Q for the group: Help Identify a Mystery Antenna ?

Gary Fiber gfiber at comcast.net
Wed Aug 22 14:17:57 PDT 2012

"where it's not cost effective to deploy fiber."

darn toot-in, I am expensive. Likely eat someone out of house and home 
where I'd be deployed. ;)


On 8/22/2012 1:23 PM, Steve Stroh wrote:
> Jim:
> It looks to me like a microwave unit, likely for a frequency of 3 GHz
> or higher. It's "box'ish" because (if I'm correct) it's an integrated
> radio and antenna - the feedline is for power and data. Or, if the
> feedline is coax / hardline, it's (again, if I'm correct) an
> integrated final stage / power amp / antenna and the IF and power are
> going over the coax / hardline.
> These are becoming commonly deployed as high speed Internet Access,
> especially in rural areas where it's not cost effective to deploy
> fiber.
> Thanks,
> Steve
> On Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 11:38 AM, Jim VE6FD <ve6.field.day at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> A buddy sent me a photo of an odd antenna (at least that's what we think it
>> is), and asked me if I could I.D. it.  I have a hunch I've seen something
>> similar before in an amateur radio context - but I cannot for the life of me
>> tease the information from grey-matter memory.
>> I've posted a picture of it onto Photobucket (link below). The picture
>> quality is not great, as it was taken with a cellphone camera.
>> http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o496/VE6FD/f6d632b9.jpg
>> The object appears to be a rectangualar box, less than 12 inches on each
>> side, and perhaps 6 inches deep. A feed line (?) is attached and runs down
>> the mast and tower. Overall height above ground is about 55-60 feet.
>> I have no other details, except that the tower is located on private land on
>> a hilltop. My best guess is a UHF or higher frequency antenna, or perhaps
>> some type of HDTV active antenna. Perusing the photo archive on Google has
>> not rung any bells, so I'm stumped.
>> Anyone know what this is?  I figure if anyone will know, it'll be someone on
>> WetNet.
>> Thanks,
>> Jim VE6FD.
>> --
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>> Jim Dawe VE6FD
>> ve6.field.day at gmail.com
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Gary Fiber K8IZ
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