About Me
I do not profess to be an expert, but someone who owes a great deal of gratitude to Heathkit, for shaping what was, in the 60's & 70's, to be my future. I think it is now time to put a little back. I'm sure I'm not alone in this sentiment..... Apart from the fascination in building any of these kits, my real interest is in Heathkit audio models. It was my Dad who first made me aware of the world of Heathkit. He worked in the factory. I recollect that he assembled some kits at home as "out working" in the evenings, to help with the peaks in demand for assembled kits. He was very practical, and encouraged me in the field of electronics, an interest which is still with me half a century later. I was lucky enough to join the "out working" team during the school holidays when I was about 14. This helped the pocket money situation no end. I constructed dozens of kits from radios to test equipment, and can recollect some unusual items that were not even in the UK catalogue at the time; such as metal detectors and even a pair of walkie talkies, not for use at that time in the UK ! Some of this was invested in an Oxford UXR-2 am radio. I recently found this in our attic. I cleaned it up and it still works. I had thoughtfully put the date when I built it on the rear flap. It can just be seen in these pictures 1 st Dec 1968 , I was 14. My first work experience was a summer job in '71 when I worked in the Heathkit Kit Assembly Department before joining Daystrom Industrial Products, who occupied the same building.
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The UXR-2 I built this in December 1968 aged 14
About Me
I do not profess to be an expert, but someone who owes a great deal of gratitude to Heathkit, for shaping what was, in the 60's & 70's, to be my future. I think it is now time to put a little back. I'm sure I'm not alone in this sentiment..... Apart from the fascination in building any of these kits, my real interest is in Heathkit audio models. It was my Dad who first made me aware of the world of Heathkit. He worked in the factory. I recollect that he assembled some kits at home as "out working" in the evenings, to help with the peaks in demand for assembled kits. He was very practical, and encouraged me in the field of electronics, an interest which is still with me half a century later. I was lucky enough to join the "out working" team during the school holidays when I was about 14. This helped the pocket money situation no end. I constructed dozens of kits from radios to test equipment, and can recollect some unusual items that were not even in the UK catalogue at the time; such as metal detectors and even a pair of walkie talkies, not for use at that time in the UK ! Some of this was invested in an Oxford UXR-2 am radio. I recently found this in our attic. I cleaned it up and it still works. I had thoughtfully put the date when I built it on the rear flap. It can just be seen in these pictures 1 st Dec 1968 , I was 14. My first work experience was a summer job in '71 when I worked in the Heathkit Kit Assembly Department before joining Daystrom Industrial Products, who occupied the same building.
The UXR-2 I built this in December 1968 aged 14