Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Ever Seen A Digital Alarm Clock That Displayed The Seconds? This Heathkit's Got It! Status: Available Now.
I found this little gem at a local Goodwill last weekend. I didn't even know what it was for real, but I recognized the name Heathkit. They produced a lot of electronic "kits" for the home builder / hobbyist in the '60s including some hi fidelity home audio components. I've seen some of the factory built hi fi units here and there at antique malls.
When I got home and plugged it in I was a little confused by the extra set of digits. I had kinda
figured it was a clock by the switches and whatnot on the bottom but I've never had a digital
clock with a "second hand". Heheh...a Second Hand digital clock with a "Second Hand"!
Those "switches" on the back? One is for the snooze and the other turns the alarm off. Sucks
that they are EXACTLY alike. Better not mess up and turn of the alarm off thinking you're just
hittin' the snooze! You gonna' be late!
Button -n- switches galore on the bottom. Kinda funny how the minute button works. It only
changes the "ones" digit. Like if it's set at 15, you can change it to 17 or 19 or 12, but not 25 or
35 or 05. You gotta set it to 19 and wait for the seconds to change the time to 20 just to get to
the 20s. Then if you need to get to the 30 you go ahead and change up to 29...and wait for
those seconds to tick away. Weird huh? Well, this is an early digital clock. It's bound to be
quirky. But That's why it's cool. That's why I like it. That's why I like most of the things I like!