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Re: Quiet bugs

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  • 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 1 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 2 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 3 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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