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  • esasabase
    Just received a Bunnell flash-key No. 5-48. has any one seen set up. Please see photos.
    Message 1 of 5 , Aug 7, 2011
      Just received a Bunnell flash-key No. 5-48. has any one seen set up. Please see photos.
    • Joseph L Pontek
      GM, old chap. Sorry, no name or call letters in your e-mail. One thing I noticed from your photos is the weights. Those are not the original weights, but what
      Message 2 of 5 , Aug 8, 2011
        GM, old chap.

        Sorry, no name or call letters in your e-mail.

        One thing I noticed from your photos is the weights.  Those are
        not the original weights, but what are known as stair gauges.
        They made to fasten onto a framing square to lay out the cuts
        for steps to cut out the wood.  I believe they even say Craftsman
        on yours.  Neat key.  Looks to be a fun restoration project.
        And those step gauges do work nicely for weights.  Those
        even appear to be an old style.

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        On 8/7/2011 8:14 PM, esasabase wrote:
        Just received a Bunnell flash-key No. 5-48. has any one seen set up. Please see photos.
        
        
      • john@morsemad.com
        Great old bug ! The weights look like old steering arm ball joints from a vehicle HI. Perhaps the first step would be to replace them with proper bug weights.
        Message 3 of 5 , Aug 8, 2011
          Great old bug !
          The weights look like old steering arm ball joints from a vehicle HI.
          Perhaps the first step would be to replace them with proper bug weights.
          73 
           
             
          John  / G0RDO
        • F. Richard Burt
          Good Afternoon, telegraph Buggers: I have two very well balanced mechanical semi-automatic keying bugs, one was issued to me by Army MARS and the other was
          Message 4 of 5 , Dec 9, 2011
            Good Afternoon, telegraph Buggers:
              
            I have two very well balanced mechanical semi-automatic keying
            bugs, one was issued to me by Army MARS
             
            Telegraph Bugs W5EGX and W5QQM 005-2x
               
            and the other was used by my father in Postal Telegraph operations
            before the company went bankrupt in the Great Depression.
               
            Telegraph Bugs W5EGX 007-2x
             
             
              I could tell you many stories about how he used that bug in
            Command Performance for the Navy during World War-II.
               
            Having developed my own touch in keying that old bug, as I learned
            the code, passed my Standard Class tests when I was 14 years old,
            I then knew exactly how I thought my Army-issued bug should respond.
             
            The feel of either bug made it possible to move from on to the
            other without loss of a single dit.
               
              
            My bug was made by Vibroplex in Milwaukee, and is identified as
            Class J-38, Serial No. 298.  Both bugs will smoothly work at very
            slow speed, such as was common for Novices (5 words per minute)
            when I was still active in the 1960s – into the mid 1970s.  Gave
            all of my ham gear to a young man who want to become a ham, and
            withdrew from my 25-hours per week addiction to ham radio.  It was
            very complicated, and I don’t think it needs to be explained, but
            I was never lacking for interesting stuff to involve myself. <grins>
              
            So, here is my proposition.  I am mentally damaged from a stroke,
            and my brain doesn’t comprehend most of the jabbering women on the
            evening news cast, much less a stream of code at 25 words per minute,
            more
            or less.
             
            So, if anyone wants one of these, ...or both of them, I will present
            them for a suitable exchange of their value in cash.  The dust is
            real west Texas dust accumulated from about 1977 to 1989, when I
            boxed everything up and move us to Garland, Texas in 1989.  Even if
            I shine them with suitable buffing and clean all of the dust out of
            the crinkled paint(original issue), you won’t have any trouble making
            it smoothly work at high-speeds, for dad had his very own High-speed
            keying/break-in mode operators certificate (U.S. Navy where he found
            his super-star performance to good use in war and peace.  When
            Hurricane Carlia hit Galveston in 1961.  He drove his portable radio
            station to Galveston, and the USS Enterprise was dispatched to coordinate
            emergency communications from him.  The started out with voice
            transmission, but the static was so severe and they were averaging only
            five messages per hour.  Dad requested the shipboard radio operator to
            see if they had speed-key/break-in operator on duty.  <pause while
            inquiring up the chain of commaned> and the reply was “Roger.  Want him?:”
              
            They shifted to that mode and began moving five emergency messages every
            10 minutes, and Galveston emergency operation on land had connections
            with their support groups, Red Cross, etc.  Yep!!! I am very proud of
            what my father was able to share with the Navy, but do smile a bit when
            they describe why they no longer use the Morse Code; upload to sattelite
            in 15 seconds more than all of the combined emergency traffic that he
            handled in Hurricane Carla, and download complete manuals for relief
            activities where needed in another 20 seconds. <grins>  No, we didn’t
            have anything like that in 1961, but I am pleased that we had men who
            could do what they had to do with operational skills using this bug.
             
            What do you think?
             
            Dick
             
            F. Richard Burt
            W5QQM
             
             
            Brazos Valley Railways
            in N-scale
            Brazos Valley Railways
            ...through the Heart of Texas
                
              
            .
          • wz4cw@comcast.net
            Dick-      I sent you an email regarding the Vibroplex J-36.  I sent it direct to BrazosValley@ verizo n.net .  I sent it on 12-10-11.  I have not
            Message 5 of 5 , Dec 12, 2011

              Dick-

                   I sent you an email regarding the Vibroplex J-36.  I sent it direct to BrazosValley@ verizon.net .  I sent it on 12-10-11.  I have not received any reply as yet.  You may contact me at   AG4LS @...
              73     Carl  WZ4CW



              From: "F. Richard Burt" <BrazosValley@...>
              To: "cw bugs" <cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com>
              Sent: Friday, December 9, 2011 7:39:01 PM
              Subject: Re: [cw_bugs] Flash-Key

               

              Good Afternoon, telegraph Buggers:
                
              I have two very well balanced mechanical semi-automatic keying
              bugs, one was issued to me by Army MARS
               
              Telegraph Bugs W5EGX and W5QQM 005-2x
                 
              and the other was used by my father in Postal Telegraph operations
              before the company went bankrupt in the Great Depression.
                 
              Telegraph Bugs W5EGX 007-2x
               
               
                I could tell you many stories about how he used that bug in
              Command Performance for the Navy during World War-II.
                 
              Having developed my own touch in keying that old bug, as I learned
              the code, passed my Standard Class tests when I was 14 years old,
              I then knew exactly how I thought my Army-issued bug should respond.
               
              The feel of either bug made it possible to move from on to the
              other without loss of a single dit.
                 
                
              My bug was made by Vibroplex in Milwaukee, and is identified as
              Class J-38, Serial No. 298.  Both bugs will smoothly work at very
              slow speed, such as was common for Novices (5 words per minute)
              when I was still active in the 1960s – into the mid 1970s.  Gave
              all of my ham gear to a young man who want to become a ham, and
              withdrew from my 25-hours per week addiction to ham radio.  It was
              very complicated, and I don’t think it needs to be explained, but
              I was never lacking for interesting stuff to involve myself. <grins>
                
              So, here is my proposition.  I am mentally damaged from a stroke,
              and my brain doesn’t comprehend most of the jabbering women on the
              evening news cast, much less a stream of code at 25 words per minute,
              more
              or less.
               
              So, if anyone wants one of these, ...or both of them, I will present
              them for a suitable exchange of their value in cash.  The dust is
              real west Texas dust accumulated from about 1977 to 1989, when I
              boxed everything up and move us to Garland, Texas in 1989.  Even if
              I shine them with suitable buffing and clean all of the dust out of
              the crinkled paint(original issue), you won’t have any trouble making
              it smoothly work at high-speeds, for dad had his very own High-speed
              keying/break-in mode operators certificate (U.S. Navy where he found
              his super-star performance to good use in war and peace.  When
              Hurricane Carlia hit Galveston in 1961.  He drove his portable radio
              station to Galveston, and the USS Enterprise was dispatched to coordinate
              emergency communications from him.  The started out with voice
              transmission, but the static was so severe and they were averaging only
              five messages per hour.  Dad requested the shipboard radio operator to
              see if they had speed-key/break-in operator on duty.  <pause while
              inquiring up the chain of commaned> and the reply was “Roger.  Want him?:”
                
              They shifted to that mode and began moving five emergency messages every
              10 minutes, and Galveston emergency operation on land had connections
              with their support groups, Red Cross, etc.  Yep!!! I am very proud of
              what my father was able to share with the Navy, but do smile a bit when
              they describe why they no longer use the Morse Code; upload to sattelite
              in 15 seconds more than all of the combined emergency traffic that he
              handled in Hurricane Carla, and download complete manuals for relief
              activities where needed in another 20 seconds. <grins>  No, we didn’t
              have anything like that in 1961, but I am pleased that we had men who
              could do what they had to do with operational skills using this bug.
               
              What do you think?
               
              Dick
               
              F. Richard Burt
              W5QQM
               
               
              Brazos Valley Railways
              in N-scale
              Brazos Valley Railways
              ...through the Heart of Texas
                  
                
              .

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