[AMRadio] Packaging Radio Gear

Ken Woodside, WB8EQO wb8eqo at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 16 23:11:10 EDT 2006


How would you support the transformer with wood?
Remove it? Wood inside the case? Above or below


--- 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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