Yes, that's right. Shame. Shame on us. We Americans have come up with so many
fine ideas and products, such as televisions, FM commercial radio and unionism,
only to have them taken from us because it's not economically feasible to
manufacture, and the cost of labor is too prohibitive, it seems, for anyone to
Within one month another one-of-a-kind amplifier has been trashed in shipping.
This time it was UPS. What makes it unforgiveable is that the shipper and
receiver both contacted UPS on advice as to how to ensure safety. We were told
to go to an official UPS Store, Inc., and let them box everything up.
The shipper photographed the heck out of the unit before it went. A-1 condition
throughout. The shipper photographed the packing process: Bubble wrap,
cardboard box, peanuts after that, and another cardboard box. The finished
product had six inches of dense packing around all six sides, and the box was
stapled then taped on all edges. Twelve "Fragile" stickers. Arrows. Big
letters: "Do Not Drop: Glass."
UPS bounced the transformer crate so bad it bent the mounting irons so the
tranny looks like the leaning tower of Pisa.
UPS bounced the amp chassis box so bad it ripped the blower motor start cap
right out of its can on the rear RF deck wall, and dislodged the 500pF ceramic
vacuum variable from its clamped mountings.
Worst, the bounce was on the rear lower right corner. How do I know? The
extruded aluminum lower right rail has a nice bend where it took the fall.
It seems now that it would have been worth it to take 3 days off the busiest
cell project on the face of the earth, where 40 or 50 contractors are charging
$2K a night, per site, each, and just thumb my nose and drive off to Georgia.
But no. My manager asked me to stay on duty these nights because we're starting
to install the first of nine thousand, 180Watt power amplifiers and there's no
other English-speaking RF engineer who can supervise construction at night.
So Terry Jones and I mull it over and over. He knows what happened to my
beautiful one-week-old EMTRON DX-3. Rudi calls me from Australia just to yell
at me every now and then: "You should have never shipped it anywhere!" Isn't he
It cost hundreds of dollars to send it UPS 2-day from GA to NJ, including the
I wonder how many times the bozos in UPS tried dropping it to hear the tinkle
Well. That feels better.
Hope you all have a real nice day.
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