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Were you guys aware Heathkit appears to be returning?

www.heathkit.com (c)2015
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Walt - KZ1F

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Bill Roberts

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Cool!
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Jim Jerzycke

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I've been following their "return" for several years now.

Hopefully they can come up with some relevant products that are as much fun to build as the originals.

My main station way back in the late 1960's was a pretty complete "S-Line", and I loved it.
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Wow a 150 buck trf receiver jeez

the cynic in me says you will see clamp down on the sale of heathkit manuals etc

not sure they will relive its past glory...somethings best remain in the past

There's plenty kit suppliers well advanced ..so they will need something decent to make a dent

I doubt it will happen

Same Happened to Mutek
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I would SO buy that. But only if all the parts would be through-hole mount? :-)

Then again, I've always wanted a reflow oven. None of this tweezers with a tiny little pointy soldering iron under a microscope for me. Heck, yesterday I had a hard time seeing the USB connector on my Surface clearly enough to plug in a network adapter.

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Walt - KZ1F

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I know...would that be cool or what?! Peter, thanks for that, I had never heard of a reflow oven until your post. It took a second or two to figure it out.
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Peter K1PGV, Elmer

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Oh, better... There the one that started on Kickstarter. Either a kit or ready to run for $700! It's supposed to be a quality piece of equipment, even: http://www.whizoo.com/buy

Peter
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Great find, Simon!
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The manuals are already "clamped down" on, in that they haven't been available on-line at any of the usual "free" places for several years now.

You can occasionally find some of them through a diligent Google search, but many of the places that used to host them received "cease and desist" letters from the new copyright owner.

Almost ALL of the manuals are available from the guy who bought the rights to them, and for a somewhat reasonable price.

He sells copies he makes from "clean" manuals, and the ones I've bought from him were good quality.

If you search long enough, you can find original Heath manuals on eBay, QRZ, and eHam.

If you have a manual in your possession, there's nothing anyone can do to forbid you to sell it. It's no different that selling a book you bought new and didn't want any longer.

73, Jim
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I have never seen a website where you have to 'prove you are human' before you can actually get to the 'proper' pages.

Can it really be true that in this day and age that Heathkit believe that anyone will pay $150.00 for a radio, the basic design of which, is nearly 80/90 years old?

Oh yes, let's mention the technical specs - perhaps I missed it but I can't see any mention of frequency coverage, the tuning knob, at least I assume the big silver knob, is a tuning knob, doesn't even have a scale! And look at the size - 3"x5"x5" - this is going to be real hi-fi sound. Where is the volume control? Oh, there isn't one - you don't get a speaker.

If they are going to go that retro, why not a crystal set and 2 transistor amplifier?

I did once build one of their kits, if I remember correctly it was called the Mohican, short wave receiver covering long wave to 30MHz and not a bad performer but not as good a my old Racal wartime RX. But it was a pig to build and even worse to align - took longer to get working properly than it did to build.

What next? I for one can't wait to see the delights that Heathkit are going to be offering. In fact I think I'll sell my Flex so that I've got the cash ready.