Gilles Pepin
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  • Deschambault, Quebec Prov.
  • Canada

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Gilles Pepin commented on Gilles Pepin's photo
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Begali paddle

"Thanks Ron You did a good move with Begali, nothing can match it's precision. Adjust it to suit you and you will be "aboard""
Jun 27, 2015
Ron Smith commented on Gilles Pepin's photo
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Begali paddle

"Hi Gil, I ordered my signature and am hoping the band conditions arrive about the same time, hi.  Been quite nice on 6 meters but other than that not much good in the deserts this time of year.  Wanted to thank you for your input about the…"
Jun 27, 2015
Ron Smith left a comment for Gilles Pepin
"Thanks for the reply Gil, love CW and just getting lots of opinions B-4 I get a new key.  I also like everything I see and read about the signature. Adios, Ron N7RD"
Jun 10, 2015
Gilles Pepin commented on Ron Smith's photo
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EK-1 Vibroplex Restored 2015

"I converted my Vibroplex Iambic 35 Years old with 2 magnets and added 4 gold contacts and added bypass wires to cancel the conductivity that was by the springs (Not a very good idea) Now it can work fron 20 to 60 wpm with same adjustment. Sens a…"
Jun 9, 2015
Ron Smith commented on Gilles Pepin's photo
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"Say Gil, how do you like the signature?  I am narrowing down to a few and that is one I have in my top 3.  Looks and sounds to be a very nice key.  Thanks for any information. Ron N7RD"
Jun 9, 2015
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Dec 29, 2013
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Begali paddle

HelloHere is my Begali Signature with Vibroplex (35 years) finger piecesThat paddle is a Lamborgini and Vibroplex was a Honda.73 --... ...--Gil-VE2ENB
Dec 15, 2013
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Vibroplex Iambic Modified and GHD Optical 003

"No-1 GHD Iambic Optical Contacts Range  10/30 wpm No-2 Vibroplex Iambic modified with springs relocated toward the pivots + gold contacts Range 20/50 No-3 Vibroplex Iambic modified with Magnetic return+gold contacts Range 20/60 Wpm Joy to…"
Mar 2, 2013
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Mar 2, 2013
Brett Miller commented on Gilles Pepin's photo
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"Yeah, I tried your "CW Powder" idea with my Schurr Profi 2 the other day with great results for my sending, however, I forgot it was on my index finger and thumb of my right hand and ended up getting it on my RIT knob of my TT Jupiter as…"
May 27, 2011
Gilles Pepin commented on Gilles Pepin's photo
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"TNX Brett Hope to hear you on QRG soon 73 Gil PS It works even better with CW Powder (Baby's Own) you can see on my desk. To prevent fingers stickings on paddles.Hi Hi"
May 18, 2011
Brett Miller commented on Gilles Pepin's photo
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"This is really nice work.  Bravo."
May 18, 2011
Gilles Pepin replied to Rick's discussion Ultimate Paddles
"Hello Chuck No  I hase no video on Youtube, but i can send you a bigger picture an infos to modify your Vibroplex Iambic with pleasure. After the mod you will not recognise your paddle. Only  need a dril and tap so you can use the same…"
May 14, 2011
Gilles Pepin replied to Rick's discussion Ultimate Paddles
"Hello to all QRQCW members. I read that many CW oprs can work up to 70 or 80 WPM with their paddles. I am jammed by my rigs keyers with 60 WPM limit. I would like to buy a keyer with a limit of 70/80 wpm limitation. I would appreciate information on…"
May 3, 2011
Gilles Pepin replied to Rick's discussion Ultimate Paddles
"Hi Rick I been using a Vibroplex Iambic paddles for 38 years with fair results and bought the GHD Optical thinking it would improve my sending speed over 50  wpm. I found the Optical limits around 35 wpm. Over that it starts to miss some…"
Mar 26, 2011
Gilles Pepin left a comment for Michel Duquette
"Hi Michel Very glad to work you on 80 M for good ragchews at 45 wpm. Not many VE2 around on CW presently. At least QRQ, but some QRS at nights. We will try to keep the VE2 fraternity alive QRQ on freqs. Hi Hi Anyone interested to join? Tune 3599…"
Mar 9, 2011

Profile Information

Your Call Sign
VE2ENB
How many years have you been performing QRQ CW
40 YEARS ON CW AND 15 YEARS 45 WPM +
What speed do you like to run QRQ CW
40/45 WPM Ragchewing everyday on 80 or 40M
Can work up to 60 wpm with Vibroplex paddle (No Keyboard)
Your favorite key, paddle or bug
Modified Vibroplex twin paddles serial 47513 on which i removed the springs and fixed 2 adjustable magnet. Once set near zero on the pivots it perfomed (hardly) up to 60 WPM but it was over the limits of the paddle. The levers are too long, weight too much and the holding screw to hold the pivots set is archaic. So I bought a BEGALI SIGNATURE magnrtic paddle and put the plastic red finger pieces on the Begali and cured many problems. The Begali limits must be 100 WPM. Conclusion for QRQ CW you cannot build a F1 car with a Honda Civic.
If I send an error it will be my fault, not the paddle any nore. All keys have QRQ limits ans some very low, it goes with the price same like most everything. So I will keep my Begali Signature as long as i live . Thanks..
Your favorite cw keyboard
None yet
Your favorite cw sending software
None yet
Your Rig, Antenna and RF Power
Yaesu FT-990 and Yaesu FT-690 AT
40 meter Cushcraft, 2 el Beam XM 240 at 50' Outboard Crank up Modified DMX 48' Tower--------------Also Inv V at 45' on 80/30 Meters
Power 1000 Watts from Ameritron AL-572
Your QSK preferences
Don't use QSK
Your favorite headphones or speakers for listening to cw
Sony Headphone
What has been your most effective way of training practice, to copy and send qrq cw
Practice. Practice to copy mentally every day and using CW Powder (simply talc powder on index and thumb to prevent fingers sticking on the paddles and working on the paddles to upgrade their limits.

Paddles for QRQ CW

After working with Vibroplex paddles (2) for 35 years, on which i made many modifications to upgrade them for QRQ. I relocated the springs on one halfway to the pivots for smoothness. Then I had to install bypass wires because conductivity originally  passed thru the springs (Not a good idea with very low  tension) and put 4 gold contacts. It worked better on QRQ but I was not completely satisfied.

Then I removed the 2 springs on a second one and installed 2 brackets with magnets.

This one was  far better and could work up to 60 WPM. But I could not retain the near zero on the pivots and had to readjust often to keep it sharp.It was very smooth whith fine pivot setting but the locking screw on the thread is not the best idea.

Tired to work on the Vibroplex to keep QRQ without paddle errors, I ordered a BEGALI Signature with gold contacts. First I could not get familiar with the finger pieces, so  I installed the 2 Vibroplex red fingers and that was all I  needed to work QRQ.

Now I cannot attribuate the errors on the paddles because the speed limit is way over most anything I worked with.

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Comment Wall (3 comments)

At 5:08pm on March 6, 2011, Chuck aa0hw said…

Hi Gilles,

Welcome to the website and thank you for joining our group.

Thats some amazing work at 60 wpm with your Vibroplex paddle !

Interesting improvements you have made to it too...you might have to tell us more

about that story...!  sounds like it would make a good blog article here on the stie !

 

Chuck

 

 

At 7:32pm on March 6, 2011, Joe said…
Gilles bienvenu. J'espère que vous aimez le site Web.

The sunspots are increasing. I look forward to a QSO with you on the bands. Take a look at iCW. Great way to stay in touch and practice QRQ CW!

 

Au revoir.

 

Joe, KH6/W3GW

Maui, Hawaii

At 10:26am on June 10, 2015, Ron Smith said…

Thanks for the reply Gil, love CW and just getting lots of opinions B-4 I get a new key.  I also like everything I see and read about the signature.

Adios,

Ron N7RD

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