Shipping older radios & insurance claims

kd4e doc at KD4E.COM
Sun Nov 25 13:36:36 EST 2007

We learn how to pack things so they cannot break them.

Most of the damage is the result of careless packing.
I pack *assuming* shipper abuse.

Here are my thoughts ...

1.  Tubes should be removed and wrapped individually
     or the tube area packed with bubble wrap or
     newspaper (no popcorn) to keep tubes in their
     sockets and to prevent vibration damage.

2.  The exterior of the device should be bagged in
     case the shipper leaves it in the rain.

3.  The exterior of the device should be protected
     with at-least 2" of semi-soft packing which form-
     fits the device and provides a pillow-like cushion.

4.  This all goes inside the first box.

5.  Between the first and second box should be 2" of
     semi-rigid packing such as blue or pink wall
     insulation that comes in sheets.

6.  Large power supply transformers should be removed
     unless the chassis is specified by the manfacturer
     as OK to ship with the transformer mounted (many
     were not - the chassis were insufficiently rigid).

7.  Unless packed in separate interior boxes, and those
     boxes separated by semi-rigid insulation, power
     supplies should be shipped separately and not in
     the same box as a rig.

8.  Display glass and tuner ceramics should be stuffed
     to minimize vibration damage. (I have speculated
     that freight flights are using steeper takeoff and
     landing and perhaps non-pressurized cargo holds.
     Trucks may be running with extra air in the tires -
     all to improve fuel efficiency - but which increase
     stress on package content.)

> For valuable irreplaceable artifacts you will just have to bite the
> bullet, plan to take time out of your busy schedule and get in the
> car and go  get it. There is no other way to better guarantee you
> will get it home safely.  SX-100? HQ-170? (no offense to SX-100 and 
> HQ-170 fans) Ship them, there are  thousands of those out there and
> if FedEx, UPS or the USPS kills another one  it's not life
> threatening.... SX-88, no way!!!! Just the way it is,  sorry Greg


Thanks! & 73, doc, KD4E

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