Eric,

Do you have the manufacturer? Based on the picture, this thing certainly 
doesn't look new. I have to assume that you recognize the particular 
device in use.

Chuck
WB2EDV




Eric Lemmon wrote:
> Mike,
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> That unit is a wireless utility meter transponder.  Once an entire
> neighborhood is outfitted with the new meters, they can be polled
> automatically from a central location.  It allows the utility to monitor
> demand and power factor in real time as well as keeping tabs on total
> consumption.  It can also turn the power off or on remotely at individual
> meters.  One of its greatest benefits is that it can instantly report power
> outages at specific addresses (it contains a backup battery), which greatly
> aids the utility in pinpointing exactly what transformer, recloser, or
> cutout fuse is at fault.  A power outage at 1:00 AM in a residential
> neighborhood might not be called in until morning using the conventional
> metering system, whereas with the polling system, the location and extent of
> the trouble is immediately known.
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> 73, Eric Lemmon WB6FLY
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> -----Original Message-----
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> Sent: Saturday, April 01, 2006 1:38 AM
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> Subject: [Repeater-Builder] Way OT, but a question...
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> Some interesting boxes have been appearing on street lights in my area.
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> Anybody know what they are?
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