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  • Tony Martin W4FOA
    Nice collection Fred!! Tony, W4FOA ... From: KT5X To: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com Sent: Wednesday, November 29, 2006 9:48 AM Subject: [cw_bugs] my newest My bug
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 29, 2006
      Nice collection Fred!!
      Tony, W4FOA

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: KT5X
      To: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wednesday, November 29, 2006 9:48 AM
      Subject: [cw_bugs] my newest

      My bug collection I intentionally keep small. I have limited myself to ten, so periodically I must let something go. I recently added two and traded one so I am at my limit for now. I am moving my collection in the direction of rare, and different, so that the small collection presents the greatest variety within it that I can...

      Standard Radio Co bug: this bug has been recognized by collectors for a long time, but no one seemed to know when or why it was made. About half of those in collections have labels, the other half not, and I have found about 15, and have pictures of all of them. I see less than one each year show up on eBay, so this is an indeed scarce bug.

      I bought one that was so rusted up that no one wanted it. they were right. It took a LOT of work to restore. The most important thing about the one I bought is that it came with its orginal box. Printing on the box resolved most questions. It said, "by special order for the Army Air corps, 2-1-43."

      so these robust bugs with the split posts were not made for commercial sale, but for use on planes during WW II. The labeled bugs were let out to civilians while the unlabeled ones were those provided to the military. Only a small percentage of those survive and no one knows how many were made. The split post would maintain an adjustment even in the vibrating environment of a B-24, while the robust structure would survive a trip to the floor and keep on sending.

      they came in several base finishes. Most commonly, black, and dark army green, they are also found in nickel, leatherette (crinkle), and dark maroon.

      See my web site for before and after restoration photos.

      BUZZA No. 100 bug. This bug was made in Australia. the earliest ones carried a Levinson decal (1920's are are extremely rare. Scarce are those with a brass Buzza label from the 30's and 40's.

      they came in the more frequently seen single trunion version, and the very scarce dual trunion version like mine. I haven't got a picture of it on my website yet, so here it is:

      And the last new addition...

      Simplex-Auto bug. Made from the 1920's into the early 50's, this key is very scarce today. Nearly all were used by the Australian Post Master General, and when the PMG was no longer sending Morse code telegrams, they were discarded. that is why so few exist even though some 6,000 were made.

      It is a right angle key which is interesting in itself, but what makes it even more interesting is the mechansim. Unlike the Vibroplex which is at rest when sitting there, this key uses a release mechanism like the early Mecograph by Coffe. At rest the mainspring is loaded, and moving the lever releases the energy causing the dits.

      I traded a 1914 vibroplex for it to an Australian collector, a fun enterprise in itself.

      It slows down by FAR the most of ANY bug. It will slow to perhaps 12 wpm. I think I need to work a VK with it!

      Best to all,

      73, Fred - kt5x


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