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The End of An Era

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Ron Hubbard, May 19, 2005.

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  1. Ron Hubbard

    Ron Hubbard Guest

    I went into a local Radio Shack today to buy a couple of power
    transistors and some perf board, and I'll be damned if the store didn't
    have either!

    It seems to me those days when the Shack was every
    electronics hobbyist's friend is now over. I give them another year and
    nobody will be able to find any parts at all. If this is 21st century
    progress, I'll stick with vanilla. :)

  2. Art

    Art Guest

    Becoming another Cell Phone, Satellite, and mediocre Computer outlet. Rat
  3. Ron Hubbard

    Ron Hubbard Guest

    No kidding.

  4. Tom Biasi

    Tom Biasi Guest

    This is nothing new Ron. This has been the case for several years now.
  5. Harold Ryan

    Harold Ryan Guest

    Hi Ron:

    I totally agree. I have designed several electrical systems over the past 30
    years and have seen a decline in parts availability and designing interest.
    I trouble shoot electrical noise problems for the GM and DCX engine test
    stations and always need capacitors from Radio Shack. This is a dying field
    sorry to say. Because of the high frequency bandwidth of today's PCs and
    software, most custom electronic designs are now eliminated or obsolete. The
    name of the game is off shore high volume products and software. For
    example, a PCI DSP or Gate array design is available and can be programmed
    to replace a hardware solution.

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