Ed spots a Heathkit HW-101 in The Royal Tenennbaums

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Ed, who writes:

I was in my corner bar last night in Philadelphia where “The Royal Tenennbaums” (2001) was playing on the projection screen. I wasn’t really watching it, but a scene showing a Heathkit HW-101 HF transceiver suddenly caught my eye. When I told my my drinking buddy, Richard, “That’s a Heathkit HW-101!” He called me a hopeless geek.

I’m not sure what tuner is on the shelf below it, but maybe a SWLing blog reader can identify it.

Great job spotting the HW-101, Ed!

Ed actually sent this tip to me several months ago, but it got buried in my drafts folder–sorry about that!

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6 thoughts on “Ed spots a Heathkit HW-101 in The Royal Tenennbaums

  1. Michael Black

    The top picture is a 101. But the picture from the movie sho shows a slightly different front panel, so yes, it must be a HW-100.

    1. Earle

      Hi Farley…..
      If you look a little closer at the nameplate, it’s an HW-101. I have one, so I took a closer look.

  2. Patrick

    Bought and assembled one of those many moons ago. 1975 or so?

    The term “ham” was first a pejorative term used in professional wired telegraphy during the 19th century, to mock operators with poor Morse code sending skills (“ham-fisted”). This term continued to be used after the invention of radio and the proliferation of amateur experimentation with wireless telegraphy; among land- and sea-based professional radio operators, “ham” amateurs were considered a nuisance.


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