The Howard E. Anthony grave commemoration and R. L. Drake grave visit thread

Discussion in '"Boat Anchor" & Classic Equipment' started by W7UUU, Mar 30, 2017.

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  1. W7UUU

    W7UUU QRZ Lifetime Member #133 Volunteer Moderator Life Member Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    LONG day. Left for the airport in Seattle at 4:30 AM. The driver got me to the airport fine, and boarded fine - then sat at the gate for over an hour after the door was closed. "Too much rain" is what the pilot said... WTF? SEATTLE? TOO MUCH RAIN? He even sounded confused - the delay came from the tower.

    I brought the Howard E. Anthony laser-engraved photo plaque for his grave, had shipped ahead to my kids tools to trim weeds and clean the grave (LONG neglected, due to no close relatives, and the lack of Howard being in the database of Riverside Cemetery - that's now been fixed).

    The Dowagiac, MI / Benton Harbor press will be there, along with Jonathan Anthony, extremely remote relative of Howard E. Anthony, and also Jonathan's cousin Mark. The cemetery has given full permission for this tribute service. It's expected to be pouring down rain all day.

    After the graveside commemoration service and placing of the plaque, we head off to 305 Territorial Road, where Howard Anthony first consolidated operations into a single factory, and called it Heathkit. The building is gone, but I want to see the site.

    Then we go to 1150 Miami Road, to see the Frank Lloyd Wright "Anthony House" that Howard commissioned in 1949. It was the house he left on July 23, 1954 to head to Ross Field to "test drive" his new deHaviland Dove 10-seat company plane - only to die in a crash during a terrible storm over Tennessee just over an hour after takeoff. His corporate pilot and 3 close friends all died as well.

    After that, we move on to 230 Hilltop Road in St. Joseph - the "final" Heathkit factory as we knew it. Almost every Heathkit I've ever known and owned came out of that building, and I want to see it!

    Lastly, we move South to Stevensville, MI to meet Bob Furnau - W8NDG, one of the "hams at Heath" - and the guy who designed the HW-7, HW-8 and HW-9. I am taking my own HW-7 that I built myself in the winter of 1975 before I got my Novice ticket.

    My daughter Jennifer will be along with to take a few pictures and such.

    This is a very personal (to me) project, to honor someone I greatly admire who died too young (42), and see the sites that he touched and brought us all that we know is Heathkit. Successor David Nurse (of the SB era) took the reigns and brought us even more amazing things.

    But had it not been for Howard E. Anthony, it's very likely I'd never be doing a K1T Commemoration Station this July.

    Friday, I will visit the R. L. Drake former factory site and Robert Lloyd Drake's grave, since I'm in the area - and next January run my W8D 75th anniversary of the founding of the Robert L. Drake radio company.

    Stay tuned - photos and details to follow.

    Last edited: Mar 30, 2017
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  2. KJ4VTH

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    Thanks Dave. You are doing a good thing.
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  3. K9STH

    K9STH Platinum Subscriber Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    If you can go into the Hilltop Road building, look to the immediate left as you go in the front door. That is where the display room was located where you could look at each unit and then order the kits "to go". Maybe there are a few ghosts of the kits still around! :rolleyes:

    Depending on what route you take to Benton Harbor, if you have 2-meter FM available, you can probably "hit" the LaPorte, Indiana, repeater: 146.610 MHz out / 146.010 MHz in, CTCSS 131.8 Hz.

    Glen, K9STH
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  4. KK6IYM

    KK6IYM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Very interesting bits of history--Enjoy your Heathkit and Drake road trip and tell us all about it.

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  5. WN2C

    WN2C Ham Member QRZ Page

    Dave, we need pictures!!
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  6. N2EY

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    Awesome, Dave!

    Think how many lives those two guys changed. Not just hams, either. (Many a repair business, electronics school, etc., used Heathkit test gear).

    73 es TNX de Jim, N2EY
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  7. AF6LJ

    AF6LJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    This is so Cool Dave, I am looking forward to seeing pictures.
    Heathkit was a factor in the direction my life would take, a fairly large factor.
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  8. KD2ACO

    KD2ACO Platinum Subscriber Life Member Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Me too! I was about 11 when I built an AA-18. It actually worked fine. Several kits followed, including a TV set built with my pop. Loads of fun!
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  9. W9KKB

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    Dave! Right there with ya in spirit....what an absolutely terrific thing you are doing!
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  10. KK6IYM

    KK6IYM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I spent my teenage years working at the local hardware store in Corona del Mar, California, after high school to earn enough money to buy Heathkits. I had an RF signal generator, AF signal generator, capacitor tester, oscilloscope, and an SB 310 (my dad bought this for me--$1.60 an hour doesn't go very far). This was in the late 1960's. I learned all my electrical skills in this process and have benefited from this experience for 50 years.

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