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Restoration of the rare Heathkit SS-8000 transceiver

Discussion in 'Radio Circuits, Repair & Performance' started by W9GB, Oct 14, 2015.

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  1. W9GB

    W9GB Ham Member QRZ Page

    In 1978/1979 Heathkit began a prototype design for a follow-up HF transceiver (to SB-104) that would be synthesized. According to Bob Sumpton, who worked at Heathkit at this time, only 3 prototypes of the SS-8000 were built.
    The WARC-79 conference addition of 30, 17, and 12 meters caused
    the SS-8000 kit design to be scrapped.

    The Heathkit SS-9000 was developed from the earlier work, that included the new WARC bands.
    First video of SS-8000 restoration
    How he acquired these boards, is an interesting story.

    Second video of SS-8000 restoration

    Third video of SS-8000 restoration
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2015
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  2. W9GB

    W9GB Ham Member QRZ Page

    In Part 4, Bob Sumpton, W9RAS successfully restores the Heathkit SS-8000 PA module
    and tests with his operational Heathkit SS-9000 transceiver.

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  3. W9GB

    W9GB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Bob, W9RAS posted on YouTube
    Part 5 of his sucessful restoration of the RARE Heathkit SS-8000 HF transceiver.
    The video shows it "on the air".

    There were only 3 of these HF transceivers produced, as "proof of concept" radios.
    As you can hear, in the QSO, he appears to have found the bottom and top covers for his SS-8800.
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  4. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Great post appreciate the hard work involved in bringing these old rigs back to life these old Heathkits are indeed rare pieces.
  5. W9GB

    W9GB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Bob, W9RAS concludes his restoration of the Heathkit SS-8000 HF transceiver kit (rare prototype) with installation of the top and bottom covers. He explains a few of the roadblocks and challenges he faced in this restoration, which consumed over 200 hours on the bench (calculated that with any hourly labor rate you like).
    Were you one of the lucky radio amateurs to work W9RAS on the SS-8000 over last few days?

    Heathkit SS-8000 Part 6 - Project Conclusion and Summary
  6. N0SYA

    N0SYA Ham Member QRZ Page

    A neat rig with worthy specs!

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