RIP — Heathkit
After announcing last fall that they were re-entering the electronics kit business, it is now being reported that Heathkit Educational Systems has officially ended operations. According to the ARRL, it appears that the company discontinued operations in March or April, 2012, having previously laid off most of their workforce last December.
This is certainly sad news, as generations of geeks have fond memories of Heathkit when it operated a popular kit business from 1947 to 1992. At their height in the 1970s, they even operated a nationwide chain of over-the-counter stores! Whether it was building amateur radio equipment, test equipment, a TV or even a computer, many aspiring hackers of that generation cut their teeth on Heathkits. Their detailed assembly manuals and “we won’t let you fail” motto encouraged many hobbyists to build more difficult kits than they thought possible, and spurred interest in tech hacking beyond the kit arena. They were one of a kind.This entry was posted in kit biz, News and tagged ARRL, Heathkit.