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  • John
    Once again I am enjoying the emails I have received from the group. I have found out from my friend that the bug he is loaning me is a Vibroplex with a black
    Message 1 of 6 , Mar 2, 2008
      Once again I am enjoying the emails I have received from the group. I
      have found out from my friend that the bug he is loaning me is a
      Vibroplex with a black base and a chrome top, serial number is: 168981
      If anyone knows a manufacturing date or how old this bug is, let me
      know. He said he thinks it is from the 70's. As far as slowing down
      the bug. I am going to try and use the bug as is. The only way I will
      try to slow it down would be if I could not learn it at the lowest
      speed adjustment of the bug. I understand that bugs are faster cw
      keyers. From what I have read, 20 and up for the Vibroplex. I really
      want to thank people who have given me ideas relating to learning the
      bug. I should have the bug end of this week maybe. I will take a
      picture of it and post it in the group photos. tnx fer being hr.
      John K3JK
    • Earl Needham
      ... gives an estimated build date of 1950 -- but some of the dates might be off a bit. ... Vibroplex calls
      Message 2 of 6 , Mar 2, 2008
        At 12:35 3/2/2008, John wrote:

        >Once again I am enjoying the emails I have received from the group. I
        >have found out from my friend that the bug he is loaning me is a
        >Vibroplex with a black base and a chrome top, serial number is: 168981
        >If anyone knows a manufacturing date or how old this bug is, let me
        >know. He said he thinks it is from the 70's.

        <http://www.vibroplex.com/date_your_vibroplex.html> gives an
        estimated build date of 1950 -- but some of the dates might be off a bit.

        > As far as slowing down
        >the bug. I am going to try and use the bug as is. The only way I will
        >try to slow it down would be if I could not learn it at the lowest
        >speed adjustment of the bug.

        At 09:48 3/2/2008, cloud runner wrote:
        >Neither the extendadot nor extra (meaning third) weight methods of
        >slowing bugs down are satisfactory to me. both add a lot of mass to
        >the lever arm and completely changes the feel and handling of the bug.
        >
        >Instead, I suggest the replica of the Hills speed changer made by
        >Tim Soxman and sold by Vibroplex. it has permanent utility because
        >in addition to slowing the bug w-a-y down, it also allows for very
        >quick speed changing at any speed. You put one weight on it, it in
        >itself is about equal to one other weight, so together does not add
        >mass to the lever. when folded back, it places the mass far away
        >from the mainspring so it slows the bug way down, but when folded
        >forward, the bug will go very fast. You will keep using this even
        >after no longer a beginner whereas the extadot is destined for
        >residence in a drawer never to be used again.

        Vibroplex calls this the Varispeed -- picture at
        <http://www.vibroplex.com/accessories.html> toward the bottom. I
        have had two of these, I gave one away with a bug to a dear friend
        who lost everything in Katrina. The Varispeed works well, just as
        described by KT5X, and its indispensable to me when I'm having an off day.

        7 3
        Earl

        KD5XB -- Earl Needham
        Clovis, New Mexico DM84jk
        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cw_bugs
        Quoting from the Coast Guard: ZUT
      • hermit
        Hello John - I got my Vibroplex Anniversary bug for Christmas last year - a gift from my wife. My Elmer stressed the importance of adjustments and he gave me
        Message 3 of 6 , Mar 2, 2008
          Hello John -

          I got my Vibroplex Anniversary bug for Christmas last year - a gift
          from my wife. My Elmer stressed the importance of adjustments and he
          gave me a good idea for slowing down the bug until I got used to it.
          He told me to open the dit contact all the way and that helped me
          tremendously. I have since then closed the contact points a wee bit
          as my ability on the bug has improved.

          Just thought I would pass this little tid-bit on to you.

          73

          Rich KB3OMJ

          >Once again I am enjoying the emails I have received from the group. I
          >have found out from my friend that the bug he is loaning me is a
          >Vibroplex with a black base and a chrome top, serial number is: 168981
          >If anyone knows a manufacturing date or how old this bug is, let me
          >know. He said he thinks it is from the 70's. As far as slowing down
          >the bug. I am going to try and use the bug as is. The only way I will
          >try to slow it down would be if I could not learn it at the lowest
          >speed adjustment of the bug. I understand that bugs are faster cw
          >keyers. From what I have read, 20 and up for the Vibroplex. I really
          >want to thank people who have given me ideas relating to learning the
          >bug. I should have the bug end of this week maybe. I will take a
          >picture of it and post it in the group photos. tnx fer being hr.
          >John K3JK
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