Re: [cw_bugs] Flash-Key
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" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 keyingbugs, one was issued to me by Army MARSand the other was used by my father in Postal Telegraph operationsbefore the company went bankrupt in the Great Depression.I could tell you many stories about how he used that bug inCommand Performance for the Navy during World War-II.Having developed my own touch in keying that old bug, as I learnedthe 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 theother without loss of a single dit.My bug was made by Vibroplex in Milwaukee, and is identified asClass J-38, Serial No. 298. Both bugs will smoothly work at veryslow speed, such as was common for Novices (5 words per minute)when I was still active in the 1960s – into the mid 1970s. Gaveall of my ham gear to a young man who want to become a ham, andwithdrew from my 25-hours per week addiction to ham radio. It wasvery complicated, and I don’t think it needs to be explained, butI 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 theevening news cast, much less a stream of code at 25 words per minute,moreor less.So, if anyone wants one of these, ...or both of them, I will presentthem for a suitable exchange of their value in cash. The dust isreal west Texas dust accumulated from about 1977 to 1989, when Iboxed everything up and move us to Garland, Texas in 1989. Even ifI shine them with suitable buffing and clean all of the dust out ofthe crinkled paint(original issue), you won’t have any trouble makingit smoothly work at high-speeds, for dad had his very own High-speedkeying/break-in mode operators certificate (U.S. Navy where he foundhis super-star performance to good use in war and peace. WhenHurricane Carlia hit Galveston in 1961. He drove his portable radiostation to Galveston, and the USS Enterprise was dispatched to coordinateemergency communications from him. The started out with voicetransmission, but the static was so severe and they were averaging onlyfive messages per hour. Dad requested the shipboard radio operator tosee if they had speed-key/break-in operator on duty. <pause whileinquiring up the chain of commaned> and the reply was “Roger. Want him?:”They shifted to that mode and began moving five emergency messages every10 minutes, and Galveston emergency operation on land had connectionswith their support groups, Red Cross, etc. Yep!!! I am very proud ofwhat my father was able to share with the Navy, but do smile a bit whenthey describe why they no longer use the Morse Code; upload to sattelitein 15 seconds more than all of the combined emergency traffic that hehandled in Hurricane Carla, and download complete manuals for reliefactivities where needed in another 20 seconds. <grins> No, we didn’thave anything like that in 1961, but I am pleased that we had men whocould do what they had to do with operational skills using this bug.What do you think?DickF. Richard BurtW5QQMBrazos Valley Railwaysin N-scaleBrazos Valley Railways...through the Heart of Texas.