Heathkit has a new product out.

The HM-1002 
As many of you know Heathkit has made a comeback and is offering clocks, antennas and evening clothing! They have now introduced the "precision RF meter" kits
The spec's are below:

Power / SWR / Return Loss Accuracy:
  • Meter: 2% nominal for Power, SWR, Return Loss. 
  • Sensors: Specs vary per sensor model. 5% or better when assembled as directed (no promises yet but we actually hope to beat 2%).
Power precision: Up to four displayed digits, measurement significance one part in 8,000 (125 PPM).
Frequency Accuracy & Precision: 6-digit precision, displaying 100Hz units with +/- 100Hz accuracy for MF, HF, 6 meters. Accuracy and precision always depend on sensor as well as meter. Frequency measurement requires a Heathkit® frequency-capable sensor; one is provided with each meter purchase.
Range: Frequency and power range depend on the sensor model(s) in use. With standard sensor, meter range is 50mW to 2kW power (17dBm to 63dBm) nominal, and 1.6MHz to 54MHz frequency nominal, when assembled as directed. (Subject to change) As with any power device, true SWR handling capability varies with sensor and depends on applied power level, and we will report lab results here as they are confirmed.
Front panel: Sensor/mode cluster, power cluster, SWR/return cluster, color graphic LCD display, calibrated DigilogTM bargraph, configurable visual alert.
Rear panel: Power jacks, sensor jacks, digital jack, audio annunciator.
Enclosure: Hardwood sides, plastic top/bottom, screwless top & front design with integral feet (patent pending).
Size: Approx. 2.2" high x 5.5" wide x 4.75" deep (6 x 14 x 12cm).
Weight: 1 lb (0.5 kg) nominal.
Included: All kit parts, any required assembly hex wrenches, one sensor, silver solder, one six-foot (2m) indoor sensor cable.
Compliance/legal: RoHS. Optional AC power adapter is UL approved. Patent pending.
AC power: Optional AC adapter accepts 90-130 VAC 60 Hz pure sine wave (North American standard), approx. 4 watts. 6ft (1.9m) power cord. (UK, Europe: 50 Hz compatible, but requires a different power adapter.*)
DC power: Accepts 12VDC nominal. Anderson PowerPole jack.
Tools required: Low-wattage soldering iron, wire cutters, needlenose pliers.
RFI/EMC & safety: No switching power supply brick. No mains line voltage (no 120VAC or 230VAC) in the box.
Accessories: (Coming soon) AC adapters, cables, more sensor models.

The cost for all this is 575.00 U.S. 
Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

6 Responses to “Heathkit has a new product out.”

  • Robert VA3AOD:

    Hi Mike,

    I do not understand the marketing logic of Heathkit. I can manage well without this far too expensive gadget. I simply cannot afford it.

    When I was young, Heathkit seemed to understand marketing. Today, the new owners do not.

  • Elwood Downey, WB0OEW:

    When I first saw this a month or so ago I immediately pre-ordered one. I especially like the large automatic power range, multiple remote sensors, return loss as well as SWR and frequency measurement all integrated in one unit. Plus it’s been a long time since I’ve built a complex kit so am looking forward to that also. Glad to see the new owners have really thought about what makes a useful instrument.

  • Jim Robinson, W5ZYX:

    Interesting looking kit but far too expensive.

  • Bill, K8TE:

    Have you looked at the price of precision Wattmeters lately? This is not a cheap, foreign-made, low accuracy, minimal-feature device. It’s wise to consider the cost of a device based on the relative value of the Dollar.

    Long, long before this announcement, I got on the list for N8LP’s LP-700, a far more complex and powerful “station monitor” and not much more expensive. It is great!
    You can find it at http://www.telepostinc.com/. Larry’s support, customer service, and inventiveness remind me of an updated version of Heathkit’s glory days, except for not using surplus parts.

    73, Bill, K8TE

  • W1REJ:

    I love/ed Heathkit of old days. I built their O scope, Color Digital TV, A/V amp/receiver, etc etc. I don’t think the new owners have anything to do with the old Heathkit. I applaud them for making an effort, and I certainly wish them success, however, to win the larger masses of potential buyers, they must get their prices in line with what the everyday person can afford. They will not succeed for long if their prices are this high. Build your reputation FIRST for quality and price, THEN the rest will follow.

  • Moe K2JDM:

    Lab-grade meter. Maybe so, but the price is the killer. Not every one can afford these prices. The new Heathkit company needs to work on quality and reduce these prices, ir no one will go to them.

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