Back already! Well I found the problem with my HW-8. It was a bad electrolytic cap in the power supply. Easy fix.
Since I have it in the "shop" I think I will do the project that I have been planning for over a year now. I have a SWR meter, frequency counter and audio switched capacitor filter that I want to build and put into a box. I bought the box the other day on eBay. I think it will be big enough to fit all the components into.
Right now I have the frequency counter tack soldered to the HW-8 PCB. I want to add pins to the 6 pin Molex connector on the back of the radio so I can disconnect the radio from the rest of the circuits. I want to keep the radio as original as possible.