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  • cloud runner
    The high traffic level telegraphy had reached toward the end of the 1800 s necessitated the invention of mechanical speed keys including the Sideswiper (1880 s
    Message 1 of 4 , Dec 31, 2012
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      The high traffic level telegraphy had reached toward the end of the 1800's necessitated the invention of mechanical speed keys including the Sideswiper (1880's I think) and the bugs (the original Vibroplex in 1904).  Any and all mechanical keys fall into the New Year's Eve, night of nostalgia.  
       
      Many old bugs will be heard tonight with a concentration of them around 7.025 and 3.525 +/- 5 khz.  Some rarely heard species to be on the lookout for include: McElroy (world's greatest telegrapher according to him) bugs from the thirties, Dow keys, Les Logans, Australian Simplex Autos (a right-angle bug using a release mechanism), and various Vibroplex species including the Original, the Double Lever, the X key, the Blue Racers (early ones were really blue), the Junior, the #6 or Lightning, the WW II J-36, the Zephyr, and the Champion.  If you hear a Vertical, or a Midget (only a handful known to exist) you will have REALLY lucked out!
       
      It's all about fun, comradery, and nostalgia.  See you on the bands.
       
      73,  Fred - KT5X
       
      1936 McElroy:
       
    • TroyW6HV
      Fred, Hope to QSO on SKN. This is my Deluxe Mac Key, serial # 1784: 73, Troy, W6HV From: cloud runner Sent: Monday, December 31, 2012 6:50 AM To:
      Message 2 of 4 , Dec 31, 2012
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        Fred,
        Hope to QSO on SKN.
        This is my Deluxe Mac Key, serial # 1784:
        Deluxe MacKey 73, Troy, W6HV
         
        Sent: Monday, December 31, 2012 6:50 AM
        Subject: [cw_bugs] it's BUG Night
         


         
        The high traffic level telegraphy had reached toward the end of the 1800's necessitated the invention of mechanical speed keys including the Sideswiper (1880's I think) and the bugs (the original Vibroplex in 1904).  Any and all mechanical keys fall into the New Year's Eve, night of nostalgia.  
         
        Many old bugs will be heard tonight with a concentration of them around 7.025 and 3.525 +/- 5 khz.  Some rarely heard species to be on the lookout for include: McElroy (world's greatest telegrapher according to him) bugs from the thirties, Dow keys, Les Logans, Australian Simplex Autos (a right-angle bug using a release mechanism), and various Vibroplex species including the Original, the Double Lever, the X key, the Blue Racers (early ones were really blue), the Junior, the #6 or Lightning, the WW II J-36, the Zephyr, and the Champion.  If you hear a Vertical, or a Midget (only a handful known to exist) you will have REALLY lucked out!
         
        It's all about fun, comradery, and nostalgia.  See you on the bands.
         
        73,  Fred - KT5X
         
        1936 McElroy:
         
      • Joe V31JP
        Nice, Fred! I had to leave my McElroy keys in Texas. I ran out of room and weight limits. But, I will have my 1920 and 1936 Juniors and my 1955 Blue Racer
        Message 3 of 4 , Dec 31, 2012
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          Nice, Fred!

          I had to leave my McElroy keys in Texas. I ran out of room and weight limits.

          But, I will have my 1920 and 1936 Juniors and my 1955 Blue Racer Deluxe on. I am still working on make
          a new dot spring contact assembly.  I did turn the part I need to make watchmakers lathe headstock to
          be solid.  Now, for it, I need to get or make a counter shaft for better turning.

          So much work here lately, I have not finished the 1912 Original yet.  I have a Zephyr in Texas now, hoping
          it will soon arrive down here.

          I am working on the basket case HF2V vertical now and who knows, I might have a respectable signal on
          40 & 80 metres soon.

          Happy New Year, Joe.

          On 12/31/2012 8:50 AM, cloud runner wrote:
           


          The high traffic level telegraphy had reached toward the end of the 1800's necessitated the invention of mechanical speed keys including the Sideswiper (1880's I think) and the bugs (the original Vibroplex in 1904).  Any and all mechanical keys fall into the New Year's Eve, night of nostalgia.  
           
          Many old bugs will be heard tonight with a concentration of them around 7.025 and 3.525 +/- 5 khz.  Some rarely heard species to be on the lookout for include: McElroy (world's greatest telegrapher according to him) bugs from the thirties, Dow keys, Les Logans, Australian Simplex Autos (a right-angle bug using a release mechanism), and various Vibroplex species including the Original, the Double Lever, the X key, the Blue Racers (early ones were really blue), the Junior, the #6 or Lightning, the WW II J-36, the Zephyr, and the Champion.  If you hear a Vertical, or a Midget (only a handful known to exist) you will have REALLY lucked out!
           
          It's all about fun, comradery, and nostalgia.  See you on the bands.
           
          73,  Fred - KT5X
           
          1936 McElroy:
           


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        • cloud runner
          Oh my, Troy, that is (yet another) real beauty! Serials on the Mac keys are all mixed up. The first ones were in the five thousands ;-) Mine is 5925. John,
          Message 4 of 4 , Dec 31, 2012
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            Oh my, Troy, that is (yet another) real beauty!  Serials on the Mac keys are all mixed up.  The first ones were in the five thousands ;-)  Mine is 5925.
             
            John, K1JD, will be over about 0100z, and we will be on 40M soon after.  Good prop to CA around then.
             
            73,  "FD" - kt5x
             
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            Fred,
            Hope to QSO on SKN.
            This is my Deluxe Mac Key, serial # 1784:
             73, Troy, W6HV
             
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