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Categories | Headphones & Boom-mic Headsets | WWII USAAF HS-33 Headset Help

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VA4SR  Rating: 5/5 Jun 30, 2013 19:12  Send this review to a friend!
Still Flying High!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I am surprised that no one has listed the venerable HS-33? 25 years ago I picked one manufactured by Western Electric out of a junk box at a small-time Hamfest for $5. I brought it home and plugged it in and there is nothing wrong with it...nothing. The tone and general audio quality is all still there. Considering that many WWI-era W.E. headsets are still working, I'd say it's one of the more dependable pieces of electronics ever built! (And probably by some Rosie-the-Riveter type who carried 100% the weight of the war effort back home at that! I'm proud to wear these things...)

My headset is in 99% cdx (I'd call it perfect...metal, leather, rubber). And if you can believe it, rubber ear pieces for it are still available (!

Contrary to common opinion on eBay, equipment over 10 years old is not vintage. But these not just truly vintage or antique, they are CLASSIC! If you are a young ham starting out, or someone on a budget and see these for a steal at a swap meet, snap one will likely not be sorry. Don't discount these any more than an Astatic D-104...

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