Local Events/Stores in Dallas

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  1. Wendy

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    We have a fair number of folks on AAC in the Dallas / Ft. Worth area, so I'm trying an experiment and posting this months events.

    Of special interest is the Dallas HamCom coming up. It used to be a lot bigger, but Arlington tried to milk it as a cash cow and it's been forced to move around, currently it has settled down in Plano around June 11 or so.

    The 1st Sat Sidewalk sale also started as a Ham event in the 70's, transmuted into a really huge computer/ham event into the 90's, and has shrunk to a computer/electronics flea market. The 1st Sat event is much better than the 3rd Saturday version.

    We also have several decent stores, Tanner's is my favorite, followed by a close second at BG Micro. I've mentioned BG before, while mostly an internet store (they share buying stock with Tanner's). If you go to BG Micro be prepared to meet a hyper super friendly Great Dane named Eli May. I always bring dog biscuits, and I am one of her best buds.

    AllTex is an odd duck. Not a comprehensive electronics store, nor quite computers, but they have a decent amount of both and more. They tend to cater to businesses, with lots of rack mount accessories and more. If you need a resistor, cap, or coil they have a full line (along with some hard to get tools), but have very few semiconductors.

    http://www.hamcom.org/catalog/

    http://www.sidewalksale.com/index.html

    http://www.tannerelectronics.com/

    http://www.bgmicro.com/

    http://www.altex.com/
     
  2. JoeJester

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    Bill,

    I don't know if Mouser is a brick and mortar store as I briefly saw it when I was egressing from Mansfield to Duncanville during the weekend. I'll have to go back sometime and see.
     
  3. retched

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    Where's "Texas" ?
     
  4. Wendy

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    Your southern border, all of it.
     
  5. retched

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    Ahh.. Its that "LITTLE" speck on the bottom of our map. Jeesh, you would over-look it if you were not careful.

    ;)

    I'll have to make it bake to Texas soon. I have not been there in 15 years..

    Met a beautiful girl from Collieville (sp?) in the Virgin Islands when I was 13 on vacation with my parents.
     
  6. Wendy

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    You got that right, we're into 100°F weather already, about a month ahead of schedule.
     
  7. retched

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    I remember talking to her about window tinting. She said it was basically a REQUIREMENT for vehicles and many people also tint their home windows too.

    A place when the sadomasochists need only buy black leather interiors. ;)
     
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  9. Wendy

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    We keep having storms all around, but Dallas/Ft Worth micro climate seems to be getting worse. It evaporates before it hits either city limits, then reappears on the other side as the front moves through.
     
  10. JoeJester

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    I had my vehicle windows tinted today and also had the new vehicle windows tinted before we pick it up tomorrow.

    Don't forget the sun shade for the non-tinted (below the AS1 line) front window.

    Cloth seats heated up pretty good too in the 90+ weather. Tinting was on my list to get done within the first three weeks of being here.
     
  11. jpanhalt

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    All the Texans I know go to Minnesota for the Summer. John
     
  12. loosewire

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    If you never been to Texas you don't know what you are missing,
    It take forever to get there,but once you are there you will not
    want leave.You have heard me say Texas or bust I am living with.
    My prefered month,Oct. They have no nonsense Texas Rangers you
    don't want to come across them unless in the-------hall. The history is great.
    There government only meets about once a year I think,the farm bill
    every four years. TEXAS OR BUST If you are going take me along,I'm
    In Fla. I can use a sleeping bag. I've never asked do we have any
    cross country hams big rig drivers.
     
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  13. retched

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    Loosewire, you would have to pay me a significant sum to take a road trip with you.

    ESPECIALLY if you talk like you post. ;)
     
  14. Wendy

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    We've had several 100+°F days. Not a great time to visit unless you like it hot.
     
  15. loosewire

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    Sleeping bag-defin, sleep In over nite,poor person motel room.
    I cut people off in the middle of sentence. I am spoiled good.
    Remind me to tell you a preacher man story.
     
  16. Wendy

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    Dallas HamCom is this weekend, held in Plano.

    It bills itself as the BIGGEST Hamfest in Texas.

    http://www.hamcom.org/catalog/

    With a little rain it has cooled somewhat, they are predicting 94°F as the high with a very slight chance of rain, which means the outdoor flea market ought to be decent. Could be / has been worse.
     
  17. R!f@@

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    Oh !!!! :D This really cracked me:p
     
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