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  • ke5pwleric
    Message 1 of 20 , Sep 15, 2009
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      I have never used a McElroy yet. The closest thing i have would be my T.A.C. Hole in the wall Bug. It's pretty smooth, but the previous owner filed the mainspring, so it gets SLLLOOOOWWW. Painfully slow :-)I saw a pic of the p500 on a web page, the owner said is was a massive key.--- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, "k4oso" <k4oso@...> wrote:
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      > I have several "favorite" bugs. However, if I had to judge based on most frequent use, my McElroy P500 with gray base would win hands down. It seems to be my go-to bug. Its great at all speeds and I don't have to be concerned about its large mass moving around on the desk.
      > 73, Milt
      > k4oso
      >
    • Larry Makoski
      My favorite is an Original Standard that I got off of eBay. It was used on the Northwest Pacific Railroad and was stored in a garage somewhere in Washington
      Message 2 of 20 , Sep 15, 2009
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        My favorite is an Original Standard that I got off of eBay. It was used
        on the Northwest Pacific Railroad and was stored in a garage somewhere
        in Washington state. When I got it, it was an absolute mess! I took it
        totally apart; and did the best refurb job that I was able. It came out
        really well; and now it has a permanent presence on my operating desk.
        A lot easier on my hands than a straight key; but still has more of a
        traditional feel than a keyer and paddles.

        73 de Larry W2LJ

        --
        73 de Larry W2LJ
        QRP - When you care to send the very least!

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      • Kate Hutton
        I only have one Bug, so I have no comparison. It is a chrome Vibroplex Original, apparently from 1972 according to the serial number, which I found at a swap
        Message 3 of 20 , Sep 15, 2009
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          I only have one Bug, so I have no comparison.  It is a chrome Vibroplex Original, apparently from 1972 according to the serial number, which I found at a swap meet.  I am very new to CW, so it has more weights on it than fit.  In addition to the regular weights, I have a weight that a friend of mine made, which fits onto the end of the pendulum & thus has a great effect on the speed.

          I have not used it on the air yet; not until I can very reliable get out the right number of dits.  It is a pleasure to practice with, though.

          I've borrowed that same friend's Vibroplex Champion to play with as well.  It is nice, but not as slow & of course, the round custom weight will not fit on it.

          Kate Hutton KD6HTN

          On Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 9:52 AM, ke5pwleric <holmeseric19@...> wrote:
           Let's Hear your Fav. Bug to use on air. I have a few bugs here, Vibroplex originals, and lightning bugs. My Favorite, and i always Go back to it when i need to send traffic in a net. My Blue Racer y2k. I love the light feel of it, and it sends effortlessly. Then the 38' Junior would be second, it feels almost like the racer anyway. That's my two cents, let's hear some more. 73 KE5PWL SKCC 4229T, LOUISIANA CW NET NCS.

        • ke5pwleric
          Message 4 of 20 , Sep 15, 2009
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            --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, Kate Hutton <katehutton@...> wrote:
            > Well Kate, I promise. After you get the swing of that bug, it won't stay lonely long :-) I got my first bug, a 1976 original last year for my birthday. By the time i had my birthday this year i had 5 on the table, and added one more that day hi hi. Now i own 8 diffrent bugs. yeah they get addicting :-) and they all have their own feel and purpose. good thread people, keep it going. What would be your dream Bug? Mine would be a 1920's original with japanned base and 100% of the pinstriping still showing.
            > I only have one Bug, so I have no comparison. It is a chrome Vibroplex
            > Original, apparently from 1972 according to the serial number, which I found
            > at a swap meet. I am very new to CW, so it has more weights on it than
            > fit. In addition to the regular weights, I have a weight that a friend of
            > mine made, which fits onto the end of the pendulum & thus has a great effect
            > on the speed.
            >
            > I have not used it on the air yet; not until I can very reliable get out the
            > right number of dits. It is a pleasure to practice with, though.
            >
            > I've borrowed that same friend's Vibroplex Champion to play with as well.
            > It is nice, but not as slow & of course, the round custom weight will not
            > fit on it.
            >
            > Kate Hutton KD6HTN
            >
            > On Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 9:52 AM, ke5pwleric <holmeseric19@...> wrote:
            >
            > > Let's Hear your Fav. Bug to use on air. I have a few bugs here, Vibroplex
            > > originals, and lightning bugs. My Favorite, and i always Go back to it when
            > > i need to send traffic in a net. My Blue Racer y2k. I love the light feel of
            > > it, and it sends effortlessly. Then the 38' Junior would be second, it feels
            > > almost like the racer anyway. That's my two cents, let's hear some more. 73
            > > KE5PWL SKCC 4229T, LOUISIANA CW NET NCS.
            > >
            > >
            >
          • nzeronv
            My 1945 Champion. I seem to make fewer mistakes when I use this bug. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbRA3WwA2Ys Jack - N0NV
            Message 5 of 20 , Sep 16, 2009
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              My 1945 Champion.
              I seem to make fewer mistakes when I use this bug.
              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbRA3WwA2Ys

              Jack - N0NV


              --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, "ke5pwleric" <holmeseric19@...> wrote:
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              > Let's Hear your Fav. Bug to use on air. I have a few bugs here, Vibroplex originals, and lightning bugs. My Favorite, and i always Go back to it when i need to send traffic in a net. My Blue Racer y2k. I love the light feel of it, and it sends effortlessly. Then the 38' Junior would be second, it feels almost like the racer anyway. That's my two cents, let's hear some more. 73 KE5PWL SKCC 4229T, LOUISIANA CW NET NCS.
              >
            • w8dx
              I got my first bug in 1955 - a Vibroplex Champion. Hands down, my favorite is the GHD dual lever, with photocell contacts. Dot and Dash never touch metal,
              Message 6 of 20 , Sep 16, 2009
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                I got my first bug in 1955 - a Vibroplex Champion. Hands down, my favorite is the GHD dual lever, with photocell contacts. Dot and Dash never touch metal, and it is very smooth, and beautiful. I have tried to put a photo in the "photos" area. The arm can be clamped and the bug will work as an iambic keyer. It is mirror-finish chrome with sky blue finger pieces.
                Harvey, W8DX
              • w8dx
                I would like to post a picture of the GHD bug, but no matter what I do, the photos department won t accept it. There is a photo on my web site:
                Message 7 of 20 , Sep 16, 2009
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                  I would like to post a picture of the GHD bug, but no matter what I do, the photos department won't accept it. There is a photo on my web site: www.outadaloop.com, under videos.
                  http://www.outadaloop.com/loopvideo.htm
                  (I hope the group doesn't kill the link)
                  If you email me at w8dx@... (Not via the group)
                  I will attach the photo.

                  Harvey, W8DX
                • w8dx
                  Correction to URL: http://www.outadaloop.com/Loopvideo.htm Since w8dx at arrl.net is a one-way email address, the group won t accept emails from me until I
                  Message 8 of 20 , Sep 16, 2009
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                    Correction to URL:
                    http://www.outadaloop.com/Loopvideo.htm
                    Since w8dx at arrl.net is a one-way email address,
                    the group won't accept emails from me until I figure
                    it out -
                    Harvey, W8DX

                    --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, "w8dx" <w8dx@...> wrote:
                    >
                    > I would like to post a picture of the GHD bug, but no matter what I do, the photos department won't accept it. There is a photo on my web site: www.outadaloop.com, under videos.
                    > http://www.outadaloop.com/loopvideo.htm
                    > (I hope the group doesn't kill the link)
                    > If you email me at w8dx@... (Not via the group)
                    > I will attach the photo.
                    >
                    > Harvey, W8DX
                    >
                  • k8nb
                    I only own 3 bugs, a 55 Champion, a 66 champion and an Annie bug. The 55 Champ is by far my favorite. It seems smoother than the 66 and just sends good
                    Message 9 of 20 , Sep 17, 2009
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                      I only own 3 bugs, a '55 Champion, a '66 champion and an Annie bug. The '55 Champ is by far my favorite. It seems smoother than the '66 and just sends good code. I can see no major physical differences between the two Champs, but the older one is much nicer.

                      73 all,
                      Noel, K8NB
                      SKCC 3112T
                    • ke5pwleric
                      Message 10 of 20 , Sep 17, 2009
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                        Very Good. It seems like the older bugs play a little easier, and they are much quieter when playing too. anyone else notice that? My annie. Sounds like a cement mixer coming down the road, and my 1938 junior just glides right along. the blue racer 2000 is not to bad, but it's still no match for the older ones.--- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, "k8nb" <k8nb@...> wrote:
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                        > I only own 3 bugs, a '55 Champion, a '66 champion and an Annie bug. The '55 Champ is by far my favorite. It seems smoother than the '66 and just sends good code. I can see no major physical differences between the two Champs, but the older one is much nicer.
                        >
                        > 73 all,
                        > Noel, K8NB
                        > SKCC 3112T
                        >
                      • ve7bgp
                        The Blue Racer! I have several bugs in my collection no question my 2 Blue Racers are my faves. The first Blue Racer I got in 2003 is missing it s serial
                        Message 11 of 20 , Sep 21, 2009
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                          The Blue Racer!
                          I have several bugs in my collection no question my 2 Blue Racers are my faves. The first Blue Racer I got in 2003 is missing it's serial number label is about a '52 or '53 having "Blue Racer Standard and painted Black Crackle finish. My second Blue Racer I obtained a year ago is a Circa '54 Standard I obtained from my friends estate. I repainted the Gray Crackle base that the paint was falling off with Gray Hammertone Tremclad Paint the colour match was really great. Some Vibroplex's were finished in Hammertone Finish. I had my '54 Blue Racer plugged into 2 of my Radios I used for the Classic Exchange yesterday. I had the other Blue Racer plugged into my Heathkit Trio I put on the air Yesterday for the first time. DX-60, HG-10 and HR-10 no letters on mine! are the Heathkit trio. I had a lot of fun despite band conditions were poor. The bands pretty well closed on 80 and 40 after I got the 3 contacts on 80 on my FT-757GX. Unfortunately I did not make any contacts on 80 and 40 last nite after I got my dishes done to get the really great age multiplier from this early 60's vintage set up. what a difference going to the seperates after operating my FT-757GX and IC-751A I used my '54 Blue Racer on.
                          73
                          Gerry VE7BGP
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