Where to Buy Components
Where is the best place to buy your electronic components? You have three main choices: locally, online, or from a Radio Rally or exhibition. I'll expand on some of the choices I've made over the years. You also have the option of salvaging parts from broken and surplus equipment.
If you want the fastest option, then this is your local electronics shop. Here in the UK, Maplin Electronics have outlets in many towns, see their website for details. Local electronics shops, like Bardwells pictured here, are on the decline. Sadly Bardwells closed earlier this year and is no longer trading.
The biggest choice for components is online. Prices vary widely, as do postage rates, so its worthwhile comparing a few sites. There are many choices, and the links below are all sources I've used online. Ebay and Ali Express also sell many parts. Delivery from Hong Kong and China can take a few weeks and quality is good if you are prepared to wait.
Radio Rallies and Exhibitions
Radio Rallies and exhibitions are great sources to find rare and obsolete components. A quick search on google should find plenty of upcoming rallies. The picture on the right is from a GQRP club rallies at Rochdale. Check the GQRP clubs website as the show has now moved to the Telford Exhibition Center.