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Author Topic: Heathkit slowly making a comeback  (Read 26427 times)
KC1BMD
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« Reply #135 on: October 06, 2017, 10:26:58 AM »

And it is not just the cost. Most current tech components are surface mount. ...
Yes, agreed. That's what I meant by: "...could install with a standard soldering iron..." - what I meant was for through-hole components.
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« Reply #136 on: October 06, 2017, 10:53:35 AM »

And it is not just the cost. Most current tech components are surface mount. ...
Yes, agreed. That's what I meant by: "...could install with a standard soldering iron..." - what I meant was for through-hole components.

Yes I understand...what I was trying to point out is many of the leading edge components are not produced in through hole any more. Which is why my post continued on about hybrid kits.
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« Reply #137 on: October 06, 2017, 04:12:10 PM »

The original Heathkit had a beginners kit for learning to solder. Soldering surface mount parts by hand is not that difficult. I figured out how to do it and everything I built worked fine. Maybe the current Heath could have a beginner's soldering kit?
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« Reply #138 on: October 12, 2017, 04:31:29 AM »

I tried a couple more phone calls and left message and emails. That has been over a week now, no response back at all from them. Must be out of business. I am not going to try to contact them anymore, a big waste of time.
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« Reply #139 on: October 15, 2017, 06:23:40 AM »

Looks like the new Heathkit are out of business for now.
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N8YX
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« Reply #140 on: October 16, 2017, 04:53:05 PM »

Looks like the new Heathkit are out of business for now.
I think they have a few eBay auctions of "Gold Certified" Benton Harbor gear of yesteryear still running.

Wonder if the winning bidders will actually get their purchases?
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K1ZJH
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« Reply #141 on: October 16, 2017, 06:40:05 PM »

Heathkit is probably a one or two man show.  They could be on a long vacation.   I'm certainly not defending them, but a two or three week absence for a small home business would not surprise me.

Pete
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SWMAN
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« Reply #142 on: October 17, 2017, 03:59:40 AM »

ZJH. Yah, you may be right. Maybe they went to Benton Harbor, Mi for a sabadical.
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KA4DPO
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« Reply #143 on: October 23, 2017, 07:26:03 AM »

Looks like the new Heathkit are out of business for now.
I think they have a few eBay auctions of "Gold Certified" Benton Harbor gear of yesteryear still running.

Wonder if the winning bidders will actually get their purchases?

I just saw that on their web site, there are two Tuners, and SA-2040 and a 2060 on Ebay.  Both have been up for nine days and no bids.  The web site is up and it looks like they are still offering the same way over priced kits. 

The only thing that looks useful, to me anyway, is a replacement dial for an HG-10 VFO, if I had one.  They really don't have anything to offer that hams would want except a dual band VHF/UHF antenna kit for way too much money.  I don't think they are out of business, I just think they do it part time since it is doubtful there is much demand for what they offer.
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