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SWAN Net Group: Days Gone By....

Herb's longtime friend, Barry Goldwater, K7UGA, made a visit to Oceanside to get his 1963 Corvette Stingray outfitted with a new Swan 400 SSB transceiver and Swantenna mobile antenna.

Swantenna installed on rear of Barry Goldwater's 1963 Corvette Stingray. An external speaker for the Swan 400 radio inside is attached to the overhead behind the drivers seat and can been seen through the rear window.

Barry Goldwater's Swan 400 SSB transceiver is securely mounted behind the passenger seat of his 1963 Corvette Stingray. The external VFO, a model 406B, is out of view and mounted on the dash up front.

Sadly, this Corvette Stingray was stolen only a few months later. Following the Swan 400 installation, Barry drove the car to Washington, DC where he used it for transportation and ham radio operating around the DC area. Needing to make a trip back to the west coast in October for campaign engagements, he decided to leave the car with one of his staff members for safe keeping. The staffer accompanied Barry to the Dulles International Airport in the Stingray, helped him with his bags and waved at the plane as it took off. When the staffer returned to the airport parking lot the Stingray was gone.