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
126 Stiner Shores Rd.
Sharps Chapel, TN 37866
Shipping Contact phone no. (supplied upon request)
NOTE: The original "Yaesu insignia" 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.
Non-Factory Box Packing Notes and How-To
NOTE: When using commercial and office center packing services, “avoid like the plague” the low tier economy packing which uses a ton of heavy crumpled paper void file and one-way light-duty undersized boxes that guarantee some amount of shipping or G-force damage. Damage claims are denied for improper packing no matter who or which firm does the packing, including office centers. Assuming your transceiver arrives damage free, you'll end up having to pay yet a second time but for proper boxes and packing materials.
Do it right the first time
around, going for the packing service's higher tier price point that
employs packing foam-peanuts or expanding foam-packs for void fill,
and or bubble-wrap, in heavy duty thick-walled double-corrugated
reusable boxes, the outer box measuring no less and no more than 24 x
24 inches on the sides. And to insure that they use the proper
materials, and NO PAPER FILL of any kind). You have to watch them
like a hawk. The really inexperienced packing personnel may need a
good bit of hand holding.
DIY Packing: The important aspects in double-box packing of the FT-1000MP series rigs is that the recommended minimum and maximum box size of the second or outer box is 24 x 24 on the sides, and no less the 13 to 14 inches in height, and that there is at least 5 to 6 inches minimum clearance between the face of the VFO-A main tuning knob to the outer box side. Additionally, it is important to not have any packing materiel in contact with the face of VFO-A or VFO-B knobs nor the immediate front panel area surrounding those knobs.
I.e. only have supporting packing material in contact with the first 4 inches in from the left/right front panel edges. Large bubbles (1/2 to 1 inch diameter bubbles) bubble wrap or expanding foam-packs works well. Foam-peanuts may be used for the center (front panel) void fill area. The technique is specifically to protect the Key Unit (press switch) circuit board embedded in the front panel, which is easily and often damaged when shipping in undersized boxes with insufficient clearances.
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:
Boxes required for double boxing:
Inner box, min. size 18 x 18 x 8 inches, either single or double corrugated.
Outer box, min. size: 24 x 24 inches, 14 to 20 inches height, heavy duty double corrugated
Double corrugated, double wall thickness is MANDATORY for the outer box. 24 x 24 x 24 adjustable height boxes can often be sourced from FedEx and UPS customer counters. U-Haul has a nice quality 24 x 24 x 20 inch double corrugated box, link here:
Recommended Packing materials, most any combination of these may be used:
Medium to heavy duty (synthetic foam) packing "peanuts", about 4 to 6 cubit feet. AVOID Starch "Tater-Tots" which are too soft for this application.
Bubble-wrap, 1/2 inch bubble size or larger, about 50 feet is typically required.
Or Versa-Pak (foam in place), Insta-Pak (expanding foam-packs) and similar "molded foam in place" systems can work well, when properly implemented.
IMPORTANT; DO NOT USE PAPER OF ANY KIND! Including but not limited to: news print, paper towels, rolls of paper towels, rolls of bathroom tissue, and etc.
DO NOT USE ANY HOUSEHOLD LINENS including but not limited to: No comforters, sleeping bags, pillows, quilts, cushions, bath towels, none of that stuff. It's simply inferior for packing heavy transceivers and provides ZERO G-force protection.
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 foam-peanuts 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 inner box's side. This is the important clearance, which will help prevent non-repairable shipping damage to the front panel embedded fragile soft-press-button switches 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 method.
Place the inner box inside the outer box aligning it on the false floor so that there is approximately equal clearance on three sides (2” minimum) and about twice as much clearance the side facing the FT-1000MP's front panel. Tightly stuff around the inner box's exterior with packing peanuts filling the void 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.
RETURN SHIPPING AND CHARGES
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 the cost of 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 via your account 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 e-mail PDF format. Fuzzy low resolution inkjet printed labels in any format are not acceptable.
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