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Discussion in 'The OT' started by Mark Holtz, Sep 14, 2013.
Now THAT would have been hilarious! :rotfl:
I remember building Heathkits in the '60s and '70s. I built stereos, several color TVs, shortwave radios, and gadgets. The TVs are gone now. They were too expensive and difficult to repair. (Try getting your hands on a 6JE6.) I still have the radios and test equipment though.
There was somewhat of a scam going on with a 'mail-order' Electronics Degree program in the 60-70s, I forget the name, but basically you could take several electronics courses by mail and get Heathkits as modules for the courses. In particular, VA benefits paid for the courses.
I found several guys that took the courses but never opened the 'kits' and had oscilloscopes and the really nice 25" SOLID-STATE Color TV. I ended up buying 3 of the TVs (in addition to some test equipment) for $200 or so (each TV). If I remember, the TV was nearly $1000 from Heath.
The TV was state of the art for it's time - even with the ultrasonic remote control! I used one of them until 1990 or so. . . it received the 3 channels we got and had a great picture!
Yup still got one of those, Darned shame the top got wet and ruined. We keep it around since it will sew material that is too thick for modern sewing machines.
That was when they still had pride in how something looked as well as how it worked.
That's too funny!
I recall one we had that made a sharp PING! for any of a very limited number of actions. It may not have controlled volume, but not sure about that.
4 track tapes
Black and white console TVs that turned off into a shrinking white dot
Radios that were pieces of furniture
when Brazil nuts were commonly referred to by a completely politically incorrect name
Don "and if I have to explain that last one well. . . not gonna" Bolton
Zenith made a similar one and our Boxer dog had lots of tags on his collar. When he would scratch his neck channels would change.
Don "early technology is so amusing now" Bolton
And the dot ended up burning a whole in the phosphorus!
You got me on the last one. I had to look it up.
I built a Heathkit amp in the late '50s. I wanted to post about it earlier, but I couldn't remember the name. That pretty much satisfied my electronics building urge, once built I really didn't know why I built it or what to do with it. A bunch of us were using kits from Heathkit and I guess I should have just built the radio.
I don't know what my grandmother's Singer would have been worth today, but it sure looked nice. The whole thing folded into a table. I guess my grandfather got it at a discount because he worked for them.
We had a Gunner's Mate on our ship and he had a Singer. Made lots of money sewing on patches and fixing uniforms.
We had a TV that would change channels if you rattle your keys on a keyring.
My grandparents had a TV with an ultrasonic remote.
My dad and I built several Heathkits when I was a kid. He needed me to identify the color bands on the resistors, etc. We also had a Scott kit tube amp, but I think he bought it already built.
I remember my first transistor radio. It had 2 transistors!
I didn't even know they were actually called Brazil Nuts until I was in my late teens.
During the late forties and fifties, I built a number of Heathkits and Eico kits - a Heath signal generator, audio generator, VTVM, amplifier and preamp, table radio and a phonograph. I built an Eico oscilloscope and converted the sweep circuit to the one Heath used, because it was more linear. I also built an Eico reel to reel tape recorder kit, which I still have.
Speaking of tape recorders, the first one I owned was a Magnecordette, which came in a portable Fabricoid leatherette case containing a Magnecord PT6-J professional 7 inch full track recorder along with a consumer grade preamp.. The recorder ran at 7 1/2 ips and 15 ips. I bought 10 inch reel adapters for it, which gave me lots of record time. When a half track conversion became available, I had one installed. I built a small Radio Shack amplifier, which I installed in the cover along with a 5 inch speaker. When a wood case became available, I upgraded to it. I traded it for an Ampex portable recorder in the late fifties.
My first tape recorder, from the mid 1960s, had "rim drive". Anyone remember rim drive? Not only did it warble, if you ever spliced out any of the tape on reel it was on, the remaining speech slowed down because the tape had been moving faster across the recording head when it had been recorded.
My first "full function remote control" was on my Accutrac turntable from the mid 1970s. That was the turn table with the escalator on it that went up and got each record to gently lower it onto the turntable, where the tone arm would then brutally jab it with the ferocity of an ice pick attack.
it used some kind of infrared optical sensor to primitively locate each song track, but it could never place the tone arm precisely enough to make that feature useful.
And the lesson we learned was to get a "capstan drive" next time.
I think I have another one. How about nobody smoking in theaters anymore. That really used to scare me. Visions of bodies stacked against locked exit doors.
I do remember these:
I remember seeing them at flea markets and yard sales. Never used one. Did they work well?