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  • 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 1 of 5 , Aug 8, 2011
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      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 2 of 5 , Dec 9, 2011
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        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 3 of 5 , Dec 12, 2011
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          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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