OT: What's This Antenna For?

Discussion in 'Home Repair' started by DerbyDad03, Jan 31, 2008.

  1. DerbyDad03

    DerbyDad03 Guest

    I was driving behind an old Volvo (early 90's I'd guess) that had a
    platform on top made from an old fashion bolt-on car top carrier and
    piece of 3/4 ply almost as big as the roof of the car.

    Mounted in the middle of this platform was an antenna, about 12" - 18"
    tall and shaped kind of like a football standing on end but squattier
    - not as round as a basketball, but not as elongated as a football -
    somewhere in between. It had a solid bar in the middle and 4 curved
    rods at 0, 90, 180 and 270 degrees that gave it it's shape. It
    appeared to be pretty old, like something from a 60's sci-fi flick.

    Anybody know what this style of antenna is used for?
    DerbyDad03, Jan 31, 2008
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  2. DerbyDad03

    Guest

    On Jan 31, 3:28�pm, DerbyDad03 <> wrote:
    > I was driving behind an old Volvo (early 90's I'd guess) that had a
    > platform on top made from an old fashion bolt-on car top carrier and
    > piece of 3/4 ply almost as big as the roof of the car.
    >
    > Mounted in the middle of this platform was an antenna, about 12" - 18"
    > tall and shaped kind of like a football standing on end but squattier
    > - not as round as a basketball, but not as elongated as a football -
    > somewhere in between. It had a solid bar in the middle and 4 curved
    > rods at 0, 90, 180 and 270 degrees that gave it it's shape. It
    > appeared to be pretty old, like something from a 60's sci-fi flick.
    >
    > Anybody know what this style of antenna is used for?


    Probably a amatuer (ham) antenna, having gone to lots of hamfests they
    have all sorts of wierd antennas on vehicles
    , Jan 31, 2008
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  3. DerbyDad03

    Sanity Guest

    Re: What's This Antenna For?

    "DerbyDad03" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >I was driving behind an old Volvo (early 90's I'd guess) that had a
    > platform on top made from an old fashion bolt-on car top carrier and
    > piece of 3/4 ply almost as big as the roof of the car.
    >
    > Mounted in the middle of this platform was an antenna, about 12" - 18"
    > tall and shaped kind of like a football standing on end but squattier
    > - not as round as a basketball, but not as elongated as a football -
    > somewhere in between. It had a solid bar in the middle and 4 curved
    > rods at 0, 90, 180 and 270 degrees that gave it it's shape. It
    > appeared to be pretty old, like something from a 60's sci-fi flick.
    >
    > Anybody know what this style of antenna is used for?



    Early 90's? UFO contact.
    Sanity, Jan 31, 2008
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  4. DerbyDad03

    Roemax Guest

    Re: What's This Antenna For?

    short-wave?
    "Sanity" <> wrote in message
    news:ltqoj.88708$...
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    >
    >
    > "DerbyDad03" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >>I was driving behind an old Volvo (early 90's I'd guess) that had a
    >> platform on top made from an old fashion bolt-on car top carrier and
    >> piece of 3/4 ply almost as big as the roof of the car.
    >>
    >> Mounted in the middle of this platform was an antenna, about 12" - 18"
    >> tall and shaped kind of like a football standing on end but squattier
    >> - not as round as a basketball, but not as elongated as a football -
    >> somewhere in between. It had a solid bar in the middle and 4 curved
    >> rods at 0, 90, 180 and 270 degrees that gave it it's shape. It
    >> appeared to be pretty old, like something from a 60's sci-fi flick.
    >>
    >> Anybody know what this style of antenna is used for?

    >
    >
    > Early 90's? UFO contact.
    >
    Roemax, Jan 31, 2008
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  5. DerbyDad03

    Pete C. Guest

    DerbyDad03 wrote:
    >
    > I was driving behind an old Volvo (early 90's I'd guess) that had a
    > platform on top made from an old fashion bolt-on car top carrier and
    > piece of 3/4 ply almost as big as the roof of the car.
    >
    > Mounted in the middle of this platform was an antenna, about 12" - 18"
    > tall and shaped kind of like a football standing on end but squattier
    > - not as round as a basketball, but not as elongated as a football -
    > somewhere in between. It had a solid bar in the middle and 4 curved
    > rods at 0, 90, 180 and 270 degrees that gave it it's shape. It
    > appeared to be pretty old, like something from a 60's sci-fi flick.
    >
    > Anybody know what this style of antenna is used for?


    What was the call sign on the license plate?
    Pete C., Jan 31, 2008
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  6. DerbyDad03

    Davej Guest

    On Jan 31, 2:28 pm, DerbyDad03 <> wrote:
    > I was driving behind an old Volvo (early 90's I'd guess) that had a
    > platform on top made from an old fashion bolt-on car top carrier and
    > piece of 3/4 ply almost as big as the roof of the car.
    >
    > Mounted in the middle of this platform was an antenna, about 12" - 18"
    > tall and shaped kind of like a football standing on end but squattier
    > - not as round as a basketball, but not as elongated as a football -
    > somewhere in between. It had a solid bar in the middle and 4 curved
    > rods at 0, 90, 180 and 270 degrees that gave it it's shape. It
    > appeared to be pretty old, like something from a 60's sci-fi flick.
    >
    > Anybody know what this style of antenna is used for?


    Maybe it was some sort of old fashioned or homebrew GPS antenna.
    Davej, Jan 31, 2008
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  7. DerbyDad03

    Oren Guest

    On Thu, 31 Jan 2008 12:41:36 -0800 (PST), ""
    <> wrote:

    >Probably a amatuer (ham) antenna, having gone to lots of hamfests they
    >have all sorts of wierd antennas on vehicles


    That just changed my day. All this time I thought a hamfest was about
    food:)


    Oren
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    Oren, Jan 31, 2008
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  8. DerbyDad03

    dicko Guest

    On Thu, 31 Jan 2008 15:06:56 -0800, Oren <Oren@127.0.0.1> wrote:

    >On Thu, 31 Jan 2008 12:41:36 -0800 (PST), ""
    ><> wrote:
    >
    >>Probably a amatuer (ham) antenna, having gone to lots of hamfests they
    >>have all sorts of wierd antennas on vehicles

    >
    >That just changed my day. All this time I thought a hamfest was about
    >food:)
    >
    >
    >Oren



    It could have been an eggbeater antenna....
    -dickm
    dicko, Feb 1, 2008
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  9. DerbyDad03

    G. Morgan Guest

    Re: What's This Antenna For?

    The OP wrote:

    >> Mounted in the middle of this platform was an antenna, about 12" - 18"
    >> tall and shaped kind of like a football standing on end but squattier
    >> - not as round as a basketball, but not as elongated as a football -
    >> somewhere in between. It had a solid bar in the middle and 4 curved
    >> rods at 0, 90, 180 and 270 degrees that gave it it's shape. It
    >> appeared to be pretty old, like something from a 60's sci-fi flick.
    >>
    >> Anybody know what this style of antenna is used for?



    Is this it? http://davehouston.net/eggbeater.htm

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    G. Morgan, Feb 1, 2008
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  10. DerbyDad03

    Guest

    On Fri, 01 Feb 2008 00:25:49 GMT, dicko <>
    wrote:

    >On Thu, 31 Jan 2008 15:06:56 -0800, Oren <Oren@127.0.0.1> wrote:
    >
    >>On Thu, 31 Jan 2008 12:41:36 -0800 (PST), ""
    >><> wrote:
    >>
    >>>Probably a amatuer (ham) antenna, having gone to lots of hamfests they
    >>>have all sorts of wierd antennas on vehicles

    >>
    >>That just changed my day. All this time I thought a hamfest was about
    >>food:)
    >>
    >>
    >>Oren

    >
    >
    >It could have been an eggbeater antenna....
    >-dickm


    So when you want to beat some eggs you just flip the car on it's roof?
    Oh well, it could be worse. It could be a meat beater !!!!
    , Feb 1, 2008
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