I own a beautifully restored Vibroplex Standard Original bug circa 1962 and I’m not ashamed to tell you that I’ve yet to master it. I bought it from a friend who restored it several years ago and it has remained mostly on the shelf ever since. I’ve consoled myself with the notion that mastering it will be a retirement project.

With only 108 days, 15 hours, and 30 minutes until I retire (see how I snuck the countdown in again?) I’ve started thinking again about that task ahead. If you’re a CW operator who has already mastered the bug then here’s a reminder, the W6SFM Bug Roundup Event takes place next month.

W6SFM – The Samuel F. Morse Amateur Radio Club, a Sacramento, California based CW enthusiast club wanted a special time to bring bug operators together on the air. In the same spirit as ARRL’s Straight Key Night, participants are encouraged to make simple, conversational, “chewing-the-fat” QSOs using their bug type key. This is an opportunity to exercise, share and exhibit your personalized fist. This is NOT a contest. Call “CQ BR” so folks know you are a Bug Roundup Participant.

Date: November 19-21 Local PST (Nov. 20 - 21 UTC)

Time: 4:00 PM Friday to 4:00 PM Sunday Pacific Time Local (00:00 UTC through 00:00 UTC )

Bands: 160, 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, & 10m CW freqs. X.040 MHz – X.050 MHz (IE. 7.045 MHz)

Because this is not a contest 17 & 30 meters are acceptable, but not preferred.

For the WARC bands use X.100 - X.110 MHz (I.E. 18.105 MHz)

Feel Free to contact the club if you have any questions.

I won’t be ready in time for the event this year, my fist sounds so bad when using a bug that I’m ashamed to put it on the air. But this time NEXT year I hope to show-off my newly developed skill!