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Re: [cw_bugs] Quiet bugs

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  • 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 1 of 5 , Jul 28 7:24 AM
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      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 2 of 5 , Jul 28 9:02 AM
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        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 3 of 5 , Jul 31 5:07 PM
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          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 4 of 5 , Jul 31 5:59 PM
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            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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