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  • Larry Makoski
    Sunday is RFTB night. This Sunday evening, Spring arrives in the Northern hemisphere. And it s Springtime when a young piggie s fancy turns to thoughts of RF!
    Message 1 of 11 , Mar 19, 2011
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      Sunday is RFTB night.

      This Sunday evening, Spring arrives in the Northern hemisphere. And it's Springtime when a young piggie's fancy turns to thoughts of RF!

      And as the K6JSS key is handed off to K6JSS/0, the Missouri team, we cordially invite them to come join us in "The Sty".

      As always, all are welcome - no need to actually be a Piggie to join in on the fun !!!

      The time is the same as always:

      East coast - 9:00 to 11:00 PM local time
      Midwest - 8:00 to 10:00 PM local time
      Rockies - 7:00 to 9:00 PM local time
      West coast - 6:00 to 8:00 PM local time

      The rules are at:

      http://www.fpqrp.com/fpqrprun.php

      73 de Larry W2LJ
      FP# 612
      QRP ARCI# 4488
    • Larry Makoski
      Tonight night is the MayJune 2013 edition of the Run For The Bacon. That friendly lil ol QRP Sprint sponsored by your friends at the Flying Pigs QRP Amateur
      Message 2 of 11 , Jun 16, 2013
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        Tonight night is the MayJune 2013 edition of the Run For The Bacon. That friendly lil' ol' QRP Sprint sponsored by your friends at the Flying Pigs QRP Amateur Radio Club International. Join us for a spell to have some fun and to say "Hi" to friends, old and new.

        I know it's Father's Day and you may be spending quality time with your families; but if you get a chance to get some shack time, there should be activity.

        The time is the same as always:

        East coast - 9:00 to 11:00 PM local time
        Midwest - 8:00 to 10:00 PM local time
        Rockies - 7:00 to 9:00 PM local time
        West coast - 6:00 to 8:00 PM local time

        The rules are at:

        http://fpqrp.org/pigrun/

        73 de Larry W2LJ
        FP# 612
        QRP ARCI# 4488
      • Mangin Ben
        Good night all, I recently found myself lucky enough to put my hand on three very nice bugs:  A McElroy 1936B, a speed-X bug, and a BK-100. I would like to
        Message 3 of 11 , Jun 16, 2013
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          Good night all,

          I recently found myself lucky enough to put my hand on three very nice bugs:  A McElroy 1936B, a speed-X bug, and a BK-100.

          I would like to make the most of them by a bit of cleaning and maintenance, and since those are the very first bugs I really hold in my hands (the first that I personally own), I just do not know some of the things that are necessary:

          - What tools should I use ?
          - What products should I use (oils ? anti rusting sprays ?)

          Any advice for the general preservation/restoration of those keys ?

          VY 73

          de F8GRY/Benoît


        • D.J.J. Ring, Jr.
          I highly recommend the book by master clockmaker and mechanical engineer WR Smith, W4PAL. BY W. R. SMITH, BSME, FBHI, FNAWCC, CMC, CMW, CMEW, W4PAL HOW TO
          Message 4 of 11 , Jun 16, 2013
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            I highly recommend the book by master clockmaker and mechanical engineer WR Smith, W4PAL. 

            BY W. R. SMITH, BSME, FBHI, FNAWCC, CMC, CMW, CMEW, W4PAL


            It has many many photos, and contains expert tips and ways of doing things, sources of tools, it is highly recommended.

            When I bought it, I thought it was too much money, but after I read it, I realized how valuable it is to me.  Even one key restoration made the book worth while.

            73
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            =30=


            On Sun, Jun 16, 2013 at 7:25 PM, Mangin Ben <uft1278@...> wrote:


            Good night all,

            I recently found myself lucky enough to put my hand on three very nice bugs:  A McElroy 1936B, a speed-X bug, and a BK-100.

            I would like to make the most of them by a bit of cleaning and maintenance, and since those are the very first bugs I really hold in my hands (the first that I personally own), I just do not know some of the things that are necessary:

            - What tools should I use ?
            - What products should I use (oils ? anti rusting sprays ?)

            Any advice for the general preservation/restoration of those keys ?

            VY 73

            de F8GRY/Benoît





          • Joe V31JP
            Benoit, I whole heartedly agree with DR s assessment of Bill, W4PAL, book. Cleaning can be performed at various levels, wiping clean to total disassembly,
            Message 5 of 11 , Jun 16, 2013
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              Benoit,

              I whole heartedly agree with DR's assessment of Bill, W4PAL, book.

              Cleaning can be performed at various levels, wiping clean to total disassembly, washing/ultra-sonic cleaning with proper drying
              as in an oven.  Polishing the metal parts.  Oil is rarely used. W4PAL's book is like a bible in key care, preservation and
              restoration.

              On 6/16/2013 7:33 PM, D.J.J. Ring, Jr. wrote:
               

              I highly recommend the book by master clockmaker and mechanical engineer WR Smith, W4PAL. 


              BY W. R. SMITH, BSME, FBHI, FNAWCC, CMC, CMW, CMEW, W4PAL


              It has many many photos, and contains expert tips and ways of doing things, sources of tools, it is highly recommended.

              When I bought it, I thought it was too much money, but after I read it, I realized how valuable it is to me.  Even one key restoration made the book worth while.

              73
              Gopher Hole:  gopher://sdf.org/1/users/djringjr/ (native or with Firefox's Overbite extension) or via http to gopher gateway
              Chat Skype: djringjr MSN: djringjr (@) msn.com AIM: N1EA icq: 27380609

              =30=


              On Sun, Jun 16, 2013 at 7:25 PM, Mangin Ben <uft1278@...> wrote:


              Good night all,

              I recently found myself lucky enough to put my hand on three very nice bugs:  A McElroy 1936B, a speed-X bug, and a BK-100.

              I would like to make the most of them by a bit of cleaning and maintenance, and since those are the very first bugs I really hold in my hands (the first that I personally own), I just do not know some of the things that are necessary:

              - What tools should I use ?
              - What products should I use (oils ? anti rusting sprays ?)

              Any advice for the general preservation/restoration of those keys ?

              VY 73

              de F8GRY/Benoît



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            • D.J.J. Ring, Jr.
              Benoît, You will find two files in this group s file section - see the link at the bottom of this message - the two files are somewhat similar I am afraid,
              Message 6 of 11 , Jun 16, 2013
              Benoît,

              You will find two files in this group's file section - see the link at the bottom of this message - the two files are somewhat similar I am afraid, but I put both up, you decide which one is best:-)  Secrets of Bug Success is longer, but I think it also is about sending and how to send and bad dots caused by instability of the vibrator, &c.

              I also attach the files - see if they go with the message.

              À bientôt & 73, mon ami,

              DR
            • D.J.J. Ring, Jr.
              The attachments made it - you can see the links at the bottom of my last message. 73 DR
              Message 7 of 11 , Jun 16, 2013
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                The attachments made it - you can see the links at the bottom of my last message.

                73
                DR
              • walt shipman - KI4OYH
                Thank you, a very good post. The only difference I can find between the two attachments was the addition of the following to the BUG ADJUSTMENT Section -
                Message 8 of 11 , Jun 17, 2013
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                  Thank you, a very good post. The only difference I can find between the two attachments was the addition of the following to the BUG ADJUSTMENT Section - included in the first attachment:

                  "The trunnion screws (they hold the lever and allow it to swing) should NOT be lubricated.  Lubrication of such a small bearing causes more problems than help.  It attracts dirt, dander and dust, and on some keys that have been "oiled" the lubricant had gotten between the main lever and the dash lever.  This sticky residue causes the levers to stick when the dash lever is used.  This problem is much more common than most people realize!  Clean off the lubrication with ammonia then water and let dry for a few hours before reassembling. Moisture will weld your screws to the frame when the water turns iron to rust! 

                  Also take a strand of stranded wire or a pin and clean out the trunnion screw cavity.  I use a cheap ultrasonic cleaner with ammonia or Formula 409 to degrease and clean.  I usually follow up with another 5 minutes of water and Dawn dish detergent then five more minutes with just water.  Dry for a few hours and reassemble.

                  When tightening the trunnion screws, they should be adjusted with the key set wide so you can feel the drag.  If the lever drags no matter what, it is rough and should be smoothed with 600 then 800 then 3000 grit wet/dry sandpaper (or other) and tried again.  The correct adjustment is the best of "minimum up and down play with minimum drag" - when adjusted correctly, the lever will move slightly up and down as if it is tightened too much it will bind."

                   
                  72/73

                  Walt
                  KI4OYH
                  :-{)>
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                  It is a courtesy to all of us who may not wish to have their E-MAIL ADDRESSES sent all over the world.
                  Erasing the history helps prevent, SPAMMERS from mining addresses and viruses from being propagated.
                  THANK YOU.

                  From: "D.J.J. Ring, Jr." <n1ea@...>
                  To: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com
                  Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2013 9:39 PM
                  Subject: Re: [cw_bugs] Key Cleaning / Maintenance [2 Attachments]

                   
                  Benoît,

                  You will find two files in this group's file section - see the link at the bottom of this message - the two files are somewhat similar I am afraid, but I put both up, you decide which one is best:-)  Secrets of Bug Success is longer, but I think it also is about sending and how to send and bad dots caused by instability of the vibrator, &c.

                  I also attach the files - see if they go with the message.

                  À bientôt & 73, mon ami,

                  DR


                • Mangin Ben
                  Thanks for the nice advice, which I followed and trusted without much question, after having read several descriptions. Ordered, let s see what it gives once
                  Message 9 of 11 , Jun 17, 2013
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                    Thanks for the nice advice, which I followed and trusted without much question, after having read several descriptions.

                    Ordered, let's see what it gives once on my workbench-in-building

                    Thanks again for support, THIS is ham radio

                    73 DE F8GRY#15969


                    De : walt shipman - KI4OYH <ki4oyh@...>
                    À : "cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com" <cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com>
                    Envoyé le : Lundi 17 juin 2013 9h00
                    Objet : Re: [cw_bugs] Key Cleaning / Maintenance

                     
                    Thank you, a very good post. The only difference I can find between the two attachments was the addition of the following to the BUG ADJUSTMENT Section - included in the first attachment:

                    "The trunnion screws (they hold the lever and allow it to swing) should NOT be lubricated.  Lubrication of such a small bearing causes more problems than help.  It attracts dirt, dander and dust, and on some keys that have been "oiled" the lubricant had gotten between the main lever and the dash lever.  This sticky residue causes the levers to stick when the dash lever is used.  This problem is much more common than most people realize!  Clean off the lubrication with ammonia then water and let dry for a few hours before reassembling. Moisture will weld your screws to the frame when the water turns iron to rust! 

                    Also take a strand of stranded wire or a pin and clean out the trunnion screw cavity.  I use a cheap ultrasonic cleaner with ammonia or Formula 409 to degrease and clean.  I usually follow up with another 5 minutes of water and Dawn dish detergent then five more minutes with just water.  Dry for a few hours and reassemble.

                    When tightening the trunnion screws, they should be adjusted with the key set wide so you can feel the drag.  If the lever drags no matter what, it is rough and should be smoothed with 600 then 800 then 3000 grit wet/dry sandpaper (or other) and tried again.  The correct adjustment is the best of "minimum up and down play with minimum drag" - when adjusted correctly, the lever will move slightly up and down as if it is tightened too much it will bind."

                     
                    72/73

                    Walt
                    KI4OYH
                    :-{)>
                    N O T I C E !!
                    Are you sending this e-mail to others? After you hit forward, please DELETE the forwarding history, which includes MY E-MAIL ADDRESS!
                    When forwarding e-mail, please use the "BCC" area, (Blind Carbon Copy), to fill in the e-mail addresses you are sending to. Only the receiver's e-mail appears on that line, not the whole list you are sending to.
                    It is a courtesy to all of us who may not wish to have their E-MAIL ADDRESSES sent all over the world.
                    Erasing the history helps prevent, SPAMMERS from mining addresses and viruses from being propagated.
                    THANK YOU.

                    From: "D.J.J. Ring, Jr." <n1ea@...>
                    To: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com
                    Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2013 9:39 PM
                    Subject: Re: [cw_bugs] Key Cleaning / Maintenance [2 Attachments]

                     
                    Benoît,

                    You will find two files in this group's file section - see the link at the bottom of this message - the two files are somewhat similar I am afraid, but I put both up, you decide which one is best:-)  Secrets of Bug Success is longer, but I think it also is about sending and how to send and bad dots caused by instability of the vibrator, &c.

                    I also attach the files - see if they go with the message.

                    À bientôt & 73, mon ami,

                    DR




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