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    Feb 04, 2015 6:17 AM GMT
    http://fortune.com/2015/02/03/techies-remember-radio-shack/

    Started there using their tube tester. Tube testers are gone, but the old vacuum tube sure isn't. That's about the only thing there I can say that about.
  • Svnw688

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    Feb 04, 2015 7:47 AM GMT
    -I remember my mother taking me to a Radio Shack circa 1992 to pick-up a special cable.

    -"The Shack" has been flirting with liquidation for decades now, plural, so I wouldn't kiss it goodbye yet. I think it's more likely they'll shed a few hundred stores and try to turn it around again.

    -Best Buy is overrated too. Online shopping is the way of the future. Get on board or get left in the dust people icon_cool.gif
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    Feb 04, 2015 4:18 PM GMT
    i thought this was another political post on wows of the republican party?


    even if Radio Shack liquidates:
    They have probably have been planning this for years. Top company staff and legal & real estate consultants will make million$. Nice to feel sorry for them tho.

    locally
    there remains a small local electronics shop you can still get your geek on thank gods.
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    Feb 04, 2015 4:31 PM GMT
    pellaz saideven if they liquidate
    probably have been planning this for years
    . Top company staff and legal & real estate consultants will make million$. Nice to feel sorry for them tho.

    locally
    there remains a small local electronics shop you can still get your geek on thank gods.


    Yeah, its been about 40 years that they've been in decline. Still though they were useful for low buck odds and ends such as connectors, banana plugs ... cheap little stuff like that.

    Sure could use their tube tester right now as we're cleaning through my dad's side of the basement and all of thsoe old vacuum tubes. Dug out some NOS Mullard EL-34s which is a very nice find.

    Some markets have a Microcenter or Fry's so that will take care of most of the needs.
  • tj85016

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    Feb 04, 2015 4:54 PM GMT
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    did anyone have one of these with the spring connectors you put the wire in? i did. pre-solar though.

    geek
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    Feb 04, 2015 9:04 PM GMT
    But... but... Once in a while I need a capacitor, or a BNC connector, or some LEDs, and I don't have two weeks to wait for UPS. (Or wish to spend $30 to have a 30-cent part shipped overnight.) The nearest Fry's is 100 miles away.

    I did try ordering some components on-line last year from what seemed to be a reasonable web site. The money went off to Hong Kong and nothing ever came back...

    Oh well... at least there are gay bars on the way to Fry's.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Feb 05, 2015 12:00 PM GMT
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    did anyone have one of these with the spring connectors you put the wire in? i did. pre-solar though.

    geek

    My uncle had one of these. I think it's still in my parents basement.
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    Feb 11, 2015 11:41 AM GMT
    The most beloved Radio Shack product of my youth:

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    The Realistic DX-160 shortwave. But, with the arrival of Sony's digital shortwave radios, the DX-160 was soon replaced.
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    Feb 11, 2015 9:37 PM GMT
    I just bought a Logitech wireless keyboard at Radio Shack a few weeks ago.
  • FRE0

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    Feb 13, 2015 12:12 AM GMT
    freedomisntfree saidhttp://fortune.com/2015/02/03/techies-remember-radio-shack/

    Started there using their tube tester. Tube testers are gone, but the old vacuum tube sure isn't. That's about the only thing there I can say that about.


    Actually, Radio Shack used to be Allied Radio. Here is a history:

    http://www.alliedcatalogs.com

    I remember when it was Allied Radio, it had no physical stores, and everything was purchased by mail order. They had a lot of good electronic equipment including good audio systems (tuners, power amplifiers, pre amplifiers) and amateur radio equipment. One could buy amplifiers and tuners in kit form and solder all the components, i.e., capacitors, resistors, transformers, tube sockets, etc. onto the printed circuit boards and have good equipment at a much lower price than if it had come assembled.

    Part of the downfall was the result of changing technology. Previously much of the cost of electronic equipment was in the labor of soldering all the components onto PC boards. Transistors and integrated circuits plus advanced automation made it possible to do all the soldering automatically thereby eliminating the labor cost of doing it manually. That eliminated the cost saving of buying in kit form. In addition, the quality of equipment available became mediocre. It's surprising that it lasted as long as it did.
  • FRE0

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    Feb 13, 2015 12:22 AM GMT
    freedomisntfree said
    pellaz saideven if they liquidate
    probably have been planning this for years
    . Top company staff and legal & real estate consultants will make million$. Nice to feel sorry for them tho.

    locally
    there remains a small local electronics shop you can still get your geek on thank gods.


    Yeah, its been about 40 years that they've been in decline. Still though they were useful for low buck odds and ends such as connectors, banana plugs ... cheap little stuff like that.

    Sure could use their tube tester right now as we're cleaning through my dad's side of the basement and all of thsoe old vacuum tubes. Dug out some NOS Mullard EL-34s which is a very nice find.

    Some markets have a Microcenter or Fry's so that will take care of most of the needs.


    Those EL34s are very expensive now. I once had a Dynakit Stereo 70 amplifier that used two pairs of EL34s in the output stage. Basically they are a high powered version of the GL6.

    Remember when drug stores had tube testers? Now many people don't even know what vacuum tubes are. Actually, the are still used in very high powered radio transmitters because they don't have transistors that will work in that application. But for audio work, tubes no longer make much sense.

    All my vacuum tube experience has become obsolete, but not so obsolete as the Alexanderson alternator:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexanderson_alternator

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neJeIxaMqF0