|[AMRadio] Packaging Radio Gear|
collinsradio at adelphia.net
Wed Aug 16 08:00:26 EDT 2006
Could someone explain to me how radios were shipped back in the 50's so that
they arrived at the dealers with no apparent damage. I wonder what the
original packing was back then?
With all the thousands of expensive solid-state transceivers, computers,
etc. shipped today, I rarely ever hear of any of them getting damaged. I do
know that they are cradled in styrofoam.
It would seem that the reason our "boatanchors" are damaged in shipment is
either the manner in which these heavy radios are packaged or how the
shipper handles the package - perhaps, a little of both.
How were Viking Valiants, etc. packaged by the manufacturer? I know that
many of these early radios went by rail or motor freight before the advent
of UPS and FedEx?
Recently, I shipped a Collins 32V-3 transmitter to Chicago using FedEx
services. The transmiter was carefully boxed and then enclosed in a wooden
crate. It helps to have a neighbor that works for FedEx!
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Pieter Gerlach" <Pieter at FreeToBe.de>
To: <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 6:02 AM
Subject: [AMRadio] Packaging Radio Gear
In response to some of the good ideas on how to and what to use to pack
valuable pieces of equipment i want to relate my latest experiemce. It
doesn't really matter what is used for packing if someone decides to open
things up in the dying days of the "War on Drugs." I purchased A Viking
Valiant from a fellow in Colombia who cardboard boxed with styrofoam and
then wooden crated the old warrior. Presuming it was filled with cocaine or
some other illegal substance either Colombian or Canadian Customs felt it
had to be "stripped searched." When it arrived here at my home in Canada the
wooden crate was shattered, the cardboard and styrofoam sheets were
scattered and every nut, bolt, screw and every other fastener had been
removed and not replaced and a few strips of tape were wrapped around the
radio to hold things together. I took photos and refused to take possession
and am now in the process of filing claims...probably for the next year and
a half. I don't know if there is a message in this other than don't purchase
radios from countries that bureaucrats and officialdom hold suspect for
whatever reason. I still appreciate all the ideas some of the other
subscribers have contributed.
Pieter Gerlach VE1PPG
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