Re: Transporting a 500-Series Scope without Breaking the CRT

Dave Seiter

These days it really doesn't matter who you ship through- they're all the same.  Everyone uses robots/conveyors for sorting, and UPS/USPS share some facilities.  A few months ago I shipped a (well packed) delicate item via Fedex, and asked them to put a fragile sticker on it.  The guy did, but warned me that it only applied to human handlers; the robots don't care and will still toss them around.   If you want careful shipping, it's got to be on a pallet with shockwatch, etc.  At least then you'll know it if was dropped and/or tipped over.
Of course it's not just shippers- one of my 7104s was hit by a forklift at Telogy.  It just kissed the left front of the unit, but that was all it needed, the CRT was toast.

On Sunday, May 2, 2021, 12:48:19 PM PDT, - <rrrr6789@...> wrote:

  The biggest problem is that most shippers don't use common sense!
Especially UPS! I just shipped a well packed 575 from Maryland to Florida
via FedEx and it arrived fine.  Many years ago I used to ship stuff via UPS
but I went into their shipping center one day and watched them throwing and
kicking boxes around and I said to myself "never again!".  I briefly worked
for another company that also ships a LOT of TE via UPS and I've seen UPS
actually drive one of the forks on a forklift THROUGH packages and then
deny paying the insurance claim and claiming that the box wasn't properly
packed!  No, Never Again! If I buy something and the seller only has an
account with UPS, as many of them do, I send them my FedEx account number
and tell them to drop the package off at FedEx and give them my account
number and FedEx takes it from there.  I've only had one claim with FedEx
and they paid it quickly and with no difficulty.  OTOH UPS has damaged
dozens of packages and has never paid a claim.  Never Again!

On Sun, May 2, 2021 at 2:47 PM Dave Seiter <d.seiter@...> wrote:

  They can be pretty rugged.  I bought a RM502 years ago and when it
arrived there was almost no packing material in the box, and one corner of
the front panel had breached the cardboard a little and was bent (not
badly, but based on the listing photos, it was new damage).  After hearing
so many tragic stories, I feared the worst, but the CRT was fine, and it
worked great.
    On Sunday, May 2, 2021, 09:07:11 AM PDT, ChuckA <chuck@...>

  I've been reading this thread and am wondering what 500 scope are you
moving and how far?

I've moved many of them in the back of my truck just wrapped in a moving
blanket and secured so they can't slide around with no problems. This
includes three 555's, shortest trip was about 40 miles the longest was
400 miles. I never opened them up when picked up, just wrap them up.
I've either been really lucky or they are much more rugged then most
people realize.

I do follow common sense, don't throw them in the truck and don't drop


On 5/2/2021 11:23 AM, Leon Robinson wrote:

Take a screwdriver to remove the cover & a handfull of 8 or 11 inch
tyraps just in case there is something wrong you can then secure it.

Leon Robinson  K5JLR

-------- Original message --------
From: Jeff Dutky <jeff.dutky@...>
Date: 05/01/2021  7:19 PM  (GMT-06:00)
Subject: Re: [TekScopes] Transporting a 500-Series Scope without
Breaking the CRT


I used to haul large CRTs (21" computer displays) this way, which are
admittedly less finicky than an old tek scope, at least they never seemed
to care about orientation, and I would seatbelt them in. They were all deep
enough that the seatbelt was near its limit, so they were held in pretty
securely that way. For this, however, I will try to pick up some bungie
cords or something, to get a good strap around the seat back. I was going
to bring some larger blocks of closed cell foam to give it some cushioning
in case I had to put it in back, but I can use the same foam to wedge
against the dash in front.

I'm still a little worried about the CRT mounting in the case. I can't
seem to find the thread now (and maybe it wasn't in this group; maybe it
was in a Facebook group I also belong to) where someone had moved a
500-series scope but some part of the CRT mounting hardware had failed and
the neck had shattered. I'd really like to avoid that sort of tragedy if at
all possible.

-- Jeff Dutky

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