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jchuzi
post Jun 20 2017, 04:22 PM
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Those of us of a certain age have fond memories of Heathkit (and Dynakit also). Dynakit may not be with us, but Heathkit is being resurrected. Have fun looking at their first kit in years. Precision RF Meter - HM-1002 - pre-order


I spoke too soon. Here are all their products


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post Jun 20 2017, 08:25 PM
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I believe the re-birth was announced here several years ago... twice!Looks like they have their "catalog" finished (quite a large menu), now all they need are the products! Don't see the H-89 in the "Computer and Apps" section... actually, I don't see anything there, even with javascript and Flash enabled. rolleyes.gif


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post Jun 20 2017, 08:26 PM
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Ah, yes! I do so remember Heathkit, although I never did purchase or assemble anything of theirs.

This elicits memories of another name from my growing-up years: Hallicrafters. I lusted after their S-38 multi-band receiver. Couldn't afford the price, which I believe was $39.95.


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post Jun 20 2017, 09:19 PM
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I only built one Heathkit, an auto multimeter that I used happily for many years when it was still possible for a non-mechanic to work on his car. Back then, there were carburetors, and distributors had points and condenser. (The younger generation doesn't know what those were.) I also built Dynakits, including an amp, pre-amp and tuner. They were fun to build and a good money-saver.


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post Jun 21 2017, 11:57 AM
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I only built one Heathkit, an auto multimeter that I used happily for many years when it was still possible for a non-mechanic to work on his car. Back then, there were carburetors, and distributors had points and condenser. (The younger generation doesn't know what those were.) I also built Dynakits, including an amp, pre-amp and tuner. They were fun to build and a good money-saver.


I also built a Multi-meter, then upon discharge from the Navy, while trying to find gainful employment, embarked on building an EICO stero amp. Big job. After getting it all done it took another 2 weeks to find a "cold" solder joint that had prevented the thing from "amping". It was still working after 20 plus years when it got donated. Great experience, and Great product.

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I built a Nixie Tube Multimeter that still works but isn't very accurate; I'd like to figure out how to turn it into a clock because Nixies are so neat! I've also got a Short Wave Receiver which I bought incomplete at a yard sale; it was missing a few parts but had the construction manuals so they weren't hard to find! It works I think although on a back shelf in a closet so I'm not sure!


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post Jun 30 2017, 08:29 AM
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Brings back fun memories.
When I was a kid, I used both companies, built a lot of sterios and other things.
Short wave radios were fun back then too.

I built them for many family members, friends at college and more.
Never charged them for labor either, just the cost of the kits.

I still had a big Dynakit stereo with its lovely big vac tubes, until about 20 years ago when I gave it away.
There even might be some more in our attic, maybe I should look up there someday.
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