Re: Quiet bugs
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, "Bill" <w2blc@...> wrote:
> I have said for a long time that one of the reasons I like my
> that it is nearly silent in operation. Just the slightest ticking.
> Certainly nothing like I have experienced with various Vibroplex
> 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
> rod (where it contacts the damper). I also dampen the contact
> the adjuster stop screw and the bar with a small piece of heavy
> type sealing tape. Then I adjusted the rod so that it does not
> the damper in a hard manner.
> I am getting solid dits, don't have to treat the key like an enemy
> make it work, and am enjoying it like I have no other Vibroplex. I
> find there is no problem in slowing the key to 15 wpm - just use
> appropriate weight.
- 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.
- I liked your Stealth Blue Racer, Bill.
I was going to build one of those.
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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