A word to the wise (for what it's worth). I saw the magnifying headset in an ad on Facebook. Almost everything I view on Facebook is somehow Amateur Radio related outside of posts from friends, so the ads that pop up are mainly related to electronics. I liked them as soon as I saw the ad, but was not enamored with the price, so I did a search for the same type of headset on eBay. Got one for less than half of what the company on Facebook was charging. Moral of the story - always look around.
As I finished soldering in the last cap, i was hit with a wave of nostalgia. I got to thinking of my Heathkit "Glory Days" back in the 80s and early 90s. I built so many Heathkits, I was able to join their Master Builder Club which came into being very close to their demise. In no particular order, these are the Heathkits that I can remember building. There may have been a few more:
My very first Heathkit was one of their VTVMs.
Then came a flurry of Amateur Radio Kits:
The HR-1680 was my Novice receiver.
Who didn't have a Heathkit Cantenna Dummy Load (filled with toxic PCBs)?
The HW-8, my first QRP rig.
The Heathkit HD-1410 Keyer - VERY popular
My Amateur Radio coup de grace build. The SB-104A with macthing speaker/power supply and auxiliary VFO.
And there were also some non-Amateur Radio builds of neat stuff:
Had this alarm clock for many, many years.
The GR-70 scanner which had all the local repeaters programmed in.
And then, in my audiophile years - rack mounted stereo equipment:
125 Watt per Channel Power Amplifier
I spent a lot of money in those years - hey, I was working, single with no commitments at the time. I melted a lot of solder, got a lot of solder burns (along with the scars to prove it). But most of all, I had a blast building each and every kit.
There's a lot of great kits to be had today. Some are questionable, some are downright excellent and come with instructions that actually outshine the Heathkit manuals - but there will never be an equal to what we knew as Heathkit.
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!