January 12, 2011
News - The Rise and Fall of Heat…
about 2 years ago
Heathkit, Edmund’s Scientific, and Estes were my favorite catalogs when I was growing up. Even better than the Sears Wish Book at Christmas. My first Heathkit was a stereo receiver and pair of bookshelf speakers that I built when I was in junior high. I displayed the receiver as part of my science fair project. I remember that the assembly manual had a pretty good description of the theory of operation of FM and AM radio that I studied for my discussion. I also built one of the metal detectors and a voltmeter.
The stereo and speakers were sold to my brother-in-law, but I still have the metal detector and voltmeter. The metal detector still worked the last time that I tried it, but sadly the voltmeter no longer works. I keep it around thinking that I’ll repair it someday.
Heathkit will be missed. Edmund’s doesn’t carry all of the stuff that they used to (like telescope mirror grinding kits, blanks, etc.), but the optics part was spun off as a separate company, Edmund Optics. Estes still carries a good selection of rocket kits and engines though.
No public wish lists :(
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