Good Evening All,
It is my sad duty to report that the MCP and its contents have been stolen.
Jim Gifford called me at 12:33 PM today (Saturday, July 6th) and
reported that the MCP and one of his small trucks had been stolen from
his parking/storage lot of his business yesterday.
From what he can tell at this point, the thieves gained entrance
to the lot from the backside of the property via the chain link
fence. They then took one of his small trucks and attached
it to the MCP (after destroying the hitch lock). Then drove off the lot through the fence (not the gate).
A police report has been filed. Notifications to other clubs
regarding the theft is underway as are announcements on several local
We will further publicize the theft on amateur radio-related websites.
I am reviewing photos of the radios and such that I took a while back
to verify that our list of equipment and associated serial numbers is
Once done, that information will be attached to the police
report and then on into the pawn shop system which primarily tracks by
The Field Day radios were still in their containers in the MCP as were
the normal, cabinet-mounted radios, the two Honda generators, and the
recently-filled propane tanks.
The two Dell laptops were NOT in the MCP but at my home so they are safely under lock and key.
The Chattanooga Police Department informed us that there has been a
rash of trailer thefts over the last few weeks…more volume that
would likely be disposed of locally.
So we don’t really know if the MCP was targeted
deliberately because of its likely content or if the theft was simply a
somewhat random and unfortunate theft of a trailer.
We are requesting that you actively watch, listen, review websites
(like eBay, Craig’s List, etc.), and be watchful for the
club’s gear and the MCP itself.
I will publish a list of the stolen gear including model numbers
shortly. Please do all you can to get the word out...the more
eyes and ears the better.
Jim Knight, our treasurer will be reviewing the club’s insurance
with the agent on Monday. After that, we’ll know more of
the next steps.
We'll let you know more as more information becomes available.
Gary Ownsby, AK4ZX
New Info as of 7/12/19
Here is a downloadable or printable PDF Document with Photo's of the equipment.
Good Morning George,
Thank you for your email and willingness to help us. We have a
bit of good news to report. We recovered our comm trailer this
past Sunday morning thanks to the story being aired
on our local media partner for TV, WRCB TV 3. A viewer
contacted the station and also sent a photo of the trailer in the same
location from where it was recovered.
We did have some equipment losses as the thieves cut off one of our
padlocks and gained entry. They did a quick snatch & run on
some of the easier to remove items but we did
recover the trailer with minimal damage. Interestingly,
they replaced the cut lock with their own. We're sure they
intended to return and finish the job. A quick list is shown
Our club is trying its best to turn this unfortunate "lemon" event into
lemonade. We're truly awed by the response to our call for
help. Just goes to show you that there are lots of good
people in the world. The Chattanooga Police Department has
been very cooperative and is actively searching for our stolen gear
(HF radios, D-STAR radio, and two tri-fuel, Honda generators).
Thank you again.
Gary Ownsby, AK4ZX
Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club
|Kenwood TS-450 HF Radio 1
|Yaesu FT-1000MP HF Radio 1
|Icom IC-2820H 1
|Honda Generator Model EU6500IS1T 1
3,287.00 With Tri-Fuel Modification
|Honda Generator Model EU2000T1A1 1
930.00 With Tri-Fuel Modification