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Author Topic: Heathkit is officially Dead (again).  (Read 23647 times)
KC2VDM
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« on: June 15, 2012, 12:48:31 PM »

July QST, page 72. "As of March 2012, HES (Heathkit Educational Systems), the company indefinitely suspended operations."

Can't say I didn't see it coming.

-Alex
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N5INP
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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2013, 05:46:40 AM »

A few weeks ago I filled out a survey on the Heathkit site. Now the site does not even exist -

http://www.heathkit.com/
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W1JKA
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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2013, 06:36:58 AM »

What do you suppose they did with the survey results?
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N3HFS
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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2013, 06:42:29 AM »

What do you suppose they did with the survey results?

Perhaps they used them to decide to shut down?  Cheesy
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W1JKA
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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2013, 07:39:43 AM »

Re: N3HFS

LOL True, probably right after they sold them.
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KE4JOY
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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2013, 03:26:46 PM »

What do you suppose they did with the survey results?

Went to the same place as those windows error reports...

I noticed the other day in a hardware story a set of motion detection yard lights with the name "Heath Zenith" on them.

http://www.heath-zenith.com/

So there relegated to making doorbells /shrug
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K1CJS
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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2013, 08:10:57 AM »

July QST, page 72. "As of March 2012, HES (Heathkit Educational Systems), the company indefinitely suspended operations."

Strange.  I logged in and completed the survey in June.  Even got a nice thank you note and inclusion on the e-mail list for hearing about further developments.  Of course, I haven't checked back since.....
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W9GB
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« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2013, 09:51:27 AM »

Regarding KE4JOY's comment about Heath-Zenith: http://www.heath-zenith.com/

These garage/security/door-bell products were the Security Division of Heathkit (Benton Harbor, MI), and later Heath/Zenith (Chicago).

Over a decade ago, the Duchossois family based in Chicago since 1916,
purchased this Security products division after Zenith was acquired and kit business finally ended in 1990s.  
The Security products (HeathCo) manufacturing plant was moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky with engineering/design performed here in the Chicago area.
They do not own any portion of the Heathkit Educational Systems (HES) business, that I am aware of.  
They do have rights to the Heath/Zenith brand names / trademarks for the security products.
I hope this ends some earlier inaccurate statements.


The Duchossois family of companies are based here in Elmhurst, IL
Their corporate offices are about 1 mile from my QTH.
http://www.duch.com/

The Duchossois family also owns Chamberlain and LiftMaster brand name electric garage door openers.
The Heath/Zenith security products (HeathCo) were to compliment these product lines.
http://www.chamberlain.com/ccv2/homePage.htm

The family has also been long-time horse-racing participants,
owning Arlington Racetrack (IL) and recently Churchill Downs (KY).
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K2OWK
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« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2013, 01:57:51 PM »

This reminds me of Indian Motorcycles, Gone, Back, Gone, Back, Gone and now back produced by Polaris.

73s

K2OWK
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N5INP
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« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2013, 03:56:40 PM »

This reminds me of Indian Motorcycles, Gone, Back, Gone, Back, Gone and now back produced by Polaris.

Indeed, because now the site is back again.  Undecided

http://www.heathkit.com/heathkit-faq.html
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KL2TC
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« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2013, 05:14:05 PM »

This reminds me of Indian Motorcycles, Gone, Back, Gone, Back, Gone and now back produced by Polaris.

73s

K2OWK

If Heathkit makes a comeback like the Indian Motorcycle Company has done, they will be producing a full line of kits from linear amps to transceivers to tuners at a super competitive price backed by Motorola.  Their production will also be preceded by a marketing campaign put together by a group of geniuses.   As much as I would love to see it, I don't think they'll be up to emulating Indian.
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N7BMW
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« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2013, 10:39:54 PM »

I would like to see Heathkit come back.  I just filled out their survey but this "stealth mode" of operating makes me suspicious that this is just a fishing expedition from a market research company.

I won't be holding by breath.
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TANAKASAN
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« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2013, 02:07:29 AM »

OK, a simple task, try sending Heathkit an email.

Tanakasan
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W1JKA
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« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2013, 03:02:11 AM »

Re: Reply #11

The only thing that surprises me about the (questionable) survey is that they did not ask for your SSN. This is a great site to fish and troll with the cost only being the price of a yearly subscription.
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KE4JOY
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« Reply #14 on: August 04, 2013, 03:43:55 PM »

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that no 'kit' manufacturer is going to produce a kit that has B+ voltages in it.

Just a guess.
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