6 Nov. 2014 – Paul Schimmel tells about Heathkit

Early Heathkit
Early Heathkit

Paul started by explaining the 23 items of equipment he had brought to display, all of which were shown to be working.

Although the company didn’t actually start with kits for audio and test equipment in 1929, by 1947 their first oscilloscope kit was introduced. This proved very popular and was followed by a valve volt meter. The kits were very well presented and included ready made metal cases.  The documentation insured building and testing resulted in near 100% success, and the company provided help when needed.

Through the years the company was taken over by numerous other companies but always remained a favourite amongst the radio amateur fraternity. However, in the seventies, equipment was coming into the country from Japan which was ready built and tested for the price of the kits.

Today, Heathkit projects, although no longer manufactured, are still popular since they are easy to service or restore if you have access to the original documentation.

Bryan, M0BIK and Brian, G8GHR showed their collections of Heathkit amateur radio equipment. Bryan explained some of the components used and detailed the U.S. made valves which were the choice of the American Heathkit company in kits for distribution over there.

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On the right side is the  Heathkit Mohican receiver and oscilloscope at G3JNB in 1971, Rig at the left side is a KW Atlanta.
On the right side is the Heathkit Mohican receiver and oscilloscope at G3JNB in 1971,
Rig at the left side is a KW Atlanta.