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December 21, 2014 AT 11:06 am

The great Heathkit mystery @venturebeat by @greeterdan

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The great Heathkit mystery by Daniel Terdiman at VentureBeat.

Whatever happened to Heathkit, the do-it-yourself electronics kits that used to be so popular at the dawn of the computer age?
For decades, Heathkit was a household name among those who liked to play with electronics.

From 1947 until 1992, Heathkit — which was the “brand name of kits and other electronic products produced and marketed by the Heath Company,” according to Wikipedia — was among the biggest, if not the biggest, game in town when it came to electronics kits.

Most ham radio enthusiasts and electrical engineers “of a certain age remember fondly their first Heathkit,” wrote EDN Network in May, 2013. “Everybody had at least one Heathkit.”

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