THE NEW HEATHKIT PERSONAL COMPUTING SYSTEMS (Sep, 1977)

These are pretty sweet. I would love to have a kit-built paper tape reader at home.

They’re Here!
THE NEW HEATHKIT PERSONAL COMPUTING SYSTEMS

H8: 8-bit Computer $375

H11: 16-bit Computer

H9: Video Terminal

H10: Paper Tape Reader/Punch

The new VALUE-STANDARD in personal computing systems! Play exciting and challenging computer games, exercise your imagination and ingenuity with do-it-yourself creative programming, store and retrieve personal records like taxes and budgets, solve complex mathematics and scientific problems almost instantly, control your home appliances for best energy savings and efficiency — literally thousands of fascinating, exciting and practical applicatons. The Heathkit computer systems are low-priced, versatile and reliable — they’re the ones to have for REAL power and performance!

These Heathkit computer products are “total system” designs with powerful system software already included in the purchase price. They’re the ones you need to get up and running fast. And they’re backed by superior documentation and service support from the Heath Company, the world’s largest manufacturer of electronic kits.

NEW H8 8-Bit Digital Computer. This 8-bit computer based on the famous 8080A microprocessor features a Heathkit exclusive “intelligent” front panel with octal data entry and control, 9-digit readout, a built-in bootstrap for one-button program loading, and a heavy-duty power supply with power enough for plenty of memory and interface expansion capability. It’s easier and faster to use than other personal computers and it’s priced low enough for any budget. With assembler, editor, BASIC and debug software.

NEW H11 16-bit Digital Computer. The most sophisticated and versatile personal computer available today — brought to you by Heath Company and Digital Equipment Corporation, the world leader in minicomputer systems. Powerful features include DEC’S 16-bit LSI-11 CPU. 4096 x 16 read/write MOS memory expandable to 20K, priority interrupt, DMA operation and more. DEC PDP-11 software is included.

NEW H9 Video Terminal. A full ASCII terminal featuring a bright 12″ CRT, long and short-form display, full 80-character lines, all standard serial interfacing, plus a fully wired and tested control board. Has auto-scrolling, cursor with full positioning controls, full-page or line-erase modes, a transmit page function and a plot mode for simple curves and graphs.

NEW H10 Paper Tape Reader/Punch. Complete mass storage peripheral uses low-cost paper tape. Features solid-state reader with stepper motor drive, totally independent punch and reader modes and a copy mode for fast, easy tape duplication. Reads up to 50 characters per second, punches up to 10 characters per second.

Other Heathkit computer products include a cassette recorder/player and tape for mass storage, the LA36 DEC writer II, serial and parallel interfaces, software, memory expansion and I/O cards, and a complete library of the latest computer books — everything you need to make Heath your personal computing headquarters!

Heathkit Catalog
Read all about our exciting computer systems and nearly 400 other fun-to-build, money-saving electronic products in kit form.
Prices are mail-order FOB, Benton Harbor, Michigan. Prices and specifications subject to change without notice.

11 comments
  1. MAKE: Blog says: June 23, 20061:37 pm

    Heathkit personal computing systems…

    Heathkit ad from Scientific American 1977: 8-bit computer, 16-bit computer, video terminal and a paper tape reader/punch – Link…….

  2. Pajamas Media says: June 24, 200612:39 pm

    hey’re Here! The New Heathkit Personal Computing System!…

    Direct to you from 1977: “NEW H8 8-Bit Digital Computer. This 8-bit computer based on the famous 8080A microprocessor features a Heathkit exclusive “intelligent” front panel with octal data entry and control, 9-digit readout, a built-in bootstrap fo…

  3. HiWired Blog says: June 24, 20063:08 pm

    Fast systems are a relative term…

    You think your system lacks oomph, check out this classic ad for the ultimate 8 bit system from 1975: NEW H8 8-Bit Digital Computer. This 8-bit computer based on the famous 8080A microprocessor features a Heathkit exclusive “intelligent” front panel……

  4. [...] And finally, the New Heath Kit Personal Computers is an excellent piece on what probably represents the first true, fully functional PC to be sold. Even in today’s $$, the process listed aren’t cheap, and given that the ad is from 1977, they are pretty pricey pieces of kit. Having said that, the H11 16-bit system was truly revolutionary for the day, essentially a full “mini-computer” on the desktop. This is pointed out near the end of the write up in geek-speak … “DEC PDP-11 software is included.” PDP-11 was still in business use a decade later on mini-computers in a variety of industry and educational settings, and at the time represented a VERY powerful operating system. And on top pf all that, you have a choice of paper tape or the ultra high-tech cassette tape deck (still in development, you’ll note, lol) for data storage. Its also worth noting that the internal storage set of this high-end system was 20Kb … far less than the 5MB hard disk I wrote about earlier. As late as this ad in 1977, a 5MB hard disk was still a pretty cool, and pretty high-end, piece of kit. [...]

  5. Alex says: July 12, 20064:45 am

    I built one of these in 77-78. I soldered the tantalum capacitors in backwards and when I powered it up the sweet sound of popping corn could be heard on the power board. Fortunately RCA had a depot down the street where you could pick up tubes, etc. AND new-fangled electronics.
    After a rebuild I was able to play hangman and attach a audio tape drive for backup.

  6. Alex says: July 12, 20064:47 am

    btw – I built the H8 – split octal entered on a keypad was tons-o-fun…

  7. Charlie says: July 12, 20069:49 am

    And I’m sure someone will port linux to it :)

  8. Chris says: August 1, 20074:42 pm

    My buddy and I built the H11 kit in high school in 1978. It was a ‘real’ computer, and it replaced the punch card box in the schools office. We got a write up in the local paper when it went ‘on-line’. I look back at it as a neat toy, and we were lucky to have it. They also got us the H9 terminal, and I remember having to put it together. It got to be so important to the principle; we got passes out of other classes. We got all the time we needed to solder the hundreds of components into the PC boards

  9. levitra says: December 23, 20079:40 pm

    levitra on line…

    doming farness…

  10. Trever says: July 9, 20084:46 am

    I have assembly and operation manuals for H8 and peripherals.

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