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Friday, December 19, 2008

Surfin': Radio Shack Historically Speaking

This week’s Surfin’ looks back on radio and electronic history via vintage Radio Shack catalogs.

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  1. Radio Shack catalogs are neat, but the real action was in the big fat ALLIED /RADIO SHACK catalogs! When the store opened in our area in 1971, we got a big fat Allied catalog. That was the one that had all the cool ham gear I could drool over and never could afford any of it. Well, as I recall it was called Allied Radio Shack at that time. Eventually things changed and ham gear came and went from the products available. But I think I wore out that catalog pretty quickly. Got a 1970 Allied catalog at Dayton a few years ago. Almost exactly like the 71 version I guess. Still cool to look at.

  2. Right about the $599 for 16k of ram. My office mate had one and bought the 16k module figguring he would get up to 24k when he added it. Wrong, the 16k module disabled the 8k in the computer. AAARRRGGGHHH.

    Mark Kb8YJV

  3. I remember a lot of those catalogs. My parents used to own a franchise store in Kentucky for a little over 20 years. They are first listed in the 1974 catalog. I always remember getting the first boxes of the catalogs in each year and how everyone wanted to grab one and start looking through it to see what new was coming :)