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Re: [cw_bugs] Heathkit bugs

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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
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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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