Harvard H410T

Harvard H410T

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.

Expensive Hobby

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.

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5 Responses to Vintage CB Radio Harvard 410T

  1. Terry says:

    When I was young, I had a Midland 2001, silver rod antenna (I think…) and have many very fond memories of kicking back and listening to the chatter. Its a shame, but inevitable that the airwaves have died down. This is all a bit of a nostalgia trip for me, and I am just loving it.

    Yep I am in the UK, I write a motoring blog, and for several retro computer game websites, I am very pleased that I have found your site!

    Terry

  2. Terry says:

    Hi, I have a 410t and just want to use it for receiving. Any tips on connecting an external antenna? Does it have to be a specific type?

    Many thanks!

    • rizzer says:

      Hey Terry

      You can connect any CB antenna you want to the 410T but as its a vintage radio its just not that straightforward :).

      If your just using it for listening only it does make it a bit easier, attaching 9 or 18 foot of good gauge wire to the telescopic aerial will produce some results if you can get that wire going straight up (outside is best).

      Even when just listening there is no real substitute than a purpose built antenna mounted high up (inside or out), if you don,t want to go though the hassle of mounting an antenna outside you could try something like a basic mag mount set up in the loft or spare room where its unlikely to get disturbed.

      If your using the tiny external antenna jack plug socket on the 410T please make sure its a good, neat connection as it can so easy end up in a short circuit.

      All the best

      Rizzer

      • Terry says:

        Thank you very much for the help.

        I have a scanner antenna that covers 20-2000 mhz in the loft, a quick zip round ebay and i find a converter from BNC to 3.5 jack for less than a pound! Of course I am not going to be transmitting as the set up is all wrong but after being away from CB for the past (cough) 30 years Im so glad to have this little harvard, it would just be great to hear the odd ‘good buddy’ as they pass. The telescopic antenna thats attached to it is lethal!

        Ill let you know how things go 🙂

        Terry

        • rizzer says:

          That setup should get some sort of signal out of the CB

          I have a pair of working 410T,s which I rescued from a boot sale, they needed a bit of work to clean them up and they still get an outing now and then.

          From the look of your WordPress blog I take it your in the UK?, the CB is a lot quieter than it was but if you give it enough time there are still people around to talk to.

          Best of luck with your setup.

          Rizzer

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