I have retired the HW-8, probably indefinitely. No, the old girl is functioning OK, but her one watt cw to a low wire antenna just isn't enough any longer. No QSOs and only a couple close Euro reports on the RBN. With conditions only fair this past week...and likely to continue so, I really need the five watts my Argonaut 509 can deliver. The Argo or my K1. I had a 569 QSO with W1MK early this afternoon with the 509. He had his usual big signal. I think the full QRP "gallon" is going to be necessary from this QTH for the indefinite future. And, with the YL defibrillator and pacemaker implants, no question of going QRO.