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#26 Mike Patterson

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 09:33 PM

My first stereo, built in my college dorm roon, was a Heathkit AR1500 received, at the time one of the best receivers available.

I think it's still kicking around the basement somewhere.

 

I remember the AR1500, and yes, it was one of the best receivers at the time. Dig it out. See if it works. If it doesn't, old stuff like that can usually be fixed, and it sounds so much better than most of the crap for sale to the average person today.

 

I'm a Heathkit guy myself. I gave my receiver & several others away, but still use an ultrasonic cleaner, power supply, and motor speed control built in the '70s.

 

I still use my Heathkit TA-16 guitar amp. I built it in the eightth grade, and it was my main amp for 20 years. 

 

 There was an Allied Radio as well.

 

Tandy Radio Shack bought out Allied Radio, and things were never the same. However, Allied Electronics still exists. I buy my Ungar elements from them.


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Posted 19 July 2017 - 02:16 AM

Anybody remember Lafayette Electronics?

 

Yup, Still have my first gen "4 Channel" from 1972... 35w per... works great.

The speakers and the record/playback eight-track are gone now but were used in my shop in NJ until 2003.

 

A few years later "Crazy Eddies" put the hurt on many consumer electronic retailers in NY/NJ.


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Posted 27 July 2017 - 05:26 PM

While I didn't shop at Crazy Eddies I never missed a single "Night of Thrills" at AaaaHahahhah Raceway Park.
 

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Posted 28 July 2017 - 09:35 AM

Anybody remember Lafayette Electronics?

 
Yes, and Heathkit as well. 

I think Radio Shack's epitaph was written when they were acquired by Tandy - a vendor of "back pages of magazines" leathercraft company back in the day when conglomerates were all the rage and the conventional wisdom was that "managing" was managing and business knowledge was an outmoded concept (thank you, MBA programs). Just recently a really good independent local electronics shop closed its doors after 50 years - the kind of place were you could ask for a DPDT center off bat-handled toggle switch and get an immediate response, not a blank stare - sad.
 
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Posted 28 July 2017 - 09:42 AM

I remember the AR1500, and yes, it was one of the best receivers at the time. Dig it out. See if it works. If it doesn't, old stuff like that can usually be fixed, and it sounds so much better than most of the crap for sale to the average person today.


It stopped working years ago and when I took it and the assembly manual/wiring diagrams to have it repaired, the guy (who I had done much business with before) lost the manual. I do still have it though and a set of spare new knobs.

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Posted 28 July 2017 - 10:06 AM

I also built a Heathkit guitar amp in the sixties like this one. Dang thing was big and heavy.

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Posted 28 July 2017 - 11:09 AM

I think Radio Shack's epitaph was written when they were acquired by Tandy - a vendor of "back pages of magazines" leathercraft company back in the day when conglomerates were all the rage and the conventional wisdom was that "managing" was managing and business knowledge was an outmoded concept (thank you, MBA programs). Just recently a really good independent local electronics shop closed its doors after 50 years - the kind of place were you could ask for a DPDT center off bat-handled toggle switch and get an immediate response, not a blank stare - sad.

 
Go to Fry's Electronics and ask for that and the whole store would seize up with glassy eyes and mouths agape and eventually someone would come along and wave you to aisle 11...
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Posted 28 July 2017 - 11:21 AM

The Fry's by me has a few helpful people.
 
It would probably be cost-effective for the Downers Grove Police to open up a kiosk inside the store to process all the shoplifters that seem to get caught there. LOL.
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Posted 28 July 2017 - 01:20 PM

I built my first home sound system with a pair of RS Archer 12' speaker kits. I think back around 1971. They where not the best but they where only $25 for the pair. And all the wiring and connectors where RS. And I  still use a Tandy possibles bag for my muzzleloader.



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Posted 28 July 2017 - 02:07 PM

Where I live there was an electronics store called Olsens. Not sure how big of a chain it was. If I remember correctly it was kinda like an electronics and surplus store.
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Posted 28 July 2017 - 02:11 PM

First electronics project - Williamson Amplifier ~1950 -  two chassis (amp/power supply), two oil-filled caps, and a choke in the power supply, probably put out about 15 watts.
 
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Posted 28 July 2017 - 02:41 PM

I just rode by a closed Radio Shack earlier, in a small plaza.

I wouldn't be surprised if one could get one of their nice header signs for free, if one was to have someone take it down.

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Posted 28 July 2017 - 03:24 PM

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Posted 28 July 2017 - 03:41 PM

The local RS store closed 18-20 months ago in a small plaza, too. Its sign is still mounted also. My guess is store space would have to be re-rented before the property owners got involved in its removal. I bet there are dozens of those signs still mounted.
 
Bob, those RS $3 round 9-18V motors were once the motors run by Oregon slot car club in their scratchbuilt jalopy class. Most chassis were ugly, but the guys had fun running them.

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Posted 28 July 2017 - 04:06 PM

I hear ya' Bill, it's all about "The Fun". 

 

Something to ______ about.

 

 

Purchased a Mabuchi RS-360SH (RD573725) from china for $1.77 shipping included.

It's a big and Fat Wire screamer at 12 volts and should be 'just right' at 14.7 volts.

Very Height Speeed  Bet it's about 60K+ at 14.7v

Then ... I went to "My Stash" and found a motor bracket that fits the screw hole pattern.

 

Associated Slot Racing Prod. #105

Mounting Bracket for Hemi 400 and Classic 460.

 

Then ...  put a 'kit in a box' with a vintage International Mercedes body and Classic 6 spoke (Manta Ray/Stinger) wheels and tires.

It's going to be wild (not ugly), watch for that build up.... (if I'm still here..)

 

 

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Posted 29 July 2017 - 06:28 AM

Roy, 

 

Olsen's must have been a pretty big company - I think it was mostly a discount distributor, all by mail order... and they were also one of the biggest resellers of old slot car equipment, even cars for awhile. You can still find Cox, Russkit, and other motors repackaged in their plastic bags and headers... 

 

A number of years ago, I even saw a Radio Shack/Tandy store not far from us in Paris, near the Pompidou Center, so they must have expanded internationally at some point - but no idea what happened to this store and any others... 

 

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Posted 29 July 2017 - 06:54 AM

Where can I go when I need a coax connector for my K-5 CB antenna? 

 

eBay. 


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Posted 29 July 2017 - 06:55 AM

Anybody remember Lafayette Electronics?

 

I remember.


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Posted 29 July 2017 - 09:34 AM

eBay 

 

What's their street address? :unknw: :D


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Posted 29 July 2017 - 09:38 AM

You can still find Cox, Russkit and other motors repackaged in their plastic bags and headers... 

 

There are/were many surplus slot and train motors sold in RS stores packaged with Olsen header cards.

The Mabuchi FT-16D motors. I remember they were mustard-painted cans with black endbells.

Those came two to a bag. That would make them the Olsen twins... right? 

 

History note: Champion of Chamblee sold those single in their packaging as part #504.


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Posted 29 July 2017 - 10:29 AM

Mustard is Marx, from their 1/24 slot cars... lots of those left over, I imagine, after the Marx 1/24 line crashed... but there are a lot of their Chappy and GTOs floating around, so must have sold a fair amount via Sears. And Marx was even working on some Thingie prototypes when they decided to drop the whole thing - probably a thread or two on here with those, and they probably used the mustard cans as well. 

 

Hmm, now that you say that Bob, was there any link between Olsen and Radio Shack? (i.e. did RS buy up the Olsen stock?)

 

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Posted 29 July 2017 - 11:05 AM

What's their street address? :unknw: :D

 
The same as yours! It's just that checkout takes a couple of days. 
 
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Posted 29 July 2017 - 11:08 AM

Ham Snobs? No thank you.

 

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Posted 29 July 2017 - 11:26 AM

They're not snobs. They'll be all kinds of cool RF stuff.
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Posted 29 July 2017 - 11:42 AM


Who you calling a Snob, you CB dirtbag. :)
 
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