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Re: [cw_bugs] it's BUG Night

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  • 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 1 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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      I am looking for Vibroplex Model X, Double lever, Lionel J-36 and prefer basket cases to restore.
    • 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 2 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
         
        W5YA when QRP
        WS0TA when ON a SOTA Mtn Peak
         
         
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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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