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Mystery holes in Vibroplex Bases

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  • William
    Hi gang, I recently purchases a 1919 blue racer that had a 1/4 inch hole drilled into the base on the dash side of the pendulum at the level of the dot spring.
    Message 1 of 3 , Nov 9, 2011
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      Hi gang,
      I recently purchases a 1919 blue racer that had a 1/4 inch hole drilled into the base on the dash side of the pendulum at the level of the dot spring. I've seen several bugs on ebay with similar holes in the same location. The only thing I can imagine is that it was used to screw down the bug.
      Has anyone ever noticed this before and have any information on their use?

      Bill, wv1n
    • WILLIS COOKE
      Bill, I think you have the right idea.  I have seen some with two holes, including my Les Logan 518.  I speculate that these are for installing aboard ship
      Message 2 of 3 , Nov 9, 2011
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        Bill, I think you have the right idea.  I have seen some with two holes, including my Les Logan 518.  I speculate that these are for installing aboard ship with lots of pitching and rolling.  Land Liners and shore operators seem to have had personal bugs that they carried in cases but the land desks did not move a lot.  The Cavalla and Stewart have permanently installed keys at the radio positions but they are hand keys, not bugs.  Maybe there are some old ship sparkys who can give a more authoritive opinion.  The same would go for aircraft installations and possibly train installations.  A three pound telegraph key flying around the radio room sounds like a patently bad idea.
         
        Willis 'Cookie' Cooke
        K5EWJ & Trustee N5BPS, USS Cavalla, USS Stewart
        From: William <fretjock@...>
        To: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 10:39 AM
        Subject: [cw_bugs] Mystery holes in Vibroplex Bases

         
        Hi gang,
        I recently purchases a 1919 blue racer that had a 1/4 inch hole drilled into the base on the dash side of the pendulum at the level of the dot spring. I've seen several bugs on ebay with similar holes in the same location. The only thing I can imagine is that it was used to screw down the bug.
        Has anyone ever noticed this before and have any information on their use?

        Bill, wv1n



      • k4oso@aol.com
        Bill, Holes in a bug base are always used for anchoring the key. There s no other practical reason for having a hole in a solid steel base. 73, Milt In a
        Message 3 of 3 , Nov 9, 2011
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          Bill,
          Holes in a bug base are "always" used for anchoring the key.  There's no other practical reason for having a hole in a solid steel base.
          73, Milt
           
          In a message dated 11/9/2011 11:39:42 AM Eastern Standard Time, fretjock@... writes:
          Hi gang,
          I recently purchases a 1919 blue racer that had a 1/4 inch hole drilled into the base on the dash side of the pendulum at the level of the dot spring. I've seen several bugs on ebay with similar holes in the same location. The only thing I can imagine is that it was used to screw down the bug.
          Has anyone ever noticed this before and have any information on their use?

          Bill, wv1n
           
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