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  • Don
    Hello Earl and the Group, Congrats on the group. I hope it is very active. I have but 3 Vibroplex bugs and will try to get some pics on later. I m still
    Message 1 of 17 , Oct 21, 2006
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      Hello Earl and the Group,

      Congrats on the group. I hope it is very active.

      I have but 3 Vibroplex bugs and will try to get some pics on later.
      I'm still learning how to use them.

      73,

      Don, NN8B
    • Earl Needham
      ... I only have ONE! ... Me too! But since I originally learned CW with a Ten-Tec KR-50 iambic keyer and not a straight key, it doesn t seem too hard for me.
      Message 2 of 17 , Oct 21, 2006
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        At 06:49 PM 10/21/2006, Don wrote:

        >Hello Earl and the Group,
        >
        >Congrats on the group. I hope it is very active.
        >
        >I have but 3 Vibroplex bugs and will try to get some pics on later.

        I only have ONE!

        >I'm still learning how to use them.

        Me too! But since I originally learned CW with a Ten-Tec
        KR-50 iambic keyer and not a straight key, it doesn't seem too hard
        for me. About the only thing I really need to do now is get a dipole
        of something up and OPERATE...

        7 3
        Earl


        KD5XB
        Clovis, New Mexico DM84jk
        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cw_bugs
      • n2fq
        Hello everyone. Thanks Earl for the invitation. Hope to learn abit from others. My modest collection of bug is now up to nine and started about two years ago.
        Message 3 of 17 , Oct 22, 2006
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          Hello everyone.
          Thanks Earl for the invitation.
          Hope to learn abit from others.

          My modest collection of bug is now up to nine and started about
          two years ago. Got hooked when I purchase a Collins Collector
          Original, a Vibroplex edition that was offered (still is).

          Consist of the following and picture will be added later.

          Vibroplex 100th with Jeweled bearing.
          Vibroplex 1942 Blue racer
          Vibroplex CCA (Collins number) original
          Vibroplex 1959 Original
          Vibroplex Deluxe Lightning with jeweled bearings. (tnx to N1EA)
          MacKey 1939 Deluxe (marble finish)
          Les Logan Speed X Model 501 (T handle)
          Les Logan Speed X Modle 520

          One Japanese coffin semiauto bug that I can't remember is name.

          Anyhoot, use them all. I rotate on a whim.

          I'm on a prowl for a double lever. Never used one
          but have read about them and how they suppose
          to solve that dit to dah delay, or something like that.

          Now a question:

          To avoid desktop clutter with all those wires, how are the others
          get a handle on this?

          I resorted to putting chassis ground lugs (the spaded ones not the star type) to the keys,
          and use spring loaded test leads to move from one key to another.

          Another solution I was thinking about was to make a circuit board between
          the posts (with oblong holes) and a mini jack mounted on it. Then just
          use a mini plug to change from key to key.

          Looking for other ideas.

          One last point. If you find yourself out here in the Bay area, please feel
          free to contact me and try out any of my keys.
        • K4VD
          I have a bit of a rats nest behind my keys. At the moment I ve got five hooked up in parallel so I can swap around easily. Currently, it is all hook-up wire.
          Message 4 of 17 , Oct 22, 2006
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            I have a bit of a rats nest behind my keys. At the moment I've got five
            hooked up in parallel so I can swap around easily. Currently, it is all
            hook-up wire.

            To cut the number of wires in half, I'm thinking of getting some two
            conductor cable to run between each key. Still a rats nest but smaller.

            There is that spiral stuff that you can wrap around bundles of cable with
            space for the individual wires to exit along the way. If I can find a few
            feet of that I might try it to clean things up a bit more.

            I have not found any better way to put it all together. I like the spade lug
            idea and will probably add that to the wires.

            73,
            Kev, K4VD
            http://kj4qf.net/

            -----Original Message-----
            From: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com [mailto:cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
            n2fq
            Sent: Sunday, October 22, 2006 4:16 PM
            To: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: [cw_bugs] Greetings

            <snip>

            Now a question:

            To avoid desktop clutter with all those wires, how are the others get a
            handle on this?

            I resorted to putting chassis ground lugs (the spaded ones not the star
            type) to the keys, and use spring loaded test leads to move from one key to
            another.

            Another solution I was thinking about was to make a circuit board between
            the posts (with oblong holes) and a mini jack mounted on it. Then just use a
            mini plug to change from key to key.

            Looking for other ideas.

            One last point. If you find yourself out here in the Bay area, please feel
            free to contact me and try out any of my keys.

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          • Don
            ... I find the best way is the original way. I have (so far) 4 keys I rotate and have wedges on all of them. Just plug in into the resident straight key and
            Message 5 of 17 , Oct 22, 2006
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              --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, "n2fq" <n2fq@...> wrote:
              >
              > Now a question:
              >
              > To avoid desktop clutter with all those wires, how are the others
              > get a handle on this?
              >

              I find the best way is the original way. I have (so far) 4 keys I
              rotate and have wedges on all of them. Just plug in into the resident
              straight key and go.

              I now need a source for more wedges. If anyone knows where to get
              them I would like to know.

              It looks like they may be easy to make, however, by using an old 1/4"
              phone plug insulated casing and some copper strips and an insulator.
              The old fabric covered wire with the strain relief cord may be a
              problem.

              73,

              Don, NN8B
            • Earl Needham
              ... I don t know why, but I keep thinking Vibroplex still sells them. However, a quick search of the web site comes up empty. Sometimes you see them on eBay.
              Message 6 of 17 , Oct 22, 2006
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                At 03:16 PM 10/22/2006, Don wrote:
                >I now need a source for more wedges. If anyone knows where to get
                >them I would like to know.

                I don't know why, but I keep thinking Vibroplex still sells
                them. However, a quick search of the web site comes up empty.

                Sometimes you see them on eBay.

                7 3
                Earl


                KD5XB
                Clovis, New Mexico DM84jk
                http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cw_bugs
              • Earl Needham
                ... You mean you keep them all on your desk at the same time? ... Try Anderson PowerPoles, in a color other than red and black. Take a look at
                Message 7 of 17 , Oct 22, 2006
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                  At 02:15 PM 10/22/2006, n2fq wrote:
                  ><snip>
                  >My modest collection of bug is now up to nine and started about
                  >two years ago. Got hooked when I purchase a Collins Collector
                  >Original, a Vibroplex edition that was offered (still is).
                  >
                  ><snip>
                  >Now a question:
                  >
                  >To avoid desktop clutter with all those wires, how are the others
                  >get a handle on this?

                  You mean you keep them all on your desk at the same time?

                  >I resorted to putting chassis ground lugs (the spaded ones not the
                  >star type) to the keys,
                  >and use spring loaded test leads to move from one key to another.
                  >
                  >Another solution I was thinking about was to make a circuit board between
                  >the posts (with oblong holes) and a mini jack mounted on it. Then just
                  >use a mini plug to change from key to key.
                  >
                  >Looking for other ideas.

                  Try Anderson PowerPoles, in a color other than red and
                  black. Take a look at
                  http://www.powerwerx.com/category.asp?CtgID=3578 . You could use a
                  regular 1/4" plug with about 6" of cord on it, then the
                  PowerPoles. That way, the PowerPoles could be hidden behind your
                  rig, if you wanted.

                  7 3
                  Earl


                  KD5XB
                  Clovis, New Mexico DM84jk
                  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cw_bugs
                • David J. Ring, Jr.
                  I bought three wedges two years ago. Call Vibroplex and ask for Betsy (tell her David sent you!) - she might have some left. 73 David N1EA ... From: Earl
                  Message 8 of 17 , Oct 22, 2006
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                    I bought three wedges two years ago.

                    Call Vibroplex and ask for Betsy (tell her David sent you!) - she might have
                    some left.

                    73

                    David N1EA
                    ----- Original Message -----
                    From: Earl Needham
                    To: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com
                    Sent: Sunday, October 22, 2006 10:43 PM
                    Subject: Re: [cw_bugs] Re: Greetings


                    At 03:16 PM 10/22/2006, Don wrote:
                    >I now need a source for more wedges. If anyone knows where to get
                    >them I would like to know.

                    I don't know why, but I keep thinking Vibroplex still sells
                    them. However, a quick search of the web site comes up empty.

                    Sometimes you see them on eBay.

                    7 3
                    Earl

                    KD5XB
                    Clovis, New Mexico DM84jk
                    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cw_bugs






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                  • Don
                    ... might have ... Thanks David, I ll give her a try. 73, Don, NN8B
                    Message 9 of 17 , Oct 23, 2006
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                      --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, "David J. Ring, Jr." <n1ea@...> wrote:
                      >
                      > I bought three wedges two years ago.
                      >
                      > Call Vibroplex and ask for Betsy (tell her David sent you!) - she
                      might have
                      > some left.
                      >
                      > 73
                      >
                      > David N1EA


                      Thanks David, I'll give her a try.

                      73,

                      Don, NN8B
                    • Fernando Quinones
                      ... No, I have a cabinet with glass door and shelving and find that all that wire (a set for each bug) bunched up next to the each key distracts from the
                      Message 10 of 17 , Oct 23, 2006
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                        On Oct 22, 2006, at 7:47 PM, Earl Needham wrote:

                        >>
                        >> To avoid desktop clutter with all those wires, how are the others
                        >> get a handle on this?
                        >
                        > You mean you keep them all on your desk at the same time?
                        >

                        No, I have a cabinet with glass door and shelving and find that all
                        that wire (a set for each bug) bunched up next to the
                        each key distracts from the looks.

                        I put a picture of what I'm currently using in the photo section.

                        Don't like to unscrew and screw done a lugs every time I change keys.

                        Just want to get ideas on how others are doing it

                        >
                        > Try Anderson PowerPoles, in a color other than red and
                        > black. Take a look at
                        > http://www.powerwerx.com/category.asp?CtgID=3578 . You could use a
                        > regular 1/4" plug with about 6" of cord on it, then the
                        > PowerPoles. That way, the PowerPoles could be hidden behind your
                        > rig, if you wanted.
                        >
                        > 7 3
                        > Earl
                        >
                        >

                        Yes that would work. tnx.



                        Fernando Quinones N2FQ
                      • Earl Needham
                        ... I went to the Socorro hamfest today, and had a great time. While there, I saw a bug set up like this, with a short piece of perfboard and a minijack. I
                        Message 11 of 17 , Oct 28, 2006
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                          At 02:15 PM 10/22/2006, n2fq wrote:
                          ><snip>
                          >Another solution I was thinking about was to make a circuit board between
                          >the posts (with oblong holes) and a mini jack mounted on it. Then just
                          >use a mini plug to change from key to key.

                          I went to the Socorro hamfest today, and had a great
                          time. While there, I saw a bug set up like this, with a short piece
                          of perfboard and a minijack. I have to say, once I saw it, this is
                          the SLICKEST way of doing what you want that I can imagine. I
                          suggest you forget PowerPoles and anything else and go with the
                          mini-jack on a PCB.

                          7 3
                          Earl

                          KD5XB
                          Clovis, New Mexico DM84jk
                          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cw_bugs
                        • Kevin der Kinderen, K4VD
                          If someone does this, take a picture and post it. I m having a hard time seeing it in my head. 73, Kev, K4VD http://k4vd.net/ ... From: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com
                          Message 12 of 17 , Oct 28, 2006
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                            If someone does this, take a picture and post it. I'm having a hard time
                            seeing it in my head.

                            73,
                            Kev, K4VD
                            http://k4vd.net/

                            -----Original Message-----
                            From: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com [mailto:cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
                            Earl Needham
                            Sent: Saturday, October 28, 2006 9:35 PM
                            To: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com
                            Subject: Re: [cw_bugs] Greetings

                            I went to the Socorro hamfest today, and had a great time. While
                            there, I saw a bug set up like this, with a short piece of perfboard and a
                            minijack. I have to say, once I saw it, this is the SLICKEST way of doing
                            what you want that I can imagine. I suggest you forget PowerPoles and
                            anything else and go with the mini-jack on a PCB.

                            7 3
                            Earl

                            KD5XB
                            Clovis, New Mexico DM84jk
                            http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cw_bugs

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                          • Earl Needham
                            ... You can just barely tell it in the top picture at http://www.kt5x.com/gallery.asp?keytype=2 Earl KD5XB Clovis, New Mexico DM84jk
                            Message 13 of 17 , Oct 28, 2006
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                              \At 07:43 PM 10/28/2006, Kevin der Kinderen, K4VD wrote:
                              >If someone does this, take a picture and post it. I'm having a hard time
                              >seeing it in my head.

                              You can just barely tell it in the top picture at
                              http://www.kt5x.com/gallery.asp?keytype=2

                              Earl

                              KD5XB
                              Clovis, New Mexico DM84jk
                              http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cw_bugs
                            • Fernando Quinones
                              Earl thanks for sharing the picture. Yes.. that s the ticket, hi. I have some Radio Shack pc boards and sure will hack at it to make something similar. Oh.. on
                              Message 14 of 17 , Oct 29, 2006
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                                Earl thanks for sharing the picture. Yes.. that's the ticket, hi.

                                I have some Radio Shack pc boards and sure will hack at it to make
                                something similar.



                                Oh.. on another note, no problem opening up to other bugs.

                                I'm sure many here have bugs other than Vibroplex.




                                N1EA.. thanks for the diagram, it gave me another idea, no need to
                                drill holes

                                for the post as I was thinking. Now just make a large notch on the
                                edge of the pc board

                                so that I can move to my other bugs which don't have the same
                                distances between posts.

                                Good luck on that double lever..hi.


                                take care all

                                On Oct 28, 2006, at 6:34 PM, Earl Needham wrote:

                                > At 02:15 PM 10/22/2006, n2fq wrote:
                                >> <snip>
                                >> Another solution I was thinking about was to make a circuit board
                                >> between
                                >> the posts (with oblong holes) and a mini jack mounted on it. Then
                                >> just
                                >> use a mini plug to change from key to key.
                                >
                                > I went to the Socorro hamfest today, and had a great
                                > time. While there, I saw a bug set up like this, with a short piece
                                > of perfboard and a minijack. I have to say, once I saw it, this is
                                > the SLICKEST way of doing what you want that I can imagine. I
                                > suggest you forget PowerPoles and anything else and go with the
                                > mini-jack on a PCB.
                                >
                                > 7 3
                                > Earl
                                >
                                > KD5XB
                                > Clovis, New Mexico DM84jk
                                > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cw_bugs
                                >
                                >
                                >
                                >
                                >
                                > Yahoo! Groups Links
                                >
                                >
                                >
                                >

                                Fernando Quinones N2FQ
                              • Earl Needham
                                ... KT5X has just sent me a couple of better pictures and allowed me to forward them to the group. Earl []
                                Message 15 of 17 , Oct 29, 2006
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                                  At 06:50 PM 10/28/2006, Earl Needham wrote:
                                  >\At 07:43 PM 10/28/2006, Kevin der Kinderen, K4VD wrote:
                                  > >If someone does this, take a picture and post it. I'm having a hard time
                                  > >seeing it in my head.
                                  >
                                  >You can just barely tell it in the top picture at
                                  ><http://www.kt5x.com/gallery.asp?keytype=2>http://www.kt5x.com/gallery.asp?keytype=2

                                  KT5X has just sent me a couple of better pictures and
                                  allowed me to forward them to the group.

                                  Earl
                                  <file://c:\eudora%20pro\attach\jack0001.JPG>
                                  []
                                  <file://c:\eudora%20pro\attach\jack0001.JPG>
                                  jack0001.JPG

                                  <file://c:\eudora%20pro\attach\jack0002.JPG>
                                  []
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                                  jack0002.JPG


                                  KD5XB
                                  Clovis, New Mexico DM84jk
                                  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cw_bugs

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                                • Earl Needham
                                  ... Well that didn t work so well -- lemme try again -- Emacs! Emacs! KD5XB Clovis, New Mexico DM84jk http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cw_bugs [Non-text portions
                                  Message 16 of 17 , Oct 29, 2006
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                                    At 11:46 AM 10/29/2006, I wrote:
                                    ><snip>
                                    >KT5X has just sent me a couple of better pictures and
                                    >allowed me to forward them to the group.
                                    >
                                    >Earl

                                    Well that didn't work so well -- lemme try again --
                                    Emacs!


                                    Emacs!




                                    KD5XB
                                    Clovis, New Mexico DM84jk
                                    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cw_bugs

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                                  • Earl Needham
                                    ... Well DUH... No attachments allowed! So these photos are now in the photo section of the group page, under the title Jack for binding posts . E. KD5XB
                                    Message 17 of 17 , Oct 29, 2006
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                                      At 11:55 AM 10/29/2006, I wrote:
                                      >At 11:46 AM 10/29/2006, I wrote:
                                      > ><snip>
                                      > >KT5X has just sent me a couple of better pictures and
                                      > >allowed me to forward them to the group.
                                      > >
                                      > >Earl
                                      >
                                      >Well that didn't work so well -- lemme try again --

                                      Well DUH... No attachments allowed! So these photos are now
                                      in the photo section of the group page, under the title "Jack for
                                      binding posts".

                                      E.

                                      KD5XB
                                      Clovis, New Mexico DM84jk
                                      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cw_bugs
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