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Nancy Golden
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Re: Visual inspection beats all
Nancy Golden   6/14/2012 10:37:24 AM
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Working for a radio service company so you know heights are involved and there is an elevator - I'm guessing the prior techs did not have much initiative...they sent the "new guy" when it seems more logical to send an experienced tech on that equipment with the new guy. I could be wrong but it looks more like a work culture issue than an inaccessibility issue...

Stephen
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Re: Visual inspection beats all
Stephen   6/14/2012 9:47:54 AM
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I'm guessing that prior techs didn't look at it up close because it was relatively inacessable -- being 1200' and 20min up the tower. Oops! 

Nancy Golden
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Re: Visual inspection beats all
Nancy Golden   6/13/2012 5:38:00 PM
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I agree Ann - so many times people do everything except go and take a look...funny how the most obvious task is usually skipped as people look for more exotic reasons for a failure. It also speaks of the importance of environmental factors on equipment and that it should always be a design consideration whenever possible. Better to have more rugged tower legs in the first place...and avoid the problem completely.

S.Wimmer
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Re: Visual inspection ?
S.Wimmer   6/13/2012 12:55:31 PM
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I don't know how long that had been a problem.  I got the impression that it was just that spring.  This was one of those 'it can't happen' things that Mr. Agan's talks about in his book.  It also illustrates a couple of his points, 'understand the system' and 'quit thinking and look'.

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Visual inspection beats all
Ann R. Thryft   6/13/2012 12:47:47 PM
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This is a great example of how a technical problem can be caused by something as simple as checking out the physical environment: broken tower legs + a strong directional wind = no coverage. It reminded me of the freight train that interfered with the cellphone signal.

GlennA
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Visual inspection ?
GlennA   6/13/2012 10:50:29 AM
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How long had this problem been going on ?  It sounds like others had been tasked to find the cause prior to your visit.  Do you know how many techs had failed to notice the broken legs ?  Of course it is always best to investigate the problem while it is occuring, if possible.

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