[AMRadio] Packaging Radio Gear


Don Merz don at thedjbrothers.com
Wed Aug 16 16:12:02 EDT 2006


Well, I once shipped a Heathkit Mohawk to a guy. When
it arrived, he found a used plastic diaper among the
packing! 

That's as close as I've gotten to accidentally
shipping a kid in with a radio... 

73, Don Merz, N3RHT


--- Bob Peters <rwpeters at swbell.net> wrote:

> Well I can tell ya all one big thing here ...Don
> Merz knows how to pack
> gear...My god it took me a whole day to unpack a box
> that I got from
> Don... More packing material then gear...Must have
> been the kitchen sink
> in the box  Hi  ...
> I expected to find his first born in the bottom of
> the  box...
> 
> Bob W1PE
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net
> [mailto:amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net] On Behalf
> Of Don Merz
> Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 2:02 PM
> To: w1eof at hamnutz.com; Discussion of AM Radio
> Subject: RE: [AMRadio] Packaging Radio Gear
> 
> 
> "People don't care about their work" is certainly a
> factor. They are returning the feeling they are
> getting from their employer--sometimes in spades. 
> 
> But to be complete, uncaring workers are probably
> not
> the main factor at work (pun) here. 
> 
> The biggest factor is probably the sheer volume of
> shipping that goes on today versus say, 1960. Most
> shipping was business to business back then, in
> large
> lots. Catalog sales to individuals were a tiny
> fraction of what they are today. If you wanted a
> radio, you went down to the ham radio dealer and
> bought one off the shelf that you carried the last
> mile yourself. Today, that last mile is part of the
> shipping task for radios ordered from catalogs.
> 
> Additionally, the majority of the shipment's trip
> was
> on steel rails instead of potholed asphalt--the
> stuff
> probably didn't get jolted around as much. At the
> handling facility, people--not automated conveyors
> and lifts--handled
> the packages--shipping automation as we know it
> today did not exist. It
> didn't have to because labor was cheap and
> single-piece volume was low. 
> 
> So maybe people don't care as much about their work
> today. But I kind of doubt that their lack of care
> for
> their work is the biggest factor in shipping damage.
> 
> 73, Don Merz, N3RHT
> 
> 
> --- W1EOF <w1eof at hamnutz.com> wrote:
> 
> > 
> > As people have stated, it's a combination of both.
> > People cared more about
> > their work back then and probably took better care
> > in how they handled
> > stuff. There was less pressure to "just get the
> > stuff outta here" than now
> > I'm sure.
> > 
> > Secondly it does not matter whether so much
> whether
> > you use a particular
> > material or not, it's HOW the materials are put
> > together that matter.
> > Someone in a reply said it doesn't matter how it's
> > packed if it gets dropped
> > six feet. I think you are stating my second point
> > from a different angle. I
> > wouldn't send a Valiant out my door unless I felt
> confident... yes,
> > confident that it could withstand a six foot drop.
> > Probably an eight foot
> > drop. That's not unusual and std packing procedure
> > for a business. It's not
> > hard to do but it takes a little work and more
> than
> > that it takes thought on
> > how it should be boxed. I've sent hundreds of
> items
> > around the world.
> > Fragile glass items. Heavy radios. I never had one
> > damaged in transit. ALl
> > of those packages were expected to withstand at
> > least a six foot drop.
> > 
> > As an example, here is what I would do with a
> > small-medium sized
> > transmitter:
> > 
> > 1. Remove the tubes. They get individually wrapped
> > in bubble-wrap and
> > shipped separately. Any other loose pieces get
> sent separately in 
> > another box. If you want you can in some case wrap
> that
> > stuff up and put it inside
> > but if you want to be sure, pack it separate.
> > 
> > 2. Depending on the tranmitter, it's value, etc I
> > might need to make a
> > wooden support for the transformers.
> > 
> > 3. Wrap this up in both directions with bubble
> wrap.
> > The one with the bigger
> > bubbles, not the small-bubble kind. Tape it good.
> > There should be at least a
> > couple of inches of bubblewrap on every surface.
> > 
> > 4. Using bubblewrap or high-density foam fit this
> > assembly into a box. Not a
> > bad idea to put it into a heavy garbage bag and
> tape
> > before it goes in the
> > box.
> > 
> > 5. Tape this box up. Tape it up GOOD. If heavy use
> > strapping tape as I
> > describe below. Now this is where many people
> would
> > stop. It looks like it's
> > ready to go, right? Well many people would ship
> this
> > out but it's not ready.
> > 
> > 6. Get ANOTHER, larger box. ALlow for 3-4 inches
> in
> > every direction. In
> > between the two boxes you need some cushion. I
> > pesonally like peanuts but if
> > you use them they must be packed DENSELY. You want
> > the inner box to be able
> > to move a bit, but not much. Pack the peanuts in
> > there tight. Tape this box
> > up tight. Then get your strapping tape and wrap
> two
> > double bands of that in
> > each direction, each band about 25% of the way in
> > from the edge of the box.
> > If the box is long then I'd add two more bands in
> > that direction. The
> > strapping tape will prevent the box from bursting
> > should it be dropped on a
> > corner for instance. It's very strong stuff.
> > 
> > You're done.
> > 
> > Now if the transmitter is really large, or extra
> > heavy (say > 80 or 100lbs)
> > then you need to go to the next level and crate
> it.
> > Basically you follow the
> > steps above and then put that assembly into a box
> > that is made of plywood
> > with reinforced corners, etc. Making a suitable
> > crate is somewhat of an
> > art... a story for another day.
> > 
> > If you follow those steps listed above you will be
> > able to drop that
> > transmitter 6-8 feet without any damage to the box
> > or the transmitter. It
> > will hit with a funny dull sounds and sort of
> bounce
> > (which is what you
> > want, thats' the energy being absorbed and
> deflected
> > not transferred to the
> > transmitter).
> > 
> > 73,
> > 
> > Mark W1EOF
> > 
> > <SNIP>
> > > 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?
> > <SNIP>
> > 
> >
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