Heathkit HW-18 on 60M
Anybody out there tried putting a Heathkit HW-18 on 60M?
Anybody out there tried 60M at all?
That is one of those rigs I always wented to put on sixty but never ran across one.
Got one pretty cheap on ebay a while back. And even though the IDIOT who sold it to me simply mailed it via USPS wrapped only in paper with not even a box, it arrived intact (try doing that with a TS-820S!). Have done nothing with it yet other than steal the driver tube for another radio. It uses the HP-23 power supply, and I have one of those.
So I guess I'll try to find some 60M crystals and see if it will fire up. Power output will have to be lowered for 60M, but getting too low an output out of a transmitter never seems to be a problem for me, anyway....
You should be able to get them ground for that radio.
Originally Posted by WB5WSV
I have an HW-32 waiting for me to get it back on twenty meters. those radios are almost the same inside from what I have been told.
This HW-32 is in good shape in spite of the outer cabinet having been repainted.
I've got an HW-100 that I should finish getting on the air before I fool with the HW-18. From what I have seen, the HW-18 is kind of part HW-100 and part HW Single Bander.
Come to think of it, I have a WWII Command set transmitter that covers 4-5.3 MHZ and which has been gutted of everything but the oscillator. It's easy to replace the original tube with an FET and get it working. I'll bet I could use that Command Set to make an outboard VFO for that HW-18 to get it on 60M.
There's another project to put on the list!
One more for the kitty in the radios of this type vein:
Yep, I'm in the same situation Sue & Robert. I have an HW-22A I need to do some work on. Considering that it's HOT outside (our 3rd week of 90 plus degree temps - its already 90 degrees outside as of 11 AM [the forecast high temp is 97, and I wouldn't be surprised if we hit 100]), staying inside and doing radio stuff, sounds like a plan to me. But, I can't make up my mind if I want to work on the HW-22A, operate my TS-530S on 17m, work on the FTdx-401A (I need to check out via a tube swap, if the 6KD6s are the cause of the radio blowing fuses, whenever I try to tune it up - the rest of the finals related circuitry checks out as being good), or do some 6m operating (the solar flux is at 150, which is borderline for 6m F2 propogation - in 25 years of on and off operating on 6m, I've never been on the band when F2 was happening). Decisions, Decisions.
As for the HW-18, I almost bought the 160m version of this radio, but got outbid on it. I will admit, that getting my hands on a MARS or CAP version sounds intriguing to me. And at 100 watts output it would just meet the regs powerwise. But, I would have to choose wisely what channels I'd wish to have in the radio, or modify it for additional channels, since it only comes equipped for 2 channels.
Ellen - AF9J