|[AMRadio] Radio Shack|
Harry Vaught, KT4AE
kt4ae at bellsouth.net
Sun Feb 22 13:57:05 EST 2015
Radio Shack was always at the bottom of my list mainly since in my hi-fi
days, stores like Lafayette sold name brands and RS had their own.
When we got down to just RS, I bought components occasionally but as
their selection dwindled, there was little there for the Hallicrafters
guy and the connectors were overpriced compared to Mouser, AES and
Amazon. I did stock up on relays, plugs and jacks when a local RS was
closing and the components were down to 10%.
I have to say though that when I lived in Maryville, Tennessee, the two
stores there had at least some knowledgeable people. The manager of one
store was a Dynaco collector and a clerk at the other had a lot of
general electronics knowledge.
More recently, I went to the one remaining store in Athens to get a
different color LED for one I'd used to replace the pilot light in a
tube preamp. The young man asked me the supply voltage, whipped out his
calculator and was about to compute the size of dropping resistor I
would need. I already had one in place so didn't need it but I was
impressed. He may never have seen a vacuum tube but he at least knew
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