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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 1 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.

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      Earl


      KD5XB -- Earl Needham
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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 2 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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