[aprssig] Radio Shack (NOT)

Brian Riley brianbr at mac.com
Thu Jan 19 16:17:29 EST 2006

If you are going to go online, get a Mouser and a Digikey catalog and  
use them. They have far better selections and far better prices than  
ratbox.com !

On Jan 19, 2006, at 3:45 PM, Mark Saurman wrote:

> On 1/19/06, Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:
>> Dont expect to find any parts at a Radio Shack
>> anymore (in a mall).  I went to get a simple '1/8"
>> stereo miniature jack'  in an emergency...
> Your best bet is to find the product yourself in the online catalog
> first.  9 times out of 10, their employees don't know anything but
> stuff about big ticket items or items in which they get "spiffs" on
> like cell phones.  If you approach them with a stock number, then they
> should be able to find it, even if they don't know what it is.  Every
> store has a Radioshack.com Kiosk so if you run into a parts emergency
> while out and about and cannot get to your own internet connection,
> you can use the one in the store, provided it's working.  I've used
> them before just to make sure my APRS tracker was working, too.
> At www.radioshack.com I searched for "3.5mm stereo" and the first two
> results are the 1/8" stereo female jacks you were probably looking
> for, if it was panel mount you were looking for.  Typing in 'stereo
> audio jack' yielded a lot more results, with the second being an
> in-line 1/8" stereo jack.  The website will even tell you which stores
> have it in stock.
> All of the Radio Shacks here in Canada are now The Source by Circuit
> City, although the stores are pretty much the same as they were when
> they were still Radio Shack except for a different colour scheme, and
> Nexxtech brand stuff instead of Realistic.  Luckily, we have a place
> here in town called the Electronics Centre where I can pick up all my
> pieces parts for cheaper and they have employees that know their
> stuff.  Unfortunately, they close around 6pm and if I have a parts
> emergency after that or on the weekends, it's Radio Shack/The Source
> that I have to go to.
> 73,
> Mark VO1ONE
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