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HW-16 Dial Repair – Part 2

Now that I had a decent image printed to a label, it was time to get a suitable disk to mount the label to.  My first attempt looked really good, but did not allow any light to shine through from the back side, where the pilot lamp is located.  So I needed a somewhat see-through […]

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HW-16 Dial Repair

Now that it’s time to fix or replace the old Dial in the HW-16, I started some research.  It turns out that a CD or DVD disk is very close to the size of the original HW-16 dial.  Like within an eighth of an inch.  Since the dial drive mechanism is adjustable to a large […]

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HW-16 First Light (Signals!)

I was listening to Bill Meara (N2CQR) on one of his famous SolderSmoke podcasts when he explained first light. Astronomers have a word for the first time a new telescope is pointed to the sky and illuminated by starlight.  They call it “First Light”. Bill likened this to the first time that a radio receiver […]

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HW-16 First Power Up

Ok, so I ran through the short pre-check list that Heathkit provided in their manual, just a couple of resistance checks on the high voltage supplies.  No problems found there.  Time to plug it in and see what she does… I bring up new builds and old radios on a variac.  That way I can […]

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HW-16 Nearly Ready…

So, at this point I have replaced all known or suspected faulty components, done some rewiring, and basically have the unit back together electrically. I didn’t save all of the replaced components, but here are some of the last few that I replaced…

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