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July 30, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Radio Shack never had to label these adaptors for Atari compatibility, the way Amazon does

Amazon decribes this RF adapter for Atari 2600 use
I bought many of these adapters over the years for my Atari 2600, and now Amazon labels them for our dumbed-down world.
The RF switch-boxes sold with most video game consoles in the early days were designed for the old 300 Ohm connections on the rear of most TV sets. As times modernized, those switch-boxes would have an F-connector for the coaxial connection on the set.

I never liked these boxes as they tended to be finicky and often needed some TLC (or a good smack) to deliver a proper picture. As a kid I dealt with the inconvenience of these magical little boxes. Once I moved into the big cruel world and had to fend for myself, I knew there had to be a better solution. Radio Shack to the rescue. It was easy to find an RCA-to-75Ohm adapter that would link my Atari 2600's output cable to the F-connector on the back of the TV.

I loved this solution and bought many of these little over the decades. I even bought a few more as the Radio Shack franchise faded away. I was certain they were readily available from any number of sources, but it felt good to buy them at The Shack.

During a random Amazon search, this favored product appeared with an "Atari 2600" description. I'd bought these for my 2600, but never saw it described for this purpose! It's a changing (and dumbed-down) world we live in today.

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