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SEMI-AUTOMATIC "BUG" keys

Horace Martin, founder of VIBROPLEX, invented the semi-automatic "bug" key and started the VIBROPLEX company in 1905.  He got it right on the first try: 111 years later, we are still offering Martin's original key design for the active Amateur Radio operator.  The "bug" key represents a hand back to the rich tradition of CW operation in the hobby and many of them are in use on the air today with each operator's distinctive fist giving their code transmission a unique sound on the air.  An item you can buy today, and treasure for many years to come!   Bug keys are designed for 20-50 WPM operation, but can be slowed further with the addition of the Vari-Speed device shown below.
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Original Standard

The key that started a revolution in commercial and Amateur Radio back in 1905.  Still going strong today!  Standard non-jeweled movement key with ECO-BLACK powdercoated textured base.  Bright decorative chrome top parts. 

Original Standard Upgraded

Same key as the Original Standard, but built with the jeweled spring-loaded movement as used on the Deluxe and Presentation models.  SPECIAL ORDER ONLY:  Allow up to 10 days for shipment from time of your order.

Original Deluxe

The Deluxe chrome version of the VIBROPLEX original bug includes bright decorative chrome base and top parts plus jeweled spring-loaded movement

Original Presentation

24K gold plated brass plate on a highly polished decorative chrome base with bright chrome top parts.  Jeweled movements as used on the Original Deluxe key.  (Left handed version not available).

Original Gold

The entire base is 24K gold plated, with bright decorative chrome top parts. Smooth, jeweled movements for precision control as used on the Deluxe and Presentation models.  (Left handed version not available).

100th Anniversary Original

A replica of the lacquered and japanned base offered in the 1920's and 1930's.  High-gloss black lacquer finish with gold-leaf and stripe pattern applied to base.  Beautiful piece of work reminiscent of the pinnacle of radio operation early in the last century.  Same movement and parts as Original Standard model.  NOTE:  100th Anniversary keys are presently not in production.  No anticipated delivery date at this time.

100th Anniversary Original Upgraded

Same key as 100th Anniversary Original, with the Deluxe jeweled movement installed in place of the standard pin and socket arrangement.  NOTE:  100th Anniversary keys are presently not in production.  No anticipated delivery date at this time.

Blue Racer Standard

The "little brother" to the Original key is physically smaller - base width 2.5" instead of 3.5" and uses a different stock weighting arrangement for slightly faster key speed (Vari-Speed accessory can be used with this key also).  Blue powdercoated textured base, Deluxe jeweled movements (not the standard movement), red finger pieces.

Blue Racer Deluxe

The "little brother" to the Original key is physically smaller - base width 2.5" instead of 3.5" and uses a different stock weighting arrangement for slightly faster key speed (Vari-Speed accessory can be used with this key also).  Decorative chrome base, Deluxe jeweled movements, red finger pieces.

Round Arm Vari-Speed accessory

The round arm Vari-Speed attaches to the arm of the bug in place instead of the weight(s), and the weight(s) are then attached to the arm to give the key a lower speed range at the low end - as little as 13 WPM.  See demonstration video!