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    It looks like a lot to read from the IPhone but a quick look makes me think they are back at it. I built a pile of Heathkit kits through the years and still have some of the finished kits in use. . OM
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    The survey takes five minutes or so and it seems they are judging viability. All of my audio test bench gear is Heathkit and it gets regular use.
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    While in junior high and high school, I worked at the local TV repair shop; the owner had me build several Heathkits - test equipment that he used. I was licensed - WB6BDH - in the early 60s, but have been inactive since I went away to college...save for the modified transmitter (a Viking something, I think) that some of us at school used to put a student-run AM station on the air. That earned us a finger-wagging visit from the FCC.

    A significant amount of my technical learning and satisfaction came from Heath. I'm pleased it might return.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbrick View Post
    That earned us a finger-wagging visit from the FCC.


    It's lucky the State Bar didn't find out about this before you were admitted.
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    But the corner bar had a good laugh...

    I've built one of their general-coverage shortwave receivers (forget the model #), an HW-32A transceiver, and a Twoer... great fun and a great learning experience. Long ago and far away... worked my way up from Novice to Advanced (when 13 wpm was required), and had an FCC 2nd Class too. Good stuff to have on my resumes. Thanks, Dad.

    I think their biggest hurdle will be getting today's youngsters off their butts and away from their personal gadgets, and getting them to actually DO something themselves and LEARN about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauls1150 View Post
    I think their biggest hurdle will be getting today's youngsters off their butts and away from their personal gadgets, and getting them to actually DO something themselves and LEARN about it.
    The survey is clear about their challenges with kids, and it also acknowledges the maker movement. To my perspective, the maker movement is way too geeky, even for me, and NEEDS a Heath instruction set.
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    There have been many attempts to bring Heathkit back.

    All unsuccessful.

    I'm doubtful that it can be done but

    I don know my 14 year old grandson sure enjoys fooling around with his Raspberry Pi $35 computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sibud View Post
    I don know my 14 year old grandson sure enjoys fooling around with his Raspberry Pi $35 computer.

    raspberrypi
    You don't have one, Bud? And a few Arduinos?

    http://www.adafruit.com/category/105

    The Raspberry Pi Internet radio is a popular project.
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    Heathkit Comeback Survey

    I built and had a Heathkit crystal radio kit in '67 or '68. Top 40 AM radio in the NYC market was the best and I listened to it all wearing headphones.
    I think a couple of my friends pooled their money and bought a mini-bike kit that Heath sold too. My Dad would never let me own one.

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    No Way

    I built slew of Heathkits over the years including one of their big color TVs. They always worked and I enjoyed building and using them. However, I don't think they have a snowball's chance in hell of coming back.
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    Talking about the weather on a radio is "doing something?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkchris View Post
    Talking about the weather on a radio is "doing something?"
    It's actually a big deal when there is impending storms-
    http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/?n=amateurradio
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    Heath Kits

    Thanks for posting this
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    I've always been intersted in electronics and have built a few Heathkits items including a 27" colour TV.

    As a technologist I also design and build my own stuff from scratch, and of course as you've guessed I'm middle aged. (Last year I designed and built a portable band saw mill that will handle a 24" by 10 foot log).

    The other technologists at work who are my age are amateur radio buffs ( I work for a satellite company), however the younger techs aren't interested in electronics or building stuff at all.

    I guess when you grew up with the tech miracle of a smart phone, how interested are you in building a variable voltage power supply or a function generator?

    I don't think Heathkit will make it, although I wish them well........Rod.
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