Vibroplex Original Standard Semi-automatic Bug Key
Vibroplex invented the semi-automatic bug key in 1909.. It allows sending high speed code mechanically. One side has a pendulum to send dots, and the other side acts like a straight key to send dashes. They have a similar feel to an intricate pocketwatch, or perhaps a pinball machine. I got mine used from the estate of Ken Hartley, N2OHD, a silent key and the former manager of the Delaware Ham Radio Outlet. I made my first QSOs with it activating WM3PEN. RIP Ken.
The SKCC helped me learn how to adjust it. I also purchased a Round Arm Vari-Speed Accessory, a so-called bug tamer, to slow it down to around 15 WPM.
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