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The Heath Company began life by selling test equipment in kit form, starting with a simple oscilloscope in 1947. But the company may be best remembered for its amateur radio gear, which it first began selling in 1953. By the time it left the kit market around 1987, the company had made and sold more amateur radio products than any company before or since, including Collins. Perhaps Heath’s most famous products were the HW-100 and HW-101 five-band HF transceivers. It is believed that Heath sold a combined total of around 35,000 units. That works out to six units a day, seven days a week—for 16 years. A record that may never be broken. Moreover, Heath’s famous “Cantenna” RF load sold more than 200,000 units over 30 years.
This book is the ultimate reference guide to Heathkit amateur radio equipment. This greatly expanded third edition contains every kit-form amateur radio product the company ever made (about 250) in 426 pages divided into 14 chapters. These include:
Hundreds of sharp, clear, black and white photos include front, rear, and interior views, often accompanied by illustrations from the assembly manuals. The text includes a brief technical description with historical notes and context when appropriate. Each product includes full specifications and references to reviews and modifications published in popular magazines of the day.
While not designed to be a substitute for the assembly manuals, many products also include technical notes regarding options Heath made available to control a variety of operating parameters—different component values, jumpers, adjustments and other changes the builder could select depending on their preferences—and advice on how to detect which options have been chosen. Note that the book does not include schematics.
All products include the first and last year of production and the price when first introduced.
A set of tabs on the edge of each page will help you locate products quickly, and three indexes permit exploration by products by model number, type, and chronological order.
A 60-page introduction includes a profusely illustrated history of the company, with a foreword by former Heath Company executive vice president and general manager Chas Gilmore, W8IAI.
Written for buyers, sellers, collectors, users, and those who just want to browse the Heath catalog again. Every ham needs this book on their reference shelf. If you loved Heathkits, this is your book.
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