I found this during the last day of a local estate sale. People had snatched the Commodore 64 and Amigas, but left this thing on a shelf. I'm so pleased to have it.The Heathkit Model HD-8999 UltraPro CW Keyboard takes the work out of sending Morse Code. A customer microprocessor integrated circuit keeps the parts count low and reliability high, and provides many unique features. The keyboard is attractively styled and "human engineered" for maximum convenience and minimum fatigue.
You can definitely tell this thing came from the same molds as the ZTX. It's an attractive form factor, I must say.
I love weird legends on keyboards and this one has them in spades. It's from 1983 (at least that's the copywrite date on the manual). Where the ZTX has it's awesome Zenith badge, this has got a little set of LED displays to show you the WPM and buffer status.
SKCC Greens. The assembly instructions indicate the keyboard module came pre-assembled. The end user was expected to do the internals with a soldering iron though. This was my first exposure to the greens and I went out and bought a Chinese Pingmaster the next week because of them. They keycaps are so awesome but I can't let them go wandering, so they're gonna stick with this board as long as I have it.
The ports are all weird back here, since you're expected to hook it up to radio gear. I haven't confirmed if the internals are working. Not sure how far down that rabbit hole I'll go.
More pics here:
I've got some plans for this thing, but I'm trying to use as light a touch as possible with the parts. Everything I do has got to be easily reversible.
If the above isn't enough for you, there's an unedited gallery here.