> Patrick Barkey wrote:
>> Does anyone have any experience with freight companies handling shipments of
>> heliax? I have two 4 foot diameter coils of 7/8 inch heliax that need to
>> travel out here to Montana. They weigh about 70 lbs. each. UPS won't take
>> them, and Fed Ex wants an exhorbitant (> $1K) amount of money.
>> I think I need a trucking firm to do it. Any experience out there? Thanks.
> I've used Old Dominion Freight Lines and Yellow Freight in days gone by
> for pallet sized things (e.g. a 19" rack on a pallet).. There's actually
> a lot of companies that do "less than load" (LTL) shipping. A couple
> things to think about: Do you have a forklift or other way to unload the
> For interstate trucking, the actual rates are regulated, so you'll pay
> the same basic rate for the same freight regardless of company. You'll
> need to know the "class" of your freight (a number from 50 to several
> hundred that defines what kind of stuff it is and how delicate it is..
> as I recall Class 55 is stuff like scrap iron.. I seem to remember
> shipping surplus equipment racks with gear in them as class 100 or 120)
> (some googling turned up:
> http://freight88.com/NMFC-Codes-Freight_class.html )
> What really changes is ancillary services and convenience. Some
> companies will deliver to anywhere. Some will only deliver to a loading
> Sometimes, you can get a better deal by picking up your freight at the
> Call around. If you know a business that ships this kind of stuff near
> you ask who they use.
Don't forget to check the reputation of the company.
I received enough antennas to overload a 3/4 ton pickup (volume wise)
via truck. We loaded the shipment onto the truck, I went in and paid
the bill. When I got home I was short 3 antennas. So apparently while I
was paying the bill they were unloading. What they'd ever do with a 5L
20 meter KLM ( I've forgotten what the other two were as it was 30
years ago). They were all for HF and cost me a bunch "plus shipping".
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