>> The reasoning behind demilitarizing a portable tower is beyond
comprehension, but it's probably part of the huge batch of regulations that
have been heaped on us within the past few years.
I've been bidding for decades on various surplus property, and after seeing
that a fantastic HF antenna had to be mutilated, I decided to find out why.
After many phone calls (this is many years ago, way before 9/11), I finally
reached the gentleman who decided this item was a military munitions list
item. This is before GovLiquidation existed when the government was
disposing of its surplus through its own agency, DRMS the Defense
Reutilization and Marketing Service. It all had to do with a 60 Minutes
piece where some guy in the Midwest had purchased missile parts and was
stupid enough to be bragging about it to the sensationalist reporter.
Because of perceived public pressure, the government went way overboard and
started declaring ridiculous things as military munitions list items. Of
course Homeland Security has now made it even worse; almost every piece of
test equipment requires an EUC which is an End Use Certificate.
From: TowerTalk [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of K8RI
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 3:57 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Example of typical gov waste
On 9/11/2012 2:00 PM, Jim Brown wrote:
> On 9/11/2012 10:14 AM, Doug Ronald wrote:
>> Here's your wonderful government in action.
> No, it's NOT our government. It's a company that BOUGHT stuff from the
> government and is reselling it. Our government appears to have done
> exactly what you wanted it to do -- it sold off what it didn't need,
> this company was paying attention, and bought it. We weren't paying
> attention, and missed the opportunity. :)
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