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Heathkit Mohican

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Turkeytop
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Heathkit Mohican

Post by Turkeytop » Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:15 pm

Back in the late 60s I wanted this so bad, but couldn't even dream about it. $89 was more than a week's pay for me and I didn't have a nickel to spend on frivolous non-essentials. That would be like $2000 today. Except, if it was $2000 today, I could maybe swing it

I was working at a low wage, non Union job and preparing to get married in just a few months. One of my co-workers working in the same low wage job did get one. I was almost sick with envy.



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Re: Heathkit Mohican

Post by FET-500 » Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:24 pm

What we paid for electronics back then was crazy.



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Re: Heathkit Mohican

Post by Turkeytop » Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:04 pm

Now that we have first rate receivers available at affordable prices, there's nothing left to listen to.


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Re: Heathkit Mohican

Post by km1125 » Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:45 pm

Very cool. I have a Heathkit transitor testor, audio wave generator and ultrasonic remote for one of their color TVs. I used to have a HK oscilloscope somewhere but I think it's long gone now.



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Re: Heathkit Mohican

Post by Turkeytop » Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:52 pm

I never built a Heathkit. By the time I got to the point in my life where I could afford such things, they were long gone out of business.


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Re: Heathkit Mohican

Post by tapeisrolling » Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:07 pm

I remember getting a Knight Space Spanner for my birthday and putting it together. The first thing I picked up was the finish of the Daytona 500 on AFRTS. It was like '56 or '57, I also miss the days when you could tune in the world.



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Re: Heathkit Mohican

Post by Turkeytop » Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:14 pm

Remember getting a crystal set for Christmas. My dad helped me assemble it on Christmas night. We lived within sight of the tower of our local AM, but couldn't get it. What I was getting loud and clear was WOWO 1190.


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Re: Heathkit Mohican

Post by bosco » Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:06 pm

TurkeyTop, I was just like you. I was 13 in 1966 when I got my novice license, and boy did I envy a lot of equipment. And BTW, a few years ago i saw the Mohican at the big Dayton hamfest. $ 200, and it sold. I wanted that radio, but not for $ 200.

Well, I kept my eye on Ebay, one came up, and I got it. At the exact same time, a very good friend of mine found one at another hamfest and bought it for me, without asking, knowing I wanted it. So of course, i paid him for it, and I now own two.

Compared to todays radios, they are very poor in performance. But boy do they look good!



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Re: Heathkit Mohican

Post by bosco » Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:07 pm

TurkeyTop, I was just like you. I was 13 in 1966 when I got my novice license, and boy did I envy a lot of equipment. And BTW, a few years ago i saw the Mohican at the big Dayton hamfest. $ 200, and it sold. I wanted that radio, but not for $ 200.

Well, I kept my eye on Ebay, one came up, and I got it. At the exact same time, a very good friend of mine found one at another hamfest and bought it for me, without asking, knowing I wanted it. So of course, i paid him for it, and I now own two.

Compared to todays radios, they are very poor in performance. But boy do they look good!



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Re: Heathkit Mohican

Post by Turkeytop » Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:55 pm

A fifty dollar portable today is probably better than the Mohican. :razz


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Re: Heathkit Mohican

Post by k8jd » Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:11 pm

My Best Heathkit was the SB110, that got me nearly 100 W out on 6 Meters. Blacked out TV ch 2 for blocks around me !



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