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  • Earl Needham
    ... gives an estimated build date of 1950 -- but some of the dates might be off a bit. ... Vibroplex calls
    Message 1 of 6 , Mar 2, 2008
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      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 2 of 6 , Mar 2, 2008
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        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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