(in alphabetical order)
If there are any other distributors that you'd particularly like to
please tell me.
This is a very broad list including many suppliers of tools and mechanical
items. The descriptions highlight the particular strengths of each supplier.
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type of product.
- Aerial-Parts of Colchester, Carlton House,
White Hart Lane, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3DB
Tel 07957 449 542
John Lemay G4ZTR offers a useful range of specialist antenna and tower
hardware, and also VHF/UHF power combiners.
- AHC Camberley
Tel 01276 709069
Very good selection of hard-to-find nuts, bolts, screws and fasteners;
also general tools etc.
- Altec Products Limited, Unit 4 Riverway Ind. Park, Alton GU34
Tel 0845 359 9000
Laboratory supplies, including tools and plastics (PTFE).
- Arrow Electronics, Edinburgh Way, Harlow CM20 2DF
Tel: 01279 626777
The current name for the long-established STC/ITT Components. A very
large distributor, and probably the place to go for MIL-spec and special
components, but prices are high.
- Axminster Tools, Chard Street, Axminster EX13 5DZ
Tel: 0800 371 822 (sales), 01297 33656 (enquiries)
Power and hand tools, mostly woodworking but some metalworking.
- Barenco - distribution via
Martin Lynch, and
A range of well-made mast and antenna fittings.
- BEC Distribution,
Unit 5, Coronation Grove, Harrogate HG2
Tel: 0845 4900 405
Formerly Bonex, and now the main UK importer for TOKO products. Their
full TOKO catalogue is on the website, and BEC also stock a general range
- Chronos, Unit 14, Dukeminster Estate, Church Street, Dunstable
Tel: 01582 471 900. Fax: 01582 471 920.
Model engineering tools and parts.
- The DX Shop, Dingle Cottage, Churchstoke, Montgomery, Powys SY15
Tel: 01588 620 126
High-end equipment and supplies for the VHF/UHF DXer, from Roger
- Electromail used to be the retail branch of
RS, but closed many years ago.
Often confused with:
- Electrovalue of Egham and Manchester... who have also closed.
- GH Engineering, East Cottage, Chineham Lane, Sherborne St John,
Hants RG24 9LR
Tel: 01256 869603
Specialises in a range of power amplifiers, preamps, semiconductors
etc. for the low microwave bands. Good source for GaAsFETs, MMICs and Mitsubishi
- Harrison & Greenwood, Mill Lane, Halifax HX3 6TR
Tel: 01422 329003
Custom designed transformers - typically 1kVA upwards.
- Mainline Electronics, Unit 1A Cutters Close, Coventry Road,
Narborough, Leicester LE19 2FZ. Tel: 0116 286 5373.
Credit/debit cards accepted. Postage and Packaging charge for UK orders
General range of components with a bias towards RF/microwaves, and also
some surplus. Now the makers of the
Brothers line of capacitors, dial drives, switches etc.
- Mallard Metal Packs, 53 Jasmin Croft, Kings Heath, Birmingham
B14 5AX Tel/Fax: 0121 624 0302
Credit/debit cards accepted. No minimum order. Postage and Packaging charge
for UK orders starts at £4.00+VAT, for orders up to £10.00+VAT.
Online and mail-order suppliers of metals for small users (also taps
& dies etc, and some plastics including PTFE rod). Useful downloadable
catalogue, prices fixed for calendar year.
- Mega Electronics, Mega House, Grip Industrial Estate, Linton,
Cambridge CB1 6NR
Tel: 01223 893 900
Specialists in supplies for prototype and low-volume PC boards and photo-printed
panels and signs. Mega manufacture much of the PCB equipment and chemicals
you see in other UK catalogues, but their direct prices are often better.
Also their own catalogue contains many items that you won’t see anywhere
- Metals 4U, online only
Shipping free on large orders over £75; smaller orders by quotation.
Many engineering metals in tube, bar and sheet, including aluminium
tubing shipped in lengths up to 5m.
Tel: (UK) 01252 832 600
You can now order from the US website, and prices in GBP appear when
you select UK. Quoted prices do not include delivery or VAT, which are
A huge range of mixers, MMICs, filters, couplers and other circuit modules.
Mini-Circuits products are often specified in advanced amateur RF designs,
for their high performance and predictability.
- Mode Components has closed down.
- Mouser Electronics - highly impressive 'UK
virtual storefront' for this major US supplier.
UK.mouser.com aims to present itself exactly like a UK-based
supplier. All prices are in
UK£ (based on reasonable conversion rates from their US$ prices).
You pay VAT in the normal way, so all orders are pre-cleared with UK Customs
for faster delivery
with nothing more to pay - about 3 days later the order simply
arrives on your doorstep
delivery on all orders above £50 + VAT.
This level of service puts many UK companies to shame!
- Radio Structures, TRS Complex, Gatelodge Close, Round Spinney
Industrial Estate, Northampton NN3 8BR
Tel: 01604 790005
Mostly professional towers, masts, cables, connectors and accessories,
but also a source for galvanised and stainless steel hardware, including
U-bolts in a range of shapes and sizes. (For cheap ss nuts and bolts, also
- Screwfix Direct, Freepost, Yeovil BA22
Tel: 0500 41414. Fax: 0800 056 2256.
All kinds of DIY tools and products, at very competitive prices.
- Shesto Tools and Hobbies, Unit 2, Sapcote Trading Centre, 374
High Road, Willesden NW10 2DH
Tel: 020 8451 6188
A wide range of modelling and craft tools, many of which are very useful
- SP Wound Components, Unit 12, Stanley Green Crescent Ind Estate,
Poole BH15 3TH
Tel: 01202 682828
Custom designed transformers - mains, audio and pulse up to 750-1000VA.
Expert service from Geoff Budden G3WZP.
- Spectrum Communications, 12 Weatherbury
Way, Dorchester DT1 2EF
Tel: 01305 262250
A wide range of amateur radio kits, with associated components and useful
crystals available separately. Spectrum Communications also offer a range
of TOKO inductors and pin compatible substitutes. Tony Nailer G4CFY.
- Squires Model & Craft Tools, 100 London Road, Bognor Regis,
Tel: 01243 842424
A wide range of modelling tools and soldering materials, many of which
are very useful for electronics. Also a range of electronic components.
Sorry to report that Robin G3NFV has closed the business, following a mild
- TABmica, TAB Components Ltd, Unit 3, Plot
J, Cavalier Road, Heathfield, Newton Abbot TQ12 6TQ
Tel: (+44/0) 1626 833 470
Manufacturer of high-quality transmitting silvered mica capacitors,
individually made to order. The 'amateur radio' range on
this page are commercial
units in a lower-cost encapsulation.
- TLC Direct, nationwide mail order and many
branches in southern England
Mail order tel: 020 8646 6866
Electrical wholesalers, will deal with personal customers too.
Low prices on cable, and on branded and own-brand mains fittings. Good
online catalogue, with useful information on wiring regulations, cable
sizes etc. Prices exclude VAT. Small order charge: £4.99 + VAT on
orders up to £150 + VAT; free above £150 + VAT.
- W H Westlake West Park, Clawton, Holsworthy EX22 6QN
Tel: 01409 253758
A familiar figure at rallies, Henry Westlake supplies a range
of cables and antenna wire at good prices, and also general accessories.
Excellent personal service.
- Wires.co.uk (formerly Scientific Wire
Company), 18 Raven Road, London E18 1HW
Tel: 0208 505 0002
Exactly what the name implies - all kinds of wire for technical and
scientific purposes, including resistance and thermocouple wires, and many