1951 Vibroplex “Lightning” Bug!
WOW! I just got this from an online auction. It is a 1951 Vibroplex “Lightning” bug! I really wasn’t looking for a bug, but when I saw this and it was going for such a good price, I decided to watch it.
Since I’m not really great at CW, I’m sure I will not get the benefit from a Vibroplex like a CW expert would, but its totally cool old school design I just couldn’t pass up. It also came with a box that is leather on the outside and padded with green felt on the inside.
This bug was left in this box for many years and since it was protected so well, it looks new.
I have a Bencher iambic paddle I usually use with the IC-7600, and have gotten fairly good at using it, but never have used a Vibroplex. I know these require some attention with the setup to make them work well. Other hams have told me that there is a lot of tweaking that can and should be done to make a Vibroplex bug work well, so I will need to learn how to do that.
(UPDATE) I just found this awesome vid on YouTube from Jim WB8SIW that shows how to set up a Vibroplex bug properly! Very nice video:
73! de Nick N9SJA