Foiling the copper thieves

The price of copper has risen by 300 percent over the last two years. Other metals have also risen in value. According to GB2RS News, this is making radio amateurs targets for copper thieves. An amateur in Yorkshire had all his cabling stolen including the coax and ladder line for his G5RV antenna.

I presume the action of an irate neighbour fed up with receiving TVI has been ruled out. The RSGB is encouraging amateurs to make sure access to cables is restricted and that their installations are as secure as possible. Looks like another benefit of stealth operation and attic antennas!

Julian Moss, G4ILO, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Cumbria, England. Contact him at [email protected].

One Response to “Foiling the copper thieves”

  • Paul KE5WMA:

    With the amount of reconstruction in the New Orleans area, many of the plumbers are painting copper pipe with white or black paint so that it looks like plastic pipe at first glance. I wonder if running coax feedline through an old garden hose would have the same result.

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