[AMRadio] Equipment storage

manualman at juno.com manualman at juno.com
Fri Mar 27 12:47:05 EDT 2015

I realized years ago when I put some of my good equipment in storage with
vacuum bags and/or sealed boxes, that 99% of it I never had the desire or
interest to use it again. Good stuff, but had no room or interest to
bring it back into the operating area, so I sold it all over time. At
least someone else had the chance to play with them. No regrets. Plus, it
helped to clear out a lot of clutter and put some cash in my hand to buy
other stuff.

Pete, wa2cwa

On Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:14:49 -0500 GRANT YOUNGMAN <nq5t at tx.rr.com>
> JIm ..
> Thanks for the tip.  I’ll have to look at that.  I’m facing 
> having to put a GC300 and a large number of too-nice-to-ruin vintage 
> receivers in temporary storage while we get ready to relocate cross 
> country.  The thought of just piling those things even temporarily  
> in a POD or something is out of the question.   Even sealed against 
> moisture I’m concerned about the effects of heat in non-climate 
> controlled storage.
> Don’t know what I’m going to do yet.  Probably end up having to 
> pay the price of having each piece separately packed or crated and 
> then find a climate controlled storage facility somewhere.  Wife 
> says I should just sell it.  I don’t consider that a viable option 
> :)
> Grant NQ5T
> >      From: Jim Wilhite <w5jo at brightok.net>
> > To: AM Radio List <amradio at mailman.qth.net> 
> > Sent: Friday, March 27, 2015 8:00 AM
> > Subject: [AMRadio] Equipment storage
> > 
> > I have a bit too much equipment to keep it all in my shack and do 
> not have a controlled climate building to store it in, rather I have 
> a utility building that doubles as my garage.  I have a couple of 
> receivers in the building and detest they are subject to the weather 
> changes in that building so I decided to find a better way.
> > 
> > I settled on the “Space Bag” made by Ziplock.  They make a 
> “Jumbo” size and it fit my NC 183D with space to spare.  After 
> applying the vacuum cleaner to the valve it sucked the air out of 
> the bag.  That will give the equipment some protection against the 
> elements of moisture and dust.  Since the equipment was designed by 
> people who expected heat and cold the receiver should remain in good 
> condition until I decide to take it out, at least it will be as 
> clean as it was when I put it in.  Removing the moisture should 
> reduce, if not eliminate, corrosion that can occur when metal is 
> exposed to moisture in the air and temperature changes.
> > 
> > I am sure the valve will leak some, but I can always evacuate it 
> again.  You can buy a cheaper version sold by Wal-Mart, but it 
> doesn’t have the spacer under the valve to keep it from sealing 
> off against flat surfaces.  In that case put something under the 
> valve such as a piece of filter from an air handler filter to keep 
> the valve supported off the top of the case so the valve does not 
> lay on a flat surface and seal off before removing as much air as 
> possible.  The bag I bought is large enough to easily handle a DX 
> 100 or Globe Champion 300.  For me, perfect for long term storage.  
> I used my shop vac to suck the air out and it worked, however, the 
> valve is designed for the same size tubing that is on your house 
> vacuum cleaner.  either will work but I imagine the home vacuum will 
> be easier to use and may be better.

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