I’m pleased to announce that I will be hosting several websites dedicated to the hobby of radio. The purpose of this site is to have a digital record of vintage Heathkit catalogs and manuals. This is good for a walk down memory lane as well as a reference of information all located on one website.
I’m currently looking for donations to be scanned and placed on the site for the world to enjoy. Don’t let these treasures go to the dump or for recycling. If you wish to give them a good home and they are currently from a non-smoking environment, please let me know by sending a quick email to me and I will be more than happy to place your name on the site if I use your donations.
P.S., if you have any other radio related (Radio Shack, Allied etc) catalogs, flyers, or anything you think should be preserved, please don’t hesitate to send them my way so I can scan them for the world to see.
Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you.
73’s Joe Lockhart VE5JL.
My daughter and I looked through my collection. 94 in all including some duplicates (and some triplicates.) I will be posting a list of what I have, and looking for donations to fill in the gaps.
When winter comes and I set up my scanner, the real fun will begin.
Please check the menu for our latest added catalogs from Heathkit. I’ve recently added a few from 1958
|A look back.|
How to best view catalogs on our site.
- Click the CATALOGS link.
- You will see what catalogs we have on line.
- Click on the one you want to look at.
- For the best view click on the “Full Screen” button at the bottom left of the screen.
- Use your navigation buttons to turn the page or click on the bottom of the page.
- To zoom in, double click on any part of the page.
- To exit the full screen click on escape.
- Depending on your download speed it may take a few seconds to fully load the page.
There is a record. Some of it is written down and some will just be in the memories of people passed down for generations. This site is for me and others who remember their grandfathers, fathers and maybe even grandmothers and mothers who sat for hours building electronics kits to use for work, or enjoyment.
I’d like to use this site as a record of all of the catalogs and manuals that were produce for Heathkit, the name that will be remembered synonymously with electronic kit building.
To me this is a very special project because not only did my father build Heathkits and use them in his electronic repair shop, I used their ham radio equipment in the beginnings of my ham radio hobby. I still have a Heatkit keyer for when I get off my duff and re-learn Morse code that I shamefully let go after I received my voice endorsement way back in 1987.
Also, I’ve noticed that electronics, ham radio and aviation go hand in hand. I have my private pilots license and was not surprised to learn that Heathkit started in 1926 when Edward Bayard Heath purchased Bates Aeroplane Company with the intent to sell light aircraft kits called the Heath Parasol under the name of E.B. Heath Aerial Vehicle Company. Well, as they say the rest is history.
All I know looking back to the 60s when I would spend time with my father as he built his Oscilloscope or other test equipment, life is very different today and we need to remember the pioneers that paved the road for us to enjoy a good life.
73's DE VE5JL