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Author Topic: Heathkit slowly making a comeback  (Read 26924 times)
W9ZIM
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« Reply #120 on: August 15, 2017, 01:18:34 PM »

The Heathkit of today is little more than a "cover band" for the original company just like "Strawberry Fields" (a band I saw in Vegas a few years ago) is a cover for the Beatles. They were good but they weren't John, Paul, George and Ringo.

Calling themselves "Heathkit" doesn't make them Heathkit even if they've gone through the rigamarole of legally being able to do so. They may be Heathkit in the legal (and therefore superficial) sense but we all know there's more to being a company with such historical significance than simply owning the right to the name.

It would be more like if a Beatles tribute band promoted themselves as the real Beatles and started releasing overpriced albums full of second-rate music in the hopes of capitalizing on the name.
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« Reply #121 on: August 16, 2017, 06:16:24 AM »

It would be more like if a Beatles tribute band promoted themselves as the real Beatles and started releasing overpriced albums full of second-rate music in the hopes of capitalizing on the name.

Heathkit certainly positioned itself in an interesting niche in the 50's and 60's but the comparison isn't quite right.

Although I love my Heathkits, they were at best third-rate :-)

Now if you want to start talking about Eico rigs and Gotham beams, we can talk about fourth-rate and fifth-rate!
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AC7CW
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« Reply #122 on: August 16, 2017, 10:08:49 AM »

It would be more like if a Beatles tribute band promoted themselves as the real Beatles and started releasing overpriced albums full of second-rate music in the hopes of capitalizing on the name.

Heathkit certainly positioned itself in an interesting niche in the 50's and 60's but the comparison isn't quite right.

Although I love my Heathkits, they were at best third-rate :-)

Now if you want to start talking about Eico rigs and Gotham beams, we can talk about fourth-rate and fifth-rate!

Yeah but I could have some first-rate conversations with my HW32! Most fun rig ever! No need to choose a band or mode or filters or any of that tedious stuff!
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« Reply #123 on: August 16, 2017, 01:37:27 PM »

and a spark gap rig can apply for the WATV award (Worked All TVs.)  again, no tuning Wink
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AC7CW
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« Reply #124 on: August 17, 2017, 01:37:00 PM »

and a spark gap rig can apply for the WATV award (Worked All TVs.)  again, no tuning Wink

Actually, going to the HW32 and a monoband antenna cured my tvi problems. I almost don't want any multiband equipment, that just seemed to work so well and problem free
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« Reply #125 on: August 18, 2017, 09:06:30 AM »

and a spark gap rig can apply for the WATV award (Worked All TVs.)  again, no tuning Wink

Actually, going to the HW32 and a monoband antenna cured my tvi problems. I almost don't want any multiband equipment, that just seemed to work so well and problem free

A good friend of mine had a HW-32 and a HW-22 also.  The Heath single banders were pretty good old radios for what they were.  They were designed to be mobile so they were very stable and they sounded really good.  I worked Jess many times on 40 and his HW-22 sounded great with an old sure mic plugged into it.  I had a HW-30 in 1965 and it would work the TV set.  It had a rushbox receiver in it that was broad as a barn door and it interfered with almost everything but it was a blast to work my friends on two meters after school.
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W9BB
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« Reply #126 on: September 08, 2017, 07:04:43 PM »

Heath made some fun kits back then and affordable..miss them..
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« Reply #127 on: September 10, 2017, 07:24:08 AM »

I'll send up party balloons when their Christmas Catalog arrives in the mail.  Alongside the Montgomery Ward Christmas wish-book.
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N1CX
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« Reply #128 on: September 11, 2017, 05:09:13 PM »

Heathkit catalog & Lafayette Catalog were the best.....
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KC2QYM
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« Reply #129 on: September 18, 2017, 12:26:35 PM »

Ah....waxing nostalgic about Heathkit...they were green when gray was in vogue.  Any resurrection of Healthkit is just some charlatan plundering a name to sell some overpriced junk to some wet eyed hams. 
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AC7CW
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« Reply #130 on: September 19, 2017, 08:30:52 PM »

Heathkit catalog & Lafayette Catalog were the best.....

They whetted my appetite to study electronics engineering.
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« Reply #131 on: October 03, 2017, 10:25:48 AM »

 Anybody hear anything from Heath Kit anymore. I have tried several times to contact them but never get any sort of an answer by email or phone. Maybe things are not working out for them ?? Are they still in business ??
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KC1BMD
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« Reply #132 on: October 06, 2017, 04:49:15 AM »

Anybody hear anything from Heath Kit anymore.

You probably found the web site: https://heathkit.com/
Looks like someone purchased the name and it's a joke compared to the original company. I think that to replicate what they used to do, putting together kits with components that someone could install with a standard soldering iron and simple hand tools, in addition to the excellent documentation, would just cost too much today to compete.
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« Reply #133 on: October 06, 2017, 06:05:39 AM »

And it is not just the cost. Most current tech components are surface mount. Also limiting the kits to pre-made with the surface mount components and a handful of discreet stuff like switches, wires, a few resistors, and caps. The days of blank boards and bagged components are pretty much done.

However some companies are making hybrid kits successfully. The current version of Heathkit is not one of them. Sad to see. What they did offer was totally out of line with what's available from other sources.
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« Reply #134 on: October 06, 2017, 09:53:02 AM »

 Actually I wanted to purchase one of their items from this new company but no one has ever answered my 3 emails sent to them. Also no one never answers the phone or returns voice mails that I leave.
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