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  • Richard Meiss
    Hi, All - Have been silent, but lurking, as I work on a new family of bugs that I call balanced bug. I have made videos of two of them (so far), for which
    Message 1 of 10 , Nov 14, 2010
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      Hi, All -

           Have been silent, but lurking, as I work on a new family of bugs that I call  "balanced bug."  I have made videos of two of them (so far), for which the URL's are listed below -

      The first is a bug designed for use in the shack -

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eggX60OEPk&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

      The second is for use either in the shack or in the field -

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TG_J57LOWE&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

         The design (six versions so far) used the ball-pivot mechanism that I have used in other instruments, and are built around a statically-balanced pendulum that is not sensitive to the effects of gravity.  Speed can be varied from 5 to 30+ wpm with a single adjustment that has no effect on the dot-weight.  I will be writing up the project sometime soon, and there are more videos to come.  I apologize for the length of the two videos - I get long-winded.  Since the narration is in CW by the bugs themselves, it does take some time.

         At the Ft. Wayne (IN) hamfest today, I saw yet another design for a slower-downer for conventional bugs.  Its design avoids conflicts with the damper mechanism, but there is quite a bit of overhang at the front of the bug.  While not quite as easily adjustable as the "Bug Tamer", it works well and its maker (his name escapes me) is working on a few more refinements.

         73 de Rich, WB9LPU




    • Pete Ferrand
      In case anyone wants to track down the maker of the bug slower-downer (he didn t have a name for it) it s: http://www.normsfab.com/ Norm s Fabrication in
      Message 2 of 10 , Nov 14, 2010
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        In case anyone wants to track down the maker of the bug slower-downer (he didn't have a name for it) it's:

        http://www.normsfab.com/

        Norm's Fabrication in Adrian MI. The device is not on the web page. Price at the show was $25 with versions for both round and flat shafted Vibroplex bugs.

        I also thought they worked OK and were of a simple functional design that should be reliable.

        -Pete
        WB2QLL
        Somers, WI





        -----Original Message-----
        From: Richard Meiss
        Sent: Nov 14, 2010 9:37 PM
        To: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: Re: [cw_bugs] Test - Some activity



        Hi, All -

             Have been silent, but lurking, as I work on a new family of bugs that I call  "balanced bug."  I have made videos of two of them (so far), for which the URL's are listed below -

        The first is a bug designed for use in the shack -

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eggX60OEPk&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

        The second is for use either in the shack or in the field -

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TG_J57LOWE&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

           The design (six versions so far) used the ball-pivot mechanism that I have used in other instruments, and are built around a statically-balanced pendulum that is not sensitive to the effects of gravity.  Speed can be varied from 5 to 30+ wpm with a single adjustment that has no effect on the dot-weight.  I will be writing up the project sometime soon, and there are more videos to come.  I apologize for the length of the two videos - I get long-winded.  Since the narration is in CW by the bugs themselves, it does take some time.

           At the Ft. Wayne (IN) hamfest today, I saw yet another design for a slower-downer for conventional bugs.  Its design avoids conflicts with the damper mechanism, but there is quite a bit of overhang at the front of the bug.  While not quite as easily adjustable as the "Bug Tamer", it works well and its maker (his name escapes me) is working on a few more refinements.

           73 de Rich, WB9LPU






      • Tony Morgan
        I guess everyone knows Vibroplex has the bug tamer available in both round and flat. 73, Tony W7GO
        Message 3 of 10 , Nov 16, 2010
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          I guess everyone knows Vibroplex has the bug tamer available in both round and flat.

          73,

          Tony W7GO

          On 11/14/2010 10:05 PM, Pete Ferrand wrote:  

          In case anyone wants to track down the maker of the bug slower-downer (he didn't have a name for it) it's:

          http://www.normsfab.com/

          Norm's Fabrication in Adrian MI. The device is not on the web page. Price at the show was $25 with versions for both round and flat shafted Vibroplex bugs.

          I also thought they worked OK and were of a simple functional design that should be reliable.

          -Pete
          WB2QLL
          Somers, WI





          -----Original Message-----
          From: Richard Meiss
          Sent: Nov 14, 2010 9:37 PM
          To: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: Re: [cw_bugs] Test - Some activity



          Hi, All -

               Have been silent, but lurking, as I work on a new family of bugs that I call  "balanced bug."  I have made videos of two of them (so far), for which the URL's are listed below -

          The first is a bug designed for use in the shack -

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eggX60OEPk&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

          The second is for use either in the shack or in the field -

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TG_J57LOWE&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

             The design (six versions so far) used the ball-pivot mechanism that I have used in other instruments, and are built around a statically-balanced pendulum that is not sensitive to the effects of gravity.  Speed can be varied from 5 to 30+ wpm with a single adjustment that has no effect on the dot-weight.  I will be writing up the project sometime soon, and there are more videos to come.  I apologize for the length of the two videos - I get long-winded.  Since the narration is in CW by the bugs themselves, it does take some time.

             At the Ft. Wayne (IN) hamfest today, I saw yet another design for a slower-downer for conventional bugs.  Its design avoids conflicts with the damper mechanism, but there is quite a bit of overhang at the front of the bug.  While not quite as easily adjustable as the "Bug Tamer", it works well and its maker (his name escapes me) is working on a few more refinements.

             73 de Rich, WB9LPU






        • Earl Needham
          Vari-Speed? Earl KD5XB -- Earl Needham http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cw_bugs Quoting from the Coast Guard: ZUT Posted via Blackberry ... From: Tony Morgan
          Message 4 of 10 , Nov 17, 2010
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            Vari-Speed?

            Earl

            KD5XB -- Earl Needham http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cw_bugs Quoting from the Coast Guard: ZUT Posted via Blackberry


            From: Tony Morgan <1desertdweller@...>
            Sender: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com
            Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2010 17:07:19 -0800
            To: <cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com>
            ReplyTo: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: Re: [cw_bugs] Test - Some activity

             

            I guess everyone knows Vibroplex has the bug tamer available in both round and flat.

            73,

            Tony W7GO

            On 11/14/2010 10:05 PM, Pete Ferrand wrote:
             

            In case anyone wants to track down the maker of the bug slower-downer (he didn't have a name for it) it's:

            http://www.normsfab.com/

            Norm's Fabrication in Adrian MI. The device is not on the web page. Price at the show was $25 with versions for both round and flat shafted Vibroplex bugs.

            I also thought they worked OK and were of a simple functional design that should be reliable.

            -Pete
            WB2QLL
            Somers, WI





            -----Original Message-----
            From: Richard Meiss
            Sent: Nov 14, 2010 9:37 PM
            To: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: Re: [cw_bugs] Test - Some activity



            Hi, All -

                 Have been silent, but lurking, as I work on a new family of bugs that I call  "balanced bug."  I have made videos of two of them (so far), for which the URL's are listed below -

            The first is a bug designed for use in the shack -

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eggX60OEPk&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

            The second is for use either in the shack or in the field -

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TG_J57LOWE&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

               The design (six versions so far) used the ball-pivot mechanism that I have used in other instruments, and are built around a statically-balanced pendulum that is not sensitive to the effects of gravity.  Speed can be varied from 5 to 30+ wpm with a single adjustment that has no effect on the dot-weight.  I will be writing up the project sometime soon, and there are more videos to come.  I apologize for the length of the two videos - I get long-winded.  Since the narration is in CW by the bugs themselves, it does take some time.

               At the Ft. Wayne (IN) hamfest today, I saw yet another design for a slower-downer for conventional bugs.  Its design avoids conflicts with the damper mechanism, but there is quite a bit of overhang at the front of the bug.  While not quite as easily adjustable as the "Bug Tamer", it works well and its maker (his name escapes me) is working on a few more refinements.

               73 de Rich, WB9LPU






          • Tony Morgan
            You are right Earl. Thanks for the correction. 73, Tony W7GO
            Message 5 of 10 , Nov 17, 2010
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              You are right Earl.
              Thanks for the correction.

              73,

              Tony W7GO

              On 11/17/2010 6:12 AM, Earl Needham wrote:  

              Vari-Speed?

              Earl

              KD5XB -- Earl Needham http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cw_bugs Quoting from the Coast Guard: ZUT Posted via Blackberry


              From: Tony Morgan <1desertdweller@...>
              Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2010 17:07:19 -0800
              Subject: Re: [cw_bugs] Test - Some activity

               

              I guess everyone knows Vibroplex has the bug tamer available in both round and flat.

              73,

              Tony W7GO

              On 11/14/2010 10:05 PM, Pete Ferrand wrote:

               

              In case anyone wants to track down the maker of the bug slower-downer (he didn't have a name for it) it's:

              http://www.normsfab.com/

              Norm's Fabrication in Adrian MI. The device is not on the web page. Price at the show was $25 with versions for both round and flat shafted Vibroplex bugs.

              I also thought they worked OK and were of a simple functional design that should be reliable.

              -Pete
              WB2QLL
              Somers, WI





              -----Original Message-----
              From: Richard Meiss
              Sent: Nov 14, 2010 9:37 PM
              To: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com
              Subject: Re: [cw_bugs] Test - Some activity



              Hi, All -

                   Have been silent, but lurking, as I work on a new family of bugs that I call  "balanced bug."  I have made videos of two of them (so far), for which the URL's are listed below -

              The first is a bug designed for use in the shack -

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eggX60OEPk&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

              The second is for use either in the shack or in the field -

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TG_J57LOWE&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

                 The design (six versions so far) used the ball-pivot mechanism that I have used in other instruments, and are built around a statically-balanced pendulum that is not sensitive to the effects of gravity.  Speed can be varied from 5 to 30+ wpm with a single adjustment that has no effect on the dot-weight.  I will be writing up the project sometime soon, and there are more videos to come.  I apologize for the length of the two videos - I get long-winded.  Since the narration is in CW by the bugs themselves, it does take some time.

                 At the Ft. Wayne (IN) hamfest today, I saw yet another design for a slower-downer for conventional bugs.  Its design avoids conflicts with the damper mechanism, but there is quite a bit of overhang at the front of the bug.  While not quite as easily adjustable as the "Bug Tamer", it works well and its maker (his name escapes me) is working on a few more refinements.

                 73 de Rich, WB9LPU






          • earl_needham
            Didn t really meanit as a correction, more as a clarification, since I was confused and thought maybe the new guy had changed his product lines! Vy 7 3
            Message 6 of 10 , Nov 17, 2010
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              Didn't really meanit as a correction, more as a clarification, since I was confused and thought maybe the "new guy" had changed his product lines! <G>

              Vy 7 3
              Earl

              --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, Tony Morgan <1desertdweller@...> wrote:
              >
              > You are right Earl.
              > Thanks for the correction.
              >
              > 73,
              >
              > Tony W7GO
              >
              > On 11/17/2010 6:12 AM, Earl Needham wrote:
              > >
              > > Vari-Speed?
              > >
              > >
              > > I guess everyone knows Vibroplex has the bug tamer available in both
              > > round and flat.
              > >
              > > 73,
              > >
              > > Tony W7GO
            • Tony Morgan
              FB Earl, Somewhere in the back of my old mind I had remembered a bug tamer . For some reason I plugged that in, do you remember it? Anyway I have both the
              Message 7 of 10 , Nov 17, 2010
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                FB Earl,
                Somewhere in the back of my old mind I had remembered a "bug tamer".
                For some reason I plugged that in, do you remember it?
                Anyway I have both the flat & round Vari-Speed ant am very happy with them.

                73,

                Tony W7GO

                On 11/17/2010 9:40 AM, earl_needham wrote:
                 

                Didn't really meanit as a correction, more as a clarification, since I was confused and thought maybe the "new guy" had changed his product lines! <G>

                Vy 7 3
                Earl

                --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, Tony Morgan <1desertdweller@...> wrote:
                >
                > You are right Earl.
                > Thanks for the correction.
                >
                > 73,
                >
                > Tony W7GO
                >
                > On 11/17/2010 6:12 AM, Earl Needham wrote:
                > >
                > > Vari-Speed?
                > >
                > >
                > > I guess everyone knows Vibroplex has the bug tamer available in both
                > > round and flat.
                > >
                > > 73,
                > >
                > > Tony W7GO

              • Earl Needham
                I remember the term, too, but I m no longer sure what one is. Pix at http://kd8jhj.blogspot.com/2010/04/kd8jhj-bug-tamer.html show something like the
                Message 8 of 10 , Nov 17, 2010
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                  I remember the term, too, but I'm no longer sure what one is. Pix at http://kd8jhj.blogspot.com/2010/04/kd8jhj-bug-tamer.html show something like the Extend-a-Dot, but other pages show the Vari-Speed while calling it the Bug Tamer. Maybe it has become a word like "Kleenex" -- people use the brand name for ALL tissues.

                  Vy 7 3
                  Earl

                  KD5XB -- Earl Needham http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cw_bugs Quoting from the Coast Guard: ZUT Posted via Blackberry


                  From: Tony Morgan <1desertdweller@...>
                  Sender: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com
                  Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2010 18:09:00 -0800
                  To: <cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com>
                  ReplyTo: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com
                  Subject: Re: [cw_bugs] Re: Test - Some activity

                   

                  FB Earl,
                  Somewhere in the back of my old mind I had remembered a "bug tamer".
                  For some reason I plugged that in, do you remember it?
                  Anyway I have both the flat & round Vari-Speed ant am very happy with them.

                  73,

                  Tony W7GO

                  On 11/17/2010 9:40 AM, earl_needham wrote:
                   

                  Didn't really meanit as a correction, more as a clarification, since I was confused and thought maybe the "new guy" had changed his product lines! <G>

                  Vy 7 3
                  Earl

                  --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, Tony Morgan <1desertdweller@...> wrote:
                  >
                  > You are right Earl.
                  > Thanks for the correction.
                  >
                  > 73,
                  >
                  > Tony W7GO
                  >
                  > On 11/17/2010 6:12 AM, Earl Needham wrote:
                  > >
                  > > Vari-Speed?
                  > >
                  > >
                  > > I guess everyone knows Vibroplex has the bug tamer available in both
                  > > round and flat.
                  > >
                  > > 73,
                  > >
                  > > Tony W7GO

                • Tony Morgan
                  Found out that Vibroplex sold the bug-tamer before the Vari-Speed. It was dis-continued. 73, Tony W7GO
                  Message 9 of 10 , Nov 18, 2010
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                    Found out that Vibroplex sold the "bug-tamer" before the "Vari-Speed.
                    It was dis-continued.

                    73,

                    Tony W7GO

                    On 11/17/2010 10:26 PM, Earl Needham wrote:  

                    I remember the term, too, but I'm no longer sure what one is. Pix at http://kd8jhj.blogspot.com/2010/04/kd8jhj-bug-tamer.html show something like the Extend-a-Dot, but other pages show the Vari-Speed while calling it the Bug Tamer. Maybe it has become a word like "Kleenex" -- people use the brand name for ALL tissues.

                    Vy 7 3
                    Earl

                    KD5XB -- Earl Needham http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cw_bugs Quoting from the Coast Guard: ZUT Posted via Blackberry


                    From: Tony Morgan <1desertdweller@...>
                    Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2010 18:09:00 -0800
                    Subject: Re: [cw_bugs] Re: Test - Some activity

                     

                    FB Earl,
                    Somewhere in the back of my old mind I had remembered a "bug tamer".
                    For some reason I plugged that in, do you remember it?
                    Anyway I have both the flat & round Vari-Speed ant am very happy with them.

                    73,

                    Tony W7GO

                    On 11/17/2010 9:40 AM, earl_needham wrote:

                     

                    Didn't really meanit as a correction, more as a clarification, since I was confused and thought maybe the "new guy" had changed his product lines! <G>

                    Vy 7 3
                    Earl

                    --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, Tony Morgan <1desertdweller@...> wrote:
                    >
                    > You are right Earl.
                    > Thanks for the correction.
                    >
                    > 73,
                    >
                    > Tony W7GO
                    >
                    > On 11/17/2010 6:12 AM, Earl Needham wrote:
                    > >
                    > > Vari-Speed?
                    > >
                    > >
                    > > I guess everyone knows Vibroplex has the bug tamer available in both
                    > > round and flat.
                    > >
                    > > 73,
                    > >
                    > > Tony W7GO

                  • Troy W6HV
                    The old “bug-tamer” is simple to make from hobby shop brass tubing. I’ve made several and just added some photos to the photo section. 73, Troy, W6HV
                    Message 10 of 10 , Nov 18, 2010
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                      The old “bug-tamer” is simple to make from hobby shop brass tubing. I’ve made several and just added some photos to the photo section.
                      73,
                      Troy, W6HV
                       
                      Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2010 8:04 AM
                      Subject: Re: [cw_bugs] Re: Test - Some activity
                       


                      Found out that Vibroplex sold the "bug-tamer" before the "Vari-Speed.
                      It was dis-continued.

                      73,

                      Tony W7GO

                      On 11/17/2010 10:26 PM, Earl Needham wrote:
                       

                      I remember the term, too, but I'm no longer sure what one is. Pix at http://kd8jhj.blogspot.com/2010/04/kd8jhj-bug-tamer.html show something like the Extend-a-Dot, but other pages show the Vari-Speed while calling it the Bug Tamer. Maybe it has become a word like "Kleenex" -- people use the brand name for ALL tissues.

                      Vy 7 3
                      Earl

                      KD5XB -- Earl Needham http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cw_bugs Quoting from the Coast Guard: ZUT Posted via Blackberry


                      From: Tony Morgan mailto:1desertdweller@...
                      Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2010 18:09:00 -0800
                      Subject: Re: [cw_bugs] Re: Test - Some activity
                       
                       

                      FB Earl,
                      Somewhere in the back of my old mind I had remembered a "bug tamer".
                      For some reason I plugged that in, do you remember it?
                      Anyway I have both the flat & round Vari-Speed ant am very happy with them.

                      73,

                      Tony W7GO

                      On 11/17/2010 9:40 AM, earl_needham wrote:

                       

                      Didn't really meanit as a correction, more as a clarification, since I was confused and thought maybe the "new guy" had changed his product lines! <G>

                      Vy 7 3
                      Earl

                      --- In mailto:cw_bugs%40yahoogroups.com, Tony Morgan mailto:1desertdweller@... wrote:
                      >
                      > You are right Earl.
                      > Thanks for the correction.
                      >
                      > 73,
                      >
                      > Tony W7GO
                      >
                      > On 11/17/2010 6:12 AM, Earl Needham wrote:
                      > >
                      > > Vari-Speed?
                      > >
                      > >
                      > > I guess everyone knows Vibroplex has the bug tamer available in both
                      > > round and flat.
                      > >
                      > > 73,
                      > >
                      > > Tony W7GO

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