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Re: Fred: [cw_bugs] Re: Vibroplex contacts

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  • 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 1 of 19 , Jul 9, 2011
      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 2 of 19 , Aug 30, 2011
        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
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        Dangriga
        Stann Creek District
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      • 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 3 of 19 , Aug 30, 2011
          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 4 of 19 , Aug 30, 2011
            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 5 of 19 , Aug 30, 2011
              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.

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