Regardless, as I held it, I looked at it and asked myself "why am I keeping this?" After all, it's one of those things that can quickly make for a full junk drawer, and we've been going through an effort to de-clutter in our house. Not wanting to delay progress however, I tossed it back in the box, and moved on.
Now, here is the interesting part of the story - I rarely turn on my VHF/UHF or HT radio's at night. Most of the time I don't want to wake a sleeping child, and when that's not a concern, I usually gravitate toward HF at this time of night. Since I was working on a little UHF radio though, I turned on my HT, figuring I'd use it to receive what I was transmitting, so that I could hear how my TX audio sounded on the rig for my little helper. When I turned the HT on, it was still on the local repeater frequency, and I just happened to hear one of the local hams - W3CWE, mention that he was working on piecing together something for 10 meters, and he had the base of a hamstick, and a whip, but he didn't have the piece to connect them together.....what are the odds of that?! I quickly jumped into the conversation and told him that I'd drop off just the part he was looking for.
It seems like all I had to do was ask the universe "why am I keeping this?" out loud. The vibrations of stuff that holds the universe together must have propagated the question quite well this evening, because less than 5 minutes later the universe answered - or it was just lucky timing. Either way you choose to look at it, this boils down to hams helping hams, which I feel is one of the most important parts of our hobby. Hows that for good vibrations?