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Re: [cw_bugs] Different Vibroplex Bugs Characteristics

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  • k4oso
    I don t believe any particular Vibroplex model is either intended or best suited to a specific speed range. With the appropriate device, any Vibroplex bug can
    Message 1 of 17 , Sep 9, 2013
      I don't believe any particular Vibroplex model is either intended or best suited to a specific speed range.  With the appropriate device, any Vibroplex bug can be slowed down considerably. 
      Having said that, the Blue Racers, out of the box, are probably the most nimble of the Vib bugs.  However, they can be slowed considerably to suit the needs of the QRS op (15 wpm or so).
      Overall, the most versatile Vibroplex I've found is the old model Presentation with the LaHiff adjustable mainspring.  Equipped with the Vari Speed, this bug is the "solution" to most speed ranges with a feel that can be tailored to your indivudual taste.
      Good luck,
      Milt k4oso
       
       
       
      In a message dated 9/9/2013 4:26:16 PM Eastern Daylight Time, lowpowerop@... writes:

      Vibroplex has made many bugs over the years. What are their general characteristics for instance a lightning bug would be for someone whose speed is around 15 wpm or an Original Deluxe is for whom?  Someone who is sending at 35wpm would benefit from what model Vibroplex?

      There are a couple of Vibroplex books out e.g. "The Vibroplex Story". Does this book cover this information of just the history.

      Thanks

      john/n4dsp

       
    • Fernando
      Hello I received one in June and the exchange rate at that time came out to $315. Payment made to his daughter here in the states. Tom did an excellent job. I
      Message 2 of 17 , Sep 10, 2013
        Hello

        I received one in June and the exchange rate at

        that time came out to $315. Payment made to his

        daughter here in the states. Tom did an excellent job.

        I never had the pleasure of using a double lever

        and can say that errors still do occur, just like my other

        keys. hi.. 

        Waiting for delivery of one 90 degree bug from Donnie.

        Have a look.

         
        Fernando N2FQ/6




        On Sep 9, 2013, at 5:34 PM, Lee Young <k5ly@...> wrote:

        Yes, that Olympic is a truly beautiful Bug.
        The dots and dits sound remarkable.

        I'm afraid to ask the price.

        --
        Lee Young, K5LY
        ARRL Life member, CWops #1124, FISTS #15371, SKCC #7448, NAQCC #5451
        CW Forever!


        On Mon, 2013-09-09 at 16:42 -0700, TroyW6HV wrote:

        I just watched the video and the “OLYMPIC” is a truly beautiful bug.
        Sure wish I had one! I’ve never used a bug that was adjusted with
        magnetic controls.

        I am currently using my “Deluxe Model MAC Key” (C 1938). The slowest
        speed is about 23 WPM and I must add a few washers to slow it down to
        20 for the CW net. The weights for my Vibroplex bugs wont fit.

        73,
        Troy, W6HV

        From: D.J.J. Ring, Jr.
        Sent: Monday, September 09, 2013 3:10 PM
        To: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: Re: [cw_bugs] Different Vibroplex Bugs Characteristics



        G3HGE Tom Withers currently makes a very nice dual lever
        semi-automatic called  "OLYMPIC" that can send quite slowly.  You
        could contact him at TW Equipment in England, he could tell you how
        slowly it can send.

        I have serial number 001 of this key which I use on air. Double lever
        keys are easier to send with at about 35 wpm and faster because the
        dash lever is totally independant from the dot lever and can produce
        dashes following dots with better timing.

        73

        David
        N1EA







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      • D.J.J. Ring, Jr.
        Beautiful right angle bug, how much do they cost? I especially like the hex and locking nut arrangement, for precise adjustments. It is like others includding
        Message 3 of 17 , Sep 10, 2013

          Beautiful right angle bug, how much do they cost?

          I especially like the hex and locking nut arrangement, for precise adjustments.

          It is like others includding McElroy used.

          73

          DR
          N1EA

          On Sep 10, 2013 12:39 PM, "Fernando" <n2fq@...> wrote:


          Hello

          I received one in June and the exchange rate at

          that time came out to $315. Payment made to his

          daughter here in the states. Tom did an excellent job.

          I never had the pleasure of using a double lever

          and can say that errors still do occur, just like my other

          keys. hi.. 

          Waiting for delivery of one 90 degree bug from Donnie.

          Have a look.

           
          Fernando N2FQ/6




          On Sep 9, 2013, at 5:34 PM, Lee Young <k5ly@...> wrote:

          Yes, that Olympic is a truly beautiful Bug.
          The dots and dits sound remarkable.

          I'm afraid to ask the price.

          --
          Lee Young, K5LY
          ARRL Life member, CWops #1124, FISTS #15371, SKCC #7448, NAQCC #5451
          CW Forever!


          On Mon, 2013-09-09 at 16:42 -0700, TroyW6HV wrote:

          I just watched the video and the “OLYMPIC” is a truly beautiful bug.
          Sure wish I had one! I’ve never used a bug that was adjusted with
          magnetic controls.

          I am currently using my “Deluxe Model MAC Key” (C 1938). The slowest
          speed is about 23 WPM and I must add a few washers to slow it down to
          20 for the CW net. The weights for my Vibroplex bugs wont fit.

          73,
          Troy, W6HV

          From: D.J.J. Ring, Jr.
          Sent: Monday, September 09, 2013 3:10 PM
          To: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: Re: [cw_bugs] Different Vibroplex Bugs Characteristics



          G3HGE Tom Withers currently makes a very nice dual lever
          semi-automatic called  "OLYMPIC" that can send quite slowly.  You
          could contact him at TW Equipment in England, he could tell you how
          slowly it can send.

          I have serial number 001 of this key which I use on air. Double lever
          keys are easier to send with at about 35 wpm and faster because the
          dash lever is totally independant from the dot lever and can produce
          dashes following dots with better timing.

          73

          David
          N1EA







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        • Steve Lybarger
          John, I affirm David’s statement that the Speed-X bug may be used at speeds slower than a Vibroplex. The GHD bug and Oz bug will also accommodate QRS
          Message 4 of 17 , Sep 10, 2013
            John,
             
            I affirm David’s statement that the Speed-X bug may be used at speeds slower than a Vibroplex.  The GHD bug and Oz bug will also accommodate QRS without adding alligators, nuts, bolts and trombones.
             
            Steve, NU7T
          • Fernando
            Hello He quoted me $220 plus shipping. He has sent a few pictures with pieces on the mill on the one he is making me. Expect a 30 day wait. Not bad since
            Message 5 of 17 , Sep 10, 2013
              Hello

              He quoted me $220 plus shipping.

              He has sent a few pictures with pieces on the mill

              on the one he is making me.

              Expect a 30 day wait. Not bad since awhile ago

              I waited nearly a year for an OZ bug.


              Fernando N2FQ/6




              On Sep 10, 2013, at 10:51 AM, "D.J.J. Ring, Jr." <n1ea@...> wrote:



              Beautiful right angle bug, how much do they cost?

              I especially like the hex and locking nut arrangement, for precise adjustments.

              It is like others includding McElroy used.

              73

              DR
              N1EA

              On Sep 10, 2013 12:39 PM, "Fernando" <n2fq@...> wrote:


              Hello

              I received one in June and the exchange rate at

              that time came out to $315. Payment made to his

              daughter here in the states. Tom did an excellent job.

              I never had the pleasure of using a double lever

              and can say that errors still do occur, just like my other

              keys. hi.. 

              Waiting for delivery of one 90 degree bug from Donnie.

              Have a look.

               
              Fernando N2FQ/6




              On Sep 9, 2013, at 5:34 PM, Lee Young <k5ly@...> wrote:

              Yes, that Olympic is a truly beautiful Bug.
              The dots and dits sound remarkable.

              I'm afraid to ask the price.

              -- 
              Lee Young, K5LY
              ARRL Life member, CWops #1124, FISTS #15371, SKCC #7448, NAQCC #5451
              CW Forever!


              On Mon, 2013-09-09 at 16:42 -0700, TroyW6HV wrote:

              I just watched the video and the “OLYMPIC” is a truly beautiful bug.
              Sure wish I had one! I’ve never used a bug that was adjusted with
              magnetic controls.

              I am currently using my “Deluxe Model MAC Key” (C 1938). The slowest
              speed is about 23 WPM and I must add a few washers to slow it down to
              20 for the CW net. The weights for my Vibroplex bugs wont fit.

              73,
              Troy, W6HV

              From: D.J.J. Ring, Jr. 
              Sent: Monday, September 09, 2013 3:10 PM
              To: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com 
              Subject: Re: [cw_bugs] Different Vibroplex Bugs Characteristics



              G3HGE Tom Withers currently makes a very nice dual lever
              semi-automatic called  "OLYMPIC" that can send quite slowly.  You
              could contact him at TW Equipment in England, he could tell you how
              slowly it can send.

              I have serial number 001 of this key which I use on air. Double lever
              keys are easier to send with at about 35 wpm and faster because the
              dash lever is totally independant from the dot lever and can produce
              dashes following dots with better timing.

              73

              David
              N1EA







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            • Joe V31JP
              I have one of Tom s MagPad iambic paddles. I tried/used a magnetic by TenTec at field day years ago and not impressed. Tom s impressed me! I am now saving
              Message 6 of 17 , Sep 10, 2013
                I have one of Tom's MagPad iambic paddles.  I tried/used a magnetic by TenTec at field day years ago and
                not impressed.  Tom's impressed me!  I am now saving up for his Olympic.  I have a Buzza 100 I am trying to
                squeeze in a restoration of, but as it is, a really nice feel and smooth sending double lever. I have been on
                the look out for a Vibroplex Double lever basket case and have missed two, argh!

                On 9/10/2013 1:19 PM, Fernando wrote:
                 

                Hello


                He quoted me $220 plus shipping.

                He has sent a few pictures with pieces on the mill

                on the one he is making me.

                Expect a 30 day wait. Not bad since awhile ago

                I waited nearly a year for an OZ bug.


                Fernando N2FQ/6




                On Sep 10, 2013, at 10:51 AM, "D.J.J. Ring, Jr." <n1ea@...> wrote:



                Beautiful right angle bug, how much do they cost?

                I especially like the hex and locking nut arrangement, for precise adjustments.

                It is like others includding McElroy used.

                73

                DR
                N1EA

                On Sep 10, 2013 12:39 PM, "Fernando" <n2fq@...> wrote:


                Hello

                I received one in June and the exchange rate at

                that time came out to $315. Payment made to his

                daughter here in the states. Tom did an excellent job.

                I never had the pleasure of using a double lever

                and can say that errors still do occur, just like my other

                keys. hi.. 

                Waiting for delivery of one 90 degree bug from Donnie.

                Have a look.

                 
                Fernando N2FQ/6




                On Sep 9, 2013, at 5:34 PM, Lee Young <k5ly@...> wrote:

                Yes, that Olympic is a truly beautiful Bug.
                The dots and dits sound remarkable.

                I'm afraid to ask the price.

                -- 
                Lee Young, K5LY
                ARRL Life member, CWops #1124, FISTS #15371, SKCC #7448, NAQCC #5451
                CW Forever!


                On Mon, 2013-09-09 at 16:42 -0700, TroyW6HV wrote:

                I just watched the video and the “OLYMPIC” is a truly beautiful bug.
                Sure wish I had one! I’ve never used a bug that was adjusted with
                magnetic controls.

                I am currently using my “Deluxe Model MAC Key” (C 1938). The slowest
                speed is about 23 WPM and I must add a few washers to slow it down to
                20 for the CW net. The weights for my Vibroplex bugs wont fit.

                73,
                Troy, W6HV

                From: D.J.J. Ring, Jr. 
                Sent: Monday, September 09, 2013 3:10 PM
                To: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com 
                Subject: Re: [cw_bugs] Different Vibroplex Bugs Characteristics



                G3HGE Tom Withers currently makes a very nice dual lever
                semi-automatic called  "OLYMPIC" that can send quite slowly.  You
                could contact him at TW Equipment in England, he could tell you how
                slowly it can send.

                I have serial number 001 of this key which I use on air. Double lever
                keys are easier to send with at about 35 wpm and faster because the
                dash lever is totally independant from the dot lever and can produce
                dashes following dots with better timing.

                73

                David
                N1EA







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              • Romers Romansky
                Vizkey vertical bug plays beautifully at around 10 wpm or less with no additional weights. On the max end, slower than my vibroplexes but faster than than I ll
                Message 7 of 17 , Sep 12, 2013
                  Vizkey vertical bug plays beautifully at around 10 wpm or less with no additional weights. On the max end, slower than my vibroplexes but faster than than I'll ever be able to cleanly send. With a look.
                  Best
                  Jerome VA7VV

                  Sent from my iPad

                  On 2013-09-09, at 5:34 PM, Lee Young <k5ly@...> wrote:

                   

                  Yes, that Olympic is a truly beautiful Bug.
                  The dots and dits sound remarkable.

                  I'm afraid to ask the price.

                  --
                  Lee Young, K5LY
                  ARRL Life member, CWops #1124, FISTS #15371, SKCC #7448, NAQCC #5451
                  CW Forever!

                  On Mon, 2013-09-09 at 16:42 -0700, TroyW6HV wrote:
                  >
                  > I just watched the video and the “OLYMPIC” is a truly beautiful bug.
                  > Sure wish I had one! I’ve never used a bug that was adjusted with
                  > magnetic controls.
                  >
                  > I am currently using my “Deluxe Model MAC Key” (C 1938). The slowest
                  > speed is about 23 WPM and I must add a few washers to slow it down to
                  > 20 for the CW net. The weights for my Vibroplex bugs wont fit.
                  >
                  > 73,
                  > Troy, W6HV
                  >
                  > From: D.J.J. Ring, Jr.
                  > Sent: Monday, September 09, 2013 3:10 PM
                  > To: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com
                  > Subject: Re: [cw_bugs] Different Vibroplex Bugs Characteristics
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > G3HGE Tom Withers currently makes a very nice dual lever
                  > semi-automatic called "OLYMPIC" that can send quite slowly. You
                  > could contact him at TW Equipment in England, he could tell you how
                  > slowly it can send.
                  >
                  > I have serial number 001 of this key which I use on air. Double lever
                  > keys are easier to send with at about 35 wpm and faster because the
                  > dash lever is totally independant from the dot lever and can produce
                  > dashes following dots with better timing.
                  >
                  > 73
                  >
                  > David
                  > N1EA
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >

                • Benny Owens
                  I LIKE MY VERTICAL VIZBUG AND MY 90 DEGREE VIZBUG. THEY ARE BOTH ON DISPLAY IN MY DEN IN THE BUG DISPLAY CABINET ALONG WITH MY VIBROPLEX AND OTHER BUGS. I
                  Message 8 of 17 , Sep 13, 2013
                    I LIKE MY VERTICAL VIZBUG AND MY 90 DEGREE VIZBUG.  THEY ARE BOTH ON DISPLAY IN MY DEN IN THE BUG DISPLAY CABINET ALONG WITH MY VIBROPLEX AND OTHER BUGS.  I LIKED THE 90 DEGREE VIZPADDLE AND VIZBUG SO MUCH I ASKED FOR A COMBO UNIT WITH BOTH ON THE SAME BASE.  I USE IT EVERYDAY.  SEE THE PHOTO ON http://www.qrz.com/db/K5KV/

                    THE COMBO BASE IS STABLE AND HAS NEVER MOVED A BIT IN USE.

                    ONE THING I HAVE NOTICED ABOUT THE VIZ BUGS IS THE CONTACT DONT NEED CLEANING AS OFTEN AS OTHER BUGS DO.  TOM SEZ THEY ARE SILVER PLATED BUT IT KINDA LOOKS LIKE GOLD TO MY BAD EYES.  WHATEVER, IT WORKS AND WORKS LIKE THE EVERREADY BUNNY.

                    73
                    BENNY K5KV




                    On Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 4:55 PM, Romers Romansky <romansky2002@...> wrote:
                     

                    Vizkey vertical bug plays beautifully at around 10 wpm or less with no additional weights. On the max end, slower than my vibroplexes but faster than than I'll ever be able to cleanly send. With a look.
                    Best
                    Jerome VA7VV

                    Sent from my iPad

                    On 2013-09-09, at 5:34 PM, Lee Young <k5ly@...> wrote:

                     

                    Yes, that Olympic is a truly beautiful Bug.
                    The dots and dits sound remarkable.

                    I'm afraid to ask the price.

                    --
                    Lee Young, K5LY
                    ARRL Life member, CWops #1124, FISTS #15371, SKCC #7448, NAQCC #5451
                    CW Forever!

                    On Mon, 2013-09-09 at 16:42 -0700, TroyW6HV wrote:
                    >
                    > I just watched the video and the “OLYMPIC” is a truly beautiful bug.
                    > Sure wish I had one! I’ve never used a bug that was adjusted with
                    > magnetic controls.
                    >
                    > I am currently using my “Deluxe Model MAC Key” (C 1938). The slowest
                    > speed is about 23 WPM and I must add a few washers to slow it down to
                    > 20 for the CW net. The weights for my Vibroplex bugs wont fit.
                    >
                    > 73,
                    > Troy, W6HV
                    >
                    > From: D.J.J. Ring, Jr.
                    > Sent: Monday, September 09, 2013 3:10 PM
                    > To: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com
                    > Subject: Re: [cw_bugs] Different Vibroplex Bugs Characteristics
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > G3HGE Tom Withers currently makes a very nice dual lever
                    > semi-automatic called "OLYMPIC" that can send quite slowly. You
                    > could contact him at TW Equipment in England, he could tell you how
                    > slowly it can send.
                    >
                    > I have serial number 001 of this key which I use on air. Double lever
                    > keys are easier to send with at about 35 wpm and faster because the
                    > dash lever is totally independant from the dot lever and can produce
                    > dashes following dots with better timing.
                    >
                    > 73
                    >
                    > David
                    > N1EA
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >


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