Dymo LabelManager 210D

This is my latest eBay acquisition: a Dymo LabelManager 210D. Clearly there is not a big demand for these things on eBay – I got it for £5.50, though the postage was nearly as much again. So the total cost was less than a third what it would have been to buy a new one. That is about what it is worth to me as I only wanted it to make front panel labels for my home-brew projects.

The labelmaker was used and didn’t come with a manual or power supply but that wasn’t a problem. Google quickly located a PDF manual to print out and I have plenty of power sources in the shack. The one thing I will have to watch is that although the DC input uses a standard barrel type connector the centre pin is negative which is the opposite of everything else that uses that type of connector. So I will have to remember to check the polarity before plugging it in.

The label tape that came with the machine produces black text on white. But you can buy cassettes of tape in different colours. This particular model accepts cassettes that include a choice of white on transparent, which will look better on painted front panels.

Black on transparent would look better on bare metal than these labels which I made for the front panel of my 10MHz rubidium frequency standard but they still look better than the old embossed Dymo labels we used to use in the 70s. (I also have none too fond memories of trying to label front panels using Letraset.) Life is much easier for those constructors who don’t care what their projects look like but I always like to try to make them look professional even if the construction itself is definitely amateur!

Julian Moss, G4ILO, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Cumbria, England. Contact him at [email protected].

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