Apparently, somebody, over the long holiday weekend had a wee bit too much time on their hands. So much so that they decided ripping the doors off of the generator shed at the WGHQ transmitter site was a good idea. And so they did:
That, and smash the light fixture.
The good news; thus satisfied with their bit of malfeasance, they left the generator and other contents of the building untouched. It could have been worse.
Perhaps the site could do with some security cameras?
The local carpenter was called and the door frame was replaced. Truth be told, the wood door frame was a bit past it’s prime anyway. Once the doors were remounted, I check out the generator and it starts and runs just fine.
It’s a cute little thing, 23 KW, 4 cylinder diesel engine.
I read through the news coverage of the vandalism at the KRKO transmitter site. Apparently there is some group of idiots people running around insisting that radio towers are bad for the environment and people’s health. These are the same ones who have torched SUV’s and burned high end housing developments down. Naturally, no pollution is released into the environment during these acts, else they would be hypocrites.
They make these claims with no merit or scientific basis, instead relying on base fears to make people go crazy, either temporarily or permanent like. It is actually a pretty good motivator as both political parties and all sorts of fringe truthier, birthier, and others have discovered. If enough people insist that it is true, than it must be so.
Unfortunately there is always some idiot around who thinks it is his or her duty to take action, to protect the rest of us from some terrible fate.
In the meantime, some security cameras at the transmitter site might be a good investment. Chances are, these Earth Liberators that sneak around with bolt cutters and hack saws will likely think twice if there is any chance of themselves going to jail.
By the way, those KRKO towers looked like self supporters which would have been very difficult to get down. Did they rent that excavator, or was that some construction equipment left unattended?