THE HEATHKIT TRILOGY

Three books about the legendary company

by Chuck Penson, WA7ZZE

The Heath company, originally based in Benton Harbor, Michigan, grew from its humble beginnings in 1935 to become the largest manufacturer of kit-form electronic equipment in the world.

Originally a manufacturer of light aircraft and aircraft parts and accessories, the company entered the electronic kits market in 1947 with the introduction of a simple oscilloscope based largely on war surplus parts. Heath rapidly expanded over the next few years, adding hi-fi equipment, and amateur radio products—all of it in kit form.