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Classic Heathkit Electronic Test Equipment

I am proud to announce the release of my new book Classic Heathkit Electronic Test Equipment.

Heathkit was world renowned as a manufacturer of electronics in kit form. While possibly best known for their amateur radio products, they offered over four hundred different models of test equipment, from the O1 oscilloscope in 1947 until the end of the kit era in the early 1990s. This book covers Heathkit's test equipment, starting with a brief history of Heathkit, an overview of the test equipment product lines and tips on buying and restoring vintage test equipment from sources like eBay.

Separate chapters cover the major categories of component testers and substitution boxes, frequency counters, meters, oscilloscopes, power supplies, signal generators, tube testers and checkers and miscellaneous test equipment. Each chapter includes one or more "In-Depth" sections that look at a representative model from the author's Heathkit collection covering its features, operation, and notable quirks or trivia.

The appendix provides a list of references and resources including books, web sites, and suppliers of parts, manuals and related products and services as well as a detailed product listing of every known model of test equipment produced by Heathkit.

The book is available from lulu.com and retails for US$19.95.

Errata and Updates for First Printing, November 2013

Corrections and updated information related to the book appear here.

Heathkit Facts and Trivia, page 12:

Howard Nurse was the son of Heathkit President David Nurse. While he did occasional work for Heathkit like writing articles for the Heathkit User's Group, he was never president of Heathkit. He was, however, president of his own software company, COMMSOFT.

Appendix A:

Terry Perdue's CD-ROM, Heathkit: The Early Years, is still available from him. He can be reached by e-mail at k8tp@comcast.net.

As well as the mailing lists hosted at puck.nether.net and groups.yahoo.com listed in the book, a third mailing list can be found at mailman.qth.net.