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Re: [cw_bugs] I got my bug, wow

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  • 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 1 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 2 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 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 7 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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