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Re: [TowerTalk] shipping stuff

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] shipping stuff
From: "Pat Barthelow" <>
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2007 08:41:46 -0800
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Hey folks,

Why not creaate, or use existing
(see for example: )
Ham-Trucker forums to create a Coordination  site, for trucker-hams to help 
hams who need to ship heavy stuff, on a budget  Some sort of Updated Data 
Base, with Ham Trucker volunteers listing their Contact Information, 
frequent routes, type of truck, whether they Deadhead frequently, and what 
they can offer the ham in terms of transporting his tower stuff...Sort of a 
Ham Trucker CO-Op
Perhaps a query put into QST to the ham community, inviting Trucker hams to 
join the forum, to coordinate ham favors/trades for transport...

73, DX, de Pat AA6EG;
Skype: Sparky599
Moon or Bust!--Jamesburg Gang Rides Again!

>From: Tom Anderson <>
>To: Thomas Tow <>
>Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] shipping stuff
>Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2007 10:19:50 -0600
>A couple years ago a fellow ham and I ordered new bases for our WT51
>crank up towers from Tashijian Towers in CA.  A fellow ham who is also a
>long haul truck driver had a load going to CA anyway and he offered to
>pickup the bases for us gratis (read free) since he was deadheading back
>to TX anyway.  I just had to drive about 75 miles to his home QTH in
>Wills Point TX east of Dallas and pick them up.  Can't beat a deal like
>that.   He also would have brought me a new tower if I had wanted it
>also saving me several hundred $$$$ in shipping.
>Tom, WW5L
>Thomas Tow wrote:
> > Hi Pat, I used to own a cable tv manufacturing/distributing company and
> > shipped a lot of very heavy and large satellite geosynchronous mounting
> > systems for TV and radio stations. My shipping clerk used to call local
> > trucking lines and find deadheads heading to a location near our 
> > We used the deadhead to a terminal near our customer and then she would 
> > a local carrier to finish the trip or the end user would arrange to pick 
> > the product themselves saving them even more. The customer saved a lot 
> > paying a greatly reduced rate since the carrier would prefer "some" 
> > costs to deadheading out west empty. For example, a truck coming from
> > Charlotte or Atlanta to Denver could swing by Nashville and pick it
> > up...drop in Denver and then use a local Consolidated/Yellow etc to 
> > to the smaller nearby town. We did this all the time.
> > Also, when I shipped one of my towers here, I bought 11 sections of Rohn 
> > shipped to me by Yellow Freight. N4ZZ and I went to the terminal and 
> > the sections...all of them very easily fit into my pickup, one full 
> > pickup load.
> > So, in the shipping world, 45 tower sections are really not very much to
> > ship as is only a couple thousand pounds of other stuff. If the deadhead
> > scenario does not work...and I know this sounds overly simple, but a 
> > sized U haul type truck would be more than adequate. It may beat the
> > commercial shipping and handling rates not to mention the care of the 
> > and scheduling...forklifts and tower sections do not exist well together 
> >  Just some other thoughts to ponder.  73, Tommy WD4K
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