RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores | TechCrunch

via RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores | TechCrunch.

Today, while reporting its 2013 fourth quarter results RadioShack announced plans to close 1,100 of its 4,000 stores in a bid to stem losses. The parts drawer and the RC toys and the various different types of solder and breadboards. RadioShack. It is quickly dying.

RadioShack reported a loss of $191.4 million during this quarter, compared with a year-earlier loss of $63.3 million. Revenue declined 20% to just $935.4 million.

“Our fourth quarter financial results were driven by a holiday season characterized by lower store traffic, intense promotional activity particularly in consumer electronics, a very soft mobility marketplace and a few operational issues,” said Joseph C. Magnacca, RadioShack CEO. “Even in this environment, we’re continuing to make progress on the five pillars of our turnaround plan: repositioning the brand, revamping the product assortment, reinvigorating the stores, operational efficiency and financial flexibility.”

The company is currently trying to rebrand its self from its former DIY self to what it calls, “Do It Together”. But RadioShack is on borrowed time.

RadioShack has long been a retailer without a soul. About 10 years ago it turned away from the then-dead DIY scene and started hawking cell phones. As a staple in the American mall, this kept the company afloat but clearly didn’t set the stage for long-term growth. The rise of Best Buy Mobile stores didn’t help this strategy either.

The current RadioShack is looking to be the portable electronics headquarters with an intense focus on products with a strong brand identity. The no-name RC toys do not have a spot under this retail plan and the parts drawer is a relic of a forgotten era.

The company’s brought on a former Walgreens executive to retool the branding and the stores. Under his helm, the stores look more modern and fresh and anything but a musty store that sells diodes and ham radios. But will RadioShack ever be the destination it once was? No.

via RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores | TechCrunch.

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The International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet

NATO phonetic alphabet

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Not to be confused with International Phonetic Alphabet.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

So now you know…

Colin KC9PDY

Kilo Charlie Nine Papa Delta Yankee

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Active Desktop Recovery in Windows XP

I was searching for a solution to an active desktop recovery error, on my computer, and found this, and thought I would share:-




strComputer = “.”
Set objReg = GetObject(“winmgmts:\\” & strComputer & “\root\default:StdRegProv”)
strKeyPath = “Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\SafeMode\Components”
strValue = “0”
ValueName = “DeskHtmlVersion”
objReg.SetDWORDValue HKEY_CURRENT_USER, strKeyPath, ValueName, strValue

3– SAVE AS Yourname.VBS




I hope this works as well for you, as it did for me…

Colin KC9PDY

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Amateur Radio Today

Original from 2003, still an interesting article detailing just what amateur radio is all about, and what it can do…

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Downloading the Internet

Downloading the Internet

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Engineering Flowchart


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Moxon Rectangle Generator

I came across an interesting and useful free little program, to calculate the relevant dimensions, for a directional rectangular antenna. MoxGen will show you the dimensions and (optionally) generate an antenna model file for a 50 ohm Moxon Rectangle antenna, given the design frequency and wire size. The program is based on an algorithm developed by L. B. Cebik, W4RNL.


I have downloaded and installed the program on my computer. It seems to work. I have used it to get the dimensions for a 10 Meter antenna. The next step is to try and build one…

This page references a site, about L. B. Cebik, who died in 2006, that did have free access, but now is a pay site. Still check out the page I found, and see for yourself. There you can download this small program, for free. It also has installation instructions.

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Bearcat IV scanner page 01

Bearcat IV scanner page 01 by cjp02
Bearcat IV scanner page 01, a photo by cjp02 on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
This is the operating instruction booklet for the Bearcat IV scanner made by the Electra division of Masco. It dates from 1973.

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BBC News – The BBC’s Laurie Margolis broke news of Falklands invasion

The 1982 invasion of the Falkland Islands by Argentina caught Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher by surprise, newly released papers have revealed.

Thousands of documents have been made public under the 30 year rule. They show that Mrs Thatcher was acutely worried about retaking the islands.

The BBC’s Laurie Margolis explains how he confirmed news of the invasion before the government.

BBC News – The BBC’s Laurie Margolis broke news of Falklands invasion.

via BBC News – The BBC’s Laurie Margolis broke news of Falklands invasion.

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Which blog to read?

Welcome to the

Colin’s Place

Family of WordPress blogs

I have different blogs, because I like to blog about my various interests. With the New Year approaching, it would seem like a good time to reflect on what I am trying to achieve with these different blogs. There were just four blogs, but the boundaries between them were getting blurred. A lot
of topics crossed the boundaries.

After giving this some thought, I figured, I need to re-arrange my blogs, to better cover the subject material, I wanted to cover.

For the New Year, 2013, the re-arranged blogs including two new ones will be:-



Colin’s Place – A little bit of everything really. Re-blogs of interesting stuff, and some of my personal views and opinions.


Colins Cars Page – A place to share my favorite cars and truck pictures, articles and videos


Around Our Area – What’s going on Around Our Area – Mostly local Festivals, Classic Car Shows, Parades and Town Wide Yard Sales.


Indiana Local History and Waymarks – Things you never knew, about Indiana people and their history


IN Covered Bridges – A Quest to walk across and photograph the remaining covered bridges in Indiana


KC9PDY The world as seen by Colin, KC9PDY – Electronics and Amateur Radio hints, tips and information.





Hopefully this will ease the blurring of the lines between them.

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