If you have been around as long as I have, you have a history with RadioShack. Recent news seems to indicate that RadioShack's days are numbered. I am saddened. Maybe I am a bit sentimental, but their products have given me years of DX'ing excitement and enjoyment. A very large piece of my DX'ing over the years utilized products, equipment and peripherals sold by RadioShack.
My working-class parents bought me my first Shortwave communications receiver in 1965 at a Bellaire, Texas RadioShack, a 4-tube Halicrafters S-120 for a whopping $69.95 . It was the bottom of the line for Shortwave receivers, but it opened up the wonders of this hobby. It was a thrill listening to broadcasters such as, Radio Moskow, Deutsche Welle, Radio Australia and hundreds of Amateur Radio operators throughout the world, plus Citizens Band radio. This begat my first Archer 20 mW CB Walkie-Talkie for $14.95 and now I was trying to communicate beyond the line of sight, or least out of the neighborhood.
As a teenager, I focused on High School (hated it for the most part), girls, cars, a garage band and a bunch of trouble. The radio hobby took a back seat, although the interest was always still there off and on through the stresses of growing up. I graduated high school in 1970 and a year later began a 30 year career in Banking. Tandy stock had to have increased.
I moved from Houston to the Mid Cities outside Fort Worth Texas in 1978 and worked a block away from the Tandy Center in downtown Ft.Worth. It was a unique office and major shopping/entertainment complex in a downtown setting served by a Tram from a large parking lot a mile away.
So here is what is left of my collection from RadioShack and its uses they have been for me in the past and now. There are some articles I no longer have, and will mention them.
Pictures of the Collection:
Left to Right:
1. My second Shortwave communications receiver was a Realistic DX-150A (1971) It became my Ham Band receiver in 1979 when I became a Novice (same call as today). Used it for the first 10 months as a Ham, then switched to a TenTec transceiver. It still works, but needs alignment for the higher bands.
2. My first CB radio was a Realistic Navaho (1971). One fine CB Rig. I used a RS Quarter-wave Ground Plane, a Super Maxim (end fed half wave ground plane), a four element Yagi and a mobile antenna made by Antenna Specialists (Hustler brand). I worked a little Skip with it barefoot. One time DX mobile on the Southwest Freeway in Houston. The radio was converted to 10-Meters in 1981 and worked all over North America using the old CB Yagi and on a few long road trips. Does W-A-1-H"Yell"Rrrrr ring a bell? Works now on 75% of the channels (24) because one crystal went bad.
3. A DX-351 LW/MW/SW/FM radio purchased on clearance in 1997. Analog and a surprising good receiver with external antenna help. Excellent battery life. Used when I traveled. TECSUN sells a similar radio today.
4. Realistic headphones from the advent of the Walkman days.
Thank you RadioShack for passing the time and enjoyment in this hobby.
Their liquidation has started similar to what has happened at K-Mart. Retail prices have been raised 50% with a 20% reduction. Way overpriced!! I will patiently wait. There are a few final odds and ends I want to buy before they shut the door for good.
73 Art Jackson KA5DWI
My local Radio Shack closed on May 30, 2017.
I was surprised that many components and parts were purchased in mass by several individuals.
Besides getting a few antenna (TV & Cable) and electrical parts before someone bought them out, I honored Radio Shack by buying a FM/AM/SW Travel Radio for $25. It works well with the RS MWBC Passive Loop and a 1-Foot Box Loop (Idaho and Washington logged). I even experienced a semi-rare propagation event. A couple of weeks ago, I heard five WWV Ft.Collins CO stations at the same time (5, 10, 15, 20 & 25 MHz) with its whip antenna. A major Sporadic Es event was going on.
A lot of fun done cheap.