There is a connection though.
Cell phones are in fact radios running packet voice and data. Just very
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Charles Coldwell" <email@example.com>
To: "Tower and HF antenna construction topics." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Saturday, February 27, 2010 10:51 AM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] coaxial stripper
> On Sat, Feb 27, 2010 at 10:22 AM, Robert West
> <email@example.com> wrote:
>> They should have changed the name to "Cell Phone Shack" since
>> that's what they seem to only be interested in selling you.
> Quoting the Wall Street Journal article dated Feb 22, 2010:
> "RadioShack Corp.'s (RSH) fourth-quarter earnings surged 26% as the
> retailer's stronger emphasis on cellphones resonated with consumers."
> So it seems like it's working for them.
>> 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
>> Now the roles have reversed where we have to explain to them what solder
> I think the problem is that electronics hobbyists do not make up a
> large enough market for a retailer with ~5,000 stores. To me, selling
> cell phones already seems like a crowded marketplace, so if "The
> Shack" are making sales it is probably at the expense of other
> retailers. That means they have to be cheaper, and that means they
> have to hire know-nothings.
> Unfortunately, they own the trademark "Radio Shack", and I would say
> that they have tainted the meaning of those words. Now the first
> thing that comes to mind when you hear "Radio Shack" is having to give
> them your telephone number just to buy batteries.
> Charles M. Coldwell, W1CMC
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