Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

Re: Fred: [cw_bugs] Re: Vibroplex contacts

Expand Messages
  • Fred Maas
    Must say, *DR*, that I don t think I know *the correct* way to do anything ;-) And i don t have a Dremel. I use a polishing cloth, thick, soft, and
    Message 1 of 19 , Jul 7, 2011
    • 0 Attachment
      Must say, DR, that I don't think I know "the correct" way to do anything ;-)  And i don't have a Dremel.

      I use a polishing cloth, thick, soft, and impregnated with polishing compound.  I put the screw containing the contact into the chuck of my portable battery operated vari-speed drill as if it is the drill bit.  By spinning the contact while it is pressed into the soft polishing compound saturated clothe, the center of the contact receives the least abrasion and the edges the most producing  a polished convex surface.  AFTER achieving such a surface, then i only use DeOX on it (as opposed to using Babe, the big Blue Ox).

      Step two is that I always plug my bug into a special jack which has a 1 mfd capacitor across it.  My theory is that the charged up capacitor bridges any microsecond gaps produced by the rubbing/bouncing contact surfaces, eliminating "scratchy dits."

      But if you blame me for these statements, I'll deny them ;-)

      73,  Fred - it wasn't my fault - kt5x

      say no to trident

      P.S.  Just in from a 12 mile run, preparing to do Mt Kendall (mountain run) next weekend.  When one goes as slowly as I do, it's EZ

      http://www.silvertonspecialevents.com/silverton_special_events_029.htm


      On Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 11:29 AM, D.J.J. Ring, Jr. <n1ea@...> wrote:
      Hello FD,

      I believe your little comments about rounding contacts - at least I hope it was you that I learned it from - by using a rotary machine - what is the name of those hand held pen type devices? - and taking a buffing felt against the contact to clean them, caused the buffing bullet shaped felt to randomly spin off the contact in such a way that the contact was left slightly domed in the center.

      In any event, would you post a message about how to produce a correct domed contact - it would eliminate lots of poor signals on the bands!

      73

      DR

      David J. Ring, Jr., N1EA
      SOWP, VWOA, OOTC, FISTS, CW-Ops, CFO, A1-OP, ex-FOC 1271 ARRL-LM
      Chat Skype: djringjr MSN: djringjr@... AIM: N1EA icq: 27380609



      On Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 9:12 AM, VK4ACB <vk4acb@...> wrote:
      Thank you both for the information Willis and Fred, I see what you mean,
      I carefully cleaned the perimeter of the contacts and can now see the
      thickness of the actual contact,  there is still plenty of material left
      on them so they should respond nicely.

      73 Wade VK4WM


      ------------------------------------

      Yahoo! Groups Links

      <*> To visit your group on the web, go to:
         http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cw_bugs/

      <*> Your email settings:
         Individual Email | Traditional

      <*> To change settings online go to:
         http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cw_bugs/join
         (Yahoo! ID required)

      <*> To change settings via email:
         cw_bugs-digest@yahoogroups.com
         cw_bugs-fullfeatured@yahoogroups.com

      <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:
         cw_bugs-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com

      <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to:
         http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/




    • VK4ACB
      A 12 mile run! I m worn out just reading that Fred, the two adjustable contacts in my Vibroplex Champion are not easily removable from the short and tall
      Message 2 of 19 , Jul 8, 2011
      • 0 Attachment
        A 12 mile run! I'm worn out just reading that Fred, the two adjustable
        contacts in my Vibroplex Champion are not easily removable from the
        short and tall contact posts, Vibroplex says on their contact
        replacement page they use a special tool to, I guess, press fit the new
        contact into the end of the adjuster screws without bending the threaded
        part, however I reckon I could come up with a fixture to hold the screw
        and post so I can swing it in my lathe then I could use a finely honed
        form tool to carefully shape the contact, removing the least possible
        material doing so of course or maybe use a lapping tool to do much the
        same operation as you described to the contact, it would pay to do a
        dummy run on some scrap first to prove the method of course!

        The two fixed contacts would require fixtures too but with a bit of
        thought I should be able to come up with something to hold them firmly
        and safely to repeat the exercise, or maybe for all that I may just try
        to hand lap them into shape!

        I have Deoxit and ProGold here to finish them off.

        Interesting idea about the capacitor, worth a try, my experiments trying
        to make my fist sound like anything reasonable have demonstrated that I
        need at least the recommended 10 to 15 thou clearance between the lever
        and the dit side lever stop screw to get a firm enough strike of the
        contacts to help prevent the scratchiness and of course how the dit
        contacts are adjusted has a major bearing on preventing it happening
        too, well that's my take on it.

        My biggest problem is getting the timing right going from a last dit to
        the dah in V or 4 so that it does not partially cut the last dit or
        sounds like a slight pause, not easy at the slow speed I am comfortable
        at, it was suggested to me to practice a string of ditdahditdah etc and
        that has helped but still needs more polishing.

        73 Wade VK4WM
      • Fred Maas
        Lessee, Wade ... * the older contact points were smaller that the screw and come right out. the newer ones are larger and don t, much more difficult to deal
        Message 3 of 19 , Jul 8, 2011
        • 0 Attachment
          Lessee, Wade ...

          * the older contact points were smaller that the screw and come right out.  the newer ones are larger and don't, much more difficult to deal with just as you say, one must remove the whole post to press the contact into the post.  Surely they use a tool to do that, but i have been able to do it with nothing but good looks ;-)

          * It doesn't work as well, but none the less seems to dome, just hand holding the contact imbedded in a screw still mounted on a post, to a soft polishing wheel.

          * Modern solid state rigs are so responsive that they actually try to follow the scratches or bounces of the contacts.  Grid block or cathode keying of the older tube radios did not.  Large loading capacitor will overcome this aspect.

          *  Old time bug operators were very insistent that beginners open up the gap and increase the spring resistance to generate firm dits.  Keying today's equipment that isn't really necessary.

          *  Old dit springs lose their tension, spring, and you can often end problems creating good dits by replacing it.  i had a bug (1908) with which the first dit was almost always two dits, split in other wrods, until I replaced the dit spring with a new one after which it made perfect dits.

          Hope these tid-bits are helpful steepening your experiential curve

          73,  FD - kt5x
        • k4oso
          Wade, It is quite easy once you catch on to the fact that sending either dots or dashes on a bug is not a static , either-or operation. The process of
          Message 4 of 19 , Jul 8, 2011
          • 0 Attachment
            Wade,
            It is quite easy once you catch on to the fact that sending either dots or dashes on a bug is not a "static", either-or operation. The process of sending is a fluid, swing operation. While you are pressing the dot lever, your dash finger is moving away from the paddle (to some degree) so that it starts back toward the dash lever in the rhythm in which you are sending. It might sound complicated, but think of it as a pendulum operation with varying delays, depending on the character. Only if you are sending the "error" sign (........) or a long dash (daaaaaaaaah) is it a static operation. In my opinion, practicing with "ditdahditdahditdah" will not help your problem. I suggest you practice sending a continuous string of "V"'s until you can feel the fluidity of the operation that is necessary to overcome the problem. Once you feel this rhythm, you will be on the road to bug mastery. Good luck, and feel free to mention any other bug-related issues.
            73, Milt K4OSO
            A serious bug nut

            --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, VK4ACB <vk4acb@...> wrote:
            >
            >
            > My biggest problem is getting the timing right going from a last dit to
            > the dah in V or 4 so that it does not partially cut the last dit or
            > sounds like a slight pause, not easy at the slow speed I am comfortable
            > at, it was suggested to me to practice a string of ditdahditdah etc and
            > that has helped but still needs more polishing.
            >
            > 73 Wade VK4WM
            >
          • Merv Schweigert
            ... One trick I use on old bugs like that is to put a very small piece of foam, experiment with different densities, between the dit spring, it makes up for
            Message 5 of 19 , Jul 8, 2011
            • 0 Attachment




              *  Old dit springs lose their tension, spring, and you can often end problems creating good dits by replacing it.  i had a bug (1908) with which the first dit was almost always two dits, split in other wrods, until I replaced the dit spring with a new one after which it made perfect dits.

              Hope these tid-bits are helpful steepening your experiential curve

              73,  FD - kt5x
              One trick I use on old bugs like that is to put  a very small piece of foam, 
              experiment with different densities,  between the dit spring,  it makes up
              for some lost tension,  and also "cushions" the spring from bouncing as
              much.  Makes for very nice dits when adjusted properly.

              For contacts I have some silver "rod" and turn it in the lathe to the correct
              size,  almost all bug contacts are press fit into the screw,  easy to turn up
              a batch of contacts and replace them on older bugs.  Same with the
              contacts on the dit spring and the dash lever,  grind off the rear and punch
              off the old contact,  then just "rivit" the new ones back in place. 

              73 Merv K9FD/KH6



            • k4oso
              Thanks Merv, But...I think your explanation provides the reason most of us don t do it. 73, Milt k4oso
              Message 6 of 19 , Jul 8, 2011
              • 0 Attachment
                Thanks Merv,
                But...I think your explanation provides the reason most of us don't do it.
                73, Milt k4oso

                --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, Merv Schweigert <k9fd@...> wrote:
                >
                >
                >
                > For contacts I have some silver "rod" and turn it in the lathe to the
                > correct
                > size, almost all bug contacts are press fit into the screw, easy to
                > turn up
                > a batch of contacts and replace them on older bugs. Same with the
                > contacts on the dit spring and the dash lever, grind off the rear and punch
                > off the old contact, then just "rivit" the new ones back in place.
                >
                > 73 Merv K9FD/KH6
                >
                >
                > >
                > >
                > >
                >
              • WILLIS COOKE
                Instead of foam I use the small soft plastic pieces sold for non skid feet at Wal-Mart and other sundry stores.  They are self adhesive and hold up longer
                Message 7 of 19 , Jul 8, 2011
                • 0 Attachment
                  Instead of foam I use the small soft plastic pieces sold for non skid feet at Wal-Mart and other sundry stores.  They are self adhesive and hold up longer than foam.  If you select a thickness that does not quite touch the spring arm they make a very nice damper.
                   
                  Willis 'Cookie' Cooke
                  K5EWJ & Trustee N5BPS, USS Cavalla, USS Stewart



                  From: Merv Schweigert <k9fd@...>
                  To: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com
                  Sent: Fri, July 8, 2011 10:52:20 AM
                  Subject: Re: Fred: [cw_bugs] Re: Vibroplex contacts

                   





                  *  Old dit springs lose their tension, spring, and you can often end problems creating good dits by replacing it.  i had a bug (1908) with which the first dit was almost always two dits, split in other wrods, until I replaced the dit spring with a new one after which it made perfect dits.

                  Hope these tid-bits are helpful steepening your experiential curve

                  73,  FD - kt5x
                  One trick I use on old bugs like that is to put  a very small piece of foam, 
                  experiment with different densities,  between the dit spring,  it makes up
                  for some lost tension,  and also "cushions" the spring from bouncing as
                  much.  Makes for very nice dits when adjusted properly.

                  For contacts I have some silver "rod" and turn it in the lathe to the correct
                  size,  almost all bug contacts are press fit into the screw,  easy to turn up
                  a batch of contacts and replace them on older bugs.  Same with the
                  contacts on the dit spring and the dash lever,  grind off the rear and punch
                  off the old contact,  then just "rivit" the new ones back in place. 

                  73 Merv K9FD/KH6



                • Fred Maas
                  Irrellevant I suppose, but I LOVE your call sign. All of it. The K9 (canine), the FD, field day or Fred, and the /KH6 73, Fred FD also; W5YA / qrp, and
                  Message 8 of 19 , Jul 8, 2011
                  • 0 Attachment
                    Irrellevant I suppose, but I LOVE your call sign.  All of it.  The K9 (canine), the FD, field day or Fred, and the /KH6
                     
                    73,  Fred "FD"
                     
                    also; W5YA / qrp, and WS0TA on SOTA peaks
                     
                    73 Merv K9FD/KH6
                  • Kate Hutton
                    I think my dog thought K9FD was what it was all about, since he got to go & hang out at Field Day. The food he begged & stole was the best, apparently. 73
                    Message 9 of 19 , Jul 8, 2011
                    • 0 Attachment
                      I think my dog thought K9FD was what it was all about, since he got to go & hang out at Field Day.  The food he begged & stole was the best, apparently.

                      73 Kate K6HTN

                      On Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 10:33 AM, Fred Maas <just.one.hill@...> wrote:


                      Irrellevant I suppose, but I LOVE your call sign.  All of it.  The K9 (canine), the FD, field day or Fred, and the /KH6
                       
                      73,  Fred "FD"
                       
                      also; W5YA / qrp, and WS0TA on SOTA peaks
                       
                      73 Merv K9FD/KH6



                    • Merv Schweigert
                      Tnx Fred, I like it on CW of course. Got it back in the 70 s when incentive license came along. For a while it seemed to long for Dxing so changed to KH7C
                      Message 10 of 19 , Jul 8, 2011
                      • 0 Attachment
                        Tnx Fred,  I like it on CW of course.  Got it back in the 70's when incentive license came
                        along.  For a while it seemed to "long" for Dxing so changed to KH7C for a couple years,
                        took the old call back before it went on the lottery.  Probably move back to the mainland
                        soon, so will need it then.  Used to work field day a lot, but not in recent years.  No one
                        on this island is active and FD by yourself is not much fun.
                        73 Merv K9FD/KH6  Molokai Island, 
                        Irrellevant I suppose, but I LOVE your call sign.  All of it.  The K9 (canine), the FD, field day or Fred, and the /KH6
                         
                        73,  Fred "FD"
                         
                        also; W5YA / qrp, and WS0TA on SOTA peaks
                         
                        73 Merv K9FD/KH6

                      • Merv Schweigert
                        Sounds like your dog and I would get along well, I like the food at field day as well usually. A few brews and some BBQ is FD at the best. 73 Merv K9FD
                        Message 11 of 19 , Jul 8, 2011
                        • 0 Attachment
                          Sounds like your dog and I would get along well,  I like the food at field day
                          as well usually.  A few brews and some BBQ is FD at the best.
                          73 Merv K9FD
                          I think my dog thought K9FD was what it was all about, since he got to go & hang out at Field Day.  The food he begged & stole was the best, apparently.

                          73 Kate K6HTN

                          On Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 10:33 AM, Fred Maas <just.one.hill@...> wrote:


                          Irrellevant I suppose, but I LOVE your call sign.  All of it.  The K9 (canine), the FD, field day or Fred, and the /KH6
                           
                          73,  Fred "FD"
                           
                          also; W5YA / qrp, and WS0TA on SOTA peaks
                           
                          73 Merv K9FD/KH6




                        • vk4wm
                          Ok thanks Milt, you are right the V s work, everytime I sit down for a practice session the first series dont always pan out right then I settle in to it and
                          Message 12 of 19 , Jul 9, 2011
                          • 0 Attachment
                            Ok thanks Milt, you are right the "V"'s work, everytime I sit down for a practice session the first series dont always pan out right then I settle in to it and get some sort of rythm, after a while I find doing sequence's of a u v 4 helps too, my Aussie callsign exercise's the v 4 and for good measure w !!

                            like the old song said "it dont mean a thing if you aint got that swing"

                            73 Wade VK4WM
                            SKCC # 5621

                            --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, "k4oso" <k4oso@...> wrote:
                            >
                            > Wade,
                            > It is quite easy once you catch on to the fact that sending either dots or dashes on a bug is not a "static", either-or operation. The process of sending is a fluid, swing operation. While you are pressing the dot lever, your dash finger is moving away from the paddle (to some degree) so that it starts back toward the dash lever in the rhythm in which you are sending. It might sound complicated, but think of it as a pendulum operation with varying delays, depending on the character. Only if you are sending the "error" sign (........) or a long dash (daaaaaaaaah) is it a static operation. In my opinion, practicing with "ditdahditdahditdah" will not help your problem. I suggest you practice sending a continuous string of "V"'s until you can feel the fluidity of the operation that is necessary to overcome the problem. Once you feel this rhythm, you will be on the road to bug mastery. Good luck, and feel free to mention any other bug-related issues.
                            > 73, Milt K4OSO
                            > A serious bug nut
                          • vk4wm
                            ... Thanks Fred, the obvious escaped me but I hope I would have thought of it eventually :-) that would work, by holding the post and turning the screw with
                            Message 13 of 19 , Jul 9, 2011
                            • 0 Attachment
                              > * It doesn't work as well, but none the less seems to dome, just hand
                              > holding the contact imbedded in a screw still mounted on a post, to a soft
                              > polishing wheel.

                              Thanks Fred, the obvious escaped me but I hope I would have thought of it eventually :-) that would work, by holding the post and turning the screw with the contact against the mop the post will act very nicely as the pivot point to get a nice circular motion.


                              > * Modern solid state rigs are so responsive that they actually try to follow
                              > the scratches or bounces of the contacts. Grid block or cathode keying of
                              > the older tube radios did not. Large loading capacitor will overcome this
                              > aspect.

                              of course, been a while since I had to think about that, sensitive they damn well are!

                              > * Old dit springs lose their tension, spring, and you can often end
                              > problems creating good dits by replacing it. i had a bug (1908) with which
                              > the first dit was almost always two dits, split in other wrods, until I
                              > replaced the dit spring with a new one after which it made perfect dits.

                              My Champion is a 1951 model, now that with help from here and elsewhere I have it adjusted reasonably ok there is no evidence that I can detect that might indicate the u spring is weak.


                              > Hope these tid-bits are helpful steepening your experiential curve
                              >
                              > 73, FD - kt5x

                              Steepening my experimental curve !! and I thought I'd just got over the first hill !! but it depends how you mean it, steep up or steep down 8-)

                              73 Wade VK4WM
                            • vk4wm
                              Thanks for the reply Merv, the silver rod would be a bit thin on the ground around here I would imagine, I have a work and play background in precision
                              Message 14 of 19 , Jul 9, 2011
                              • 0 Attachment
                                Thanks for the reply Merv, the silver rod would be a bit thin on the ground around here I would imagine, I have a work and play background in precision machining so I probably would expect to make up contacts out of brass and tip the work end with hard silver solder, that should be a good test of my skills, these days I dont have access to Oxy/acetylene equipment, a micro size jewellers torch would have been perfect for this job, bottle hire is expensive here but I have a MAPP gas torch that gets enough heat to silver solder quite well, ordinary propane would do something this size easily too but the MAPP gives me more control because of the flame profile out of the torch for small items, it would be easy to end up with a molten blob of brass/silver solder alloy! now there's a thought, just melt silver solder into a small metal tube to form a solid rod and machine the outer metal away !! genius! (my xyl reckons that's doubtful)

                                I now own another bug, an Australian made Simplex Auto, sadly the flat spring steel blade that has the dot contact on it has fractured near the mounting post and is now too short, it was two inches long, now it is an inch and three quarter long, if I cannot find a length of spring steel the right thickness and length the only method of repair I can see is to rivet an extension onto the end and hope it works ok but I will try hard to find the spring steel, I am ripping apart every redundant printer I have in my shed to see if there is anything resembling what I want.

                                73 Wade VK4WM
                                SKCC # 5621
                                >
                                > For contacts I have some silver "rod" and turn it in the lathe to the
                                > correct
                                > size, almost all bug contacts are press fit into the screw, easy to
                                > turn up
                                > a batch of contacts and replace them on older bugs. Same with the
                                > contacts on the dit spring and the dash lever, grind off the rear and punch
                                > off the old contact, then just "rivit" the new ones back in place.
                                >
                                > 73 Merv K9FD/KH6
                                >
                                >
                                > >
                                > >
                                > >
                                >
                              • Pete Ferrand
                                Hi Wade: I ve never had a Simplex unfortunately but years ago I hit upon a solution to the spring steel issue that would probably work. Just head for the
                                Message 15 of 19 , Jul 9, 2011
                                • 0 Attachment
                                  Hi Wade:

                                  I've never had a Simplex unfortunately but years ago I hit upon a solution to the spring steel issue that would probably work. Just head for the nearest dollar shop and but a retracting tape measure. The inner core is made of actual spring steel that I've used for a variety of things, including today's project of replacing the mainspring on a 1919 vintage Viboplex. I've used the marked part of the tape for contacts of various projects as well. The fabric measuring tapes won't work :)

                                  And Rich...I use the same technique of keying a keyer, in this case an AEA CK-1. In addition to the advantages you name, it gives me a uniform sidetone for every transmitter.

                                  Those without a keyer at hand can just use a relay powered through the key; the relay's inertia will handle the scratchy dits. The slower you send the larger the appropriate relay :)

                                  -Pete
                                  WB2QLL
                                  Somers, WI




                                  -----Original Message-----
                                  >From: vk4wm <vk4acb@...>
                                  >Sent: Jul 9, 2011 9:34 PM
                                  >To: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com
                                  >Subject: Fred: [cw_bugs] Re: Vibroplex contacts
                                  >
                                  >Thanks for the reply Merv, the silver rod would be a bit thin on the ground around here I would imagine, I have a work and play background in precision machining so I probably would expect to make up contacts out of brass and tip the work end with hard silver solder, that should be a good test of my skills, these days I dont have access to Oxy/acetylene equipment, a micro size jewellers torch would have been perfect
                                • Joseph L Pontek
                                  I have read about these, but have yet to see a picture of one. I understand that they were on mainly ones made in Georgia that had the thinner bases, but have
                                  Message 16 of 19 , Aug 30 2:14 PM
                                  • 0 Attachment
                                    I have read about these, but have yet to see a picture of one.  I understand that
                                    they were on mainly ones made in Georgia that had the thinner bases, but have
                                    read where they were on some of the smaller thick bases as well.

                                    Anybody know where I might find a picture of one?

                                    161, Joe, Ronnie(Rowena), Marty & Sidney Pontek
                                    P.O. Box 280
                                    Dangriga
                                    Stann Creek District
                                    Belize
                                    (Hopkins Village)
                                    011-501-503-7346 Belize
                                    011-501-666-3564 Belize (cellular)
                                    903-424-4267 (My cellular when in Texas)
                                    V31JP K8JP VP5/K8JP VP5JP K8JP/VA2
                                    k8jp@...
                                    FOC 1743, CWops 876, A1OP
                                    SKCC 3171T, FISTS 7625 CC 951
                                    LotW
                                    Skype: v31joepalooka
                                    http://www.justanswer.com/lp-1eh8-tool-repair 

                                  • Andy Dickerson
                                    Hi Joe, I haven t seen one, but it reminds me-- There will be a special Norcross Day on 8 October to commemorate the original Vibroplex factory location in
                                    Message 17 of 19 , Aug 30 2:23 PM
                                    • 0 Attachment
                                      Hi Joe,

                                      I haven't seen one, but it reminds me--

                                      There will be a special "Norcross Day" on 8 October to commemorate the original Vibroplex factory location in Norcross, Georgia (a suburb northeast of Atlanta).  I am not directly involved in that event because my speed isn't good enough (sending or receiving) to get on the air with my Vibroplex yet.  But there will be a special-event station on the air, and the really special treat is that there will be an ORIGINAL Norcross bug on the air, courtesy of KT5X I believe.

                                      The North Georgia QRP Club will be the primary sponsor of the event and will supply most of the ops.  The details are still being worked out, but I know that the Norcross bug is now in hand!


                                      73,
                                      Andy KD4UKW




                                      On Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 5:14 PM, Joseph L Pontek <k8jp@...> wrote:
                                       

                                      I have read about these, but have yet to see a picture of one.  I understand that
                                      they were on mainly ones made in Georgia that had the thinner bases, but have
                                      read where they were on some of the smaller thick bases as well.

                                      Anybody know where I might find a picture of one?

                                      161, Joe, Ronnie(Rowena), Marty & Sidney Pontek
                                      P.O. Box 280
                                      Dangriga
                                      Stann Creek District
                                      Belize
                                      (Hopkins Village)
                                      011-501-503-7346 Belize
                                      011-501-666-3564 Belize (cellular)
                                      903-424-4267 (My cellular when in Texas)
                                      V31JP K8JP VP5/K8JP VP5JP K8JP/VA2
                                      k8jp@...
                                      FOC 1743, CWops 876, A1OP
                                      SKCC 3171T, FISTS 7625 CC 951
                                      LotW
                                      Skype: v31joepalooka
                                      http://www.justanswer.com/lp-1eh8-tool-repair 


                                    • Joseph L Pontek
                                      Thanks, Andy. I had not heard about the event yet, but I will keep an eye out for announcements. I just acquired a 1955 Blue Racer Deluxe, but I won t see it
                                      Message 18 of 19 , Aug 30 2:32 PM
                                      • 0 Attachment
                                        Thanks, Andy.

                                        I had not heard about the event yet, but I will keep an eye out for announcements.
                                        I just acquired a 1955 Blue Racer Deluxe, but I won't see it until I go up to the states
                                        in late October or early November and bring it down here.  I have three Originals
                                        now and feeling much more comfortable with them.  I still stumble a bit when I switch
                                        from the keyer to the bugs, but that is what I am working towards is the ability to switch
                                        smoothly between them.

                                        Thanks for the heads up and will look forward to hearing from them.  I did send an
                                        e-mail to Fred, KT5X, but I think it was blocked by AOL.

                                        161, Joe, Ronnie(Rowena), Marty & Sidney Pontek
                                        P.O. Box 280
                                        Dangriga
                                        Stann Creek District
                                        Belize
                                        (Hopkins Village)
                                        011-501-503-7346 Belize
                                        011-501-666-3564 Belize (cellular)
                                        903-424-4267 (My cellular when in Texas)
                                        V31JP K8JP VP5/K8JP VP5JP K8JP/VA2
                                        k8jp@...
                                        FOC 1743, CWops 876, A1OP
                                        SKCC 3171T, FISTS 7625 CC 951
                                        LotW
                                        Skype: v31joepalooka
                                        http://www.justanswer.com/lp-1eh8-tool-repair 

                                        On 8/30/2011 3:23 PM, Andy Dickerson wrote: Hi Joe,

                                        I haven't seen one, but it reminds me--

                                        There will be a special "Norcross Day" on 8 October to commemorate the original Vibroplex factory location in Norcross, Georgia (a suburb northeast of Atlanta).  I am not directly involved in that event because my speed isn't good enough (sending or receiving) to get on the air with my Vibroplex yet.  But there will be a special-event station on the air, and the really special treat is that there will be an ORIGINAL Norcross bug on the air, courtesy of KT5X I believe.

                                        The North Georgia QRP Club will be the primary sponsor of the event and will supply most of the ops.  The details are still being worked out, but I know that the Norcross bug is now in hand!


                                        73,
                                        Andy KD4UKW




                                        On Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 5:14 PM, Joseph L Pontek <k8jp@...> wrote:
                                         

                                        I have read about these, but have yet to see a picture of one.  I understand that
                                        they were on mainly ones made in Georgia that had the thinner bases, but have
                                        read where they were on some of the smaller thick bases as well.

                                        Anybody know where I might find a picture of one?

                                        161, Joe, Ronnie(Rowena), Marty & Sidney Pontek
                                        P.O. Box 280
                                        Dangriga
                                        Stann Creek District
                                        Belize
                                        (Hopkins Village)
                                        011-501-503-7346 Belize
                                        011-501-666-3564 Belize (cellular)
                                        903-424-4267 (My cellular when in Texas)
                                        V31JP K8JP VP5/K8JP VP5JP K8JP/VA2
                                        k8jp@...
                                        FOC 1743, CWops 876, A1OP
                                        SKCC 3171T, FISTS 7625 CC 951
                                        LotW
                                        Skype: v31joepalooka
                                        http://www.justanswer.com/lp-1eh8-tool-repair 


                                      • Fred Maas
                                        Yes, the Norcross bug of KT5X has arrived home, in Norcross, and is the hand of Dick, K2UFT. Yes, vibroplex made a thin base with an articulated arm. While
                                        Message 19 of 19 , Aug 30 5:49 PM
                                        • 0 Attachment
                                          Yes, the Norcross bug of KT5X has arrived home, in Norcross, and is the hand of Dick, K2UFT.
                                           
                                          Yes, vibroplex made a thin base with an articulated arm.  While some think they were all made in Norcross, they were produced before Norcross, and very few bugs of any kind were produced in Norcross, so, who knows.  Here is a photo of one.
                                           
                                          73,  Fred - KT5X
                                           
                                           

                                          Thanks, Andy.

                                          I had not heard about the event yet, but I will keep an eye out for announcements.
                                          I just acquired a 1955 Blue Racer Deluxe, but I won't see it until I go up to the states
                                          in late October or early November and bring it down here.  I have three Originals
                                          now and feeling much more comfortable with them.  I still stumble a bit when I switch
                                          from the keyer to the bugs, but that is what I am working towards is the ability to switch
                                          smoothly between them.

                                          Thanks for the heads up and will look forward to hearing from them.  I did send an
                                          e-mail to Fred, KT5X, but I think it was blocked by AOL.

                                        Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.