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what is this mounted to an old satellite dish bracket on my new house?

In my last office we shared the buiding with a local company specialising in wireless internet to the home/business and they did a roaring trade, especially when BT (allegedly) pocketed all the cash the govt had given then to provide decent connections to rural homes and businesses.
Apparently it was not as expensive as imagined and they had quite a roll of customers and you do see their all antennas around Preston and the surrounding area.
 
Place I worked in the early 80s had one of those. It's handling was both "lively" and "interesting", especially when given to a load of idiots in their early 20s to drive. Sooner rather than later one of them, (not me TF), managed to roll the thing over on a bend and write it off. It had the handbrake located between the drivers seat and the drivers door as I recall, thus ensuring you caught your arse on it every time you got in or out. The gear change could best be described as "there are gears in here somewhere, just wiggle the stick around and you'll find one eventually". The only good thing that could be said for the one we had was that it had sliding doors on both sides, making it easy to load/unload, apart from that, complete rubbish. British vehicle design at it's usual I fear.

A mate and I used to do loft insulation at the weekends and hired a luton version from the local Dodge agent. "Lively and Interesting" sums it up. Accelerating caused the nose to pitch up and braking to dive. Cornering was on the door handles. I used to give it the boot exiting corners and it'd lift a back wheel and emit a satisfying 'SCREECH', terrifying my mate's younger brother who worked with us. I've no idea how I never turned it over.
Then there was the knackered Bedford CF that emitted more Carbon Monoxide than power or the V4 Transit that I drove from Southend to Benfleet with a broken clutch cable, rev matching gears up and down whilst desperately trying not to stop.
We had a fine selection of vehicles.
 
It looks like the asking price for one was £4995 a few years ago. (1) Discussion thread (2) For sale post.

British telecom Dodge Spacevan
1981 DODGE/COMMER SPACEVAN GENUINE BT ENGINEER VAN

Here is a hi top and an HA van.

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For some reason I was tempted by an ex BT Bedford HA van, as they were cheap, practical and basic. Never did it though. Better looking than a Marina.

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More on BT vehicles here: British Telecom Vehicles
Anyone sad enough to click on the link?
 

Gout Man

LE
Book Reviewer
I’ll be a tad concerned about that moss.
Re connect said instrument and point it towards the rood tiles, the rays emitting from said device will clear the moss in no time, maybe by November.

Mind you, be sure to wear Lead lined clothing.


Sorry I almost forgot, it’s a semi nuclear micro wave moss killer MKIII, which runs on clean environmental recycled electricity.
 
Morning All,
I pass these on a local house every day. Always wondered what they're for. Anybody any idea?
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These are the only ones I've seen, no other houses have them.
The one on the top of the left hand pole, looks like an Airmux antenna. I couldn't say what the others are. They could be self-contained DLOS sets with everything in one box. The right hand one looks to be tilted slightly down, which indicates it is not DLOS, but could still be an antenna system for something, or a light, or a camera. Whatever all that stuff is, it has been installed by someone who either had no time, no pride or no knowledge. Is it the Indian embassy by any chance?

Can you get more pics of the faces of the devices on the right hand pole?
 

Daxx

MIA
Book Reviewer
Are you near a foreign powers embassy by chance?
 
The one on the top of the left hand pole, looks like an Airmux antenna. I couldn't say what the others are. They could be self-contained DLOS sets with everything in one box. The right hand one looks to be tilted slightly down, which indicates it is not DLOS, but could still be an antenna system for something, or a light, or a camera. Whatever all that stuff is, it has been installed by someone who either had no time, no pride or no knowledge. Is it the Indian embassy by any chance?

Can you get more pics of the faces of the devices on the right hand pole?
I am taking a wild guess, but looking at the several low hanging cables running across the picture, and what appear to be mango trees in the background that picture was not taken in Old Blighty.
 
The one on the top of the left hand pole, looks like an Airmux antenna. I couldn't say what the others are. They could be self-contained DLOS sets with everything in one box. The right hand one looks to be tilted slightly down, which indicates it is not DLOS, but could still be an antenna system for something, or a light, or a camera. Whatever all that stuff is, it has been installed by someone who either had no time, pride or no knowledge. Is it the Indian embassy by any chance?

Can you get more pics of the faces of the devices on the right hand pole?
Morning, @greenbaggyskin,
My bold. That's par for the course for the majority of things here.
'Telecom' lineman outside my gaff earlier.
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I'll try and get a better photo'., later but that might prove difficult.
 
I went to see a client once and they had two large versions of the OP device mounted on two roofs a couple of hundred yards apart. I asked the bloke what they were for and he said data comms between the two buildings.

I hadn't seen that before and asked how efficient it was. He said "Very efficient and cheaper than digging up the land in between for cabling".

He said the only problem they had had was during the recent storm when they lost comms.

I said I wouldn't have thought bad weather would interfere with MW comms.

He said it didn't. The wind blew the dish over. Which did.
 
I am guessing he's somewhere near my neck of the woods. This is outside my house, the bit that appears to have fallen off the top bit has been like that for a couple of years, but with no detriment to my connection as can be judged by the fact I am posting here.

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What the holy feck? Please tell me that is not in western Europe or a first world country anywhere else in the world. Even Walloons and soldiers are tidier than that.
 
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