Vibroplex

13 Apr 19
Top Band Chordal Hopper

I just “fell into” this Prototype Speed-X bug. This is pre-Vibroplex vintage, and Mint It looks like it has been restored- and that the restorer was a Master Craftsman. Its just gorgeous.  The price was an offer I couldn’t pass up. I swear – these things have been finding me. I only wanted a National […]

07 Apr 19
Top Band Chordal Hopper

The three microphones L-R are the Astatic D-104, probably the #1 mic that hams used with the KWS-1, the Shure 51B “Sonodyne” – used mostly by recording artists like Nat King Cole, Turner 99 – the oddball of the three, I don’t know what it was used for in its day. The three keys L-R […]

07 Apr 19
Top Band Chordal Hopper

Mushrooms. No particular reason why I used this photo except it looks cool. My friend Tony, K4QE wrote a nice note to me regarding this blog, and it occurred to me that the Pursuit, the Journey and the Rewards are the best reasons to have a hobby. I like the word “Maker”, and I’m sure […]

02 Apr 19
Ham Radio Hawaii

This week we spotlight Bernard D. Greeson, KH6P. Originally licensed in 1956 as K9CUC. Surrendered that call when I passed my Amateur Extra license test (20WPM) at the FCC office in Honolulu in 1979, and issued my present call, KH6P. Captain, United States Navy (Retired). Nuclear submariner. Marine Engineer. Following retirement from the Navy, served as […]

02 Apr 19
Top Band Chordal Hopper

This Bug has serial number 124407, which dates to 1943 – during a very busy WWII time I wanted a good representative version of a Vibroplex Bug – just so I could use it with the Collins KWS-1 (if I ever get it back – hi hi). There is a great PDF available on the […]

02 Apr 19
Top Band Chordal Hopper

Hallicrafters 1959 Christmas Advertisement Hallicrafters seems to be one of the first “mega” advertisers. They had quite a bit of gear – many models – and obviously had a big advertising budget. I had OT Elmers who thought Hammarlund made better gear, and everyone knew that Collins was the best of the best. However, Hallicrafters seemed […]

01 Apr 19
Top Band Chordal Hopper

The Hallicrafters TA-1 “TO Keyer” This tube based keyer was first sold in 1960 – which was about 5 years after the Gold Dust Twins were first released. I’ll have one next weekend – and it will be a lot of fun – especially because it has a monitor, and will be cool to hear […]

31 Mar 19
Top Band Chordal Hopper

The Astatic D-104, 10-C and 10D – classics and used with the KWS-1 There are so many cool microphones, but I will cherry pick a couple decent one’s and also will pick a set of keys to use with the Collins KWS-1. Astatic D-104, Shure “Sonodyne” 51B, Turner 99 I replaced the old dried out […]

29 Mar 19
Top Band Chordal Hopper

1945 Vibroplex Bug Now that I have decided to decommission my Ham Radio Station from “Struggling Alligator Masochistic DX Station” to “Just Have Fun Station”, I have a new “Mission Statement”: Only do it if it’s fun Whims are highly encouraged Learn something new daily Keep it simple Build or fix more than buy Use […]

26 Mar 19
Top Band Chordal Hopper

Now that I have a couple “period” microphones to play with when the KWS-1 RF Deck comes back, I will also have a couple keys to play with – I already have the Begali Intrepid “oddball” Bug, and will have a couple old Vibroplex bugs. I expect to land on one or two of each […]

24 Mar 19
Top Band Chordal Hopper

I had big fun in the KY6R shack today – I used my DVM to triple check the wiring of my re-capping plus replacing a selenium rectifier and replacing a suspect 0B2 tube. I also found a pair of 1 1/2 amp Buss fuses that I hear are hard to find. The fellow who owned […]

11 Nov 18
Top Band Chordal Hopper

The Begali Intrepid Bug – its pivot and weights are “backwards” as compared to the Vibroplex This is a novelty key – and a fun one at that. I am playing with it and the Begali CW Machine – another strange but interesting CW toy. More on the CW Machine in a future blog. Its […]

21 Oct 18
Glaukos

THE VIBROPLEX #3347 HORACE G MARTIN’S UNITED ELEC MFG CO NORCROSS GA KEY BUG – Buy – THE VIBROPLEX #3347 HORACE G MARTIN’S UNITED ELEC MFG CO NORCROSS GA KEY BUG

13 Oct 18
KX7N

Well the shack is running, but I am still only on 20 M as I can only get a mono band dipole up. Well today that will end. I have made some good investments for later use as I have acquired some antennas that I will use when we finally get our house. This apartment […]

10 Oct 18
Top Band Chordal Hopper

I found one of these locally – with a speaker and fully restored by Howard Mills – THE Collins Expert. This is a receiver I have had at the back of my mind for years. I also have the fondest or early memories of when I first started sending with my Vibroplex Bug in 1973 […]

06 Oct 18
Top Band Chordal Hopper

We visited the Deschutes Historical Museum in Bend, Oregon today after a wonderful week here Very funny sign! The museum is an an old Elementary school called The Reid School, so the building is as historic as its contents. When I was a kid – I found an old Edison bulb out in a field […]

28 Jul 18
Five decades of radio

Years ago, I acquired an old receiver that was similar to the one I used when I was just twelve years old and very new to the radio hobby.  In 1968, my National NC-155 was paired with an E.F. Johnson Viking Ranger transmitter.  I’ve been restoring the NC-270 for some time, and was hoping to […]