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Re: Australian Simplex Auto

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  • Bill
    You hit it on the head - unwilling! I am only a user. I once was a collector of all kinds of things - keys, mics, old rigs, and guns. Then I got very sick and
    Message 1 of 6 , Oct 19, 2007
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      You hit it on the head - unwilling! I am only a user. I once was a
      collector of all kinds of things - keys, mics, old rigs, and guns. Then
      I got very sick and cleaned house so as to leave nothing for anyone
      else to have to dispose of. It must have been an excellent exercise for
      me - as I have felt great ever since (several years).

      I have a VizKey 90 degree and really like it. It has a small footprint
      and operates wonderfully. Same for the Flame Proof.

      I was afraid you were going to say the Simplex's cover was part of the
      frame. It appears heavy, not just covering material. Am I correct in
      assuming that it the loaded spring that allows the slow speed
      adjustment, vs assorted weights as used on most bugs?

      Bill W2BLC
    • David Ring
      The VIZ key is an excellent key. I have the Merick version which is a very similar design. I d say that the particular key under discussion is better than
      Message 2 of 6 , Oct 19, 2007
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        The VIZ key is an excellent key. I have the Merick version which is a
        very similar design. I'd say that the particular key under discussion
        is better than both - but it also has rarity to increase the price.

        I believe the VIZ right angle is about $180 - but if I had a choice of
        that or a Australian Simplex Auto at $350, it would be an easy choice
        - the Simplex is well worth the money.

        However not all expensive keys are worth they money for their
        non-collection use. The Bunnell Gold Bug comes to mind - very rare
        (people threw them away they were so bad senders) but I envy anyone
        who can send readable code with them.

        73

        DR

        On 10/19/07, Bill <flyer@...> wrote:
        > You hit it on the head - unwilling! I am only a user. I once was a
        > collector of all kinds of things - keys, mics, old rigs, and guns. Then
        > I got very sick and cleaned house so as to leave nothing for anyone
        > else to have to dispose of. It must have been an excellent exercise for
        > me - as I have felt great ever since (several years).
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        > I have a VizKey 90 degree and really like it. It has a small footprint
        > and operates wonderfully. Same for the Flame Proof.
        >
        > I was afraid you were going to say the Simplex's cover was part of the
        > frame. It appears heavy, not just covering material. Am I correct in
        > assuming that it the loaded spring that allows the slow speed
        > adjustment, vs assorted weights as used on most bugs?
        >
        > Bill W2BLC
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      • cloud runner
        Was interested to learn that the Vizbug right angle behaves well. Have never seen one, but it sure looks good! I was afraid you were going to say the
        Message 3 of 6 , Oct 20, 2007
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          Was interested to learn that the Vizbug right angle behaves well.  Have never seen one, but it sure looks good!
           
          I was afraid you were going to say the Simplex's cover was part of the
          frame. It appears heavy, not just covering material. Am I correct in
          assuming that it the loaded spring that allows the slow speed
          adjustment, vs assorted weights as used on most bugs?

          Bill W2BLC
           
          i guess one could say the covers serves as a frame though its only service is that there is a cone shaped almost hole for the upper trunion support.  In the eraly ones it is obvious as it is adjustable.  In the later ones the only trunion adjustment is on the bottom.
           
          The mount for the mainspring, and the mount for the dit spring are both posts mounted on the base.  The mainspring is deflected or released by the lever.  The dit spring has its own separate adjustment which impacts the dot to space ratio.  there is a sliding weight for the speed adjustment, but the mainspring is softer and longer than on a Vibroplex, hence its speed range is slower.
           
          73,   FD  KT5X
           
           
           
           
           

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