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Hi Mound Bug repair
Posted: Thu May 07, 2009 2:40 pm
I have a Hi Mound BK-100 bug with a broken paddle. It was given to me by an Elmer now many years a SK, so I am attached to it. I fabricated a new paddle out of cherry....looks great but just doesn't work properly. I am looking for a junked bug for parts.
Posted: Thu May 07, 2009 6:25 pm
I have one that I have been parting out. Do you just need the plastic part with the conical pin? Mine has been taken apart, but the finger piece is still attached to the lever. I was going to keep the lever, but it you need that too, I can send it to you. Do you need any other parts from it?
Are you good on QRZ? It might take a few days to get it mailed off. I don't walk so good right now. Let me know.
73, Bill NT9K
Posted: Thu May 07, 2009 10:03 pm
Wow, you are most kind! I expected a dead end on this problem. I have all the original parts, just the plastic paddle is broken beyond an epoxy fix. The pin is hard to remove, so leave it in if you want.
My QRZ info is current. Feel free to wait for a nice day to visit the post office. Of course I am happy to provide you with reimbursement.
Posted: Fri May 08, 2009 1:13 am
No Problem, glad I can help. I don't want any money for it.
Maybe a QSO someday, but even that isn't necessary.
I'll post or email when I send it, so you can be watching for it.
Posted: Fri May 08, 2009 4:49 pm
The HiMound bugs seem to be somewhat fragile. Mine got busted during shipping from YV-land. It arrived with the clear plastic cover cracked beyond repair and the paddle lever broken beyond epoxy or super glue fixing. Too bad -- that was a bug my Dad gave me many, many years ago.
I don't really plan to use it much, but it would be nice to fix it for nostalgia sake.
Posted: Fri May 08, 2009 6:22 pm
Hi Walt, Marshall still has the replacement clear covers for sale. Look here on this webpage and scroll down. 14.95 each:
If I get another one to scrap out, I'll share the finger piece with you. Lots of times, you can get them broken dirt cheap. I scrap out the binding posts and adjustment posts mainly. After I got the parts I wanted off the last one, I have been able to help 3 people who needed parts. Ok, take care CUL.
Posted: Fri May 08, 2009 9:35 pm
Thanks, Bill. I'll check on the cover. I may try to just glue the paddle back together and not try to use it.
Posted: Fri May 08, 2009 10:24 pm
I bet JB Weld would fix it and be usable. If you're not familiar with JB Weld, it is a 2 part epoxy that is stronger than steel. You can use it on nearly anything, wood, plastic or steel. Handy stuff to have around the shack too.
Posted: Sat May 09, 2009 4:13 pm
I've used JB Weld before, but on cars, not on bugs. Don't ask about the time I JB welded the fly wheel onto a car engine before trading it in.
Thanks for the advice, Bill!
Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 11:13 pm
BTW, I ended up buying a replacement cover from Morse Express and then I managed to super glue the plastic paddle back together around the pin. It seems to work fine and I've made a few contacts with it.