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    This may be the bug capable of the slowest speed. The Simplex-Auto was made from the early 20 s through the forties. It uses a release mechanism like the
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 9, 2007
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      This may be the bug capable of the slowest speed.  The Simplex-Auto was made from the early 20's through the forties.  It uses a release mechanism like the Coffe Mecographs.  This produces a very different feel, operation is more deliberate.  The dits run from about 10 wpm to about 28 wpm.
       
      The bug was mostly used by the Australian equivalent to Western union, the government postal agency.  When the bugs were no longer being used to send telegrams, about the 1970's, the postal department threw them out, except for a few which operators took as souvenirs.  Those are the survivors still around today.  They seem to sell for between $500 and $750 when you can find one at all.  I traded with an Australian collector.
       
       
      73,  Fred - kt5x
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