I read Doug Grant’s article regarding Heathkit in his Blog via the EDN Network. Doug reminisced about building his first Heathkit and how much he learned. He suggested that every EE had at least one kit and I suspect he is right. However, as Doug pointed out, Heathkit eventually faded away.
I built a number of kits, including an oscilloscope, a solid-state FM tuner and amplifier and a color TV. All worked fine and found lots of use. But the real advantage was the first-hand learning experience & knowledge gained in building the kits. The building instructions were always clear and the circuit operation explanations were my first real learning experience in electronics. Just learning how to solder was a valuable experience!
Doug’s Blog provides a link to someone who may be considering offering the kits again and he also offers his suggestion for a new kit. A lot of comments follow the Blog offering individual experiences with Heathkit and related suggestions. I feel that they offered an excellent product for that time period and I am glad I had the opportunity to learn by building their kits.