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  • 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 1 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>
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      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 2 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 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 7 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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