HW-16 saga continues - now going deep to get it right

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  1. W7UUU

    W7UUU QRZ Lifetime Member Number 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Well, the HW-16 is very happily and productively back on the air!! And yes, the light is green from
    bayonet base green LEDs - haterz gonna hate, but in the shack it looks wonderful at night and can
    easily be changed back to #44, #47 or (my preference) #51 bulbs at any time :)

    Works BEAUTIFULLY now. After a full realignment of both the transmitter and the receiver, I'm
    now at a full 45 watts OUTPUT on all 3 bands (80, 40, and 20) and the receiver is hot and quiet.

    Add to the mix the HD-10 I bought 2 weeks ago for $7 is now also restored and works really well
    with the HW-16 - it's the first time it's ever been used for a contact (was wired wrong when I
    got it and it never could have worked) - so yesterday, I worked 4 new "HW-16 states" with it,
    as its very first contacts in over 40 years! How cool is that?

    And LUCK OF LUCK - NOTE THE SPEAKER!!!! Can you believe that? I bought that yesterday in
    the first 2 minutes of being at the Mike & Key Club hamfest in Puyallup, WA - for $10!! It's a
    perfect HG-10 cabinet modified to be a speaker - so now I don't have to find and gut an HG-10
    to build my station console!! Can't believe I found it. It will get a complete new face, with built-in
    audio filter followed by a small amp, a contest keyer (K1EL) an LED digital UTC clock, and if I can
    fit it in, a 108v regulated power supply for the HG-10 VFO to take the load off the HW-16. And
    of course, the face will nearly perfectly match the other boxes and be called HW-16C for "console" :)

    Lastly, in case your wondering, the silver keyer on the far left is an all-tube keyer with 6ASY "switch"
    for the keying line - very soft keying. The paddle is made from a defuct bug I had. But I seldom
    use this keyer anymore - it's big and bulky - has an awesome feel and keying setup though. It's
    sitting next to the 5-watt MOPA 40/80 box I finished a while back, that I pair with the R4A

    Anyway, thanks for all the tips and help along the way. This is a great place to learn things!

    Look for me on 20 and 40 CW!!

    Dave
    W7UUU
     

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  2. W7UUU

    W7UUU QRZ Lifetime Member Number 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Molly likes the shack too - her favorite place in the house to hang out

    :)

    Dave
    W7UUU
     

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  3. AA9SD

    AA9SD Ham Member QRZ Page

    The station looks awesome Dave! I like the green lights too.
     
  4. W7UUU

    W7UUU QRZ Lifetime Member Number 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Thanks Sherman. They look really nice at night in the (mostly) dark shack.

    Can hardly wait to get the HW-16C under way - working on the modules that will
    comprise the console this week. LOTS of work travel, so slow going for a while.

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
  5. W0JMP

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    I have enjoyed reading this thread. I have a HW-16 waiting in my "to-do" pile. Based on what I have read here, I ordered the Hayseed kit. I plan to get it running "as is". Thanks Dave and others for all of the useful information. The HW-16 is now third in line behind some K-2 upgrades and building a two meter transverter.

    Danny, W0JMP
     
  6. N2EY

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    SWEET!!!!

    If you're gonna run LEDs, green is the color!

    Plus they can be done as a totally reversible mod.

    One suggestion:

    The console should have a designation such as "HA-16", "HD-16", HG-16 or such. Heath had a definite scheme in the Hx-n(nn) system:

    HA: Amplifier

    HD: Accessories

    HG: VFOs

    HM: Meters

    HN: Dummy loads

    HO: Oscilloscopes

    HP: Power supplies

    HR: Receivers

    HW: Transceivers

    HX: Transmitters

    Of course there were exceptions. But a suffix letter usually meant a new version - an HW-12A is an improved HW-12.
     
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  7. AF6LJ

    AF6LJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    That looks better than the blue Dave.
     
  8. W7UUU

    W7UUU QRZ Lifetime Member Number 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Hmmm... HD-16 conflicts with the code oscillator though.... probably have to break the
    rules a bit and call it the HC-16 for "console" - they didn't appear to use that letter combo

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
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  9. N2EY

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    I LIKE it!

    Perhaps "HC-10" would be better, because it is in an HG-10 case, and the HG-10 is essentially an accessory to the HW-16...

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    This leads me to "Heathkits I wish they'd made"......

    Imagine if they'd made an improved HW-16:

    1) 4 or 5 position bandswitch, with space to add coils and crystals for 20 and 10 meters when you upgraded. The basic rig price would be low but for a few dollars more....

    2) RF gain and AF gain control locations reversed.

    3) "HG-16" VFO. This would be a less-expensive version of the HG-10 which would have reduced coverage (no need for 6 and 2 meters, nor the 'phone bands).

    4) Matching speaker/transmatch/SWR unit ("HC-16")
     
  10. W7UUU

    W7UUU QRZ Lifetime Member Number 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Perfect! I like that. Fits the proper nomenclature. Thanks for the input!

    All good ideas - but I'm really looking forward to my HC-10 project - already working out panel art and functions.
    Once the LED clock board/parts (kit) get here from China and a bezel that I found that should fairly close the
    bezels on the HW-16/HG-10b I can really start getting it together. I'll run it as a separate project in Homebrew.
    I'm hoping to use matching grill "cloth" (actually metal, thanks to Tom!) for the HD-10 keyer for the HC-10
    speaker - going for a full system match in appearance.

    In the meantime, the HW-16 is just a delight to use with that damn bias transistor circuit doing its job! Boy do
    I have great respect for that tiny little bit of this radio that really is a "make or break" - all the difference in the world
    in operation. And I'll be willing to bet the majority of "non restored but operational to some degree" HW-16s likely
    have a shorted Q1 and the owner fights it just like I did. Thanks again so much for all the help with that part!

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
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