[TenTec] Powermite vs. Heathkit HW-7

Joe Malloy jmalloy@hamilton.edu
Tue, 4 Apr 2000 13:27:44 -0400

Sherrill, I had a Heathkit HW-8 which I assembled in the 70s; I ultimately
traded it for an Argosy and the rest of the story of radio acquisition is,
well, history.  I found the HW-8 a good little rig -- easy enough for my fat
fingers to assemble, relatively easy to align and it worked really well.  As
a matter of fact, I don't recall ever hearing the microphonics that some
have nor was I plagued by hum, AC or magnetic (well, you get drift!).  It
wasn't the most sensitive of radios I've ever used -- couldn't hold a candle
to the Argosy! -- but it was inexpensive and perfored admirably.  I can't
speak to the PowerMite, having never had one, but I can't believe the dial
is any more or less accurate on the HW-8.  I don't think you can go wrong
with either one -- and the HW-8 was certainly not a "Griefkit" for me!


Joe, W2RBA

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-tentec@contesting.com [mailto:owner-tentec@contesting.com]On
> Behalf Of Sherrill WATKINS
> Sent: Tuesday, April 04, 2000 10:28 AM
> To: tentec@contesting.com
> Subject: [TenTec] Powermite vs. Heathkit HW-7
> Ten Tec Fans:   I will really appreciate receiving comments from
> those who have used both the Ten Tec Power Mite and the "Griefkit"
> HW-7 or 8 series of qrp rigs.  I am aware that the "Griefkit" is
> a somewhat later design than the Power Mite but do they offer
> significant performance improvements or advantages? A friend of
> mine says the "Griefkit" has a better calibrated dial?  -  I look
> forward to receiving comments on this - THANK'S! -  Sherrill W.  k4own

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