Amateur radio operators take note: Heathkit, which in years past was a prime
supplier of homebuilt ham radio gear, has just announced plans to manufacture its
first piece of test equipment in three decades. "Now there's the Heathkit® HM-1002:
Intuitive, intelligent, affordable, accurate measurement. The next-generation
Heathkit® HM-1002 Precision RF Meter™ picks up where
our venerable SWR / wattmeters of yesteryear -- and everyone else's -- stopped.
Incredible new features, yet simple for beginners to assemble and understand. And
you can build and maintain it yourself." A fairly detailed list of features is posted
on their website. The planned shipment date is sometime in August.
Per the e-mail sent to 'Heathkit Insiders' :
have opened advance orders for our newest product, the HM-1002 Heathkit® Precision
RF Meter™, for our most loyal customers and fans. This is the first amateur radio
accessory and the first test equipment kit Heathkit has produced in over 30 years.
We believe the Heathkit® Precision RF Meter™ is a landmark achievement in RF
meters, in both technical features and price/performance. It is most suitable for
amateur radio operators and for customers who use RF test equipment.
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Its patent-pending design offers features not available in other power/SWR meters:
Transmit frequency display, ERP display, efficiency measurement, many forms of peak
power monitoring, smart alerting, both SWR and Return Loss, user-selected units
(e.g. watts or dBm), autoranging for both power and frequency, QRP and QRO, superior
ergonomics, and more. It's about five times more accurate than our previous power/SWR
meters, at an affordable price and exceptional quality. And it's a Heathkit.®
This early make-to-order offering gives our most loyal customers a first-in-line
position when this kit ships, probably at about the end of the summer. To thank
you for your loyalty and trust, Heathkit will waive and pay standard-rate shipping
on initial pre-sales orders to anywhere in the world we ship. Limit is two units
per customer at this time.
If you're the kind of builder who doesn't want to be last in line for the best
new equipment or the latest Heathkit®, this is for you. Please see our
product web page for more information. Be sure to read all the
pre-order details, including how to complete your order. We welcome your pre-order."
If you buy one of these
Heathkit® HM-1002 Precision RF Meters™, some photos
of the build process for posting here would be appreciated.
Heath Company (Heathkit)
Operations: PO Box 15, Ottsville, PA 18942
PO Box 3115, Santa Cruz CA 95063
Phone: +1 (831) 480-4368
Posted June 26, 2017