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The stores for older components a disappearing fast as technology marches forward, just like the demise of Shortwave Broadcasting. What we have here is a small resource of information culled from the Internet and social interactions. Comments might be from other peoples opinions and not necessarily my own.



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    The last place I know of in Ontario with overflowing shelves of equipment, where you take your own life into your hands when you visit. Wear a hard-hat. Stock is a mix of surplus parts up to modern stuff. Some components, but mostly electronic test equipment and assemblies. Absolutely worth a visit if you are in western Toronto.

    A-1 Electronic Parts
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    Sells Arduino and microelectronics, what seems to be mostly typical Chinese products that you might see on ebay. Good prices. Their stock is dwindling; but they did have some modern hardware. Local pickup can be arranged.

    A2D Electronics
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    Distributor and wholesaler in professional Security Systems and Accessories, high quality Networking Cabinets & Accessories, commercial-grade LCD Video Wall Panels & Accessories, LED Lighting and Accessories, Home Theater and Professional Video/Audio products, and variety of Tools for electronics.

    AA Electronics
    1. HISTORICAL

    Queen St. Toronto. (No relation to Active Electronics or Active123) Always had a stuffed ape in front of the store. Had a good selection of new and surplus electronics. However, it closed in 2015. There may be an echo of this store in the form of "The Gorilla Store" http://thegorillastore.com/ located at the Ontario Science Centre and 609 College St., but this store seems to be aimed at the educational market.

    Active Surplus Annex
    1. PARTS

    Was a pretty good place for parts and test equipment. Name changed a few times, was Active Electronics, Active Components, then Active 123 and now Active Tech.

    Active Tech
    1. HISTORICAL

    (AKA Active Electronics, Mississauga) was well stocked, but over the years they focused less and less on parts. See Active Tech.

    Active123
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    Be warned: ordering from Adafruit can cause unexpected UPS invoices. To avoid this, several Canadian suppliers distribute Adafruit items.

    Adafruit
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    Add-Tronique and Maddison were sub-distributors of Addison in the 80s and 90s. Today, those stores are independent from Addison. 8018, 20eme Avenue Montreal, Qc H1Z3S7 145, Rue Lafayette Repentigny, Qc J6A8K3 1025, Boulevard Lachapelle Saint-Jerome Qc, J7Z7M4

    Addison Electronique
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    11990, Rue Sherbrooke Est, Pointe-aux-Trembles Qc H1B1C5 1750, Chemin Gascon, Terrebonne Qc J6X3A4

    Add-Tronique
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    They have traditionally been my go-to destination for antique parts, but recently they have moved more towards musical instruments. Good tube stock.

    Antique Electronic Supply
    1. MUSEUMS

    This site has information on clubs and club events with pictures, auction pictures, radios in my collection, links to other sites, data and information on restoring antique radios and electrical repairs, and an archive of over 1000+ antique radio pictures in alphabetical order.

    Antique Radio Pictures
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    Retail store. Components and boards, including Sparkfun and Adafruit. (Poor site with broken links in menu.)

    A-One Counterparts
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    Electronic Components and Computer Products Distribution.

    Arrow
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    A good source of high-quality manuals for test equipment, but you must pay "a little" for the quality. For HP manuals, also check the Keysight web site as they have a good collection of historical manuals. And check the boat anchor manual archive http://bama.edebris.com/manuals/

    Artek manuals
    1. HISTORICAL

    886 Dundas St., Mississauga. A small place mainly supplying the radio/TV repair trade, but it had almost everything at a price. Closed in 1980s?

    Atwater Electronics
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    Retail outlets in all three cities. Slanted towards industrial electronics. Refreshingly they only ship to Canadian addresses.

    B&E Electronics
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    Arduino; R-Pi; Beagle; Adafruit; a bit of Spikenzie. Strange that one learns about a (the only?) local electronics supplier from somebody at a bus stop in another city! It did help that I was on the way to the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire...

    BC Robotics
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    Online ordering only. Rasp-Pi (of course!), Adafruit, Arduino, littlebits, some SparkFun, Mostly sells stuff related to computers. Low voltage components, even Printrbot 3D printers and a whack of parts.

    BuyaPi.ca
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    Sell kits and boards. Their own designs as well as SparkFun and others. No components.

    CanaKit
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    Very cheap custom circuit boards from China. I was very impressed with their service. 5 double-sided boards for $15 CAD total including shipping and tax.

    Circuit Boards
    1. HISTORICAL

    Dixie Road, north of the 401, in Mississauga. True military surplus, including tanks. Closed in 1970s?

    City Surplus
    1. MUSEUMS

    Two-Way Radios - Wireless Networking - CCTV - Accessories

    CommUSA
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    Storefront will be checked out soon. Mostly seems to be a re-seller, but they do state that they are an authorized distro for Hammond.One of those annoying online stores which post NO prices. OK, they do post prices now (noted August 2017)...prices seem high though.

    Component Electronics
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    Mostly seems to be service parts. Trying to drill down to their listings the site says 6,681 entries under semiconductors, yet the only categorization that exists is that there are 43 voltage regulators. First item in that list is an op amp! Hmmm, needs work! no clue on the site as to whether the address I was given is a storefront. No pictures, except of credit cards, on the site at all!

    Consumer Parts Source Inc.
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    349 College St. Toronto (also in Scarborough) A range of electronic components, mostly modern. If you are visiting, you are better off going down the street to 290 College St. Retail store on College. Wide range of parts and assemblies up to modern boards such as the Lilypad series and Raspberry Pi.

    Creatron
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    Search "National Capital Region" under "Electronic and communication equipment and supplies" or "Medical, dental, scientific, lab equipment" (or occasionally under other categories). It is an on-line auction site, and you pick the stuff up on Hawthorne Rd. I have purchased test equipment, but I have seen antique radios and tubes for sale. YOU BID ON-LINE, BUT PICK-UP IN PERSON.

    Crown Assets
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    They have an immense catalogue, excellent prices, are happy to deal with "hobbiest" quantities, and ship amazingly quickly to Canada. I've had parts in under 48 hours without paying anything extra. $8 shipping flat rate for orders under $100, and they take care of duty and brokerage somehow. I'd rather not spend my money in the US, but Digikey make it irresistible.

    Digikey (Canada)
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    Seems to be a failrly complete line-up. Looking at just one type of device, they seem to carry most all of the ultrasonic range finders you would ever need for a robot. No retail store.

    Diigiit Robotics
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    Web-based initially, then, in mid 2014 a retail store was opened in Niagara Falls, then it closed in late 2015. No phone orders. They sell new components and some boards, e.g. Chinese Arduino clones. They do a good job of showing the availability of items by showing their stocking level and whether more can be ordered.

    Dipmicro Electronics
    1. HISTORICAL

    535 Yonge St., Toronto. Excellent source of surplus electronics of all types. One of my favorite places. Bought my first IC and LED there. Right next to the old Electrosonic building. Closed in 1990s?

    Dominion Radio and Electronics
    1. HISTORICAL

    One Great HAM Shop. Good guys. Radios and accessories. Always bought stuff when found at the flea markets.

    Durham Radio
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    At Electrical & Electronic Supply Inc., we offer electrical and electronic supplies to the commercial, industrial and hobbyist market place. We also specialize in a wide variety of repurposed and refurbished equipment and components. Come on in to our store, there is something here for everyone.

    Electrical & Electronic Supply Inc.
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    The grandfather of Canadian electronics supply. In business since September 1952. Originally at 543 Yonge St., Toronto, and moved to Gordon Baker Rd., Toronto, in 1974. They moved again and are only online. ONLINE ONLY.Used to maintain, a huge and complete stocks of the widest possible variety of product linesOne of the best things about taking EE at the University of Toronto when I did was being able to walk over to Electro Sonic at lunch! Alas they moved long ago, and they no longer list any semi companies on their linecard. Still OK for passives, tools, instruments and Hammond cases. Despite their stock being maintained in the US I still think of them as Canadian.

    Electrosonic
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    Adafruit, Arduino, Raspberry pi, Seedstudio and Spikenzie anong others. A good selection: they suggest that they are targeted to Makers and this certainly seems true. local pickup on Queen Street at the MakeWorks offices.

    Elmwood Electronics
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    Interesting selection of boat anchors and vintage surplus parts. ON-LINE sales, but I believe they have a storefront.

    Fair Radio Sales
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    1712 Dundas St., London. Brian says that they have surplus of all varieties, some electronics but less than they used to, sounds like it is somewhat like KW surplus. STOREFRONT.

    Forest City Surplus
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    Also called Accessotronic https://www.accessotronik.com/ 716 Industrial Ave. A long time electronic supplier, recently merged with Active123. They have a good selection of resistors, some high voltage electrolytic, basic semiconductors, good selection of hardware.

    Gervais Electronics
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    Product line includes everything from semiconductors to test equipment and accessories.

    Global
    1. HISTORICAL

    Radios, test equipment, manuals, (military surplus and commercial), tubes, semiconductors, transformers, and passive components. Place always smelled like an old cigar shop.

    Globe Electronics
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    The Museum is home to hundreds of receivers and transmitters dating from the spark era up to and including National's first solid state HRO500. Over the years the Museum has evolved to become one of North America's premiere wireless museums. A must see Canadian radio museum.

    Hammond Museum of Radio
    1. HISTORICAL

    1478 Dundas St., Mississauga. This was their Canadian head office. They also sold some parts and occasionally had surplus sales.

    Heathkit
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    Not as seamless as Digikey, and shipping is more expensive, but they have inventory of some older parts that Digikey does not.

    Jameco
    1. HISTORICAL

    John's Vintage Radio (johnsvintageradio.com) is a small antique store which competes against brands like WorthPoint, The Saleroom and Getty Museum. John's Vintage Radio is one of the less active retailers when it comes to offering discount codes on its website.

    John's Vintage Radio
    1. RESOURCES

    Dave Cantelon sells a bewildering array of capacitors and other related components mainly for our old radios. Ships from the Toronto area. CONTACT ON-LINE. High Voltage Capacitors, Resistors and Schematics for Tube Radios A very comprehensive listing of capacitors and resistors for vintage electronics repair.

    Just Radios
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    666 Victoria St. N., Kitchener. Very Interesting place to visit. A Kitchener-Waterloo fixture for over 40 years), they used to have excellent electronic surplus, old and new, but most of the electronics is gone. Now they mainly have cheap tools, hardware, and housewares, and non electronic surplus. Stratford K-W Surplus in Stratford, Deals Surplus in Owen Sound, Cambridge Surplus in Cambridge, Brantford Surplus in Brantford.

    K-W Surplus
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    Retail location on Main in Vancouver. Wide variety of items, including some Hammond boxes.

    Lee's Electronics
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    Inventory is up for sale! Arduino clones, good selection of power supplies and some other test equipment, NTE TV service components.

    Main Electronic Supplies
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    Favorite Store 2500, Boulevard Taschereau, Longueuil Qc J4R1T7 68, Rue Antonio Barrette, Notre-Dame-des-Prairies Qc J6E1E4

    Mastervox
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    Seems to be gone! An interesting collection. Mostly discrete parts aimed at repair and refurbishment. A good place to look for a replacement bulb or an audio grade capacitor.

    Meistertech Solutions
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    A supplier of boards and kits of their own design. Aimed largely at the education market, their microcontrollers are heavily Propeller based.

    Mikronauts
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    Good service. A very complete line-up, probably not as many as Digi-Key, but close.

    Mouser
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    There are numerous other Digikey-like distributors like Mauser, TTI, Newark, Richardson (has tubes), Avnet, and Arrow.

    Other Sources
    1. HISTORICAL

    Was located just off of Preston. Had limited electronics. Believed to be affiliated with KW Surplus.

    Ottawa Surplus
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    email your requirements, run by a very friendly and helpful guy. Canít beat the prices. CONTACT ME ON-LINE

    OVRC tube stock
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    Has good selection of transformers for old radios (Retired and for sale! Now new owner!) If nothing happens soon the shop will be moved to HISTORICAL.

    Play Things of Past
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    Sometimes have some surplus electric and electronic thingys, but it's not an electronics store! Nice supply of linear actuators for robotic projects.

    Princess Auto
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    Mostly breadboarding package adapters, but Arduinos also carried, especially the Netduino.

    Proto Advantage
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    Another entry from my contact form. Another distributor of both Arduino and Raspberry pi boards, etc. etc.

    Q kits
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    620 Cataraqui Woods Dr., Kingston. I have never used them, but other club members have, and apparently, they have decent quality kits and modern parts, as well as tools and hardware. Worth the drive. STOREFRONT.

    Qkits Kingston
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    Rochester, NY. Another member favorite. They feature many custom radio items like dials, decals, knobs, and grill cloth.

    Radio Daze
    1. AMATEUR

    Shortwave, scanning, CB, FRS and amateur radios and accessories. Radio HF has one of Canada's largest selection of radio books and publications on hand as well.

    Radio H.F.
    1. AMATEUR

    Amateur Radio equipment sales. Diversified with other lines (marine, metal detectors, Optical (telescopes and binoculars)

    Radioworld
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    Retail location in Vancouver. Fairly full line from books to components, to test equipment.

    RP Electronics
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    Product mix is geared towards wholesale, OEM educational & repair centers.

    RTC
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    Seven locations in Southern Ontario (Barrie, Burlington, Cambridge, Markham, Mississauga, Scarborough, Concord) Wide variety electronic parts and educational hobbies. With a good selection of modern components. Some surplus stuff. Great Web site with live inventory levels!

    Sayal Electronics and Hobbies
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    Several Canadian suppliers distribute SparkFun items.

    Sparkfun
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    Don't be fooled by the intimidating name, this is a very hobbiest-friendly business that specializes in vintage Tek and HP parts, Nixie tubes, slide-rules, and a fascinating variety of eclectic components. They have monthly "surprise packs" and annually "free and almost free" sales. ON-LINE unless you catch one of their sales events.

    Sphere Research Corporation
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    Sell new components and many boards: AdaFruit, SparkFun and others. A few ICs only.

    Spikenzielabs
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    In the basement of Home Hardware, 290 College St. Toronto. (web presence unknown). This hidden gem has the best selection of self-serve parts in Canada. Some high voltage parts, too. Some surplus and odds and ends. Note that it looks like a Home Hardware from the front. A long wall of thousands of part drawers that you can browse through.

    Supremetronic
    1. AMATEUR

    new/used/vintage commercial VHF/UHF gear crystals and elements for above manuals and surplus eqpt. Test equipment.

    Teal Resources inc.
    1. PARTS

    A good selection of tubes and other parts related to tube-based equipment. Aimed more at amplifier repair than towards vintage radio repair.

    The Tube Store
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    Not sure I understand the relationship with Active (see #4): this was reported to me as a “former Active Tech Electronics store [which is] still affiliated but changed their name, however, the same address is listed on the Active site as their Winnipeg store.They sell Adafruit, Sparkfun and Seeed Studio items. As far as I can tell, Active also sells these lines, with the exception of Adafruit.

    Tip Top Electronic Supply
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    Communications and Test Equipment, some parts, High prices, more geared to institutions, not little guys like us. I have browsed on-line for years but have never bought anything. I like them when they had a store for browsing around on Gordon Baker Rd.

    Toronto Surplus and Scientific
    1. HISTORICAL

    Time waits for no one, and that includes Barbara and myself. We have decided to retire and our current location in Worthington will close on November 30, 2020. Even though the store is closing we will fulfill all existing customer orders and have a large amount of inventory to close-out. The Universal Radio website will be maintained for the foreseeable future to sell remaining stock, publications and some select products. Unfortunately the lack of a store front showroom will preclude us from carrying some manufacturers' products.

    Universal Radio Inc.
    1. PARTS

    If you are reluctant to buy parts from China, consider this site as an option. Lots of interesting modules and some parts. ON-LINE.

    Universal Solder Canada
    1. HISTORICAL

    Surplus transmitters, receivers, lab equipment, test equipment. Bill Ford and his son ran this sprawling warehouse full of ancient electronic and lab equipment. I remember wandering around for an hour, only to discover that I had missed an entire building. His prices were, at best, erratic. I certainly purchased stuff there, especially near the end, but often I was dissuaded by high prices on obsolete and potentially inoperative equipment. Still, it was a great place to explore.

    W.J. Ford Surplus
    1. HISTORICAL

    Formerly on Parkdale (and before that, on Bank St. Don Judd saw the Bank St. location burn down!) Had traditional walk-up-to-the-counter service and carried traditional radio parts. Also, at other locations, sold TVs and stereo equipment.

    Wackid Radio