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Can I use my electronic keyer like a bug?

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

“Bug” is a nickname for a semi-automatic mechanical key. Dots are made automatically by the device, often with a pendulum bouncing a movable contact against a fixed one as long as the lever is held. Dashes are made by hand. Electronic keyers make both dots and dashes automatically, but many of them allow for a “bug mode” or can be set up as “e-bugs.” So look for that terminology– bug mode or e-bug– in your keyer manual, and if you can turn it on your paddle will work just like a bug. But if your keyer doesn’t offer that feature, don’t despair– there’s more than one way to skin this particular cat.