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Shipped They Are


Larry McDavid
 

TekScope and TEK500 Group members who asked to join the group purchase of circuit board sets for Jared Cabot's TM500 tester should be pleased to learn I have packaged and today shipped from Anaheim, California all (roughly 75) the sets of these circuit boards to those members who paid.

All single-set orders, including the 17 international orders, shipped First Class Package in a heavyweight flat mailer, with a stiffener inside.

I had expected to ship two-set orders by the same means but those boards are heavier than I expected and combining two sets makes the weight exceed what is allowed for First Class Package. Instead, I shipped those sets by USPS Priority Mail padded envelope; this is an "any weight" envelope so I put all of each order in one USPS envelope. But, frankly, I was not too pleased with the durability of the padded envelope so I still included the heavyweight flat mailer I used for the single-set orders, placing that inside the USPS padded envelope; the fit was a bit tight so I trimmed the heavyweight envelope.

I do have USPS tracking numbers for all these shipments. I'm considering how I might correlate those tracking numbers with each member but have not yet decided to do it. If you have immediate interest in the tracking number, just contact me. I expect domestic USA shipments to be delivered by mid next week or earlier. International orders? I have no idea! Customs forms were needed for every international shipment so those folks will have to deal with their local customs policies and schedules.

The boards are individually sealed in poly bags and the bags are wrapped with stretch film against the stiffener. Don't use a knife to cut that film! Instead, just find the end and unwrap the film. There is a "From/To" label inside each envelope for safety.

There were a lot of unhappy folks behind me in line at the post office today! The postal clerk had to twice clean the thermal print head of his label printer while servicing these shipments!

What fun this has been! NOT...

Please remember that I am only the messenger here and contact Jared Cabot if you have questions about building the boards. I've been too busy packaging board sets to start building my own tester!

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Best wishes,

Larry McDavid W6FUB
Anaheim, California (SE of Los Angeles, near Disneyland)


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Thanks for your efforts Larry. IMO I wouldn't worry about the tracking
numbers unless it's taken too long (2 weeks?) and one or more of the
packages appears to have gone missing.

On Thu, Feb 11, 2021 at 5:43 PM Larry McDavid <lmcdavid@lmceng.com> wrote:

TekScope and TEK500 Group members who asked to join the group purchase
of circuit board sets for Jared Cabot's TM500 tester should be pleased
to learn I have packaged and today shipped from Anaheim, California all
(roughly 75) the sets of these circuit boards to those members who paid.

All single-set orders, including the 17 international orders, shipped
First Class Package in a heavyweight flat mailer, with a stiffener inside.

I had expected to ship two-set orders by the same means but those boards
are heavier than I expected and combining two sets makes the weight
exceed what is allowed for First Class Package. Instead, I shipped those
sets by USPS Priority Mail padded envelope; this is an "any weight"
envelope so I put all of each order in one USPS envelope. But, frankly,
I was not too pleased with the durability of the padded envelope so I
still included the heavyweight flat mailer I used for the single-set
orders, placing that inside the USPS padded envelope; the fit was a bit
tight so I trimmed the heavyweight envelope.

I do have USPS tracking numbers for all these shipments. I'm considering
how I might correlate those tracking numbers with each member but have
not yet decided to do it. If you have immediate interest in the tracking
number, just contact me. I expect domestic USA shipments to be delivered
by mid next week or earlier. International orders? I have no idea!
Customs forms were needed for every international shipment so those
folks will have to deal with their local customs policies and schedules.

The boards are individually sealed in poly bags and the bags are wrapped
with stretch film against the stiffener. Don't use a knife to cut that
film! Instead, just find the end and unwrap the film. There is a
"From/To" label inside each envelope for safety.

There were a lot of unhappy folks behind me in line at the post office
today! The postal clerk had to twice clean the thermal print head of his
label printer while servicing these shipments!

What fun this has been! NOT...

Please remember that I am only the messenger here and contact Jared
Cabot if you have questions about building the boards. I've been too
busy packaging board sets to start building my own tester!

--
Best wishes,

Larry McDavid W6FUB
Anaheim, California (SE of Los Angeles, near Disneyland)






Jared Cabot
 

Topre-emptively keep this message thread from running off-track, lets keep this one to shipping discussion and the like and I'll start a new thread devoted to construction etc.

Also, thanks for the hard work Larry!

Jared.


Dave Seiter
 

Thank you for your effort!  Can't wait for the boards to get here!
-Dave

On Thursday, February 11, 2021, 02:43:49 PM PST, Larry McDavid <lmcdavid@lmceng.com> wrote:

TekScope and TEK500 Group members who asked to join the group purchase
of circuit board sets for Jared Cabot's TM500 tester should be pleased
to learn I have packaged and today shipped from Anaheim, California all
(roughly 75) the sets of these circuit boards to those members who paid.

All single-set orders, including the 17 international orders, shipped
First Class Package in a heavyweight flat mailer, with a stiffener inside.

I had expected to ship two-set orders by the same means but those boards
are heavier than I expected and combining two sets makes the weight
exceed what is allowed for First Class Package. Instead, I shipped those
sets by USPS Priority Mail padded envelope; this is an "any weight"
envelope so I put all of each order in one USPS envelope. But, frankly,
I was not too pleased with the durability of the padded envelope so I
still included the heavyweight flat mailer I used for the single-set
orders, placing that inside the USPS padded envelope; the fit was a bit
tight so I trimmed the heavyweight envelope.

I do have USPS tracking numbers for all these shipments. I'm considering
how I might correlate those tracking numbers with each member but have
not yet decided to do it. If you have immediate interest in the tracking
number, just contact me. I expect domestic USA shipments to be delivered
by mid next week or earlier. International orders? I have no idea!
Customs forms were needed for every international shipment so those
folks will have to deal with their local customs policies and schedules.

The boards are individually sealed in poly bags and the bags are wrapped
with stretch film against the stiffener. Don't use a knife to cut that
film! Instead, just find the end and unwrap the film. There is a
"From/To" label inside each envelope for safety.

There were a lot of unhappy folks behind me in line at the post office
today! The postal clerk had to twice clean the thermal print head of his
label printer while servicing these shipments!

What fun this has been! NOT...

Please remember that I am only the messenger here and contact Jared
Cabot if you have questions about building the boards. I've been too
busy packaging board sets to start building my own tester!

--
Best wishes,

Larry McDavid W6FUB
Anaheim, California  (SE of Los Angeles, near Disneyland)


 

Thank you so much Larry for your work making this happen! Looking forward to stuffing the boards.


Michael W. Lynch
 

Larry,

THANKS for all your efforts! Looking forward to receiving mine in the mail.

Sincerely,

--
Michael Lynch
Dardanelle, AR


Lyle Bickley
 

Thanks again, Larry. What a huge project it turned out to be...

Lyle
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On Thu, 11 Feb 2021 14:43:37 -0800
"Larry McDavid" <lmcdavid@lmceng.com> wrote:

TekScope and TEK500 Group members who asked to join the group purchase
of circuit board sets for Jared Cabot's TM500 tester should be pleased
to learn I have packaged and today shipped from Anaheim, California all
(roughly 75) the sets of these circuit boards to those members who paid.

All single-set orders, including the 17 international orders, shipped
First Class Package in a heavyweight flat mailer, with a stiffener inside.

I had expected to ship two-set orders by the same means but those boards
are heavier than I expected and combining two sets makes the weight
exceed what is allowed for First Class Package. Instead, I shipped those
sets by USPS Priority Mail padded envelope; this is an "any weight"
envelope so I put all of each order in one USPS envelope. But, frankly,
I was not too pleased with the durability of the padded envelope so I
still included the heavyweight flat mailer I used for the single-set
orders, placing that inside the USPS padded envelope; the fit was a bit
tight so I trimmed the heavyweight envelope.

I do have USPS tracking numbers for all these shipments. I'm considering
how I might correlate those tracking numbers with each member but have
not yet decided to do it. If you have immediate interest in the tracking
number, just contact me. I expect domestic USA shipments to be delivered
by mid next week or earlier. International orders? I have no idea!
Customs forms were needed for every international shipment so those
folks will have to deal with their local customs policies and schedules.

The boards are individually sealed in poly bags and the bags are wrapped
with stretch film against the stiffener. Don't use a knife to cut that
film! Instead, just find the end and unwrap the film. There is a
"From/To" label inside each envelope for safety.

There were a lot of unhappy folks behind me in line at the post office
today! The postal clerk had to twice clean the thermal print head of his
label printer while servicing these shipments!

What fun this has been! NOT...

Please remember that I am only the messenger here and contact Jared
Cabot if you have questions about building the boards. I've been too
busy packaging board sets to start building my own tester!


--
73 NM6Y
Bickley Consulting West
https://bickleywest.com

"Black holes are where God is dividing by zero"


Ed Pavlovic
 

Larry,
Just to let you know my set of boards showed up here north of Chicago this morning. Thanks again for taking on the task of arranging the group order and all of the shipping!!!!

I did a quick inspection of the boards and was impressed with the quality of the boards.

Now I need to strip out one of my plug in frames and start assembling things!!!

Ed Pavlovic
KC9MMM


Larry McDavid
 

Thanks, Ed. I'd like to hear from members about the condition of the packaging upon receipt of the boards. I've now had 4 or 5 reports of receipt already.

I mailed these about midday on Thursday in Anaheim, California; Ed received his package Saturday morning in Chicago. That was by First Class Package. Despite stories I hear, I believe we have the best post office in the world.

Yes, my experience with PWBs made in China is that the quality today is very good. Sadly, the tester main board lacks the expected chamfer on the connector edge. That was just an oversight when Jared filled out the order forms on the PCBWay webside. Gerber files do not describe every detail and placing an order requires selecting a lot of options. Jared has described how to add the *really* wanted chamfer. It does not take much; if you look at a typical Tek TM500 module you will find this chamfer, if you look carefully...

I always use some contact lubricant on edge connectors to reduce insertion force. I use a lubricant made by Nye Lubricants but I think it is sold directly only. It is a synthetic grease dispersed in a volatile solvent. Only a tiny thin film is needed.

Larry


On 2/13/2021 12:32 PM, Ed Pavlovic wrote:
Larry,
Just to let you know my set of boards showed up here north of Chicago this morning. Thanks again for taking on the task of arranging the group order and all of the shipping!!!!
I did a quick inspection of the boards and was impressed with the quality of the boards.
Now I need to strip out one of my plug in frames and start assembling things!!!
Ed Pavlovic
KC9MMM
...
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Best wishes,

Larry McDavid W6FUB
Anaheim, California (SE of Los Angeles, near Disneyland)


Errick
 

4 sets of boards made it to Chesapeake Va. on Saturday. Despite our mail carriers effort to break them by forcing them into the mail box, he failed the boards look great!


Dave Seiter
 

I got mine today, and they do look great.  Not sure why it took longer for them to get from SoCal to silicon valley than to the east coast, but it happens all the time.  Too much pot being smoked at the disty center in SF is my guess...
-Dave in balmy Sunnyvale

On Sunday, February 14, 2021, 04:31:43 AM PST, Errick <wilsted@lansingmachine.com> wrote:

4 sets of boards made it to Chesapeake Va. on Saturday.


Siggi
 

Mine arrived today in the frozen tundra of Quebec, Canada.

On Thu, Feb 11, 2021 at 5:43 PM Larry McDavid <lmcdavid@lmceng.com> wrote:

TekScope and TEK500 Group members who asked to join the group purchase
of circuit board sets for Jared Cabot's TM500 tester should be pleased
to learn I have packaged and today shipped from Anaheim, California all
(roughly 75) the sets of these circuit boards to those members who paid.

All single-set orders, including the 17 international orders, shipped
First Class Package in a heavyweight flat mailer, with a stiffener inside.

I had expected to ship two-set orders by the same means but those boards
are heavier than I expected and combining two sets makes the weight
exceed what is allowed for First Class Package. Instead, I shipped those
sets by USPS Priority Mail padded envelope; this is an "any weight"
envelope so I put all of each order in one USPS envelope. But, frankly,
I was not too pleased with the durability of the padded envelope so I
still included the heavyweight flat mailer I used for the single-set
orders, placing that inside the USPS padded envelope; the fit was a bit
tight so I trimmed the heavyweight envelope.

I do have USPS tracking numbers for all these shipments. I'm considering
how I might correlate those tracking numbers with each member but have
not yet decided to do it. If you have immediate interest in the tracking
number, just contact me. I expect domestic USA shipments to be delivered
by mid next week or earlier. International orders? I have no idea!
Customs forms were needed for every international shipment so those
folks will have to deal with their local customs policies and schedules.

The boards are individually sealed in poly bags and the bags are wrapped
with stretch film against the stiffener. Don't use a knife to cut that
film! Instead, just find the end and unwrap the film. There is a
"From/To" label inside each envelope for safety.

There were a lot of unhappy folks behind me in line at the post office
today! The postal clerk had to twice clean the thermal print head of his
label printer while servicing these shipments!

What fun this has been! NOT...

Please remember that I am only the messenger here and contact Jared
Cabot if you have questions about building the boards. I've been too
busy packaging board sets to start building my own tester!

--
Best wishes,

Larry McDavid W6FUB
Anaheim, California (SE of Los Angeles, near Disneyland)






Glenn Little
 

I got mine today and they look great.

Glenn

On 2/16/2021 5:14 PM, Dave Seiter wrote:
I got mine today, and they do look great.  Not sure why it took longer for them to get from SoCal to silicon valley than to the east coast, but it happens all the time.  Too much pot being smoked at the disty center in SF is my guess...
-Dave in balmy Sunnyvale
On Sunday, February 14, 2021, 04:31:43 AM PST, Errick <wilsted@lansingmachine.com> wrote:
4 sets of boards made it to Chesapeake Va. on Saturday.
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W1PJE
 

Safe arrival today in the freezing rain of central Massachusetts - boards are very well done. Thanks to Jared and Larry!

Phil W1PJE


Dale Chayes
 

My set arrived in eastern Mass this afternoon.
Boards look great.
Packaging was excellent.

Thank you Jared and Larry.

Now I have to do some clean-up and organizing so I have room to work!

-Dale / KB1ZKD


Mike Usher
 

I received my boards in the UK today!



Many thanks to Jared and Larry for their amazing efforts! The boards look
great and were really well packed!



A credit to both of you



Mike


Colin Herbert
 

Mine arrived safely today in London, UK. The postie didn't attempt to cram the package through the letter-box, but placed it in the porch and rang the doorbell. It was really well-packaged and the boards are super quality. I'll have fun building this plug-in. Many thanks to Jared for designing it and the boards and to Larry for the back-breaking effort to put them all together and send them off to us lazy buggers!

I am a bit flummoxed about the chamfer referred to, as I can't see much chamfer on any of the TM500-series plugins that I have so far. Is this chamfer a lot less than I am thinking that it might be?

Colin.


Paul Amaranth
 

Mine showed up yesterday. We had no mail deliver the other day
because of road conditions. They generally don't plow our road
until the day after a big snow and I can't blame the Mail folks
not wanting to run those cheapie trucks down an unplowed road.

Anyway, they look fantastic! This will be a fun little project.
I haven't built a kit since forever and that's pretty much
what this is turning out to be.

Many thanks to Larry for handling this and Jared for the design
(and documentation!) work.

Paul

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Paul Amaranth, GCIH | Manchester MI, USA
Aurora Group of Michigan, LLC | Security, Systems & Software
paul@AuroraGrp.Com | Unix/Linux - We don't do windows


Mlynch001
 

Mine finally arrived here today after several days of weather delays.

Thanks to Larry and Jared for all the hard work that made this possible.

Sincerely,

--
Michael Lynch
Dardanelle, AR


Mac Perkins
 

My boards arrived yesterday. They look great. Many thanks to Jared for the design and layout and to Larry for making the group buy happen and distributing all the sets. Started assembling only to find one of the switches was backordered. On to metalwork for the front panel.

-Mac