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Disaster recovery plan, step 1: Create a disaster

It’s decades ago at this military site that handles long-range communications — at the center of which are six high-power radio transmitters, says a pilot fish working as a tech there.

And there’s another kind of high-powered problem on the way. “An inspector from the Inspector General’s office was due to visit the site, and someone in our leadership panicked,” fish says.

“Electronics tech types everywhere like to rat-hole their favorite spare parts off the books, ‘just in case,’ and somebody had been hiding a couple dozen mercury-vapor rectifier tubes.”

Nobody is willing to authorize just throwing out the brand-new devices, so fish and his cohorts get their marching orders: Replace as many of the rectifier tubes already in the transmitters as possible, as quickly as possible.

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