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  • Bill
    I have said for a long time that one of the reasons I like my VizBug is that it is nearly silent in operation. Just the slightest ticking. Certainly nothing
    Message 1 of 5 , Jul 28, 2008
      I have said for a long time that one of the reasons I like my VizBug is
      that it is nearly silent in operation. Just the slightest ticking.
      Certainly nothing like I have experienced with various Vibroplex bugs
      in the past.

      Now I have found a Blue Racer (great purchase for $61). It too is
      quiet - after a couple of minor mods and careful adjustment.

      For the mod, I placed two layers of heat shring to the far end of the
      rod (where it contacts the damper). I also dampen the contact between
      the adjuster stop screw and the bar with a small piece of heavy rubber
      type sealing tape. Then I adjusted the rod so that it does not strike
      the damper in a hard manner.

      I am getting solid dits, don't have to treat the key like an enemy to
      make it work, and am enjoying it like I have no other Vibroplex. I also
      find there is no problem in slowing the key to 15 wpm - just use the
      appropriate weight.
    • hermit
      Hello Bill - If you have a digital camera maybe sometime you could take a picture or two of your mod. I know I would be interested in seeing it. 73 Dick
      Message 2 of 5 , Jul 28, 2008
        Hello Bill -

        If you have a digital camera maybe sometime you could take a picture
        or two of your mod. I know I would be interested in seeing it.

        73

        Dick

        >I have said for a long time that one of the reasons I like my VizBug is
        >that it is nearly silent in operation. Just the slightest ticking.
        >Certainly nothing like I have experienced with various Vibroplex bugs
        >in the past.
        >
        >Now I have found a Blue Racer (great purchase for $61). It too is
        >quiet - after a couple of minor mods and careful adjustment.
        >
        >For the mod, I placed two layers of heat shring to the far end of the
        >rod (where it contacts the damper). I also dampen the contact between
        >the adjuster stop screw and the bar with a small piece of heavy rubber
        >type sealing tape. Then I adjusted the rod so that it does not strike
        >the damper in a hard manner.
        >
        >I am getting solid dits, don't have to treat the key like an enemy to
        >make it work, and am enjoying it like I have no other Vibroplex. I also
        >find there is no problem in slowing the key to 15 wpm - just use the
        >appropriate weight.
      • k4oso
        Things mechanical make noise. In a situation that demands quiet, a paddle and keyer would be the best way to go. Some of my racers are quieter than others
        Message 3 of 5 , Jul 28, 2008
          Things mechanical make noise. In a situation that demands quiet, a
          paddle and keyer would be the best way to go.

          Some of my racers are quieter than others but, the sound of their
          operation goes with the territory, eh? Besides, I use headphones, so
          I'm not distracted by the sound of the damper, etc.

          For those using a speaker for CW copy, I wouldn't think the bug
          mechanism adds significantly to that overall situation.
          73, Milt k4oso

          --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, "Bill" <w2blc@...> wrote:
          >
          > I have said for a long time that one of the reasons I like my
          VizBug is
          > that it is nearly silent in operation. Just the slightest ticking.
          > Certainly nothing like I have experienced with various Vibroplex
          bugs
          > in the past.
          >
          > Now I have found a Blue Racer (great purchase for $61). It too is
          > quiet - after a couple of minor mods and careful adjustment.
          >
          > For the mod, I placed two layers of heat shring to the far end of
          the
          > rod (where it contacts the damper). I also dampen the contact
          between
          > the adjuster stop screw and the bar with a small piece of heavy
          rubber
          > type sealing tape. Then I adjusted the rod so that it does not
          strike
          > the damper in a hard manner.
          >
          > I am getting solid dits, don't have to treat the key like an enemy
          to
          > make it work, and am enjoying it like I have no other Vibroplex. I
          also
          > find there is no problem in slowing the key to 15 wpm - just use
          the
          > appropriate weight.
          >
        • Bill
          For those following this thread - I have removed the mods and put the Blue racer back to they way it was meant to be. It does clackety clack, unlike the
          Message 4 of 5 , Jul 31, 2008
            For those following this thread - I have removed the mods and put the
            Blue racer back to they way it was meant to be. It does clackety clack,
            unlike the VizBug. I think this is just another statement that each key
            has its own personality.

            Anyone ever look at WB9PLU's bugs? Very interesting. See them here:
            http://wb9lpu.googlepages.com/ and look for the bugs that he builds.
          • David Ring
            I liked your Stealth Blue Racer, Bill. I was going to build one of those. 73 DR
            Message 5 of 5 , Jul 31, 2008
              I liked your Stealth Blue Racer, Bill.

              I was going to build one of those.

              73

              DR

              On Fri, Aug 1, 2008 at 8:07 AM, Bill <w2blc@...> wrote:
              > For those following this thread - I have removed the mods and put the
              > Blue racer back to they way it was meant to be. It does clackety clack,
              > unlike the VizBug. I think this is just another statement that each key
              > has its own personality.
              >
              > Anyone ever look at WB9PLU's bugs? Very interesting. See them here:
              > http://wb9lpu.googlepages.com/ and look for the bugs that he builds.
              >
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