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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Copthorne's Heathkit HW-8

Here's evidence that I am moving ever further along the ham radio hippie trail: This week as I was browsing through the 1970's era columns of Copthorne MacDonald, I came across this gem about our beloved Heathkit HW-8. (The photo is of Cop's rig.)

http://infoark.org/InfoArk/Sustainability/Mother%20Earth%20News/70/MEN_CD/mendemo/dcd/047/047-040-01.htm

Inspired, I connected mine to my salvaged and solar-charged gel-cell battery and made a number of contacts on 40 meters. It was all really groovy.

Peace, Bill

3 comments:

  1. HW8 nice! Do you remember that episode of Star Trek (The Kirk/Spock Star Trek, not the New Age Jean Luc Picard tea-drinkin', poetry readin' version), where some hippies, seeking Eden (a planet), took over the Enterprise? Initially, the terse, crew-cut, Enterprise crew technie types were referred to as "Herbert", but a number of brainwashed, groovy,chakra-conscious crew members were soon bobbing their heads to the psychedelic musings of the hippies. Spock even jammed with them on his Vulcan lyre. It was truly far out...

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  2. Followed Cop via the MotherEarth News for as long as he wrote the column. Good stuff !! Just resurected my HW-8 ... lots of fun ! The HW-7 comes next, that one is as true challenge.

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  3. Copthorne MacDonald, Hippie Ham.

    "I've come to see it as an exercise in spiritual and psychological growth .. . since concentration, mindfulness, patience, faith. and the willingness to work now for a future reward are all requiredand cultivated-in the process......"

    Oh wow, man. Reading that I could hear the strumming of the Sitar.

    73 and Within Without You,

    Steve Smith WB6TNL
    "Snort Rosin"

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