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Two Charged With Stealing Copper From Radio One

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(11/21/2012 9:37:03 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
The ultimate repair job on this array will include concrete. There simply is no other reasonable way of safeguarding the copper. The array was built in 1949. We are tasked with making it operational and secure in 2012. We are also considering enhanced video surveilance but there are unique challenges to make the video viable at this site.
- Gary Zocolo
(11/19/2012 11:02:38 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Tar doesn't work, soak it in diesel for a day and its gone, same with paint. Even engraving didn't help, it still got stolen and the scrap yard didn't notice or care. What I have found ultimately works is cover the strap from the insulator down to the ground ring in concrete, including a few feet of the radials. That becomes too much work to get to, and it stays safe. Also, a good video system with night vision capabilities works very well. It works better if it can be monitored full time.
- Mike V
(11/19/2012 9:15:37 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Congrats to Gary for catching one. I'd love to know how he did it.

As for painting, at one of my FM sites with a persistent copper theft problem, we've tried everything, including coating the copper with sticky roofing tar. They keep taking it.

- radiogooroo
(11/19/2012 9:00:03 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Many radio stations are painting or rubberizing their exposed or potentially accessible copper ground systems.Installing insulated copper provides longer useful life and helps to hide the detection of the radials.

I hope you have some quote options for replacing this damaged system. Four inch copper strap last week was under 6.00 per foot.

- rockhit sciuntest

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