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Offline reelnative

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whats this thing on the top of my bus
« on: March 11, 2010, 04:29:13 PM »
is this some sort of alien tracking device or a lump for drivers heads that are 8ft tall, but really what is it it looks factory installed, but they didnt have gps in 76 so what can it be?
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Re: whats this thing on the top of my bus
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2010, 04:36:36 PM »
Perhaps a cover over a UHF antenna?  Jack
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Re: whats this thing on the top of my bus
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2010, 04:49:15 PM »
Hi Jack theres also a small black antenna next to it maby 6in tall
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Re: whats this thing on the top of my bus
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2010, 04:56:16 PM »
Radio antenna, for what is commonly called a 'bitch box'.  =)  Well, that's what they said mine was.  UHF
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Re: whats this thing on the top of my bus
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2010, 05:15:20 PM »
I don't know either, but I want one.   I can put the GPS antenna in it.....
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Re: whats this thing on the top of my bus
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2010, 05:22:04 PM »
I don't know either, but I want one.   I can put the GPS antenna in it.....

That's right, Buffalo have a steel plate in their head.   ;)   Good to see you on John!
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Re: whats this thing on the top of my bus
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2010, 05:25:33 PM »
so its for like a 4 meter antanna or a ham radio somthing like that
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Re: whats this thing on the top of my bus
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2010, 05:48:21 PM »
so its for like a 4 meter antanna or a ham radio somthing like that
Aye, 2 meter or so,  Some muni frequencies are 130s, 170s,, 200s, etc.  However it changes from area to area. 
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Re: whats this thing on the top of my bus
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2010, 07:31:33 PM »
many times airports and places like that require regular users to have a "transponder" (similar to a "pikepass") to identify who they are and how often they come and go.

Just my wild guess that it is something like that!
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Re: whats this thing on the top of my bus
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2010, 07:47:39 PM »
My RTS has something similar, just a different shape.  I was told it was for the antenna for the transit driver to communicate with their office.

I have toyed with the idea of trying to mount a wifi antenna in it.  Just not much motivation for me since I use a cellular wireless card and have a signal most places I go.  And if I didn't, I likely wouldn't have a wifi signal available either.

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Re: whats this thing on the top of my bus
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2010, 07:50:50 PM »
many times airports and places like that require regular users to have a "transponder" (similar to a "pikepass") to identify who they are and how often they come and go.

Just my wild guess that it is something like that!
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Sorta like a bus-sized alien implant?  j/k
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Re: whats this thing on the top of my bus
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2010, 08:07:01 PM »
I had three on mine, one up top, and the two you see on the cap, pulled 3 business band radios out of it. It did have a 10 inch S/S pig tail antenna also, guess Harran coach really was in touch with it's drivers, before they slammed the door shut on the drivers >:(.

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Re: whats this thing on the top of my bus
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2010, 08:26:40 PM »
Matt,

Wrong John, LOL. Its Vickers

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Re: whats this thing on the top of my bus
« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2010, 08:49:02 PM »
Matt,

Wrong John, LOL. Its Vickers

Bryan

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Re: whats this thing on the top of my bus
« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2010, 09:40:04 PM »
Reel -

Van got it right - it's a business band radio antenna cover.

Extremely common on transit buses, lots of communications between dispatch and the fleet on the street.

Check it out a little closer, as most are fiberglass or plastic.  If so, the idea of using it as a cover for a GPS antenna is a good one.  If it's metal, a GPS might not be able to obtain a signal.

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