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' :
"We 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.
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
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