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  • TroyW6HV
    Donnie, Truly a bug of beauty. Well done! 73, Troy, W6HV ... From: wa9tgt Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 5:44 PM To: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com Subject: [cw_bugs]
    Message 1 of 9 , Jun 20, 2012
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      Donnie,
      Truly a bug of beauty. Well done!
      73,
      Troy, W6HV

      -----Original Message-----
      From: wa9tgt
      Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 5:44 PM
      To: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [cw_bugs] Recent Bug Creation by WA9TGT

      I just posted a picture of a bug I recently finished machining out for
      myself. I have been using this bug daily now for over 2 weeks and it
      preforms beautifully.

      Bug has a 3" wide base and the base was commercially finished with a Black
      powder coat textured finish. I machined out all the parts except the
      stainless steel screws and the (2) coil springs.

      The picture of this bug can be found in my photo folder called:

      WA9TGT-Bugs

      Thank you for looking.....

      Regards, Donnie / WA9TGT



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    • D.J.J. Ring, Jr.
      Hello Donnie, What a beautiful looking key. Since you ve done your own machining, I am going to recommend one change that is in one of my bugs which makes it
      Message 2 of 9 , Jun 20, 2012
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        Hello Donnie,

        What a beautiful looking key.

        Since you've done your own machining, I am going to recommend one change that is in one of my bugs which makes it probably the best sender of all, T.R. "Ted" McElroy designed a pre-tensioner which was an "L" shaped piece of metal held by a set screw located on the vibrator rod

        A  picture is worth millions of my insufficient words:


        More photos and a description of this key are located here:
        http://www.greenhillsgf.com/IndexOwn_McElroy_Key2.htm

        I have no connection with that person, it's only a picture of what I am attempting to describe.

        One of the worst problems is sparking and jittery dots - this pretensions the dot spring by holding it back and acting like a damper when the vibrator moves away.

        It works very well.

        For others who might want some more of my poor words - click on either of the two "gopher hole" links and read about how to adjust bugs - just ramblings that I've learned by trials and lots of errors and asking question over 50 years of Morse telegraphy.

        73

        David J. Ring, Jr., N1EA  Radio-Officers Group -- Historic Morse Recordings 
        Gopher Hole:  gopher://sdf.org/1/users/djringjr/ (native or with Firefox's Overbite extension) or via http to gopher gateway
        Chat Skype: djringjr MSN: djringjr@... AIM: N1EA icq: 27380609

        =30=

      • Joe V31JP
        That is beautiful, Donnie. For others, it is here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cw_bugs/photos/recent/1291589982/view I am curious, Donnie about what you used
        Message 3 of 9 , Jun 20, 2012
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          That is beautiful, Donnie.

          For others, it is here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cw_bugs/photos/recent/1291589982/view

          I am curious, Donnie about what you used for contact material, in particular, the contact on the Dot spring contact.
          Ah, but I can see it is a new key.  There is no circuit closure switch.  Hee Hee!  Nice job.

          On 6/20/2012 7:44 PM, wa9tgt wrote:
           

          I just posted a picture of a bug I recently finished machining out for myself. I have been using this bug daily now for over 2 weeks and it preforms beautifully.

          Bug has a 3" wide base and the base was commercially finished with a Black powder coat textured finish. I machined out all the parts except the stainless steel screws and the (2) coil springs.

          The picture of this bug can be found in my photo folder called:

          WA9TGT-Bugs

          Thank you for looking.....

          Regards, Donnie / WA9TGT


          -- 
          161, Joe, Ronnie(Rowena), Marty & Sidney Pontek
          P.O. Box 280, Dangriga, Stann Creek District
          (Hopkins Village) Belize
          011-501-503-7346 Belize
          011-501-666-3564 Belize (cellular)
          or
          5204 Texas Highway 49 W
          Omaha, TX 75571-6474
          U.S.A.
          903-424-4267 (My cellular when in Texas)
          Also, K8JP, member FOC1743,CWops876,QCWA-LM21894,OOTC4607,A1OP,SKCC3171T,NAQCC5798,FISTS7625CC951,FP-2819
          LotW  Skype: v31joepalooka
          http://www.justanswer.com/lp-1eh8-tool-repair
          I am looking for Vibroplex Model X, Double lever, Zephyr, Lionel J-36 and prefer basket cases to restore.


        • Joe V31JP
          I second, that, Donnie. When I get back to Belize, I will try and remember a little project I started before I left and send you a picture of another. My
          Message 4 of 9 , Jun 20, 2012
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            I second, that, Donnie.  When I get back to Belize, I will try and remember a little project I started before I left
            and send you a picture of another. My 1938A has the tensioner right in the same block that the dot spring contact is mounted to
            like this:


            Mine is disassembled right now.  The nice thing about DR's, one like that can be put on any bug.

            Nice key, DR.  I can hardly wait to finish mine and get it on the air, a 1938A and I have a basket case 1938B? as well.



            On 6/20/2012 8:18 PM, D.J.J. Ring, Jr. wrote:
             

            Hello Donnie,

            What a beautiful looking key.

            Since you've done your own machining, I am going to recommend one change that is in one of my bugs which makes it probably the best sender of all, T.R. "Ted" McElroy designed a pre-tensioner which was an "L" shaped piece of metal held by a set screw located on the vibrator rod

            A  picture is worth millions of my insufficient words:


            More photos and a description of this key are located here:
            http://www.greenhillsgf.com/IndexOwn_McElroy_Key2.htm

            I have no connection with that person, it's only a picture of what I am attempting to describe.

            One of the worst problems is sparking and jittery dots - this pretensions the dot spring by holding it back and acting like a damper when the vibrator moves away.

            It works very well.

            For others who might want some more of my poor words - click on either of the two "gopher hole" links and read about how to adjust bugs - just ramblings that I've learned by trials and lots of errors and asking question over 50 years of Morse telegraphy.

            73

            David J. Ring, Jr., N1EA  Radio-Officers Group -- Historic Morse Recordings 
            Gopher Hole:  gopher://sdf.org/1/users/djringjr/ (native or with Firefox's Overbite extension) or via http to gopher gateway
            Chat Skype: djringjr MSN: djringjr@... AIM: N1EA icq: 27380609

            =30=


            -- 
            161, Joe, Ronnie(Rowena), Marty & Sidney Pontek
            P.O. Box 280, Dangriga, Stann Creek District
            (Hopkins Village) Belize
            011-501-503-7346 Belize
            011-501-666-3564 Belize (cellular)
            or
            5204 Texas Highway 49 W
            Omaha, TX 75571-6474
            U.S.A.
            903-424-4267 (My cellular when in Texas)
            Also, K8JP, member FOC1743,CWops876,QCWA-LM21894,OOTC4607,A1OP,SKCC3171T,NAQCC5798,FISTS7625CC951,FP-2819
            LotW  Skype: v31joepalooka
            http://www.justanswer.com/lp-1eh8-tool-repair
            I am looking for Vibroplex Model X, Double lever, Zephyr, Lionel J-36 and prefer basket cases to restore.


          • D.J.J. Ring, Jr.
            I believe so, in any event it is a fabulous key. However it is irritating for some reason in that it is difficult to adjust without a screwdriver - I can t
            Message 5 of 9 , Jun 20, 2012
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              I believe so, in any event it is a fabulous key.

              However it is irritating for some reason in that it is difficult to adjust without a screwdriver - I can't adjust it like I do a Vibroplex even though it has knurled screws.  Can it be the difference between McElroy's diamond type knurling and Vibroplex's rope type knurling?  I have a hunch if I disassemble it and clean it the screws may move more easily and allow adjustment better - but it is more work than just getting out a slotted screw driver and holding the knurled nut stationary while I tighten up on the screw.

              I don't want to mess too much with a key that sends beautifully.  Why screw up a good key - < grin >
              Gopher Hole:  gopher://sdf.org/1/users/djringjr/ (native or with Firefox's Overbite extension) or via http to gopher gateway
              Chat Skype: djringjr MSN: djringjr@... AIM: N1EA icq: 27380609
              =30=



              On Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 9:35 PM, Joe V31JP <v31jp1957@...> wrote:
              I second, that, Donnie.  When I get back to Belize, I will try and remember a little project I started before I left
              and send you a picture of another. My 1938A has the tensioner right in the same block that the dot spring contact is mounted to
              like this:


              Mine is disassembled right now.  The nice thing about DR's, one like that can be put on any bug.

              Nice key, DR.  I can hardly wait to finish mine and get it on the air, a 1938A and I have a basket case 1938B? as well.




              On 6/20/2012 8:18 PM, D.J.J. Ring, Jr. wrote:
               

              Hello Donnie,

              What a beautiful looking key.

              Since you've done your own machining, I am going to recommend one change that is in one of my bugs which makes it probably the best sender of all, T.R. "Ted" McElroy designed a pre-tensioner which was an "L" shaped piece of metal held by a set screw located on the vibrator rod

              A  picture is worth millions of my insufficient words:


              More photos and a description of this key are located here:
              http://www.greenhillsgf.com/IndexOwn_McElroy_Key2.htm

              I have no connection with that person, it's only a picture of what I am attempting to describe.

              One of the worst problems is sparking and jittery dots - this pretensions the dot spring by holding it back and acting like a damper when the vibrator moves away.

              It works very well.

              For others who might want some more of my poor words - click on either of the two "gopher hole" links and read about how to adjust bugs - just ramblings that I've learned by trials and lots of errors and asking question over 50 years of Morse telegraphy.

              73

              David J. Ring, Jr., N1EA  Radio-Officers Group -- Historic Morse Recordings 
              Gopher Hole:  gopher://sdf.org/1/users/djringjr/ (native or with Firefox's Overbite extension) or via http to gopher gateway
              Chat Skype: djringjr MSN: djringjr@... AIM: N1EA icq: 27380609

              =30=


              -- 
              161, Joe, Ronnie(Rowena), Marty & Sidney Pontek
              P.O. Box 280, Dangriga, Stann Creek District
              (Hopkins Village) Belize
              011-501-503-7346 Belize
              011-501-666-3564 Belize (cellular)
              or
              5204 Texas Highway 49 W
              Omaha, TX 75571-6474
              U.S.A.
              903-424-4267 (My cellular when in Texas)
              Also, K8JP, member FOC1743,CWops876,QCWA-LM21894,OOTC4607,A1OP,SKCC3171T,NAQCC5798,FISTS7625CC951,FP-2819
              LotW  Skype: v31joepalooka
              http://www.justanswer.com/lp-1eh8-tool-repair
              I am looking for Vibroplex Model X, Double lever, Zephyr, Lionel J-36 and prefer basket cases to restore.



            • Larry Makoski
              ... Wow !!!! -- 73 de Larry W2LJ QRP - When you care to send the very least! http://w2lj.blogspot.com/ http://www.w2lj.qrpradio.com/
              Message 6 of 9 , Jun 20, 2012
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                On 6/20/2012 9:19 PM, Joe V31JP wrote:
                 

                That is beautiful, Donnie.

                For others, it is here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cw_bugs/photos/recent/1291589982/view

                I am curious, Donnie about what you used for contact material, in particular, the contact on the Dot spring contact.
                Ah, but I can see it is a new key.  There is no circuit closure switch.  Hee Hee!  Nice job.




                Wow !!!!
                -- 
                73 de Larry W2LJ
                QRP - When you care to send the very least!
                
                http://w2lj.blogspot.com/
                http://www.w2lj.qrpradio.com/
              • Earl Needham
                Donnie, that s pretty incredible! Now you need a label for it -- how about calling it a Donnie-plex or something? Serial #1, etc! Seriously, that s some
                Message 7 of 9 , Jun 20, 2012
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                  Donnie, that's pretty incredible!  Now you need a label for it -- how about calling it a Donnie-plex or something?  Serial #1, etc!

                  Seriously, that's some beautiful work.

                  Vy 7 3
                  Earl
                  KD5XB


                  On Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 7:08 PM, TroyW6HV <w6hv@...> wrote:
                   

                  Donnie,
                  Truly a bug of beauty. Well done!
                  73,
                  Troy, W6HV



                  -----Original Message-----
                  From: wa9tgt
                  Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 5:44 PM
                  To: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com
                  Subject: [cw_bugs] Recent Bug Creation by WA9TGT

                  I just posted a picture of a bug I recently finished machining out for
                  myself. I have been using this bug daily now for over 2 weeks and it
                  preforms beautifully.

                  Bug has a 3" wide base and the base was commercially finished with a Black
                  powder coat textured finish. I machined out all the parts except the
                  stainless steel screws and the (2) coil springs.

                  The picture of this bug can be found in my photo folder called:

                  WA9TGT-Bugs

                  Thank you for looking.....

                  Regards, Donnie / WA9TGT

                  ------------------------------------

                  Yahoo! Groups Links


                • Donnie
                  Gentleman: (David, Joe, Larry, Troy, Earl) My thanks to all of you for the nice comments concerning my newly constructed bug. It was a pleasant challenge to
                  Message 8 of 9 , Jun 21, 2012
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                    Gentleman: (David, Joe, Larry, Troy, Earl)

                    My thanks to all of you for the nice comments concerning my newly constructed bug. It was a  pleasant challenge to build this key and the end results has been very rewarding. I do enjoy using it on a daily basis.

                    Rich Meiss WB9LPU who I consider a good friend, actually inspired me to make this semi-automatic key. Rich has done a couple of his magnificent key presentation over the years at our local QRP group meetings. His beautiful and creative key work inspired me to make my own bug.    

                    A question was asked about the dit spring contact. I made the actual contact for the dit spring from a silver coin. The coin was finished down smooth and I used a throat punch to punch out a few silver contacts. I actually soldered the silver contact to the end of the dit spring to provide half of the dit contact. The other half of the dit contact is the faced off and polished end of the 6-32 x 1" stainless steel dit adjustment screw. This arrangement has provided a good electrical and mechanically stable contact. The same type contact arrangement was also used on the dah contact side.

                    If you have any other questions about the construction of my bug I will be most happy to try to answer your question.

                    Thanks again for looking at my bug!

                    Regards, Donnie / WA9TGT

                    On Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 11:17 PM, Earl Needham <earl.kd5xb@...> wrote:
                     

                    Donnie, that's pretty incredible!  Now you need a label for it -- how about calling it a Donnie-plex or something?  Serial #1, etc!

                    Seriously, that's some beautiful work.

                    Vy 7 3
                    Earl
                    KD5XB




                    On Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 7:08 PM, TroyW6HV <w6hv@...> wrote:
                     

                    Donnie,
                    Truly a bug of beauty. Well done!
                    73,
                    Troy, W6HV



                    -----Original Message-----
                    From: wa9tgt
                    Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 5:44 PM
                    To: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com
                    Subject: [cw_bugs] Recent Bug Creation by WA9TGT

                    I just posted a picture of a bug I recently finished machining out for
                    myself. I have been using this bug daily now for over 2 weeks and it
                    preforms beautifully.

                    Bug has a 3" wide base and the base was commercially finished with a Black
                    powder coat textured finish. I machined out all the parts except the
                    stainless steel screws and the (2) coil springs.

                    The picture of this bug can be found in my photo folder called:

                    WA9TGT-Bugs

                    Thank you for looking.....

                    Regards, Donnie / WA9TGT

                    ------------------------------------

                    Yahoo! Groups Links



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