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Re: [TowerTalk] WSJ: Home copper thefts rise

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] WSJ: Home copper thefts rise
From: Peter Chadwick <>
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2006 07:13:47 +0200 (CEST)
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In the UK, some of them have tried stealing the copper overhead catenary from 
the railways - even when it's live at 25kV! Some learnt and now they short the 
line to ground first.....
A guy I worked with at the old Decca Navigator company many years ago told the 
tale of an airport in Argentina where an ILS system was installed in the mid 
1960's. A few days later, at around 5 am, the alarm went off to indicate that 
the outer marker beacon had gone off the air, as had the standby. Investigation 
showed that thieves had pulled the armoured buried mains supply cable out of 
the ground for the copper - about a mile of it!
So there's nothing new.
Peter G3RZP

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