Can anyone tell me if Heathkit HW-18 SSB transceivers can be modified for use in the Amateur Radio Service? As near as I can determine, the HW-18 is a SSB transceiver crystal controlled in the range 4450-4650 KHz, with a power output of 200 watts (PEP). Heathkit marketed this model for use by Civil Air Patrol (CAP) members. One of the transceivers is pictured here.
A larger image can be seen here. There are a number of these transceivers stored with other equipment from the estate of Ray Lake, K6KNB (SK), who was a very active, long-time member of the CAP. Each of the transceivers was apparently modified to meet CAP needs. The original channel selector (a 2-position slide switch) has been replaced by a phone jack, and the the original Clarifier control has been replaced by a rotary channel switch.
A friend of Ray's is disposing of all the equipment on behalf of Ray's daughter, who lives in another state. I'm just trying to help him determine if the items have any value; he plans to dispose of worthless items as e-waste. Honest assessment solicited; you won't hurt anyone's feelings.