Produced in 1981 and on general sale the day CB finally went legal in the UK the Harvard H410T handheld was a big brick shaped beast that would crunch through a set of new batteries in no time at all.
Loaded with a dangerously long telescopic whip antenna that would catch on every single tree while out walking this radio was my first taste of portable communications.
Powered by 8 standard 1.5 volt batteries and two dummy batteries or 10 rechargeable 1.2 volt Ni-Cads. As the normal batteries were rated at 1.5 volt the dummy’s were used to bring the overall voltage down and not cause any damage to the CB.
After a week of using the 410T it was obvious that investing in some rechargeable AA batteries was the only way I was ever going to get any serious use out of this radio when out and about because of the way it chewed through the standard batteries very quickly and was starting to cost me more money than I had paid for the radio in the first place.
The operating life could be extended by turning down the power output to half a Watt and this would just about work if you were using it on top of a mountain but was more than useless when trying to talk to anybody while in a built up area.
To get to the low power switch you had to take the back off and remove some of the batteries and I have always wondered why this switch was not put in a more convenient place.
DX CB System
The external antenna jack plug in the top control panel was excellent for field days where we used it to attach a full wave wire antenna (40 foot) that was hung down from a tree.
Had some amazing DX contacts while camping on mountains over the years using this system even going to the pain of dragging a car battery up the mountain for a 3 day camping trip just to keep this beauty powered up.
The years rolled on and I spent time and money setting up a collection of home base CB radios and going over to mainly using SSB for my DX work but still keep the Harvard in good working order for those long mountain walks.
When the 410T finally stopped working after many years of faithful service I purchased a more modern (and smaller) handheld but always missed the amazing audio that the huge front speaker on the Harvard used to give out.
Ive often been known to choose a vintage CB radio over something brand new and I think the Harvard was were it all started.