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Re: [cw_bugs] Flash-Key

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    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
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           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,
      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?
      F. Richard Burt
      Brazos Valley Railways
      in N-scale
      Brazos Valley Railways
      ...through the Heart of Texas

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