Why stealing is bad

Eventually, you will get caught, odds dictate.  The local engineer for Cumulus Broadcasting in Cincinnati found this out earlier in the week.  Of course, innocent until proven guilty, so I won’t assume anything.

Broadcast engineering, especially radio engineering is a small field. Sadly, when something like this happens it makes all radio engineers look bad and there is no good reason or excuse for it.

I have seen several cases where an engineer or technical person has taken advantage of their position to pilfer from a radio station.  These vary from cashing in on dud tubes from a transmitter site to taking high-value equipment and selling it on eBay.  I recall a recent instance of backup transmitter and STL systems being sold.  I cannot imagine what these people are thinking.  A transmitter, STL system, console, or even a dud tube has a serial number and is traceable.  Anything with a serial number is likely part of a station inventory list and or will have some record of manufacture and sale.

There are instances when old equipment is getting thrown out.  In that situation, I always get permission before removing anything, even from the dumpster.

I have made several trips to the scrap yard with old transmitter chassis, wire or leftovers from transmitter installations.  In those circumstances, I always get a receipt and write the source of the scrap on the back.  This way, a record is kept and if there are any questions, I can refer to it.

Generally speaking, it is better to be overly cautious.

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  1. This is 2020. I found a Harris BC-1H, which is now rare. Retied Broadcaster, Disabled, but I have help despite my disabilities. After I have jumped my doctor to get me off the pain killers, I can concentrate better. Is this box still good despite the transistor are no longer made and are the tubes still available?

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