Generations of home electronics hobbyists, ham radio enthusiasts and computer geeks spent their growth-spurt years hanging around their local Radio Shack stores. I was one of them. None of us are happy to have witnessed the company's long slide toward irrelevance and its looming exit from the retail landscape. The company's heyday ran from the 1970s through the late 1990s, when it rode the CB radio craze as the largest retailer in the market, and then transformed into a creditable maker of computer gear.
Read more about Radio Shack's demise here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/radioshack-may-be-facing-the-end-after-decade-of-decline/2015/02/03/1d513ee0-abdb-11e4-ad71-7b9eba0f87d6_story.html
I am reminded of heading to my local Radio Shack store after school to get batteries, crystals, parts and books. My first crystal radio kit, a 101 Electronics project kit and first VHF scanner all came from the “Shack”. Remember the Battery of the Month Club card? Was I the only one that waited for the new catalog each fall? The manager in my local store was a great guy! I scored lots of “damaged” goods for little to nothing from the return shelf in the back of that store. His support was another influence that shaped my career choice and several lifelong hobbies. So the “Shack” as we once knew it is another Silent Key. What do we do now? (read more below)
What do we do now? The internet has brought a lot of parts and accessory availability to us from around the world, but that can take days or weeks to have goods in hand. But what about those immediate projects today, that you need a connector, capacitor or a piece of coax for that radio install? Fear not, there are still a couple of places around that may help.