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Title: My ex-XYL bought me an HW-7
Post by: KB2HSH on February 07, 2013, 03:46:17 PM
The other day, my ex-XYL bought me an HW-7 off of eBay that appears to be pristine. I've had a couple HW-7s and HW-8s in the past...and have had a varying degree of success.

Just wondering...does anyone on this forum still use an HW-7 on a regular basis, and if so, is it modded? 

John KB2HSH


Title: RE: My ex-XYL bought me an HW-7
Post by: N2UGB on February 07, 2013, 06:38:16 PM
I had an HW-7 many years ago. didn't have much luck with it.

On the other hand, I worked a guy in the northeast USA  a couple years ago  who  was using one. 100% copy here in France. 14.060MHZ. I think he had a wire antenna. I suspect his HW-7 was highly modified.

You never know.

73
Dick N2UGB/F8WBD.


Title: RE: My ex-XYL bought me an HW-7
Post by: W1VT on February 08, 2013, 05:00:17 AM
An original unmodified HW-7 is quite the collector's item, as so many were modified.   ;)

Zack W1VT


Title: RE: My ex-XYL bought me an HW-7
Post by: K5LXP on February 08, 2013, 06:41:29 AM
I found a deal on an HW7 years ago and it is virtually useless as a stock radio.  The "mod" to make it work is to remove nearly everything in it and start over.  I sold it for what I paid for it and felt lucky to get that much.  I would treat it as a project case for a QRP rig that needs a cabinet.  Or, as shelfware.


Mark K5LXP
Albuquerque, NM


Title: RE: My ex-XYL bought me an HW-7
Post by: KB2HSH on February 08, 2013, 10:12:19 AM
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I found a deal on an HW7 years ago and it is virtually useless as a stock radio.  The "mod" to make it work is to remove nearly everything in it and start over.  I sold it for what I paid for it and felt lucky to get that much.  I would treat it as a project case for a QRP rig that needs a cabinet.  Or, as shelfware.

OUCH. 

Yeah...from what I remember, the 7s I've had were pretty SPARTAN to say the least.  The 8s I had were so-so...but each one had lousy capacitors that lost capacitor plates.  Truthfully, I never really took the time to ground the rig/tuner properly in the past, and I had lousy antennas then, too. 

If I can make QSOs with a Rockmite and a PixieII, the HW-7 should be "ok".  I'm just not expecting MIRACLES.  I know it's not my old FT-817 that I had.

Thanks for the responses, guys!!

John KB2HSH


Title: RE: My ex-XYL bought me an HW-7
Post by: KE7WAV on February 08, 2013, 05:05:33 PM
A couple of years ago my HW 7 was my main rig. It's not a great radio and many times it drove me nuts BUT I still made my weekly sked and managed to add numerous contacts to my log.  If you run it on batteries it works much better. Good luck
KE7WAV


Title: RE: My ex-XYL bought me an HW-7
Post by: K5MF on February 09, 2013, 03:20:26 AM
The other day, my ex-XYL bought me an HW-7 off of eBay that appears to be pristine.... 

John KB2HSH

Not to pry, but now why is she your EX-XYL?    Hi!


Title: RE: My ex-XYL bought me an HW-7
Post by: KB2HSH on February 09, 2013, 11:23:50 AM
If you REALLY want that answer, I'd be more than happy to tell you the story.


Title: RE: My ex-XYL bought me an HW-7
Post by: WB0FDJ on February 09, 2013, 11:40:45 AM
FWIW I made my first QRP QSO running an HW-7 that my cousin (not yet licensed) had built. Wanted me to tune for smoke. I put it on 40 meters mid day, explained to him this probably wasn't going to do much, banged out a CQ and immediately got an answer. Had an actual ragchew with it. Thats the experience that got me started on QRP.

I notice on ebay these things are selling for almost as much as the HW-8 (which I own it's clearly a better rig) and there are tons of mods. Like KB2HSH said, if I can make contacts on my Rockmites and other spartan rigs, you can too. Pristine HW-7s are in some demand, probably because new owners don't necessarily want to deal with other peoples mods.

Have fun with it. 73

Doc WB0FDJ


Title: RE: My ex-XYL bought me an HW-7
Post by: N2UGB on February 10, 2013, 02:49:05 AM
Another thing the HW-7/8 has going for it, is its' size! You can actually see it on your operating desk. I am not happy with the new tiny QRP rigs, such as the KX-3, new Argonaut (hoped it would be the size of the 509/515), and yes, even my beloved FT-817 (though I won't part with it). No problem with small kit radios but not so with the commercial ones now on the market.

73 Dick
N2UGB/F8WBD


Title: RE: My ex-XYL bought me an HW-7
Post by: KB2HSH on February 10, 2013, 05:41:51 AM
Yeah...trust me, I feel the pain.  I miss my FT-817ND...it was the best rig I could have had for the way I operate.  But, on to bigger and better, although not necessarily newer.  You're in a rare breed, Dick, that isn't fond of the KX3.  My friend WB2VUO has been chomping at the bit to get one for himself. 

To each their own.  That's what's so great about THIS hobby.

John


Title: RE: My ex-XYL bought me an HW-7
Post by: N2UGB on February 10, 2013, 09:45:26 PM
I'm sure the KX3 and Argonaut are fantastic QRP transceivers. If I had the cash I'd order one today. It's just their small size that I regret. I'm not an outdoor-type operator and don't need a rig that would fit in a back-back or back-pocket. Wouldn't affect my buying decision.


Title: RE: My ex-XYL bought me an HW-7
Post by: KB2HSH on February 12, 2013, 09:37:29 AM
My friend W2MDW has a KX3 and he likes sitting on his couch and working DX with it.  I've seen the photos...it's pretty cool.  Reminds me of when I had a Lektrokit Spider Jr, and could play radio while laying in bed.

John


Title: RE: My ex-XYL bought me an HW-7
Post by: ONAIR on February 17, 2013, 09:20:28 PM
If you REALLY want that answer, I'd be more than happy to tell you the story.
  Did you guys break up because of your ham radio hobby?


Title: RE: My ex-XYL bought me an HW-7
Post by: WD4ELG on February 20, 2013, 05:10:07 PM
I was looking at the KX3, but I already have FT817, and if I did operating from the couch I would use a laptop and remote control back to the shack.  I don't do backpacking, but I do travel.  If I operate from the hotel, the 817 seems to offer everything I need.

But the KX3 does have me intrigued.  I am watching it closely...


Title: RE: My ex-XYL bought me an HW-7
Post by: KB2HSH on February 21, 2013, 04:38:50 PM
I was looking at the KX3, but I already have FT817, and if I did operating from the couch I would use a laptop and remote control back to the shack.  I don't do backpacking, but I do travel.  If I operate from the hotel, the 817 seems to offer everything I need.

But the KX3 does have me intrigued.  I am watching it closely...

Hey Mark!

Yeah...that KX3 is a keeper.  I miss my FT-817ND, but once I get back on my feet here (post-divorce) I think I'll be saving for a KX3.  The CW-to-RTTY feature is a winner!

JM


Title: RE: My ex-XYL bought me an HW-7
Post by: KB2HSH on May 28, 2013, 04:48:35 PM
I've written about this a few time today (namely on my website and the QRP-L), but as an update to this post about my ex-wife's gift HW-7, I used it this past weekend during the CQ WPX CW Contest.  I played around with it on 20 meters, and even though I made only a few contacts, I am loving this radio more each time I use it.  I even made a quick QSO after work today with N4FOC's Special Event Station. 

Using this antique is like driving a real Model T Ford.  It takes a lot of finesse, and it's not a Bugatti Veyron...but it IS a car.  Likewise, my HW-7, even though it takes almost constant adjustment and tweaking of the preselect, it's still a FUN radio.  It really makes you have to work for the QSO.

So...going from an FT-817ND to an HW-7?  A bit like life handing me lemons?

I make KICK ASS lemonade.

John
KB2HSH


Title: RE: My ex-XYL bought me an HW-7
Post by: N6PG on June 04, 2013, 01:16:07 PM
My friend W2MDW has a KX3 and he likes sitting on his couch and working DX with it.  I've seen the photos...it's pretty cool.  Reminds me of when I had a Lektrokit Spider Jr, and could play radio while laying in bed.

John

I'm new to QRP, and I brought my KX3 on my trip to Europe.  I'm having a lot of fun just laying in bed making contact after contact.  What a fun radio, and it wasn't a pain to bring over.  I got it for making contacts from hiking trips, but it's so easy to set up that I find I use it a lot more than I expected.  I brought wire to make a dipole, but the 28' wire I threw out the window is doing enough to keep me busy.
73,
Scott N6PG