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  • John
    I got the Vibroplex bug. I am having a terrific time learning how to use it. One of the techniques I find the most control needed for is when you have to hit
    Message 1 of 9 , Mar 4, 2008
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      I got the Vibroplex bug. I am having a terrific time learning how to
      use it. One of the techniques I find the most control needed for is
      when you have to hit the dit once softer than you have to hit the dit
      harder for repeat dits. Like e, i, s, h, 5. then you have to go to the
      numbers and try to count the dits on 5 thru 8. wow, excellent flow
      experience. I just hooked it up, read the semi-automatic key
      adjustment by Brian Murphy, and fired away. Sometimes I will move the
      dit contact in, but there is a fine line there between what you need
      to bounce it properly.
      SOmetimes it feels to far away, the dit contact. But if I move it in
      to much , its hard to bounce. Hay, I am having fun. This could be
      addictive. The bug is from 1950. The chrome is dirty somewhat, and
      contacts could use some cleaning. I will have to continue to be
      amazed at this bug and clean it up some. But anyway, who wants to
      hear about the fun I had with this bug. We will go on from here.
      John K3JK
    • Earl Needham
      ... I m pretty new with a bug, but I notice the weighting is affected by the spacing on the dit contact. Once I got that concept down, it made it a lot easier
      Message 2 of 9 , Mar 4, 2008
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        At 19:05 3/4/2008, John wrote:
        >Sometimes I will move the
        >dit contact in, but there is a fine line there between what you need
        >to bounce it properly.

        I'm pretty new with a bug, but I notice the weighting is
        affected by the spacing on the dit contact. Once I got that concept
        down, it made it a lot easier to get the bug working for me. Instead
        of AGAINST me, I mean...

        >SOmetimes it feels to far away, the dit contact. But if I move it in
        >to much , its hard to bounce. Hay, I am having fun. This could be
        >addictive. The bug is from 1950. The chrome is dirty somewhat, and
        >contacts could use some cleaning.

        Be careful what you clean them with -- I have used a sheet
        of typing paper in the past, just put it between the contacts, close
        them, and drag the paper out. (I'm sure somebody will chime in here
        and tell me I did it wrong, hi!) Just don't use a file, or
        sandpaper, or crocus cloth, anything that removes filings.

        7 3
        Earl
        On the road in Los Angeles, without a bug...

        KD5XB -- Earl Needham
        Clovis, New Mexico DM84jk
        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cw_bugs
        Quoting from the Coast Guard: ZUT
      • David Ring
        If you clean your chrome on the bug, just use puff cotton as you ll scratch the chrome easily with anything else. Fantastic can be used to clean with a very
        Message 3 of 9 , Mar 5, 2008
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          If you clean your chrome on the bug, just use puff cotton as you'll
          scratch the chrome easily with anything else. "Fantastic" can be used
          to clean with a very soft brush. Note: VERY soft. Tooth brushes are
          out - too stiff. Pastry brushes are ok.

          Also - in the archives of the list you'll find instructions on the
          disassembly of the bug and through cleaning and assembly of it written
          by myself with others comments included in it.

          One important item though - if you ever immerse your bug in water, you
          must put it in a toaster oven (doesn't everyone has a spare one for
          cleaning and drying bugs?) and dry it when it is set to "Warm" (180F)
          for several hours.

          73

          David
        • Jason Hissong
          John, Excellent! They are a ton of fun. I use the contact cleaner that I got off of EBay which looks like the stuff that Vibroplex sells on their website (I
          Message 4 of 9 , Mar 5, 2008
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            John,

            Excellent! They are a ton of fun. I use the contact cleaner that I got
            off of EBay which looks like the stuff that Vibroplex sells on their
            website (I think it is the same stuff). It seems to work. They are not
            abrasive at all. They look like hard leather.

            Keep swiping!

            Jason N8XE

            John wrote:
            > I got the Vibroplex bug. I am having a terrific time learning how to
            > use it. One of the techniques I find the most control needed for is
            > when you have to hit the dit once softer than you have to hit the dit
            > harder for repeat dits. Like e, i, s, h, 5. then you have to go to the
            > numbers and try to count the dits on 5 thru 8. wow, excellent flow
            > experience. I just hooked it up, read the semi-automatic key
            > adjustment by Brian Murphy, and fired away. Sometimes I will move the
            > dit contact in, but there is a fine line there between what you need
            > to bounce it properly.
            > SOmetimes it feels to far away, the dit contact. But if I move it in
            > to much , its hard to bounce. Hay, I am having fun. This could be
            > addictive. The bug is from 1950. The chrome is dirty somewhat, and
            > contacts could use some cleaning. I will have to continue to be
            > amazed at this bug and clean it up some. But anyway, who wants to
            > hear about the fun I had with this bug. We will go on from here.
            > John K3JK
            >

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          • David Ring
            Or more accurately it is a fine grit abrasive. Somewhere around 800 grit. 73 DR
            Message 5 of 9 , Mar 5, 2008
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              Or more accurately it is a fine grit abrasive. Somewhere around 800 grit.

              73

              DR

              On Wed, Mar 5, 2008 at 8:08 AM, Jason Hissong <jhisson1@...> wrote:
              > John,
              >
              > Excellent! They are a ton of fun. I use the contact cleaner that I got
              > off of EBay which looks like the stuff that Vibroplex sells on their
              > website (I think it is the same stuff). It seems to work. They are not
              > abrasive at all. They look like hard leather.
              >
              > Keep swiping!
              >
              > Jason N8XE
            • Jason Hissong
              Ah ok. Should I stop using them then? I don t want to wear away the silver contacts. Jason N8XE
              Message 6 of 9 , Mar 5, 2008
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                Ah ok. Should I stop using them then? I don't want to wear away the silver
                contacts.

                Jason N8XE


                On 3/5/08 12:58 PM, "David Ring" <n1ea@...> wrote:

                > Or more accurately it is a fine grit abrasive. Somewhere around 800 grit.
                >
                > 73
                >
                > DR
                >
              • k4oso
                On a scale of 1 to 10, typing paper is probably about 1000 grit, or so....so no problem. I uses mine all the time.....keeps the contacts nice and clean. MIlt
                Message 7 of 9 , Mar 5, 2008
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                  On a scale of 1 to 10, typing paper is probably about 1000 grit, or
                  so....so no problem. I uses mine all the time.....keeps the contacts
                  nice and clean.

                  MIlt k4oso--- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, Jason Hissong <jhisson1@...>
                  wrote:
                  >
                  > Ah ok. Should I stop using them then? I don't want to wear away the
                  silver
                  > contacts.
                  >
                  > Jason N8XE
                  >
                  >
                  > On 3/5/08 12:58 PM, "David Ring" <n1ea@...> wrote:
                  >
                  > > Or more accurately it is a fine grit abrasive. Somewhere around
                  800 grit.
                  > >
                  > > 73
                  > >
                  > > DR
                  > >
                  >
                • hermit
                  The way I look at the strip issue is this. I have hundreds of dollars invested in my keys; a bug, straight keys and paddles. For me spending $5.00 on a
                  Message 8 of 9 , Mar 5, 2008
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                    The way I look at the strip issue is this. I have hundreds of dollars
                    invested in my keys; a bug, straight keys and paddles. For me
                    spending $5.00 on a contact strip from Vibroplex is worth it. No
                    second guessing.

                    73

                    Dick
                    KB3OMJ

                    >On a scale of 1 to 10, typing paper is probably about 1000 grit, or
                    >so....so no problem. I uses mine all the time.....keeps the contacts
                    >nice and clean.
                    >
                    >MIlt k4oso--- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, Jason Hissong <jhisson1@...>
                    >wrote:
                    >>
                    >> Ah ok. Should I stop using them then? I don't want to wear away the
                    >silver
                    >> contacts.
                    >>
                    >> Jason N8XE
                    >>
                    >>
                    >> On 3/5/08 12:58 PM, "David Ring" <n1ea@...> wrote:
                    >>
                    >> > Or more accurately it is a fine grit abrasive. Somewhere around
                    >800 grit.
                    >> >
                    >> > 73
                    >> >
                    >> > DR
                    >> >
                    >>
                    >
                  • David Ring
                    Even if you wear them away, the contacts are replaceable. Everything that cleans anything by friction has abrasion. - even paper. Vibroplex s warning is for
                    Message 9 of 9 , Mar 5, 2008
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                      Even if you wear them away, the contacts are replaceable. Everything
                      that cleans anything by friction has abrasion. - even paper.
                      Vibroplex's warning is for those dingle-brain people who take files to
                      the silver, or rough sandpaper. You won't believe what people can do
                      until you look at some of the hair-brained things people have done to
                      their keys!

                      73

                      David N1EA

                      On Wed, Mar 5, 2008 at 4:17 PM, Jason Hissong <jhisson1@...> wrote:
                      > Ah ok. Should I stop using them then? I don't want to wear away the silver
                      > contacts.
                      >
                      > Jason N8XE
                      >
                      >
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