[rescue] Interest in Heathkit kit?

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Sun Sep 19 23:40:46 CDT 2021

   Forgive me, but I think you'll very likely regret getting rid of that.


On 9/20/21 12:39 AM, Mouse wrote:
> I don't know to what extent this is appropriate for this venue.  If
> not, just tell me and I'll shut up.  (It's not really computing, but
> closely related.)
> I've got a Heathkit IM-1202 digital multimeter I built back in the
> '70s which I want to get rid of as part of decluttering/downsizing.  It
> was my workhorse multimeter for a long time, but I never use it these
> days - I've got a Fluke that's a substantially better meter in
> basically all functionality respects - and, while I do have a certain
> nostalgic attachment to it, that attachment is not enough to push it
> into making the "keep it" cut.
> It works, at least superficially.  I plugged it in and turned it on.
> It lit up (it's got 2=-digit display, using nixies for the 2 digits and
> a plain boring neon lamp for the = digit, and other neons for +, -, and
> over-range indicators).  I put it on 200ACV and measured the local
> mains voltage; it gave me 124, which is a little high but only a little
> (the Fluke says 118).  Resistance gives a few hundred K between my
> hands, which is roughly what I'd expect (the Fluke agrees).  I have a
> fuzzy memory that I rewired something internal; upon opening it up, it
> looks as though I just jumpered the two measurement jacks (when
> assembled per instructions, it has one jack for voltage and one for
> current/resistance).  It would be easy to remove that jumper.
> It comes with the test leads - one ground lead with an alligator clip
> and one conventional test lead with pointy metal tip - and its book,
> which latter contains assembly instructions, parts lists, schematics,
> theory-of-operation, and suchlike.  (Hmm, I wonder if I should scan the
> book first....)
> According to a quick search on my work "smart"phone, other IM-1202s are
> going for roughly $100-$150 on epay.  That's not enough to make me feel
> it worth the bother of finding someone to list it and suchlike; I'd
> rather it go FTGH here to, well, a good home. :-)  It might make a good
> first multimeter for someone starting to play with electronics.
> Any interest?
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Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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