• Heathkit article

    From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to All on Tue Dec 8 07:51:00 2020

    Hi Folks!

    Found this post on Heathkit -- I built several of their kits.

    https://www.electronicdesign.com/communiqu/article/21148923/electronic-d esign-heathkit-an-employees-look-back



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  • From Morgan Collins@454:1/105 to Barry Martin on Mon Jan 11 18:02:56 2021
    Re: Heathkit article
    By: Barry Martin to All on Tue Dec 08 2020 07:51 am

    Found this post on Heathkit -- I built several of their kits. https://www.electronicdesign.com/communiqu/article/21148923/electronic-d esign-heathkit-an-employees-look-back

    I used to build these with my dad when I was a kid. Taught us both how to soder. I think we bought them at the radioshack which had a little area with Heathkits, and you could also special order them.

    Morgan

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  • From Mike Powell@454:1/105 to MORGAN COLLINS on Tue Jan 12 17:11:00 2021
    Found this post on Heathkit -- I built several of their kits. https://www.electronicdesign.com/communiqu/article/21148923/electronic-d esign-heathkit-an-employees-look-back

    I used to build these with my dad when I was a kid. Taught us both how to sod
    . I think we bought them at the radioshack which had a little area with Heath
    ts, and you could also special order them.

    I believe you are right about them being at Radio Shack.

    I don't remember ever using one with sodering (too bad I didn't), but I remember a couple of kits (maybe not Heath's) where you could wire up
    different circuits and get it to do different things. You made the
    connections by putting the ends of the wires into spring-like coils rather
    than making a permanent connection. Mine two favorites curcuits were the
    radio receiver and the morse code transmitter.

    Sometimes I think having something like that to play with again would be
    fun. :)


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  • From Morgan Collins@454:1/105 to Mike Powell on Tue Jan 12 17:44:35 2021
    Re: Heathkit article
    By: Mike Powell to MORGAN COLLINS on Tue Jan 12 2021 05:11 pm

    I don't remember ever using one with sodering (too bad I didn't), but I remember a couple of kits (maybe not Heath's) where you could wire up different circuits and get it to do different things. You made the connections by putting the ends of the wires into spring-like coils rather than making a permanent connection. Mine two favorites curcuits were the radio receiver and the morse code transmitter.

    Yes! I had one of those as well. I'm not sure it was Heath or not, I think it was a different brand. It was cardboard, with those springs for the wires which came in different colors and lengths. There were different modules on the board you could wire up. Capacitors, Resistors, switches, dials, lights, an LED number display thing, a speaker, buzzer etc.

    There was a book and you would follow the instructions to build different things. I do remember the radio, and there was one that would turn the light on and off based on a sensor.

    Wow. I totally forgot about that thing until now.

    Morgan

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Morgan Collins on Tue Jan 12 07:27:00 2021

    Hi Morgan!

    Found this post on Heathkit -- I built several of their kits. https://www.electronicdesign.com/communiqu/article/21148923/electronic-d esign-heathkit-an-employees-look-back
    I used to build these with my dad when I was a kid. Taught us
    both how to soder. I think we bought them at the radioshack
    which had a little area with Heathkits, and you could also
    special order them.

    Dad taught me electricity and later some of his friends who were
    Electronic Engineers started teaching me electronics. Was sort of funny
    as I started off as Dad's apprentice and a few years later he became
    mine!

    I don't recall if the local Radio Shacks sold any Heathkits; what I
    bought was through the catalog and delivered.



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  • From Mike Powell@454:1/105 to MORGAN COLLINS on Wed Jan 13 16:43:00 2021
    Yes! I had one of those as well. I'm not sure it was Heath or not, I think it
    was a different brand. It was cardboard, with those springs for the wires whic
    came in different colors and lengths. There were different modules on the boar
    d you could wire up. Capacitors, Resistors, switches, dials, lights, an LED nu
    ber display thing, a speaker, buzzer etc.

    Yep, that is it! I think I still have the morse code key somewhere but I
    think the rest of the kit is long gone. :( It was fun for a pre-teen kid
    to play with.

    Mike


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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Mike Powell on Wed Jan 13 07:54:00 2021

    Hi Mike!

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    Found this post on Heathkit -- I built several of their kits.

    https://www.electronicdesign.com/communiqu/article/21148923/electr
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    I used to build these with my dad when I was a kid. Taught us both how to
    . I think we bought them at the radioshack which had a little area with
    Heath> ts, and you could also special order them.

    I believe you are right about them being at Radio Shack.

    I don't remember ever using one with sodering (too bad I didn't),
    but I remember a couple of kits (maybe not Heath's) where you
    could wire up different circuits and get it to do different
    things. You made the connections by putting the ends of the
    wires into spring-like coils rather than making a permanent
    connection. Mine two favorites curcuits were the radio receiver
    and the morse code transmitter.

    Sometimes I think having something like that to play with again
    would be fun. :)

    Yup: I received something like that as a Christmas present, probably
    middle 60's. IIRC it was a '50-in-1 Electronics Kit' from Radio Shack.

    ...When I Googled "electronics kits" I got the suggestions "...for
    adults" and "for kids". Enter "DIY electronic kits" on Amazon and
    3,000+ hits. ...And reminded me there are Arduino and Raspberry Pi
    add-on kits. Amazon has a "Elegoo Mega 2560" for $59.99 which looks interesting and includes an Arduino.

    And I'll admit to sometimes buying kits even though I don't need half of
    the components: sometimes cheaper to buy the kit to get the parts I do
    need (and can use in the future).


    Oh, while I think of it: soldering irons. Besides wattage and
    comfortable, check the cord! I have one soldering iron which for some
    reason has a cord on it almost as thick as my pinkie finger -- Good
    Grief! Were they thinking it was being attached to a soldering gun??
    Doesn't flex all that well and I have to be careful when setting it down
    it doesn't move on it's own (cord retracts) and touch something on the
    bench. ...Found if stick the cord in the drawer under the bench helps.


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