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How to Properly Adjust and Use a Vibroplex Bug

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Uploaded on Jan 18, 2010

The Vibroplex "Bug," also known as a "semi-automatic" key or "speed key," has gained a poor reputation amongst some radio amateurs because many who try to use the device have not learned how to properly adjust and manipulate it. When properly adjusted and manipulated, a bug is capable of producing good, clean, well balanced Morse. This video provides a brief set of instructions on how to properly adjust and use a bug.

If you are new to using a Vibroplex bug or an equivalent device, it is strongly recommended that you follow the adjustment steps and practice recommendations outlined in this video. This will aid you as you develop the proper technique needed to be a first-class radiotelegraph or Morse operator.

Print instructions on how to properly adjust a Vibroplex bug are also available in the "Michigan Net Public Service Communications Handbook," available at no charge as a pdf file via the QMN Net web page at: www.michigannet.org

Thank you for watching and 73!

Jim, WB8SIW

www.morsetelegraphclub.org
www.michigannet.org

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