Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by W4WVW, Jul 21, 2020.
Maybe I'll get to use it tonight for SKS.
Looks just like the one in your avatar!
Indeed It's my first bug and I really like it (besides is a Kent SK) easy to settle and use at 10-12 wpm, faster code I am able to copy. Sometimes needs slight adjustments, rapid routine check-up, tightening some screws, it has a spirit of its own, contrary to electronically paced stuff. Also, applying 65V between contacts sure helps.
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It sure is pretty, but I like my old Champion, It's almost as old as me.
Are bugs THAT temperamental about staying in adjustment? I can have this key set up perfectly for me and the next time I use it (usually several hours away) the dits get scratchy and/or decay too rapidly and I have to readjust the key. I love using this key but don't love having to readjust it so often. Is this just normal in the bug world and something I need to live with or could I be doing something wrong to lose the adjustment that I thought was perfect?
My only insight is that all those moving components are getting whacked many times per second. I suspect that with normally-obtained
SAE or Metric standard threads, even coarse threads, the components should not go out-of-tune. My personal technique (because any
common bug is prone to your phenomenon) is to really t i g h t e n the jam-nuts holding adjustable components in position. Hand-tight
only--you won't possibly damage steel screws--but really tighten-up the contact components-- I'm not familiar with your bug, but Vibroplex
units require two hands--one to hold the knurled screw-head secure and another to fight against it with the knurled jam-nut. Try it,
hope it's better.
Also, I had to make an extensive use of all the Allen keys, when the package finally arrived home (Brazil) after +1 month transit. Quite everything was loose, lots of trial and error coarse adjustments. Thread is an opportunity to check mutual settings. However, I might not help you much, with my low wpm tweak.
Sounds like this was your FIRST bug? (maybe it was Oliver saying that ?)
You better spend some time working with it off-the-air before you try a QSO, bugs take some learning time to get familiar with their adjustment and use !!
I love my bug and use it in preference to the keyer paddle, it's just more fun.
Got my first bug from Laffayette Radio for about 13 bucks back in 1962 when I just earned the General ticket 1!!
Yeah, first bug except for a Vibroplex that I owned in the 60s but never put on the air. I'm impatient, probably just need more time with it.