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TimestampManufacturerSerial NumberOrder NumberDate on Nameplate
Comments, Details, Distinguishing Marks, etc.
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Will you be sharing photos of your J-36?
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4/16/2015 15:31:31Lionel59607861-phila-431942SP5AHYYES!
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4/16/2015 15:32:07Bunnell671?? - Phila - 437-8-45W3IQYES!
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4/16/2015 15:34:18Vibroplex10013291 - NY - 3710-29-36I6HWDYES!
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4/16/2015 15:41:16Bunnell22116001-PHILA-438-4-42
Bought from J.J.Glass Los Angeles about 1953 All original. Has stiff main spring like many Bunnell bugs. Slowest speed around 30 WPM. I use stair gauges when I want to slow it down.
Has red Signal Corps stamp on bottom Square with SC 1302 A in it.
Will send photos later
WB6KBLYES!
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4/16/2015 15:49:17Lionel16284unknownunknown
The original name plate was disintegrating. I was able to get the serial number from it but have lost my notes and the remains of the label so I am not sure of the order number and date. I made a replica plate from artwork on the web. I think the order number and date were the same as on the replica but am not sure.
This bug was bought at the TRW swap meet some year ago. It is my regular station bug currently.
WB6KBLYES!
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4/17/2015 6:09:58Lionel220887861-PHILA-431942
Original celluloid label intact, though badly curled. Dot paddle appears to be home-made replacement. Presently located in UK.
M0DVOYES!
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4/17/2015 22:29:53Lionel60377861--PHILA--431942
Label is intact but has popped off the two rivets on the left. Plating is nickel (I believe). It has the orange SC stamp on the bottom. It looks like SC 1039. The bug is in very good condition. A little wear on the plating, no chips in the wrinkle paint. It has a nice action. I have used it quite a bit. I will email a photo.
K7TFWYES!
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4/18/2015 6:54:13Vibroplex19225702-NY-416-6-41
This J-36 is In good condition. The handles are not original and were replaced with reddish/pink handles. I purchased this bug from a dealer in Maryland
WJ1BYES!
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4/30/2015 6:03:17Lionel200167361 Phila 42
unreadable left of big L
Made byThe Lionel Corp New York
Signal Corps US ARMY
original name plate attached - 90% readable
G3CVKYES!
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5/4/2015 11:11:03Vibroplex702665-PDP-4311-1-42
Pretty much in original condition.
Believe the Dot contact has been chaned but Think I have the original.
Overall condition is good, paint pretty good.
Original Vibroplex label still attached and very readable.
I have owned this Key since the late '60's
Will do a photo soon.

Jim
Ei2BB
Ei2BB / IrelandYES!
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5/4/2015 11:43:08Lionel185797861-PHILA-431942NQ5TYES!
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5/5/2015 9:27:24Lionel134247861-PHILA-431942
Purchased at the Nearfest Hamfest,5/2/2015. The nameplate is perfect.The fittings are somewhat tarnished and the crackle finish base is in good condition. It functions well.
KG2IRYES!
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5/5/2015 11:37:16Lionel83977861-Phila-431942
This bug was in my father's estate (W6FFY).
I sold it on Ebay several years ago.
WB6OGDYES!
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5/6/2015 9:21:21Vibroplex1210647-WF-431-29-43
Back in 1977 or 1978, I attended Vocational school. A classmate and ham, Hilton Fox (don't remember his call, probably SK now) was an Air Force veteran. He had spent some time on Amchitka in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. He showed me photos of the ruins of the WWII Radio building. While rummaging around in the debris, he recovered this J-36 bug and brought it home. It was in pretty rough shape. He sold it to me and I rebuilt it. Still need to refinish the nomen tag. If I had to sell everything radio I own, it would be the very last thing to go. GL OM ES 73 DE Dave AB5S
AB5SYES!
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5/6/2015 11:47:52Lioneln/an/an/a
Only partly in order, parts missing (binding post, dampper assy, connstion strips at bottom. I intend to restore it, need them missing parts...
OH6NTYES!
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5/10/2015 20:05:00Vibroplex5941456-NY-4110-28-40
I have fully restored this bug to immaculate condition and it is fully operational. It is in fully original condition with no replacement parts.

Bright polished chrome key on black crackle base with original bakelite finger pieces. Nameplate states Vibroplex Inc. address as 796 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY. The base shows traces of the original army stamp made in red ink below nameplate on left side, but lettering is not legible apart from final letter A. Very small dab of red ink remaining on front left corner.

All 3 rubber feet are intact and in original condition.

Underside metal (nickel plated) busbar is stamped with small number 4. Underside mica and rubber insulator sheets all intact along with all of the plastic through-hole insulators.

Some pitting to both front and rear dot/dash contacts possibly due to high voltage arcing indicating that this key has been used on period radio transmitting equipment.

Key originally came with Hunts paper capacitor across the knurled screw terminals presumably for key click supression, but I have removed this.

Top front triangular trunnion plate is slightly curved downward due to historical damage - current state of displacement is less than one degree from horizontal and so is hardly noticeable and does not affect operation.

Key was purchased from ebay in October 2014. Original condition of key was medium-poor showing corrosion to base plate, pitting to chrome surfaces and copper green oxidation to contacts, as well as general dirt. The main arm and dash bar were completely seized together. Restoration involved complete dis-assembly and individual cleaning of every part. This included stabilisation and polishing of corroded parts down to every last screw and spring. It was not possible to remove the finger pieces due to seizure of the retaining screws and therefore these were cleaned in situ. Restoration was completed part time over a period of 8 months, but it was not unusual to spend and hour restoring a single screw on occasion. Chrome was restored using the aluminium foil and water method. The base was deep cleaned with brush water and Cif cleaner, then restored using black T-Cut and finished using high quality wax boot polish. All screw threads have been fully cleaned. Corrosion to threads and knurling was removed by hand using 'dremel' type brass wire brushes.

The key is fully operational and current settings allow continuous dots to be sustained for about 25 seconds at around 18 wpm.
G4WQXYES!
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5/14/2015 21:05:24Lionel236147861-Phila-431942
Key all original, BUT original nameplate shrunk and twisted and broken loose from pins on each end. Held only by center pin. Words "SIGNAL, KEY, ORDER NO" missing. Condition very good except for nameplate.
AC5PYES!
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5/25/2015 21:36:47Lionel134247861-PHILA-43none
Original label, the only date I can see on it is 1942 which seems odd because the order # ends in -43
W2IYYES!
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6/20/2015 20:41:28Lionel160497861-phila-431942
Plastic identifying strip loose at each end
KA9AYES!
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8/20/2015 18:30:30Vibroplex6913291-N.Y.-3710-29-36
Black wrinkle base, good condition with original cord.
K5JCPYES!
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10/9/2015 21:25:49Vibroplex19810647-WF-431-29-43
Great bug, use it everyday on the ham bands.
K2HTNo
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10/17/2015 10:48:20Vibroplex20603702-ny-416-6-41
Unit is in superior condition and is used daily
W5GNBYES!
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11/7/2015 10:08:16Vibroplex20605702-ny-416-6-41superb condition, used dailyW5GNBYES!
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11/15/2015 21:13:24Vibroplex13565702-NY-416-6-41
I believe this bug to be all original down to the rubber feet. I use it all the time.

Stamped in red ink on bottom " SC205A " and on the end, hand painted with white paint, " 108-7 " ... perhaps this was a 'station number'?
WR2EYES!
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11/21/2015 14:29:22Lionel6151(don't have this)(no nameplate)
Label has separated from base and part has been lost.

There is a red-orange stamp on the bottom: a square box with some letters, with 1039 (not sure of last digit), and A below that.
YES!
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11/21/2015 22:57:07Lionel160587861-PHILA-431942
Original acetate nameplate still secured by center pin and two right-side pins. Left side of nameplate broken off on corners and curled upwards. Left-side pins still in frame.

It was my first Novice key.
KF7VGNo
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11/29/2015 14:37:08Vibroplex240321984-Phila-421-27-42
Appears to be complete and in fairly good condition. No orange Signal Corps stamp.
N2AZLYES!
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11/29/2015 14:44:13Lionel273867861-PHILA-431942
In excellent condition. Nameplate pulled away from rivets at each end, but still flat. Came with Lionel wedge. Has large square orange Signal Corps stamp on bottom.
N2AZLYES!
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11/29/2015 14:49:41LionelUnknownUnknownUnknown
Original nameplate and the 5 rivets are missing but in otherwise good condition. Has reproduction Lionel label. Has small orange Signal Corps stamp on bottom.
N2AZLYES!
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11/29/2015 14:58:47Bunnell22246001-Phila.-438-4-42
Fairly good condition. Large orange Signal Corps stamp on bottom.
N2AZLYES!
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11/29/2015 15:09:19Lionel197117861-PHILA-431942
Complete and in fairly good condition. Celluloid label has shrunk from rivets and curled with yellowed printing. Orange stamps on bottom; SC7330A, A and MFP.
N2AZLYES!
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12/24/2015 10:26:09Lionel152887861-PHILA-431942WD8KRVNo
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1/3/2016 21:49:58Vibroplex182921984-Phila-426-27-42
Owned this key for a number of years and never used it until recently. I prefer it to a 1958 era Vibroplex Lightning Bug. Needs a complete cleaning, but that will have to wait. Once cleaned, I'll send a picture of it. Recently joined the SKCC to force myself to do more CW with this and other bugs. Had a Lionel J-36 but that one got away from me.
NØRUYES!
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1/10/2016 14:52:54Lionel205247861-Phila-4243-42No
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4/19/2016 12:45:30Lionel1815921984-Phila-421942
Not restored. This is the condition I got it in. The label was off but with a magnifying glass it is possible to read it. You can see the Serial No. on the photo if you zoom in on it.
KK4JCYES!
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5/8/2016 20:02:16Lionel
c/3538 or c13538
7861-PHILA-42, 1942
1942
Right half of celuloid name tag is missing. I have the original Lionel key wedge and cable.
K2LREYES!
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5/17/2016 14:16:23Lionel68067861-PHILA-431942
Still has the celluloid name tag however it's a bit shrunken. Nice key overall.
n0syaYES!
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7/13/2016 2:50:40Lionel1237786143-1942
No more detail. I finally got THE BUG I was looking for since 1999 as mu close friend I0XXR showed the bug he received by a Signal Corps soldier after his service after IIWW. No possible to get on at decent price before and now finally I have mine! Very happy indeed.
I5SKKYES!
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9/2/2016 21:16:16Vibroplex279054 - Phila:423-17-42
I purchased the key from Carlo K3ABH. It was issued to him in Air Force in the 50s
N2EIYES!
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9/13/2016 12:47:29Vibroplex1510647-wf-431-29-43W6FCSYES!
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9/19/2016 4:50:36Vibroplex174968-SF6-9-42M0CSDYES!
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9/19/2016 4:55:31Lionel4217861-PHILA-431942Most of original label existsM0CSDYES!
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11/23/2016 4:05:02Vibroplex5309054-PHILA-423-17-42IW2NOYYES!
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1/6/2017 20:52:06Vibroplex22195702-NY-416-6-41No
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3/18/2017 14:48:46
Brooklyn Metal Stamping Co. (scarce)
unknownunknownJune 10, 1930
Some of the information you requested above is not stamped on the bug I have, probably because (1) it's a Brooklyn Metal Stamping bug, and (2) it was manufactured a decade before World War II.

I will send you several pictures, and I hope you can tell me where this particular bug fits into the history of such devices. Thank you.

Lee Wolfle, Blacksburg, VA.
lwolfle@vt.eduYES!
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4/4/2017 20:23:03Vibroplex1011456-NY-4110-28-40wb2pdwYES!
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4/28/2017 12:11:27Lionel18524359-PHILA-431943
Black Crinkle Army Signal Corps stamped SC7353A on base in red QA ink typical of military items. Good to very good condition except for celluloid label which as molted. Still intact and readable, just shrunk away from rivets. Nice patina (satin) on the nickel plating. Very nice movement. With weight at slowest position it's range begins in the 20's wpm area. Excellent example of Lionel's faith in accurately rendering a LIghtening Bug for the military.
W5JVYES!
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5/24/2017 19:12:29Vibroplex2911456-NY-4110-28-40
Type J-36
Order No. 1456-NY-41 Date 10-28-40 Serial No. 291
Made by
The Vibroplex Co., Inc.
796 Fulton St., Brooklyn, N.Y.
W6BDXYES!
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5/30/2017 11:03:22Lionel58647861-PHILA-431942
Excellent shape except for celluloid label pulled away from rivets and curled on left end. Label still readable. Has Red Signal Corps stamp underneath. Very smooth action and usable down to 18 wpm. Satin finish on hardware and black crackle paint on base look like bug may not have had much use. Original paddle and knob. Pictures being sent.
KB0QZYES!
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5/30/2017 11:54:26Lionel58647861-PHILA-431942
Excellent shape except for celluloid label pulled away from rivets and curled on left end. Label still readable. Has Red Signal Corps stamp underneath. Very smooth action and usable down to 18 wpm. Satin finish on hardware and black crackle paint on base look like bug may not have had much use. Original paddle and knob. Pictures being sent.
KB0QZYES!
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6/4/2017 19:56:51Lionel147697861-PHILA-431942
As far as the date, the only date on it is 1942. Nothing else. On the bottom is a red ink stamp SC7353A. Original label is mostly intact. It has shrunk away from the corner pins holding it on, so the corners are torn away. Otherwise, it works well, and I have tested it on the air with success.
KG5DVCYES!
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6/13/2017 10:59:18Vibroplex151456-NY-4110-28-40
No shorting hardware.
Acquired from TRW swap meet.
Nice shape only needed adjustment.
Use it frequentlly on HF bands.
WB6RDONo
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7/4/2017 11:23:55Lionel28377861-PHILA-431942
Has original cord for connecting to straight key. Name plate broken especially at the paddle end. Dusty, but otherwise in good shape.
Available for sale. What is it worth?
W3EXYES!
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9/26/2017 14:55:01Vibroplex8213734-NY371-29-37
This key is 80 years old. It has red paddles and lock knob. May be replacements. The key belonged to W8SKD in WV, who was licensed in the l930's. He was a close friend of my father's and he gave the key to my brother, W4DF, who then before his death passed it on to me.
K4SAFNo
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10/11/2017 18:58:53Vibroplex20810647-WF-431-29-43
Given me by my uncle, who was a radio operator on a B-24? B-25? in the European Theatre of Operations. He was shot down early in 1944, and spent the rest of the war in Stalag Luft 17.
W5EGOYES!
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11/4/2017 19:54:18LionelMissingMissingMissing
The name plate is missing but it was the long narrow one as made by Lionel. The paddle is the squared off style, not the oval as on photos I have seen. There is an orange triangle with an undecipherable number in the middle next to the ground contact. It works great but has not been cleaned or polished I would say since 1943.

Handley Jackson KA2SJG
KA2SJGNo
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