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What is it? #123208
03/08/06 01:20 PM
03/08/06 01:20 PM
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Photos and info submitted by harold endean:
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Being south of the border, you might not have these there. If you look at the lights arm attached to the Telco pole, you will see a small box. On that box is a little piece of wire sticking out of it. The box is only about 1-2 feet long and about a foot deep. I just happen to know what it is, but I wonder how many others do.



Hint: It has to do with telecommunications.
Answer down below. [Linked Image]

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Answer: It is a telephone repeater box. It picks up the signal from a cell phone, sends it over the telphone wired system to the nearest cell tower, which then sends it from cell tower to cell tower. It gets it's power from the electric eyes for each street light.


Thanks Harold!. [Linked Image]

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Re: What is it? #123209
03/08/06 01:25 PM
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Harold,
I'm thinking one of two things regarding them pics.
Going by the top picture, your vehicle either has a sun-roof or you've managed to roll it onto it's side. [Linked Image]

Re: What is it? #123210
03/08/06 04:00 PM
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I thought it was some sort of wireless internet service like Ricochet or Wi-Fi. To small to be related to sell phone. It could also be the thing that reads wireless meters.

Re: What is it? #123211
03/08/06 08:19 PM
03/08/06 08:19 PM
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That's what those darned things are! Wait az minute, what about when you see them on poles w/o Telco Lines?

Ian A.


Is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?
Re: What is it? #123212
03/08/06 10:11 PM
03/08/06 10:11 PM
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It's Metricom / Ricochet High Speed Wireless Internet Access
also can read wireless meters Metricom UtilNet
SoCal Edison Uses It

[This message has been edited by tester22 (edited 03-08-2006).]

Re: What is it? #123213
03/08/06 11:35 PM
03/08/06 11:35 PM
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I've seen 'em in SoCal and always wondered what they were for.


There are 10 types of people. Those who know binary, and those who don't.
Re: What is it? #123214
03/08/06 11:43 PM
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I have spotted these on streetlights in Providence, RI. Since I frequently see them in bad areas and intersections, I assumed they were some kind of covert wireless camera system. But then I guessed they might have been a repeater system for the police/fire/emergency radio system.

So what do they do exactly? [Linked Image]

Peter


Peter
Re: What is it? #123215
03/09/06 01:37 PM
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It Is Part of the microcell network it use 902-928Mhz to user modem and 2.4Ghz for microcell to microcell for more info go to ricochet.com

Re: What is it? #123216
03/12/06 02:15 AM
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I had always wondered. There is one down the street from my house.

Re: What is it? #123217
03/12/06 05:19 AM
03/12/06 05:19 AM
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You can always tell the frequency with the length of the antenna.
Figure in the Center loading coil and you're made.
But the question is, is it a half-wave, is it a 1/4 wave?.
Could it even be a 5/8 wave?.
So many questions!. [Linked Image]

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