Re: Hello cw bug operators
- Hello John:
Too many people avoid trying anything new that appears to be
difficult. By merely expressing your interest in the bug, you have
already set yourself apart from the rest. Congratulations!
I am also a Ten-Tec Jupiter owner, so I will notify you ahead of time
that the keying circuit in that rig is not forgiving to any dot
contact bounce produced by a typical Vibroplex bug. You are likely to
hear 'choppy dits' being produced both in the Jupiter's sidetone and
RF output. Not to worry, if you set up your bug just like the
Vibroplex instruction sheet says...
...it should sound fine. If not, a capacitor can also be placed
across the key terminals. I settled on a 1 micro-farad value and
haven't noticed any ill effect.
Use the sending method that David, N1EA mentions in the prior post.
Your musical ear will be a good tool in evaluating your own sending.
You will notice that a bug does not automatically finish each dot or
dash that you initiate as an electronic keyer does. This will make
the timing awkward at first, but you will get used to it. This is
also the reason that bug users are less prone to running their letters
too close together, as opposed to paddle/keyer users who are enabled
to get ahead of themselves if they're not careful.
Any other questions, be sure and let us know.
Jack - N0NV
--- In email@example.com, "John" <klokis@...> wrote:
> John K3JK here. Operating only 6 years. about 5 on cw. Mostly
> Iambic. some straight key also. But the sound of a bug intrigues me.
> I am wondering if a bug is tough to operate? As a skill I mean. Is it
> timing like the iambic, or is it all in the adjustment of the bug?
> If I wire the bug I hope to get as a straight key, like I was told to
> operate it on my Jupiter, then the dits must be automatically or
> continuously sent. I don't understand this. Does the dits have a
> vibrational ongoing contact while the dit side is pressed? I am trying
> to understand it mechanically. I know there is not a coil that
> energizes a constant contact, so there must be some type of contact
> which is constant. But if it is constant, how does each dit end and
> begin again? I am looking at pictures and diagrams of bugs and trying
> to figure this out. I am a musician, play guitar, so I have good
> rhythm on the iambic. But I am not to fast. I probably send from 15
> to 18 wpm. Is this an o.k. speed to learn the bug at? Just a few
> thoughts on learning to operate a bug.
> thanks for reading, John K3JK