On the qrp-l.org mailing list, Doug K4DSP offered the following advice for using a bug:
- Get a decent bug. A piece of junk will sound like a piece of junk and you’ll get frustrated very quickly. You can still buy new bugs from Vibroplex for less than $200. You only buy quality once.
- Whether you buy a new one or a used one (and especially if you buy a used one!) download the Vibroplex adjustment guide from Vibroplex and read it.
- Get or make an additional weight so you don’t send dits at a ridiculous rate.
This is good advice. #1 especially resonated with me. I bought a cheap one off EBay, and I regret it. I can’t seem to adjust it properly and it generates flakey code.