy this set of precision resistors on a switch but forgot!!!
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nice HV RF relay
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xenon? arc lamp, maybe 600-1000W
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appears to be a non-inductive resistor wound on a non ferrous cylnder.
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