Re: [cw_bugs] New to the group
- I measured the spacing on mine and posted the measurement: 2 mm - I
wrote a long email and it was about bugs - how to use, adjust and so
forth. Questions that come up.
I'm sure you can find it by searching the archives of this group.
I measured that a good spacing between the dot contacts (post and
spring contacts) is 2 mm. This was the minimum spacing that I could
achieve without bouncing the dot contacts.
2 millimeters = 0.0787 inches
3/16 inches = 0.1875 inches
3/32 inches = 0.09375 inches
So I was probably talking about 3/32 inch spacing in my comments which
would come out to about the same measurement.
This was the minimum spacing - with slower speeds wider spacing feels
and works better - just like a hand key. Send slow - space wide.
David "Send Slow, Space Wide" N1EA
Beating assorted metal into mangled morse for more years than long
winded phone operators can talk.
On 5/21/07, Troy, W6HV <w6hv@...> wrote:
> After some experimenting with the spacing, I could hear those "dirty dits" when the spacing was too close. The final spacing is very close to but slightly wider than 3/16 inch. The major change was to increase the tension spring as you indicated. The dits sound clean to me.
> Our CW net is about to start and I'll see if I can use this bug.
> Thanks for the help. I found I1QOD's website and will check it out.
> Troy, W6HV
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: David Ring
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> Sent: Saturday, May 19, 2007 10:57 PM
> Subject: Re: [cw_bugs] New to the group
> The trade-off for closer spacing than 3/16 inch is that you risk getting bouncing dot contacts. When the vibrator vibrates, the lever doesn't clear correctly and the dots spark. Split dits - some call it.
> I recommend more tension on the dot lever to force the operator to give the mainspring more momentum.