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  • ve3akv
    Hello to all... Thanks for accepting my request to join. I ve been a 99% CW man for sometime and I m looking forward to reading some your stories and thoughts
    Message 1 of 5 , Jan 8, 2010
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      Hello to all...

      Thanks for accepting my request to join.

      I've been a 99% CW man for sometime and I'm looking forward to reading some your stories and thoughts concerning bugs.

      I have a small collection and it could be said, "I've been bitten by the bug"...

      1932 Lightning (black crystal)
      1943 Original (black crinkle)
      1943 J.H. Bunnell J-36 (black crinkle)
      1946 TAC 510 (black crinkle)
      1952 Original (grey)
      1955 Blue Racer (black crinkle) with original leather case
      1964 Original (Heathkit green crinkle)
      1964 Original Deluxe

      The trick I think, is to use them all. I never run without at least two plugged in at all times. In the last SKCC sprint, I had one bug start to send erratic dits...as the dit screw had become loose. I just switched over to the other until the QSO was over, then effected the repair. But, I did sound like a newb for a moment ;)

      73/72
      Bob
      SKCC #5204T
      VE3AKV
    • Earl Needham
      It s good to hear about your keys, Bob. That s quite a collection and I m somewhat envious! I started with bugs almost by accident, I saw a beautiful bug on
      Message 2 of 5 , Jan 10, 2010
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        It's good to hear about your keys, Bob. That's quite a collection and I'm somewhat envious!

        I started with bugs almost by accident, I saw a beautiful bug on Ebay and I just had to have it! Never mind the fact that I hadn't made a CW contact in possibly 20 years. That bug is a 1956 Presentation in a plexiglass display case.

        I enjoyed that bug so much that I started watching ebay a whole lot more. I bought a Lionel bug -- J37??? -- and a nice Vibroplex Standard, both too fast for me, so I got a VariSpeed for the Presentation and the Standard but the Lionel is still too fast HI!

        Along the way I found that one of my Elmers from way back in 1982 had been flooded out in Katrina. I emailed him and offered him the Lionel and then at the last second I packed up the Vibroplex Standard instead. That was a nice, plain bug with good action, unlike the Lionel which needs a good depaint and repaint.

        It's kinda funny -- it doesn't matter if you call it karma, zen, "what goes around comes around" or "ye shall reap what ye sow", they're all true. Some months after sending that bug off, a bug that originally belonged to another of my Elmers came to me as a gift. I was shocked and very, very happy to get it. This one is quite rare, I believe it was made by an outfit called American Standard for use in airplanes. But the real excitement is that it was Don's (WA5JKK) and I remember being in his shack watching him use it.

        I also have a Bunnell straight key with a bug lip and I've mounted it to a plastic cutting board. I have a couple of wedges so it's easy to use the SK or any of the bugs. For Field Day a couple of years ago I hard-mounted all of them to the cutting board and wired them ALL in parallel. Sadly I couldn't get anybody else to do CW, the just wanted to scream into the microphone at the other station.

        Oh well. I had fun.

        Anybody else? I'd sure like to see more activity here.

        Vy 7 3
        Earl

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        From: "ve3akv" <ve3akv@...>
        Date: Sat, 09 Jan 2010 03:57:01 -0000
        To: <cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com>
        Subject: [cw_bugs] SKCC Members here??

         

        Hello to all...

        Thanks for accepting my request to join.

        I've been a 99% CW man for sometime and I'm looking forward to reading some your stories and thoughts concerning bugs.

        I have a small collection and it could be said, "I've been bitten by the bug"...

        1932 Lightning (black crystal)
        1943 Original (black crinkle)
        1943 J.H. Bunnell J-36 (black crinkle)
        1946 TAC 510 (black crinkle)
        1952 Original (grey)
        1955 Blue Racer (black crinkle) with original leather case
        1964 Original (Heathkit green crinkle)
        1964 Original Deluxe

        The trick I think, is to use them all. I never run without at least two plugged in at all times. In the last SKCC sprint, I had one bug start to send erratic dits...as the dit screw had become loose. I just switched over to the other until the QSO was over, then effected the repair. But, I did sound like a newb for a moment ;)

        73/72
        Bob
        SKCC #5204T
        VE3AKV

      • David Ring
        Something tells me that the 1964 Original Deluxe was your bug. What a beautiful collection. I ve never heard of a Heathkit bug - but then again, I m only
        Message 3 of 5 , Jan 10, 2010
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          Something tells me that the 1964 Original Deluxe was "your" bug.  What a beautiful collection.  I've never heard of a Heathkit bug - but then again, I'm only got my license in 1965 - I didn't know anything about bugs until I wanted to send fast like the big boys on the bands.

          73

          David N1EA
          =30=

          On Fri, Jan 8, 2010 at 10:57 PM, ve3akv <ve3akv@...> wrote:
          Hello to all...

          Thanks for accepting my request to join.

          I've been a 99% CW man for sometime and I'm looking forward to reading some your stories and thoughts concerning bugs.

          I have a small collection and it could be said, "I've been bitten by the bug"...

          1932 Lightning (black crystal)
          1943 Original (black crinkle)
          1943 J.H. Bunnell J-36 (black crinkle)
          1946 TAC 510 (black crinkle)
          1952 Original (grey)
          1955 Blue Racer (black crinkle) with original leather case
          1964 Original (Heathkit green crinkle)
          1964 Original Deluxe

          The trick I think, is to use them all. I never run without at least two plugged in at all times. In the last SKCC sprint, I had one bug start to send erratic dits...as the dit screw had become loose. I just switched over to the other until the QSO was over, then effected the repair. But, I did sound like a newb for a moment ;)

          73/72
          Bob
          SKCC #5204T
          VE3AKV





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        • Earl Needham
          I have a vague memory about Heathkit bugs - seems to me they were a similar deal as the Ten Tec stuff. I only got my license in 1982 so I must have seen
          Message 4 of 5 , Jan 10, 2010
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            I have a vague memory about Heathkit bugs - seems to me they were a similar deal as the Ten Tec stuff. I only got my license in 1982 so I must have seen something about them in an old magazine or something.

            7 3
            Earl


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            From: David Ring <n1ea@...>
            Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2010 11:00:45 -0500
            To: <cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com>
            Subject: Re: [cw_bugs] SKCC Members here??

             

            Something tells me that the 1964 Original Deluxe was "your" bug.  What a beautiful collection.  I've never heard of a Heathkit bug - but then again, I'm only got my license in 1965 - I didn't know anything about bugs until I wanted to send fast like the big boys on the bands.


            73

            David N1EA
            =30=

            On Fri, Jan 8, 2010 at 10:57 PM, ve3akv <ve3akv@...> wrote:
            Hello to all...

            Thanks for accepting my request to join.

            I've been a 99% CW man for sometime and I'm looking forward to reading some your stories and thoughts concerning bugs.

            I have a small collection and it could be said, "I've been bitten by the bug"...

            1932 Lightning (black crystal)
            1943 Original (black crinkle)
            1943 J.H. Bunnell J-36 (black crinkle)
            1946 TAC 510 (black crinkle)
            1952 Original (grey)
            1955 Blue Racer (black crinkle) with original leather case
            1964 Original (Heathkit green crinkle)
            1964 Original Deluxe

            The trick I think, is to use them all. I never run without at least two plugged in at all times. In the last SKCC sprint, I had one bug start to send erratic dits...as the dit screw had become loose. I just switched over to the other until the QSO was over, then effected the repair. But, I did sound like a newb for a moment ;)

            73/72
            Bob
            SKCC #5204T
            VE3AKV





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          • David Ring
            I remember that Vibroplex made a paddle to match the Hallicrafters TO-Keyer - maybe it had a custom tone of grey as the Hallicrafters radios of that vintage
            Message 5 of 5 , Jan 10, 2010
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              I remember that Vibroplex made a paddle to match the Hallicrafters TO-Keyer - maybe it had a custom tone of grey as the Hallicrafters radios of that vintage were matte (no reflection) silver, black and grey with the slightest touch of chrome.and maybe a bit of red in the meter scales and indicators.  There were also two tones of brown - Sienna Brown and I forget the other brown - but Heathkit was making radios in this color at the end of Heathkit's days - so perhaps the mystery of the "Light Brown" Vibroplex was actually a mock-up of another Heathkit color that never got released.

              Some of the bugs from the 1920s and 1930s are simply amazing - I love the bugs with the (I don't know the correct term for it) articulated dash lever pivot - they move smoother than sliding down a hill of melting ice cream into a cloud of whipped cream.  Man, they send so beautifully - like a fine violin.  (Violin music plays a song in background)

              With the move to Mobile, AL there was a limited edition for Ten-Tec users and also for Collins collectors - with matching colors.

              But I tell you I'd love to have a Heathkit Green bug - that would make my day - heck, I guess I'd even buy a beat up Original and paint it that color - how cool would that be?

              73

              David N1EA


              On Sun, Jan 10, 2010 at 10:32 PM, Earl Needham <earl.kd5xb@...> wrote:


              I have a vague memory about Heathkit bugs - seems to me they were a similar deal as the Ten Tec stuff. I only got my license in 1982 so I must have seen something about them in an old magazine or something.

              7 3
              Earl


              KD5XB -- Earl Needham

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