Equipment can last much longer with love, care, regular cleaning and maintenance. Establish a program to collaborate with other stations to share equipment, facilities and resources.
We understand it can be difficult cleaning and maintaining equipment if it’s used around the clock. That’s why we recommend having a redundancy – so you can routinely swap over equipment to clean out the dust and grime and fix problems before they threaten to take you off air. Regular breaks from service for heavy-load equipment can also prolong its life e.g. for a transmitter .
We can’t afford to fund every station to have a full redundancy. That’s why we love it when stations arrange to share equipment, like SACBA’s Equipment Bank. SACBA received a Development & Operations grant in 2017 to upgrade its equipment bank for member stations to borrow from when breakdowns occur, to clean and repair equipment, to try out new equipment or experiment with different set-ups (for a small fee to help with freight, repair and replacement costs). SACBA has also helped stations build similar broadcast chains to improve compatibility between station equipment and the equipment bank.