OK, ol' timers. . . how many of you remember the famous HBR series receivers? The saga began with an article by W6TC (sk) in the July, 1957, issue of QST magazine where be described his HBR-14 receiver, and a star was born! Over the next few years, there were many variations on the original theme, but the HBR-14 is the one that started it all. I found my HBR-14 at the small Irving, Texas, hamfest on March 3, 2018. It caught my eye from about 50 feet away (literally) and I zoomed over to have a look. It was totally complete, surprisingly clean, and it came with a full set of plug-in coils for the 80/40/20/15/10 meter bands. The price? TWENTY DOLLARS. The seller said it powered up without catching on fire and the tube heaters and pilot lamps lit up, but it didn't exhibit any other signs of life. "No worries," said I, "this baby's goin' home with me!" I didn't even have to think about it. I handed him a twenty and ran off with my new treasure. Well, he was right. It lit up and it didn't catch on fire. I knew it was come kind of HBR, but I wasn't sure which flavor. Some internet research told me that it was an HBR-14. I went to the ARRL archives and downloaded every QST article that was related in any way to the HBR-14, and then I tore into it. The set is rather poorly built, it's chock full of bad workmanship, and there are numerous deviations from the original design. For example, the power supply section only vaguely resembled the original design, so I traced it out and hand-drew a schematic to compare against W6TC's design. I ended up tearing out the whole power supply section and rebuilding it to be more like the original. Once I had the power supply working right, the set began showing signs of life, and I was really encouraged! Over the last several weeks, I've spent hours and hours reworking things and cleaning up the worst workmanship. I still have more to do, but at least it's back from the dead. On the good side, all of the tubes tested good! When I took the cover off that beautiful old National dial to clean it, I marveled at the amount of time the original builder spent carefully hand-lettering the dial scales. And then, something down in the lower right-hand corner caught my eye. The phrase, "J.M. West K5BME," was written there! Could this be the identity of the original builder? The coil set and some miscellaneous loose hardware came with the set in a little cardboard box. I accidentally dumped that box on the floor of my hamshack. When I went to pick it up, I noticed that it had a mailing label on it... it was a box of radio parts that had been sent to a Mr. James West of New Orleans... dated 1961! I checked that call sign on QRZ, but it was reissued at some point to someone in Texas with a different name. I haven't checked with the current holder yet to see if there's any connection, but I intend to. I'm also going to research old Callbooks to see if I can learn more about Mr. West. Anyway, here are some photos that I shot of my HBR-14. AS FOUND: AS IT IS TODAY: NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE ORIGINAL BUILDER: Anyone else out there have an HBR? Please share it with us!