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Re: [cw_bugs] I did it again...

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  • Earl Needham
    My two gadgets -- http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320045595400 and
    Message 1 of 19 , Nov 15, 2006
      My two gadgets --
      <http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320045595400>http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320045595400
      and
      <http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320045594362>http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320045594362
      -- arrived today.

      This is the first time I've actually looked at a straight
      key since I was a kid in the '60's -- and it is VERY nice looking.

      The bug is nice, too -- but it's incredibly fast, a lot
      faster than I can copy! I guess it gives me a reason to practice,
      hi! I'm headed to bed now, but you might find me on the bands Friday
      or Saturday.

      Earl

      KD5XB
      Clovis, New Mexico DM84jk
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cw_bugs
    • David J. Ring, Jr.
      Earl, The Bunnell Triumph key has a bug lip on the left hand side of the base where you can use a cord and wedge to connect your Lionel J-36 bug. Bugs were
      Message 2 of 19 , Nov 15, 2006
        Earl,

        The Bunnell Triumph key has a "bug lip" on the left hand side of the base
        where you can use a "cord and wedge" to connect your Lionel J-36 bug.

        Bugs were designed to be used at the upper ranges of hand key speed - 20 wpm
        and above.

        Most people find it very uncomfortable and quite difficult to send with a
        bug below 20 wpm - but those speeds are easy enough to send with using a
        straight key.

        A bug is something that "sounds" best when adjusted for a set speed. The
        spacings that are optimum for different speeds change, also the weighting
        (dot adjustment) changes as the dots have to be lighter as speed increases.

        73

        David Ring, N1EA

        =30=

        ----- Original Message -----
        From: Earl Needham

        This is the first time I've actually looked at a straight
        key since I was a kid in the '60's -- and it is VERY nice looking.

        The bug is nice, too -- but it's incredibly fast, a lot
        faster than I can copy! I guess it gives me a reason to practice,
        hi! I'm headed to bed now, but you might find me on the bands Friday
        or Saturday.

        Earl

        KD5XB
        Clovis, New Mexico DM84jk
      • Earl Needham
        ... Yes, that s the main reason I wanted a straight key. I ve never used one much, and I m pretty uncomfortable trying. I originally learned the code on a
        Message 3 of 19 , Nov 16, 2006
          At 11:55 PM 11/15/2006, David J. Ring, Jr. wrote:
          >The Bunnell Triumph key has a "bug lip" on the left hand side of the base
          >where you can use a "cord and wedge" to connect your Lionel J-36 bug.

          Yes, that's the main reason I wanted a straight key. I've
          never used one much, and I'm pretty uncomfortable trying. I
          originally learned the code on a Ten-Tec KR-50.

          >Bugs were designed to be used at the upper ranges of hand key speed - 20 wpm
          >and above.

          Yep, but I'm just not there yet. We'll see what happens in
          the next months.

          7 3
          Earl

          KD5XB
          Clovis, New Mexico DM84jk
          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cw_bugs
        • Earl Needham
          ... After receiving the bug and looking it over, it appears that somebody took it apart and used a can of black spray paint on the base. I didn t find any
          Message 4 of 19 , Nov 16, 2006
            At 05:40 AM 11/15/2006, Richard Meiss wrote:
            >Hi, Earl -
            >
            > From the pictures on eBay, it looks to me like someone already did
            > some re-furbishing, judging from the shiny paint on the base (or is
            > that a variant of the J-36?). It looks like it is in good shape
            > just to use as is. BTW, the label for that version originally was a
            > long strip of plastic (from the early days of plastic, so it
            > deteriorated rapidly). The photos of your bug show the faint
            > outline of a former label along the left side of the base.

            After receiving the bug and looking it over, it appears that
            somebody took it apart and used a can of black spray paint on the
            base. I didn't find any overspray on the chrome pieces, but I only
            spent 5 seconds or so looking.

            Earl

            KD5XB
            Clovis, New Mexico DM84jk
            http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cw_bugs
          • David J. Ring, Jr.
            The seller of both the bug and straight key buys keys on eBay under a different names, paints and wirebrushes them and then resells them using the
            Message 5 of 19 , Nov 16, 2006
              The seller of both the bug and straight key buys keys on eBay under a
              different names, paints and wirebrushes them and then resells them using the
              azroadrunners name.

              Sometimes the keys he sells are rare, and the people who collect keys have
              been upset at the damage caused by wire brushing and repainting.

              But it seems "shiney keys" sell best.

              73

              David N1EA


              ----- Original Message -----
              From: Earl Needham

              After receiving the bug and looking it over, it appears that
              somebody took it apart and used a can of black spray paint on the
              base. I didn't find any overspray on the chrome pieces, but I only
              spent 5 seconds or so looking.

              Earl

              KD5XB
              Clovis, New Mexico DM84jk
              http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cw_bugs
            • Earl Needham
              ... Yep, the Bunnell straight key I just got has quite a bit of the Bunnell worn down smooth. Earl KD5XB Clovis, New Mexico DM84jk
              Message 6 of 19 , Nov 16, 2006
                At 09:37 AM 11/16/2006, David J. Ring, Jr. wrote:
                >The seller of both the bug and straight key buys keys on eBay under a
                >different names, paints and wirebrushes them and then resells them using the
                >azroadrunners name.

                Yep, the Bunnell straight key I just got has quite a bit of
                the "Bunnell" worn down smooth.

                Earl

                KD5XB
                Clovis, New Mexico DM84jk
                http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cw_bugs
              • Earl Needham
                ... Tim, I ll take you up on that -- how shall we do this? Thanks, Earl KD5XB Clovis, New Mexico DM84jk http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cw_bugs
                Message 7 of 19 , Nov 17, 2006
                  At 12:44 PM 11/14/2006, Tim Soxman wrote:
                  >Earl,
                  >If you need a replica Lionel tag for it I've got a few sitting around.
                  >73
                  >Tim W3ZVT

                  Tim, I'll take you up on that -- how shall we do this?

                  Thanks,
                  Earl

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