An RF engineer where I work recently took a business trip to Japan to visit with some
customers. While there, he took it upon himself to acquire a “portable network analyzer”
to assist him with his job. According to what he told his manager once the MC charge
was discovered, the $500 device was just what he needed to help with obtaining good
impedance matches on our devices while at customer locations trying to help integrate
the parts onto their PCBs.
Wisely, the manager insisted on seeing this miracle
piece of test equipment. After some argument, he produced the “network analyzer.” As
suspected, it was actually a very high quality antenna VSWR measurement box (complete
with digital readout) that just so happened to be popular amongst well-funded Hams.
I would never have suspected this particular guy of such underhanded schemes; I am very
disappointed in him.
A few weeks later, he quit the company for an engineering
management job where, hopefully, he’ll be well-qualified to audit employee expense reports
After hearing of this guy’s escapade, I did a Google Search on the
VSWR meter model he purchased (a Japanese brand that came with no user’s manual), I
found a Ham forum that he had posted to bragging of the wonderful purchase he had made
while on a business trip. Does this qualify for the Stupid Crooks list? He should know
that the 5th Ammendment to the U.S. Constitution prevents him from being compelled to
testify against himself!
Sorry for the anonymity of this post, but I’d like to
protect all innocent parties.