Thursday, May 11, 2017
It was fun hooking up the HW-8 (courtesy of Dave KD2FSI) to the 4 States QRP Group antenna tuner and playing around on 40 Meters last night. I only made a couple of contacts; but they were solid and easy.
I was surprised by two things:
1) How little I have forgotten since I had the HW-8 I had originally purchased and built. Knowing where the controls, the settings, the peculiarities were like second nature (not that it's a complex piece of equipment. It's not) - like riding a bike, you never forget.
2) The bandspread and selectivity. Yikes! Compare to the KX3 and other, more modern rigs the bandspread on the HW-8 is very tight. Meaning a little twitch of the VFO knob goes a long way. Maybe 40 Meters was very crowded last night with the NAQCC Sprint going on, but it sounded so crowded, kind of like my old Novice days on the bands. I guess with the KX3 you get more "twiddle room" between signals - and I've gotten used to that.
In all, it was a joy to use again; and I am going to be using it more and more as time goes on. This will definitely be my SKN rig from here on out; and maybe, just maybe, I'll take "The KB9BVN Challenge" and will see if I can get WAS with this 'lil pup.
Thanks again, to good friend Dave Hackett KD2FSI for graciously re-uniting me with a relic from my Amateur Radio halcyon days. With apologies to Thomas Wolfe, "Sometimes you CAN go home again."
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!