The Danish Institute of Forest Technology was the first customer outside the military to obtain a husky. We wrote a small programme to do time study in forest applications. I carried a modem along to the hotels and transferred the data via telephone to a main frame computer. Normally that would take 30 minutes and at 29 minutes the system would report an error and you had to start all over again. Astronomical telephone bills.
We exchanged the unit for a husky hunter and had several hunters, hunter 2 etc. The programme SIWORK3 became in the late '80 the standard programme for doing timestudy in forestry and because of that the huskies spread to many forest research institutes all over the world. Even today, they are still being used with the siwork3 timestudy package.
That the machine is robust follows from the following story:
One time a husky fell from the boot of a renaul 4 on a busy highway. The person who lost is was very distressed, but to our good fortune someone came a few days later to our reception desk and handed in the machine, which fortunately had our logo sticker on it. The unit showed clear signs of being run over and of spinning around the asphalt, but it worked properly for years onward.
A canadian importer of husky made a bright yellow weather proof case, which could float and heat itself when the temperature in the box dropped below minus 15 degrees C. My directopr was very enthousiastic and wanted to buy some, but I refused, because if it is minus 15 in the forest I am in the office and not pressing small buttons with deep frozen fingers.