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I had one of those, too.
It was one of the best ham receivers I
I used to have regular ham radio contacts
between Connecticut (my location) and
Chicago. A good friend and I would hook
up every Friday night on 40 meters (7.0 -7.3 MHz,
for you guys out there who aren’t familiar with
the ham radio bands) cw (Morse code.)
My friend was transmitting with an ancient
Collins transmitter. It might have been a
32V3, but I’ll have to check. It was real
square and old looking. I just can’t remember.
Anyway, his transmitting antenna was just the
rain downspout on the side of his apartment
building. So even though he was running a
fair amount of power, he didn’t put out much
of a signal.
The HQ-170 dug that weak signal out of all
the surrounding interference with no problem
at all. It was 1979 and 40 meters at night
was absolutely jammed with Morse code
I got rid of the HQ-170 so I could buy a
Kenwood TS-520S. I still have the 520S,
but the power supply sort of self destructed
a couple of years ago. I bet the HQ-170
(wherever it is) is still running.
My ham radio friend and I are still talking on
cw now – 31 years later. We’re just using
different radios now. And it’s still on Friday