This is probably old news for some of you, but if you miss having Radio Shack around, Amazon is the new Radio Shack, including all the other electronics parts stores rolled into one.
If you are a regular Amazon buyer, you’ve probably noticed that the Chinese “quick and dirty” module and parts suppliers that started out on eBay have all opened stores on Amazon now as well. Being on Amazon generally means that they have to live up to a higher standard, if that kind of thing kept you from clicking the “Buy it Now!” button on eBay, but I’ve never gotten ripped off by any of them on eBay either.
Anyway, these guys offer just about anything imaginable for the Ham, DIY’er, or even an RF engineer like me. I’m truly amazed at all the parts and pre-made modules you can buy from them. If you have an Amazon Prime membership, which I highly recommend, you can buy just about anything and find it on your doorstep a day or two later, often without tax or shipping charges.
The prices are almost always way better than Radio Shack’s ever were. Here’s just one example: I needed to buy a 2.1 x 5.5 mm coaxial power plug–the type that you often see on the end of the “wall wart” power supplies. Looking on Amazon, I had tons of choices, including whether or not I wanted some with wires already soldered on them and ready to go. I finally chose these:
So, for less than $.60 apiece, I got 10 plugs with wires already attached. No tax charged, and free two-day shipping. Can’t beat that! Stock up for your next project!