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(12-18-2015 07:15 PM)AlanE Wrote:  Heathkit had a store in Fairlawn NJ. I lived about a mile from it. Used to go there and look at everything I couldn't buy. Mess with the oscilloscope until the guy threw me out. LOL. He had some spinning pattern on it which I messed up and then I said I could get it back and further messed it up. Ah good times... I built a few of their kits but nothing major. I did a couple of digital alarm clocks and other experiment kits.

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I was working DX on a Heathkit radio when I was 5 years old. Yeah, my dad built it and he was the control operator. But dang, I was talkin' to someone in a foreign country half-way around the world! My dad is a WA9xxx and I eventually became KB9xxx. I remember his shack having these types of radios in it back then:

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Still haven't got my 10, 20 & 80 meter dipoles up yet since we moved back to Illinois... it's on the to-do list for 2016.

Had a friend who lived in St. Joseph, MI and worked for Heathkit years ago... he was their top salesman to school districts around the nation back then. Last time I talked with him, he said the company was only a shadow of it's former self.

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(12-18-2015 03:44 PM)AlanE Wrote:  Is back in business.

Search google for heathkit.

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They don't have much available for sale yet but good to see them back. I guess. depends on how many kits they start making available.

I wonder if they can send me a replacement name plate for my H8. I seem to have lost it along the way. 8-)
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Oh, I loved Heathkit! Please tell me they aren't going surface mount!

I built several radios, a weather radio, and an experimental kit to do science-y stuff with. My older brother was the one who was given the kits but I stole 'em after he got bored.

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There was a discussion on reddit with the ones taking over Healthkit concerning SMD in future kits. They said most likely there will be but expect that SMD components will already be assembled on the board. Most hobby builders can't/won't solder SMDs. IMO to do so would require either a lot of skill or high-end equipment. Certainly better eye sight than I have. I guess I could learn to solder while watching on a monitor with a USB microscope. Smile It would make it less of a hobby kit if one had to go to that extreme just to build a blinky LED thing.



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Maybe Heathkit could offer a reflow oven.

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Many of the ham radio build kits turned to surface mount. There's ways to do it but it requires more patience than I am willing to give. It did not bring the cost down at all!

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The best Heathkit I ever had was a Specter RC car. It was huge and I used to start the engine running the flywheel up against the back wheel of my motorcycle, in gear and on the center stand.

Wish I could find another of them!

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There's a Heathkit Specter RC car on eBay. $10,000 starting bid or $24,500 buy it now.
It think the seller is "a couple of fries short of a happy meal."

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That Heathkit name is a blast from the past, for sure. Wonder if they'll do ham radios again? I don't have an HF rig any more, got too lazy since iPhones debuted.
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