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    Wow, things sure have changed at Radio Shack,
    I know some of you will enjoy checking out this Site.

    Radio Shack or Rat Shack, however you refer to it, the company
    did much to further the advancement of electronics and the fledgling
    computer industry for which they are for the most part unrecognized.

    I remember as a kid pouring through their catalog and dreaming of all the
    radio gear I would buy if I had the money. Heck, I didn't even have a real
    job except for mowing lawns and my paper route, so wasn't about to buy
    much with that little bit of cash.

    Anyway, I remember that a friend and I rescued the guts out of an old
    Zenith floor model shortwave/broadcast radio from the trash. We gutted
    the cabinet for the speaker and chassis and took the knobs. We couldn't
    get the whole thing as we were 5 miles from home and all we had was our
    bicycles. I was somewhere around 12 to 14, don't remember for sure but I
    was still in grade school. This was in the mid 60s.

    Well we got that radio working after we got a replacement capacitor and
    a tube from the local Radio/TV repair shop. We had taken all the tubes to
    the local drug store and used their tester to check out the tubes.
    Anybody here remember those?

    Anyway, we soldered the new capacitor (my Dad showed us how) in and
    replaced the bad tube. We strung a wire out and connected it to the TV
    antenna on the roof of the house, not having anything else and not
    understanding the relation between frequency and antenna length at the
    age of 13.

    After some tuning around we heard a Ship-to-Shore call from a tanker
    named "Lightning" to the marine operator in New York City and listened in
    on the call for about 5 minutes.

    After that my mind was made up, I wanted to get my Ham Radio License,
    which I did some years later. And I poured through every Radio Shack, Allied Radio, Lafayette Radio, and other catalog I could find and read all the magazines on electronics and radio such as QST I could find in our local library.
    "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006


    1/20/2017 - The Beginning of a new Error

  • #2
    Re: Radio Shack

    Yeah me too!
    I remember meeting an electrical engineer from "western electric"
    and I asked him to help me learn the resistor color code.
    He smiled and handed me a big bag of resistors.
    he said "sort them"
    Well by the time I finshed sorting what was almost 2 lbs of 1/2w resistors I
    learned the color code...I never did learn or need that resistor sentence rhyme
    To this day I know the color code and have found useful not just for

    Sadly though today, most electronic components are the size of fly poop
    glued to multi-layered circuit boards. so colors are no longer that important

    I too am an Amateur Radio operator KA7GKN

    Cactus Man


    • #3
      Re: Radio Shack

      I wonder if they even still make 1/4, 1/2, 1 or 2 Watt carbon composition 10% resistors anymore. It's been a loong time since I saw any in an electronics parts place.

      Let's for fun see how many get this.

      black, brown, brown, silver


      • #4
        Re: Radio Shack

        10Ω, 10%

        We routinely use 1/4W 250Ω, 0.1% precision
        resistors at work in instrument loops.
        "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006


        1/20/2017 - The Beginning of a new Error