Transmitter thieves struck North Queensland, Australia stations Hot FM and 4RFM in mid-August.
Southern Cross Austereo had its 91.3 Hot FM transmitter stolen from Carborough Range. It is a repeater of the network’s Emerald Hot FM service that covers the Moranbah Township and nearby mines.
Local community radio station 4RFM also had its transmitter stolen at the same time from a nearby site.
The missing SCA transmitter consists of a Crown Broadcast FM30 exciter, PA1000 power amplifier, and PS1000 power supply.
According to reports, the thieves hack-sawed through the feeder rather than unscrewing it. They used a crow bar to get through the door of the site and an angle grinder through the door of the community radio site. The SCA service remains off air awaiting repairs to the building.
Community station 4RFM’s transmitter was also stolen, while two-way radio equipment was untouched.