I'm sure that the terrorists are going to use these masts to set up a
telecom network...hell they are afraid to use cell phones since the NSA is
monitoring all freq's and will taget them with a Hellfire!. This really is
an outrage that tax payers dollars are wasted like this. All of this stuff
should be at least be given to DHS for distribution out to MARS or public
safety agencies for disaster recovery telecoms.
On Mon, Feb 1, 2010 at 11:21 AM, <K4tmc@aol.com> wrote:
> Unfortunately, I do not have any of these nice surplus telescopic masts
> available for sale. The 15 meter AB1339 and its 10 meter sibling, the
> are made by Wibe in Sweden. Do a Google search for "Wibe masts" and you
> find information. They are very expensive to buy new, starting around $8K.
> I do have one of both models for my own personal use in my
> antenna-restricted neighborhood during contests. K6VVA has 2 of the 10M
> units for his
> remote station (re latest NCJ). K4XD has one each of the units
> incorporated in
> his contest station. And, one other PVRC member in VA has one that he got
> off of eBay (I think). I have not seen any others show up in station
> The sad story is that since 9/11/01 almost all military surplus
> communications gear is designated for destruction prior to selling as
> scrap. The Wibe
> masts were used a lot in the recent military activities in the Mid-East.
> The design allows desert sand to just flow through the spaces between the
> sections. A few years ago, I was at the surplus yard down at Ft. Bragg and
> a dozen skids with these stacked high 10 - 20 per skid. They were all
> designated for destruction. Discussions with the staff got me nowhere. If
> anyone has any clout with someone in the government, feel free to let them
> how much usable emergency communucation gear is being wasted.
> Henry Pollock - K4TMC
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