Old Radio Shack catalogs now online

Man, these old catalogs from Radio Shack sure bring back some memories!

I remember drooling over the DX-150/160 receivers in my early teens. Ditto for one or two models of those cool 8-track tape players and a lot of miscellaneous gadgets of antenna hardware. I guess my ham radio hobby was a preordained certainty.

Have a look at the early 1970’s scanners – a couple hundred bucks for a 5 channel scanner and you still had to buy the crystals. Money sure didn’t go far back then compared to what we can buy today for the same absolute $ amount.

Recently placed online are nearly all of Radio Shack’s catalogs from 1939 onward.

I’ve added an oldpubs tag to the TagCloud since I now have three posts related to that topic.

Check out the RS stuff here:




  4 comments for “Old Radio Shack catalogs now online

  1. April 2, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    This is great stuff! I just want you to know that I’ll likely end up spending the next few days hiding at work perusing these catalogs when I should be working! What really strikes me is the vast selection of audio equipment that they offered. I mean, I remember them having much, much more than they carried not too long ago – I think they’ve basically dropped most of their stereo equipment, but their lineup from the 70’s rivals what MFJ offers in the number of antenna tuners they produce now.

    The CB’s are pretty pricey too.

    I’d like to have a few of their push-up masts though, especially for those dollars.


    • April 3, 2011 at 7:05 am

      I’ll probably be doing the same thing, Ed! I’ve only looked through two so far and like you said – apart from the items themselves it’s interesting to note the change over the years.

  2. April 14, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Hey John…thanks for the heads up, that’s a cool site! I remember spending a lot of time going through those catalogs in the 70s…and then the TRS-80 stuff!

    73 de Lee

  3. ka4rur
    April 15, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I have a DX-120 that I still use …

    73 de Fred

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