Re: [cw_bugs] it's BUG Night
- 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 - KT5X1936 McElroy:
-- 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) 903-884-5990 (Skype telephone number) Also, K8JP, member FOC1743, CWops876, QCWA-LM21894, OOTC4607, A1OP, SKCC3171T, NAQCC5798, FISTS7625CC951, http://www.justanswer.com/lp-1eh8-tool-repair I am looking for Vibroplex Model X, Double lever, Lionel J-36 and prefer basket cases to restore.
- 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" - kt5xW5YA when QRPWS0TA when ON a SOTA Mtn Peak--Fred,Hope to QSO on SKN.This is my Deluxe Mac Key, serial # 1784:73, Troy, W6HV