GB3JB provides 2 meter coverage across South Wiltshire, South Somerset and North Dorset.
In the new year the Solar Panel that provides power to the repeater was stolen from the site.
Having arrived at the site for a general inspection it quickly became obvious to Dave, G3ZXX, that the panel was missing.
The bolts securing the brackets that held the panel and frame to the wall had been removed. The panel and the entire mounting frame assembly have been stolen.
GB3JB was switched off at approx., 10:30 am on the 3rd January 2011. A primary concern was the batteries themselves, the turbine and the charge controller.
The charge controller is microprocessor controlled and contains significant quantities of IC’s which could well have been damaged by what must have been a significant transient spark / current surge that would have occurred when the cable to the solar panel was cut.
The batteries themselves could well have been damaged, having been discharged to that terminal voltage in the very cold ambient temperatures.
Dave is not sure, at this time if the turbine has been damaged in anyway, either, as the turbine assembly contains the a.c. generation to d.c. supply rectification.
The theft has been reported to the Police. However, the chances of them being able to track down the culprits, is somewhat slim, at best.
GB3JB provides coverage across South Wiltshire, South Somerset and North Dorset, with specific areas such as the City of Salisbury, Salisbury Plain, the Blackmore Vale and Cranborne Chase being well within its range.
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