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  • n6vl
    OK, I tried an idea on a hunch and it works for me. I have a couple of new red finger pieces from Vibroplex left over a from another project. I find it is much
    Message 1 of 3 , Jun 30, 2007
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      OK, I tried an idea on a hunch and it works for me. I have a couple
      of new red finger pieces from Vibroplex left over a from another
      project. I find it is much easier to send good code with dual fingers
      pieces instead of one finger piece and a knob, the universal
      configuration from Vibroplex.

      The idea came to me when after noticing I could transition from dit
      to dah with better timing, if I put my fingers on the right side of
      the single finger piece, rather than on the knob. The letter U has
      especially been a problem for me, as I find it very hard not to start
      the start dah, after a dit, too soon. On the letter U, the dah seems
      to start before the dot has finished. Switching to dual finger pieces
      has helped this a lot. In fact it makes sending by rocking the wrist,
      uch easier.

      I am using a 1953 Gold Deluxe Presentation bug recently acquired from
      a friend. The Presentation is one of the bugs Milt, K4OSO,
      recommends. Thanks Milt! It feels very light and responsive. The
      problem is that dual finger pieces appear very odd, since all
      Vibroplex bugs use one finger piece and a knob.

      I have a 1965 Vibro Keyer, single lever paddle, that has the one
      finger one knob combination. But it is OK since a keyer compensates
      for timing issues.

      I have tried to correct the timing issues in my fist on a bug, but
      can't seem to correct for it consistently. Am I the only one with
      this problem?

      73,

      Steve N6VL
    • Scott Laughlin
      The difference in knobs may be a throuw back to the old railroad days. If you were going to send a wire with someone else s bug it s easy to tell if it s a
      Message 2 of 3 , Jun 30, 2007
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        The difference in knobs may be a throuw back to the old railroad
        days. If you were going to send a wire with someone else's bug it's
        easy to tell if it's a left hand or right hand bug.

        72 de Scott/n7net

        --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, "n6vl" <n6vl@...> wrote:
        >
        > OK, I tried an idea on a hunch and it works for me. I have a couple
        > of new red finger pieces from Vibroplex left over a from another
        > project. I find it is much easier to send good code with dual
        fingers
        > pieces instead of one finger piece and a knob, the universal
        > configuration from Vibroplex.
        >
        > The idea came to me when after noticing I could transition from dit
        > to dah with better timing, if I put my fingers on the right side of
        > the single finger piece, rather than on the knob. The letter U has
        > especially been a problem for me, as I find it very hard not to
        start
        > the start dah, after a dit, too soon. On the letter U, the dah
        seems
        > to start before the dot has finished. Switching to dual finger
        pieces
        > has helped this a lot. In fact it makes sending by rocking the
        wrist,
        > uch easier.
        >
        > I am using a 1953 Gold Deluxe Presentation bug recently acquired
        from
        > a friend. The Presentation is one of the bugs Milt, K4OSO,
        > recommends. Thanks Milt! It feels very light and responsive. The
        > problem is that dual finger pieces appear very odd, since all
        > Vibroplex bugs use one finger piece and a knob.
        >
        > I have a 1965 Vibro Keyer, single lever paddle, that has the one
        > finger one knob combination. But it is OK since a keyer compensates
        > for timing issues.
        >
        > I have tried to correct the timing issues in my fist on a bug, but
        > can't seem to correct for it consistently. Am I the only one with
        > this problem?
        >
        > 73,
        >
        > Steve N6VL
        >
      • Dave Loftus
        Speaking of left-handed code ( sinister CW ), I m a lefty but use a right-handed V plex Original with the just the knob/finger piece reversed so my left index
        Message 3 of 3 , Jul 1, 2007
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          Speaking of left-handed code ("sinister CW"), I'm a lefty but use a
          right-handed V'plex Original with the just the knob/finger piece
          reversed so my left index finger is on the knob and my left thumb is on
          the paddle. I guess it never occurred to me that I was sending code in
          an opposite fashion than the crowd, i.e., my finger for the dits and
          thumb for the dahs. It's just how I learned and never gave it a second
          thought! You people really send dits with your thumbs? How odd . . .

          Dave W5MKT
          Sinister CW

          --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, "Scott Laughlin" <n7net@...> wrote:
          >
          > The difference in knobs may be a throuw back to the old railroad
          > days. If you were going to send a wire with someone else's bug it's
          > easy to tell if it's a left hand or right hand bug.
          >
          > 72 de Scott/n7net
          >
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