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KC8JRV
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« on: May 04, 2007, 10:35:37 PM »

What electronic kit would recommend I buy my 10 year old son to interest him in Ham radio or electronics? I built Heathkits when young, but they're out of business now. Who has taken their place in educating our kids like we were? Help me please! Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2007, 11:21:22 PM »

   A receiver kit would be a great starter.  I think Ramsey makes some.
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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2007, 02:01:08 AM »

See
http://www.ramseyelectronics.com/hk/default.asp?page=k

Ramsey has some inexpensive radio kits $12.95 for AM broadcast and $14.95 for AM/FM.  These should be great starter kits.  A google search will turn up more kits from other companies.  There are shortwave receivers and ham gear, however useful ham gear is more costly.  Better to start with something the young fellow can suceed in doing.
Ham radio is still a great hobby.
Good Luck Allen
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« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2007, 05:55:21 AM »

Dave Benson has had a number of good kits.  
You can also look to QRP groups (NorCal, AmQRP, Four State QRP) as well as some of the smaller Elecraft kits (K1, KX1, etc.)

Father-Son building can be educational and fun.  The more compelx kits can actually inspire an interet to "know why it works" - there is a reason for math and science!

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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2007, 07:10:02 AM »

Regular ole crystal radio kit.
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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2007, 07:16:33 AM »

Give a look at: http://www.hobbytron.com/electronickits.html

Actually go to GOOGLE, and type in ELECTRONIC KITS
or better yet type  KIDS ELECTRONIC KITS

you'll find hundreds of suppliers that offer everything from VERY VERY beginning kits that blink or make noises... to some quite advanced kits that will challange your child and perhaps even your "inner child".

Happy Kit Building.

Cam
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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2007, 06:40:27 PM »

allelectronics.com sells several reciever kits, and a crystal radio kit for all under $50. also they sell a 2 meter reciever, and some other ham kits, check them out, they are pretty inexpensive.
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