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Radio Engraving, Most Common Method?

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Radio Engraving, Most Common Method?

Postby kb0nly » Sat Feb 12, 2005 6:08 pm

Hey all, just wondering, with all these used radios showing up with the engraving in them, what is the most common method, machine, whatever, used to do this?

For example, i have a couple HT600's with UNIT and a number neatly and cleanly engraved in. The lettering is so clean it must be some type of machine for this. I also see a lot of HT's on eBay with the CSX and stuff like that cut in.

I was just curious how its done, and if anyone knows how much it costs to have this done? I would like to do that with some personal radios to identify them.

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Postby KG6EAQ » Sat Feb 12, 2005 6:39 pm

The local award shop does them when I need it. They clamp the radio down, punch the text into the computer and hit enter. Not much longer... it's done, very clean engraving. Much better than with my sears security engraver!

I paid around $7 last time I had it done.
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Engraving radios...

Postby Tom in D.C. » Sat Feb 12, 2005 7:08 pm

And don't ever forget that God has a special place in Hell for people who do freehand engraving on radio cases and frames.

A pet peeve of mine, obviously.

To get up to speed on machine engraving, one of the manufacturers is a company called New Hermes.
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Postby Station House Products » Sat Feb 12, 2005 7:32 pm

The local guy here does it with a laser engraving machine for me and it runs about $10.00 a unit. He even backfills the engraving with white paint if I want.

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Postby kb0nly » Sat Feb 12, 2005 7:56 pm

Laser Engraving, hmmm, i think i know a place locally that does that! I wasn't aware that they were doing laser engraving on plastic. I know that place is always doing metal plaques and other metallic pieces.

I think i will ask them!
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Postby GMC » Sun Feb 13, 2005 8:11 am

Hello,

A friend of mine just order a laser machine. Yes they even use the it for wood and leather also.......
The machine doesn't just do engraving it can produce 3-D images. Saw some samples he has pretty amazing........

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Postby kb0nly » Sun Feb 13, 2005 10:06 am

The laser engraving looks rather impressive! I'm going to stop by a place on Monday and see what he can do. I have plenty of projects for him if reasonably priced.
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engraving

Postby transistor747 » Mon Feb 28, 2005 7:37 am

Just a side comment, in case it matters to you.
/\/\otorola has said that if you engrave an intrinsically safe radio, the IS certification is void!

When I asked them about "their" rental units having been engraved, they said (exact quote) "we had them recertified after the engraving".

Yeah, sure.

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Postby RadioSouth » Mon Feb 28, 2005 7:43 am

It never seems to stop with 'M'. Let me guess, they'll engrave your new radio for $46. per character if ordered as a factory option at time of purchase only. If you need this after the fact, sorry you'll have to buy a new radio and option it then. :lol: Wouldn't doubt it!

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Re: Engraving radios...

Postby kmoose » Mon Feb 28, 2005 7:56 am

Tom in D.C. wrote:And don't ever forget that God has a special place in Hell for people who do freehand engraving on radio cases and frames.


One more bullet for my "resume", I guess. ;)

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Postby n0wmh » Mon Feb 28, 2005 12:42 pm

Personally I don’t have a problem with freehand engraving... I always viewed a radio as a tool to be used... it’s going to get scuffed, scratched, dinged and whatnot anyway, a few extra chicken scratches on it isn’t going to matter much. Many years ago I had a metal lettering set that I would heat up over a propane torch and melt the engraving into the case... looks a little better than freehand, but either way it makes tracking much easier.

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Re: engraving

Postby kmoose » Mon Feb 28, 2005 1:59 pm

transistor747 wrote:Just a side comment, in case it matters to you.
/\/\otorola has said that if you engrave an intrinsically safe radio, the IS certification is void!

When I asked them about "their" rental units having been engraved, they said (exact quote) "we had them recertified after the engraving".

Yeah, sure.


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Postby mike m » Mon Feb 28, 2005 3:48 pm

The cheepos who use a soldering iron in a new radios case should definitely be drawn and quartered, I have a couple of Saber cases like this.


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Postby mr.syntrx » Mon Feb 28, 2005 8:48 pm

I've seen someone try to engrave a HT1000 with a soldering iron and :o it up quite severely. How they managed to put a hole in the case in the process is quite beyond me.

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We engrave

Postby Crimestopper » Mon Feb 28, 2005 10:38 pm

We engrave all of our portables inside and out, as well as our batteries. We use a local award trophy shop. The cost is around $1.50 each with two full lines of engraving. They also backfill the lettering and numbers with white. It looks great and keeps loss and theft down. It sucks when you spend $10,000 in batteries for your rental fleet and find that half the batteries come back from rentals and sub rentals with old batteries from the customers and other companies. On the inside of the radio it is done very nice and light on the chasis. We thought about getting a engraving machine but the cost was over $5,000.00. Not worth it unless I want to get into the business of engraving.

Just my thoughts....

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Postby Big BOB » Tue Mar 01, 2005 8:37 am

How about water jet engraving? Ha Ha!


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