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Old 02-22-2008, 10:16 AM   #1
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This picture of a van with a strange contraption on the side has come up in a car forum i subscribe to,seems to have everybody stumped.Any one know?

http://forum.miata.net/vb/attachment...chmentid=58637
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Old 02-22-2008, 10:21 AM   #2
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Old 02-22-2008, 10:26 AM   #4
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Some sort of detector. Maybe for chasing tornados?
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It looks like a tv with a gas powered antenna.
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Old 02-22-2008, 10:53 AM   #8
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Assisted lift. You open the door, press a button and the arm swings forward to assist with something.

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Portable hydralic log splitter (would only make sense if he's a yooper though and the car is too nice to be a yooper car)
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Old 02-22-2008, 11:13 AM   #10
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ion phased array spectrometer, of course.
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Media vehicle.

Looks like a transmitter/receiver line-of-sight antenna on a retracted hoist. The box probably holds the telescoping hardware and the motor/hydraulics.

I don't suppose they got close enough to see labels or other equipment inside the vehicle? Or does that license plate correspond to some commercial/govt numbering system?
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I think it's an antenna, too.
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Media vehicle.

Looks like a transmitter/receiver line-of-sight antenna on a retracted hoist. The box probably holds the telescoping hardware and the motor/hydraulics.

I don't suppose they got close enough to see labels or other equipment inside the vehicle? Or does that license plate correspond to some commercial/govt numbering system?
It was a Pennsylvania Govmt vehicle.And it does look like some kind of high tech antenna.
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It's a geiger counter so the driver knows when to step on the gas and get back to the bunker he built in his back yard.
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Is that a nitrous tank? To give more HP to engine?
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After a few minutes of googling, maybe these digital TV antennae are inside those radomes:

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http://www.szhjx.net/UploadProductPi...9494529710.jpg
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Old 02-22-2008, 04:37 PM   #20
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It's interesting that anything with text in it can be googled and figured out instantly. But an image -- there's no way to "enter" it.

I did google images for News antenna on car, automobile radar, tornado detector, tornado chasing car, etc. Didn't find anything that looked like that.
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