WA4GEG contents; Packing in Yaesu boxes, how-to pack in other boxes, & misc.
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For shipping your transceiver I recommend using FedEx's Ground Service, available at FedEx Office Centers everywhere. However, you may use any carrier of choice including UPS, DHL, USPS and etc. All outgoing shipments from my shop are made via FedEx Ground Service.
address: Electronic Equipment Service
126 Stiner Shores Rd.
Sharps Chapel, TN 37866
Shipping Contact phone no. (supplied upon request)
NOTE: The original "Yaesu insignia" bearing factory shipping box must be complete with the custom molded foam pieces. Substuting other materials in place of lost molded foam guarantees shipping damage, and that I'll be forced to charge a hefty fee for properly re-crating the transceiver. The integrity of the factory shipping box depends on those custom molded foam pieces, including the spacer (3-foam blocks on strip of cardboard). And because of the age of some factory boxes it is best to place them inside an extra heavy duty box to take the wear and tear of shipping.
Packing info. for the original Yaesu factory box:
Transceivers ship nicely in their original "Yaesu
insignia" bearing factory (doubled or tripled) shipping boxes with the
factory molded foam packing. Before use,
do inspect the condition of the factory boxes. Reinforce aging tape on
the bottom flaps with fresh box sealing tape. And for the inner
"nested" boxes with only metal staples holding the bottom flaps,
remove any loose or damaged staples and securely tape all seams.
Please observe the packing check list:
1 - Collapse the adjustable front bottom feet on the transceiver (if extended.)
2 - Tape (Scotch tape) the top hatch panel closed, i.e. FT-1000MP series.
3 - Install the protective plastic wrap around the transceiver before fitting the molded foam packing (or use 3 mil. or thicker plastic wrap, plastic bag or similar.) Without the plastic wrap, the molded foam packing will tend to burnish the cabinet finish, make foam dust during shipping vibration, and etc.
4 - Place the
transceiver in the shipping box and check that it is snug and secure.
If there is any play, shim with sheets of scrap corrugated cardboard
(or other suitable material.)
5 - Include a note containing your complete return shipping address and contact info., plus a short description of the problem and any additional desired service.
Your original shipping box will be used to return ship your transceiver. I make a point of always returning original boxes to their respective owners.
DIY Double-box Packing How-To
NOTE: When using commercial
packing services, print a copy of these instructions and have them
follow it. If they tell you that they know how to pack and don't
need your instructions, you would do well to go elsewhere! And to
insure that they use the proper materials (aka NO PAPER of any
kind), you have to watch them like a hawk. The really inexperienced
may need a good bit of hand holding too.
Shipping companies deny shipping damage claims for inadequate packing, especially when there isn't any damage to the shipping box, i.e. g-force damage. Most carrier policies call for a minimum item to box clearance (packing thickness) of 2 inches at this writing. However, 2 inches is INSUFFICIENT for large fixed station transceivers. The best shipping insurance is "drop-kick-proof" packing using greater clearances / packing thickness. Recommended method:
1 - Collapse the adjustable front bottom feet on the transceiver (if extended.)
2 - Secure the radio's top "hatch" with a single strip of Scotch tape.
3 - Wrap protective plastic around the transceiver (3 mil. or thicker plastic wrap, plastic bag, or bubble wrap)
4 - Attach a note containing your complete return shipping address and contact info., plus a short description of the problem and any additional desired service.
5 - Double box as per info. below:
Correctly done, the following double-boxing method
involves packing the transceiver in a smallish box first, and then
floating that box in packing material inside of a second larger box.
To prevent the smaller box from sinking to the bottom of the second
box, a sheet of cardboard (about the same size as the larger
box's bottom) is placed on top of several inches of packing material
to form a false bottom in the larger box. Once the smaller box is
placed on that false bottom and packing material stuffed in around all
four sides and up to its top, a second sheet of cardboard (same size
as the first) is placed on top to trap the packing material in place,
then additional packing material is added to fill the box. Another
option, instead of using sheets of cardboard, is to use bubble wrap.
Yet another option would be to use a large "leaf" bag containing foam
packing "peanuts" to form a false bottom "pillow"; a second "pillow"
could be used at the top of the inner box thus completing the packing
"fill" of the outer / larger box, which works much like commercial
"molded foam in place".
Materials required for double boxing:
* Inner box, minimum size: 18 x 18 x 8 inches, either single or double wall corrugated cardboard
* OUTER BOX: PAY CLOSE
ATTENTION TO THE BOX HEIGHT or the carrier will CHARGE YOU a stiff
DO NOT USE AN OUTER BOX SIZE LESS than 23 x 23 x 13 inches
DO NOT USE AN OUTER BOX
SIZE LARGER than 24 x 24 x 14 inches (a half inch deviation is okay)
Do not use an outer box
of single ply corrugation. USE ONLY DOUBLE-CORRUGATED HEAVY DUTY for
the outer box.
Double corrugated, double
wall thickness is MANDATORY. These boxes can be sourced from
most FedEx and UPS customer counters. Another source for a good
quality 24 x 24 inch double corrugated box is U-Haul. DO ADJUST the 20
inch height to 14 inches to avoid being charged the carrier's oversize
fee. The U-Haul TV/Microwave box is available here:
Packing materials, most any combination of these may be used:
Medium to heavy duty (synthetic foam) packing
"peanuts", about 4 to 6 cubit feet. Starch "Tater-Tots" are too
Bubble-wrap, 1/2 inch bubble size or larger, about 50 feet is typically required.
Versa-Pak, Insta-Pak and
similar "molded foam in place" systems can work well in just a single
23x23x13 size HD box.
!DO NOT USE PAPER OF ANY KIND! Including no news print,
no rolls of paper towels, no rolls of bathroom tissue.
* Box sealing tape: 2 to 3 mil minimum thickness by 2 or more inches in width.
* 24 x 24 inch scrap
cardboard sheet. Or 40 gallon plastic "leaf" bags for the packing
"peanut" pillow method.
Plastic wrap or bubble-wrap the transceiver and pack it inside the smaller of the two boxes, purposefully leaving 2 to 3 inches between the face of the main tuning knob to the box side. This is the important clearance, which will help prevent non-repairable shipping damage to the front panel that contains an embedded (brittle as glass) phenolic soft-press switch circuit board. The top, bottom, sides, and rear panel clearance may be much less. The primary concern with this inner box is the transceiver's front panel and knob clearances. Use additional bubble-wrap or packing foam "peanuts" for void fill, tightly packing around the transceiver to avoid packing material settling in shipment. Before sealing the box closed with tape, mark the side of the box that the transceiver's front panel is facing for reference.
Prepare the outer box by partially filling with packing
foam "peanuts" to a minimum depth of 2 to 3 inches. Place on top of
that to form a false floor, either a sheet of cardboard or a couple of
layers of bubble-wrap. Or use the plastic "leaf" bag pillow
Place the inner box inside the outer box aligning it on
the false floor so that there is approximately equal clearance on all
four sides, and tightly stuff the side voids with packing peanuts up
to the top of the inner box. Add sheet of cardboard or a couple
of layers of bubble-wrap and top off with packing peanuts, or place
the second "leaf" bag packing "peanut" pillow. Jiggle the outer box to
settle the packing peanuts, compress the packing "peanuts" with your
hands and stuff in additional material until no more will fit. Tape
the box closed sealing all seams.
All return shipping is normally done through FedEx's
economical Ground Service, via my *FedEx account. For return shipping
I charge the FedEx counter street price for shipping and insurance
plus the following for packing labor:
$7.50 when shipping in your original factory box & packing; this fee is often waived for boxes that are in excellent condition.
$10 ~ $15 when shipping in your reusable non-factory boxes and packing, plus any additional materials as where needed.
*IMPORTANT! Do not ask me to ship
on your FedEx, UPS, or some other account. However, you are welcome
to provide a prepaid *RETURN* shipping label and I will happily use
that. Otherwise all outgoing shipments from my shop are made via my
FedEx account - no exceptions!
A *RETURN* shipping label has the
characteristic of your name and or business name appearing in both
"TO" and "FROM" address fields, though the street/town/state
portions of the addresses will naturally differ. RETURN labels are
easiest to generate while creating the original shipping label by
checking the box for "RETURN LABEL?" when processing shipping via
your FedEx account. Label formats accepted are clear
quality prints (hard copy; laser printer recommended) or PDF file
format. Fuzzy low resolution inkjet printed labels in any format are
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