My Old Vibroplex Bug

QRZ Forums. Help Identifying my Vibroplex Bug 65, , ? I have tried to date it but from what I see, it looks like it is dated , but I find that hard to believe. Maybe it is due to the lack of my Vibroplex knowledge. I am wanting to sell it, thus I started digging up what it is actually worth and ran into a road block there as well. Any help on this front would be appreciated. Why sell it? I’m not a collector, I tried to use the bug and gave up. I’ll use paddles or a straight key. Last edited: Jul 14,

Help Identifying my Vibroplex Bug (65,227), 1919?

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NOTE ON THE DATING OF VIBROPLEX BUGS: John Elwood, WW7P has been gathering information about Vibroplex keys for many years. He has been able to​.

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It has no adjustment on the spring and therefore dates from before Note the The Vibroplex bug key was very successful and can still be bought today.

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Vibroplex J-order no NY date s/n Nameplate. Fulton Street, Brooklyn. N.Y.. The Vibroplex J The WWII semiautomatic.

JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser. For the best experience on our site, be sure to turn on Javascript in your browser. Although Morse telegraphy has practically no significance in commercial radio technology any more, it continues to enjoy great popularity among radio amateurs all over the world. Especially since the requirement for a Morse code test for the amateur radio license has been eliminated in almost all countries, Morse telegraphy has established itself as a very special kind of radio in amateur radio.

There is no other handmade as opposed to computer generated mode of operation where you can reach the whole world with such low power. Thus Morse code has become a characteristic of particularly dedicated and willing to learn radio amateurs. To be able to do Morse code you need a nice Morse key , because you don’t want to let the computer do everything alone.

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The Vibroplex Co. currently makes only one bug model, the Original, in several finishes. The company still makes a “Presentation” version, but it lacks the.

I am NOT an expert on these old keys and I am not a collector. However, several things caught my eye about this old Bug:. It works. As soon as I received it, I plugged it into my ham radio station and made a couple of contacts with it — it was already adjusted and worked smoothly. The serial number indicates it was manufactured in There is one part that is not original — the clear plastic dit thumb paddle.

As far as I can tell, the rest of the key is original. If anyone reading this article can help my dig up more info on this key, please send me an email. I have tried and tried to locate information about the person whose name is on the baggage tag that accompanied this Bug. First, I assume the key belonged to W. Johnson and that he was a railroad telegrapher for Southern Pacific. Messages went back and forth between stations with information about trains, schedules, the make-up of trains, and other operational and administrative information.

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The Straight Key has a unique mechanical action, unlike any straight key that has ever been manufactured! Both of these factors suggest that it is an early experimental pre-production model. Again, this is a carry over from the Bug, but it makes ergonomic sense.


Horace G. Martin, a New York inventor filed a patent on May 7, for a completely mechanical semi-automatic morse code transmitting key, which he named the “Vibroplex. Pushing a paddle mounted on one end of the lever to the right caused a spring-mounted contact further along the lever to vibrate against a stationary contact, making strings of dots.

Dashes were made manually by pushing the lever to the left. The speed of the dots could be altered by sliding a weight along the lever. A Vibroplex No 4. Later named the Blue Racer bug key. A super example of this model with a black japanned base with the gold detailed pinstriping, plus a U shaped damper mechanism. The main arm has been replaced at some time and is longer than normal, but this anables an extra weight to be added to slow the dots down.

The label , which is the second Vibroplex label, or C2 label, shows 10 patents and the address of Broadway, New York. A Vibroplex Nr 4 dating from I think and looking great to this day. Blue racer bases measure 2. During WW2 , grey paint replaced chrome bases on the Deluxe model. A Vibroplex No 4 Blue Racer.


The instruments are in approximate chronological order: Oldest first. He has been able to reconstruct many of the dates of manufacture of the various models of Vibroplex keys which had been lost in the Vibroplex fire. To use this summary, first find the serial number on your Vibroplex. It will be stamped into the label on later models and into the damper or other parts on early models. Then use this table to find the approximate date of manufacture: Serial Date Serial Date Serial Date , – , – , – Portland ME , – , – , – , – , – , – Mobile, AL

Date. When Was Your Vibroplex Made? Microsoft Word – Dating Your find when it was made, but John’s table doesn’t include information for Alabama bugs.

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So it went un-noticed for a long time. Wilcox bug also made in Canada. Close inspection once it was received revealed no stamped serial number or makers mark. I concluded at the time that it was either a homebrew or prototype clone made sometime before Luckily, all the parts were present! After removing the gold paint, I found all of the parts and base are nickel plated after image.

The Bug’s serial number is and it is a Lightning Bug model. As well as a list of Vibroplex serial numbers and the corresponding date of.

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