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cruiserandma

join:2008-07-04

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Can you identify the device on this telephone pole?

I noticed a crew of workers recently adding an extension to a local telephone pole on top of which they mounted some kind of antenna, or transmitter looking things. Along with a huge conduit of fat cables running down from the thing, with a couple of huge boxes down on the pole that I've never seen before.

Here are some pics of the device before and after it was mounted on the pole, along with the cabling and boxes. My first guess was the local gas & electric company (PG&E) is selling out the top of their pole to a wireless provider- maybe AT&T to add some 3G service:] The cables coming down aren't hooked into the boxes yet, and the boxes aren't hooked to any of the service lines that run along the pole- which might help determine what service is running up to (or down from) the thing on top.

Any ideas from the pictures below?



Gbcue
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Santa Rosa, CA
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It's a cell antenna.


tcope
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Sandy, UT
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reply to cruiserandma

Government mind control device. Works on existing radio waves. Why else do you think TV went digital.



Link8

join:2001-12-16
Davis, CA
reply to cruiserandma

If you're in the bay area, I'd guess it's a clearwire tower. The boxes and antennas look just a little on the small side to belong to a cell service provider.

PG&E is installing antennas/boxes for smart meters too. But those are much smaller silver boxes that have a small wifi-looking antenna (squiggly silver thing with a wire on it) hooked to it.
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Bobcat79
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reply to cruiserandma

Congratulations! You are now on a terrorist watch list for taking photos of our communication infrastructure.



Robotics
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Louisa, VA

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reply to cruiserandma

I'm just guessing here, but I'm gonna say it's Internet over power lines. (BPL Broadband Over Power Lines)
You'll know if and when you start getting interference from it.



Gbcue
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Why are people still guessing? I've already answered it.
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davidg
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reply to cruiserandma

it is either cell antennas or wireless broadband. those are sector antennas to provide 360 degree wireless coverage.
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aciddrink

join:2000-08-26
reply to cruiserandma

I think its a rain collector.

No really, as its been said already its a cell antenna.


j2sw

join:2006-05-02
Williamsport, IN
reply to cruiserandma

BGcue is right. It's a cell antenna. The one port marked BTS is the dead giveaway.
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chrisretusn
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reply to Gbcue

Yup, the be what it is, a cell antenna.
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bbrcat
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NH
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reply to cruiserandma

It's too large an image



battleop

join:2005-09-28
00000
reply to Gbcue

It's most likely a 900Mhz system used to read meters.



Harddrive
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DFW
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reply to cruiserandma

Next time you are taking pictures of equipment that a crew is installing, man-up and ask them wtf the stuff is so you can inform us rather than have all of us guess.
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CCTVTech
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Phoenix, AZ
reply to cruiserandma

I know, I know, it's a food processor!



NS4683

join:2000-08-25
South Amboy, NJ
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reply to cruiserandma

It's an espresso machine. (True Lies anyone?)

Next time, don't link the pictures close together like that. Too big...


bkjohnson
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Birmingham, AL

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reply to cruiserandma

It's an AT&T map recoloring unit, designed to change an area from red to blue.



DavisPhotog
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Rohnert Park, CA
reply to j2sw

said by j2sw:

BGcue is right. It's a cell antenna. The one port marked BTS is the dead giveaway.
That and the giant GPS antenna on top.
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n1zuk
making really tiny tech things
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Malta
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reply to cruiserandma

A Cheese Straightener. The deluxe model, too.



Harddrive
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reply to bkjohnson

said by bkjohnson:

It's an AT&T map recoloring unit, designed to change an area from red to blue.
I actually lol'd while viewing this on my Motorola Droid on Verizon Wireless.
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RR Conductor
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Redwood Valley, CA
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reply to cruiserandma

Blast Detector?

Expand your moderator at work


NOCMan
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Colorado Springs, CO
reply to cruiserandma

Re: Can you identify the device on this telephone pole?

I've never seen a cell tower setup like that. Usually the PAF's are exposed, but this is covered, and the GPS antenna mounting is clearly ripe for a lightning strike.

It's clearly a cell tower, but who's I can only guess.


GunnarDanne

join:2002-12-02
Crown City, OH
reply to Bobcat79

Am I the only one who laughed?



Beebe

join:2002-10-25
Beebe, AR

It's a fallopian tube