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[aprssig] Radio Shack (NOT)

Scott Miller scott at opentrac.org
Thu Jan 19 20:33:14 UTC 2006


Yeah, I ran into this too.  Fortunately we've got an electronic parts store
here, but they're still more limited than I'd like.

Best solution for me has been to open a web store and buy 500 of everything
I need at a time.  =]  Now I'm never short of powerpoles.  They actually
make a cool sound when you shake large bags of them.  =]

I was going nuts trying to find speaker mic cables... just plain, non-coiled
cables with 2.5mm and 3.5mm plugs.  No luck anywhere, found a couple US
companies that would make them - for $8 each, plus setup.  Finally found a
factory in China that makes accessories for Kenwood and other manufacturers,
and got them for a fraction of that.  They should be in this week or early
next.

If you know of any other APRS-related parts like that, that just aren't
economical to get one or two of, let me know.  I'm happy to carry stuff
that's useful to the APRS community.

Scott
N1VG 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org 
> [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org] On Behalf Of Wes Johnston
> Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2006 11:58 AM
> To: TAPR APRS Mailing List
> Subject: Re: [aprssig] Radio Shack (NOT)
> 
> I finally weened myself from them.... got pretty angry in 
> there one day
> as I was looking for a pnp transistor whilst listning to a salesman
> across the room demonstrate the 43 polyphonic ring tones to a guy who
> was barely able to count to 21 on his fingers and toes.
> 
> They really should change their name to cell phone shack.
> 
> Wes
> 
> Robert Bruninga 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...  Here 
> > is the response:
> > 
> > "For a walkman or a cell phone?"
> > 
> > No, a jack
> > 
> > "you mean the big ones or the small ones?"
> > 
> > Miniature... small  but not the sub-mini...
> > 
> > To which he took me to a case with 
> > headphones in it.  I said:
> > 
> > No, I need the jack.
> > 
> > "Oh you mean the little thing with a hole in it?"
> > 
> > Yes.
> > 
> > "We dont carry that stuff any more."
> > 
> > Oh well..
> > 
> > Bob
> > 
> > 
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