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Re: [TowerTalk] coaxial stripper

To: "Tower and HF antenna construction topics." <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] coaxial stripper
From: "Dan Schaaf" <>
Reply-to: "Tower and HF antenna construction topics." <>
Date: Sat, 27 Feb 2010 10:32:01 -0500
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Some Rat Shack's are different, you can still buy a limited selection of 
parts. Depends on the franchise.  But not many. In the 60's they had a 
decent mail order catalog. Along with Allied Electronics.

Dan Schaaf
"In the Beginning there was Spark Gap"
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Robert West" <>
To: "'Tower and HF antenna construction topics.'" <>
Sent: Saturday, February 27, 2010 10:22 AM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] coaxial stripper

To be honest, they can stock every tower and radio part that they can but as
long as they insist on employing the cheapest labor that they can find with
the only requirement being that they can text message, you're on your own at
"The Shack".  They should have changed the name to "Cell Phone Shack" since
that's what they seem to only be interested in selling you.

In the 70's I spent much of my time in and out of Radio Shack and the
managers always knew their stuff and would go out of their way to educate.
Now the roles have reversed where we have to explain to them what solder



-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Charles Coldwell
Sent: Saturday, February 27, 2010 10:06 AM
To: Tower and HF antenna construction topics.
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] coaxial stripper

On Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 11:28 AM, Orcena Lyle <> wrote:
> I bought a coax stripper at Radio Shack but haven't used it yet. It does
> RG6/59 cables. It looks similar to the stripper made for TV coax.

For RG6/59 and CATV connectors (F connectors) I bought tooling from that I'm happy with.  I especially like the Digicon F
connectors.  One word of caution about those: don't try to install an
F connector for RG6 quad shield on an RG59 cable.  Learned that the
hard way.

> My neighborhood Radio Shack
> tells me that all the Radio Shack stores are going to be more friendly
> toward geeks and are stocking more electronic parts and tools and such.

We'll see.  I went down to "The Shack" (as they have rebranded
themselves) looking for ferrite beads and had to explain what they
were to the man at the counter.

Charles M. Coldwell, W1CMC
"Turn on, log in, tune out"
Winchester, Massachusetts, New England (FN42kk)

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