Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Test Car



This is an interesting picture from 1923 that shows some sort of test car. It looks like the car has been instrumented as a portable weather station. Not sure exactly what it is doing, but that is my best guess.

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    1. Good call, Downtown Indy. Very interesting set up for sure. Looks like something out of a Tom Swift book. LOL
      -Anne K.

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  2. Homeland security?

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  3. This might be a rare photo of Edsel Ford evaluating an early version of what we know today as “Police Radar”

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  4. Since they didn't have antenas back in "23" to put decorations on, this guy invented a fancy wind sock for his car. Always the show off. He was also the first guy to attach a "Back Off" bumper sticker on rear bumper and a "Baby on Board" warning on the rear window. The first one said "Baby in Rumble Seat".

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    1. HA! Dave your post made my day.

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  5. Is that a fishing pole in the back seat? Perhaps it is a fish finder of some sort (just kidding!)
    That being said, it is a very interesting photo. I really wonder what the wind vane thing is for.
    Graham in St. John's

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  6. I've been out of town. This post is a response to yesterday's posting on radios. I was 12 and had received a crystal radio for my birthday. It worked without batteries, and although the sound level was very quiet you could still hear all the stations with great clarity. I seem to recall being able to get stations from around the country late at night. When Krushchev banged his shoe on the table at the United Nations in 1960 I heard it on my crystal radio late at night. I also recall him telling us, "We will bury you!" I was part of a sheltered generation and this was my first awareness that we had enemies. That crystal radio was replaced with a clock radio one Christmas. Two years later Krushchev sent nuclear missles to Cuba. Our neighborhors debated whether they would build bomb shelters, and we kids held a neighborhood olympics. What days those were for a kid.

    Will from Lafayette

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  7. I think it's an early Google Streetview camera.

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  8. Maybe it is a bazooka of some sorts to help him out in traffic jams.

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  9. My bet would be that it is an early Direction Finding device designed to locate radio transmissions from illegal radio stations. In the early days of the FCC just about anyone with a transmitter could start up a station and the government had to have a way to locate and shut down those unlicensed station.

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  10. I'm pretty sure it is an early RF/DF device used to locate unlicensed radio stations. I think the device on the pole is a steerable antenna which has the capability of determining an azimuth of a intercepted signal. Then you move to another location and reacquire the signal, and another, and another until you are able to triangulate the exact location. Then you send the federal marshals out to serve a warrant.

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