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Collecting Heathkit Models SB-101,102 & HW-100,101

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Going Vintage with Heathkit

Article Update: 27 Sept 2008 Added a couple of resources.  There is an excellent web site by k5bcq on Heathkit repair of many models.  We also found an interesting article “Hot Water for the K2” by k1rfd on how  to leverage the final power anp of the Heeathkit HW-101 (or really any of the SB/HW tube Heathkits) as the final drive for the Elecraft K2 – or any exciter source.  References to both of these articles can be found in the Resouces section near the end of this article.

We made this pitch before and we will make it again.  At the time of this writing a new mid-class HF radio costs about $1,000 to $1,500.  So for that amount of money you would purchase 5 older vintage HF radios and have 5 times the fun.  So why not go “Vintage”.

Going Vintage

A pre-condition for “going vintage” is to have some appreciation for the history of Ham Radio.  If you don’t know anything about the history of Ham Radio maybe this is your chance to learn something about this history of your hobby – or “service” if you prefer that way of speaking.

If you always wanted to know “what’s in the black box” of Radio then this is an opportunity to find out.  If you find yourself as an “appliance operator” – spinning knobs, pressing buttons, and flipping switches into some back box of unknown technology then “going Vintage” can open that box for you and show you what is inside the black box and what makes a Ham Radio transmitter really work at the electronics level.


If you want to “go vintage” and incur the collateral damage of learning about the history of radio and what’s in the black box of magical parts then Heatkit radios might be a good way to start.

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Written by frrl

August 7, 2008 at 4:55 am

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