[rescue] Interest in Heathkit kit?

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Tue Sep 21 00:12:30 CDT 2021

On 9/20/21 1:20 AM, Mouse wrote:
>>> [...] Heathkit IM-1202 [...]
>> Forgive me, but I think you'll very likely regret getting rid of
>> that.
> Why would I regret it?
> I could probably breadboard something close to functionally identical
> (but using LEDs instead of nixies) in a day, now.  And, from a
> functionality point of view, there's the Fluke, which is 4.5 digits
> instead of 2.5 digits, auto-ranging, runs for years of my typical use
> load off a 9V battery instead of needing mains power, has functionality
> the Heathkit doesn't even try for (such as frequency measurement), and
> is (roughly) a quarter the size and half the weight.
> There is the sentimental attachment, but I've already faced that with
> getting rid of other things, like most (all?) of my VME-cardcage Suns,
> and reclaiming the space, both physical and mental, has been well worth
> the price.
> I'm seeing only mild things to regret, which I expect to be outweighed
> by the positives.  What am I missing?

   You may not regret it, but I bet that sometime in the future, you 
will.  I hear it All. The. Time. from people, getting rid of things that 
were important to them before they (the people) became old and 
sentimental.  And this is something that you built with your own hands, 
which makes it a lot more likely that it grow in importance to you as 
time goes by.

   Now, I know you, you're gonna say "No no no, not me, your crazy", 
sure.  And it's certainly possible that you won't regret it.  But it has 
happened to me, and a whole lot of other people that I know.

   It's a multimeter...it's probably not going to make or break your 
living situation.  Just sayin'. ;)  I'd hate to see you kick yourself 
later on.


Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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