Benson J. 'Benny' Owens K5KV
Star, TX
QCWA # 28006

I HAVE BEEN USING AND COLLECTING VIBROPLEX BUGS SINCE 1966. IN RECENT YEARS, I PURCHASED THE VIZKEY RIGHT ANGLE BUG AND VERTICAL BUG FROM TOM K4VIZ. I ALSO PURCHASED THE RIGHT ANGLE PADDLE AND VERTICAL PADDLE. ALL ARE GREAT KEYS. I WANTED MY OWN DESIGN AND ASKED TOM TO MAKE A COMBO UNIT WITH THE RIGHT ANGLE BUG AND PADDLE ON A COMMON BASE. I GOT SERIAL NUMBER ONE AS A BONUS. THE PHOTO ABOVE SHOWS THREE POSTS BUT TOM ADDED A FOURTH FOR THE BUG SINCE I USE AN EXTERNAL KEYER. THE COMBO IS THE MOST SOLID KEY I HAVE EVER USED. TOM CALLS IT THE HORIZONTAL COMBO BUT I CALL IT THE K5KV COMBO.

THESE CONTACTS STAY CLEAN AND THE SENDING IS SMOOTHER. SOUNDS CLEANER THAN ALL THE REST OF MY BUGS. TAKE A LOOK AT TOM'S KEYS AT www.vizkey.com

I AM A MEMBER OF CWOPS #273, FISTS #2397, SKCC #1952T AND CFO #656.

I UPLOAD TO LOTW FREQUENTLY AND I ALSO UPLOAD TO EQSL A COUPLE OF TIMES A YEAR. SINCE I MOVED TO TEXAS I HAVE SENT ALL OF MY OLD LOUISIANA QSLS OUT VIA BUREAU.

I WAS QSL MANAGER FOR SEVERAL STATIONS YEARS BACK BUT NO LONGER MANAGE QSL CARDS FOR ANYONE BUT MY OWN AND PREFER LOTW. IF YOU SEND ME QSL CARDS FOR DX STATIONS, DONT EXPECT A REPLY. I HAVE NOTIFIED EVERY LIST AND BULLETIN OF THIS. I JUST FIRED UP A NEW LOG BOOK AND ITS QSL MANAGER LIST WITH MY CALL FROM 2003. I JUST CAN'T KILL IT.

73

CW4EVER

K5KV - Benson J. 'Benny' Owens

February 7, 2013